Friends cast members now from high-profile divorce to rehab stints

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Friends hit the small screen in 1994 and instantly became a cult classic.

The hit NBC sitcom propelled the cast – Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow into overnight stars, and the pals quickly picked up a whole host of acting gigs following the show's nail-biting finale in 2004.

All six stars reunited for a reunion show back in May this year, which was presented by James Corden.

Daily Star has taken a look back at what the stars of Friends have been up to since the show ended 17 years ago.

From rehab stints to blockbuster films – the cast have been keeping busy with their burgeoning careers.

Matthew Perry – Chandler Bing

Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing on Friends, and was known for his sarcastic and witty sense of humour, and, of course, for marrying Monica Geller.

Since the sitcom wrapped, the actor has continued his career in both TV and film, featuring in The Good Fight, Ally McBeal, and was a series regular on the Odd Couple until the show finished in 2017.

His most recent time on the small screen saw him in star as Ted Kennedy in the mini-series The Kennedys: After Camelot.

Off-screen, Matthew has battled with a Vicodin addiction and midway through shooting Friends in 1997, he completed a 28-day program.

He again entered rehab in February 2001 for addiction to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol, and was filming Serving Sara in Texas when he suffered severe stomach pains, and flew to Los Angeles to check into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital.

Speaking in a previous BBC interview about Friends, he said: "I don't remember three years of it. I was a little out of it at the time — somewhere between seasons three and six."

Jennifer Aniston – Rachel Green

Jennifer Aniston became a household name when she portrayed Rachel Green, a successful fashion buyer, who had an on/off relationship with Ross Geller.

Undoubtedly the biggest breakout star from Friends, Jennifer has gone on to star in box office blockbusters, including the likes of Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go with It and Horrible Bosses.

One of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood as of 2018, she has been on the Forbes Top Earning Actresses list for 15 years, every year since 2001.

Jennifer married Brad Pitt on July 29, 2000, in a lavish Malibu wedding, and the lovebirds soon became the Hollywood "It couple".

However, the romance came to an end five years later when they announced their separation.

Following a string of movie successes, the actress made her long-awaited return to a TV show, producing and starring alongside Reese Witherspoon in the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show.

She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at the 2020 awards.

Matt LeBlanc – Joey Tribbiani

Matt LeBlanc starred as Joey Tribbiani, the self-confessed ladies' man who just loved food.

During Friends, he appeared in a number of films such as Lost in Space, Charlie's Angels, and its sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, as well as starring in the Friends spin-off sitcom Joey for two series before it was axed.

Stepping out of the spotlight, he took a hiatus from 2006 to 2011, and made his career revival in Episodes.

He later won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a television series, musical, or comedy.

In February 2016, he became the new Top Gear host, but after three years on the show, decided to step down from the role.

He played the lead role in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan, which began airing in 2016 until it was cancelled in 2020.

Courteney Cox – Monica Geller

Courteney Cox played the role of Monica Geller – an uptight chef who loved nothing more than a spring clean.

The actress also played Gale Weathers in the horror film series Scream (1996–2011) as well playing Lucy Spiller in the FX drama series Dirt from 2007 to 2008, and starred as Jules Cobb in the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, a popular show that ran from 2009 to 2015.

Cougar Town was Courteney's biggest success since Friends, and she has starred in a number of smaller productions over the last couple of years.

She has since cropped up in three episodes of Lisa Kudrow's online series, Web Therapy.

Most recently, in 2019, she hosted 9 months with Courteney Cox – a show which sees families share their intimate, unfiltered experiences with pregnancy.

Courteney was tapped as the lead in Shining Vale in 2020, a new horror-comedy pilot from Divorce creator Sharon Horgan and Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof.

David Schwimmer – Ross Geller

David Schwimmer starred as Ross the palaeontologist who had "three divorces", a pet monkey called Marcel and an unforgettable incident with a pair of leather pants and talcum powder.

The actor has had big commercial success in films and on TV, such as Apt Pupil, Picking Up the Pieces and Band of Brothers, and made his directorial debut in 2007's Run Fatboy Run.

And in 2009, he directed his second feature, Trust, starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, a film that aired at the Toronto Film Festival.

Making his return to acting, he played Robert Kardashian in the first season of the FX anthology series American Crime Story based on the trial of OJ Simpson.

In 2020, Schwimmer was cast as the main character in a new British comedy sitcom called Intelligence, broadcast on Sky One.

Lisa Kudrow – Phoebe Buffay

Lisa Kudrow played loveable Phoebe Buffay who couldn't strike a chord on the guitar but became an adored character thanks to her witty one-liners.

The American star has a vast filmography and has starred in a number of well-known flicks including PS I Love You, Easy A, and The Girl on the Train.

In 2005, she went on to produce, write and star in the HBO comedy series The Comeback, which was revived nine years later for a second season.

She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for both seasons.

The actress co-created an improvised comedy web series, Web Therapy, which launched online in 2008, has earned several Webby nominations and one Outstanding Comedic Performance Webby for Lisa, who plays therapist Fiona Wallice.

Most recently, Lisa was cast in Netflix's original film Space Force alongside Steve Carrell.

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