90s stars who had a TV renaissance

Acting since the 90s, she was loved for her girl next door style and roles. Julia Stiles has now risen to TV fame and has really hit it off with Riviera, and tonight this new drama series premieres on NOW TV. To mark Julia’s return to the small screen, NOW TV has picked its top five 90s movie stars that have had a TV renaissance...

Julia Stiles: 10 things I Hate about You to Riviera

10 things I Hate about You (1999) – High school rebel Heath Ledger, in his Hollywood debut, takes up the daunting challenge of romancing strop-monster Julia Stiles in a sparky, teen-skewed update of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Of course she's too difficult to be genuine girlfriend material, but it's all for her little sister's benefit – Dad says that either both of them start dating, or neither of them do. Don't you just hate that?

Riviera (2017) – Julia stars as the wife of a billionaire who uncovers the truth behind their opulent lives. It’s the thriller Harper’s Bazaar calls “must-see”.

Neve Campbell: Scream to Mad Men and Grey’s Anatomy

Scream 2 (1997) – A slice of self-referential horror from late director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson as Neve Campbell's hapless student Sidney faces a new campus serial killer. Fresh lambs to the slaughter include Liev Schrieber, Heather Graham and Sarah Michelle Gellar, while cop David Arquette and reporter Courteney Cox return to do what they did last summer. Well worth a stab.

Grey’s Anatomy (2012): Neve stars as Derek’s mysterious sister Lizzie in the much-loved, long-running medical drama from the creator of Scandal.

Calista Flockhart: Naked in New York to Supergirl

After Calista’s role in Naked in New York (1993) she has come back with a bang on new hit series Supergirl (2015) as the Murdoch-style media magnate Cat Grant, boss and mentor to Supergirl's alter ego Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist).

Kyle MacLachlan: The Flintstones to Twin Peaks

Starring in the 1994 movie, The Flintstones, a colourful, live action adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's ever-popular TV cartoon, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis as Stone Age pals Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. When Fred loans Barney and his wife Betty (Rosie O'Donnell) the cash to adopt a child, Barney returns the favour by swapping answers in a management test at the quarry where they work. However, when Fred soars up the corporate ladder, Barney finds himself literally on the rocks. A witty script and the fabulous recreation of Bedrock (and its dino-denizens) ensure cartoon-style gags by the landslide. Look out for Halle Berry in an early role and the great Elizabeth Taylor as Fred's mother-in-law.

Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) – This year we have seen the new series, which picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint north-western town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered, with Kyle returning to his character FBI special agent Dale Cooper in this darkly surreal murder mystery created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Cruel Intentions to Buffy

Cruel Intentions (1999) – Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon star in a sharp update of Les Liaisons Dangereuses with rich New York college students taking the place of French aristocrats. Related sexual predators Gellar and Phillippe prey on virginal innocents, like good girl Selma Blair, in a love-shattering game of seek-and-destroy. You can almost taste the raging hormones, especially when Gellar and Blair lock lips in a moment voted Best Kiss at 2000's MTV Movie Awards!

This year, Gellar paid tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer after two decades out of action, reuniting with the cast of the cult show to create a special 20th anniversary celebration.

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