It's been almost three decades since the BBC sitcom As Time Goes By graced our screens in 1992.

For nine captivating seasons, fans followed the stellar cast as they meandered the twists and turns of an enduring romance that began 38 years earlier.

Centred upon the story of Jean and Lionel – played by Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer – fans were gripped by the tales of love, friendship and family.

The show was so popular that it even landed a spot ranking among Britain's Best Sitcoms.

Since the show came to an end in 2002, the cast have gone on to enjoy a host of other roles in the acting world.

Here, we take a look at where some of our favourite As Time Goes By actors are today – almost 20 years since the show ended.

Judi Dench (Jean Hardcastle)

Judi played the lead character Jean, who unexpectedly bumped into her old former lover after 38 years of no contact.

At the time, the iconic actress already boasted an incredible array of credits in the film and TV world and had received an OBE and DBE.

While she was popular and well known for her role in As Time Goes By, Judi's acting career continued to soar to impressive heights after the show ended.

It was actually while she starred in the series that Judi was awarded an Oscar for her role at Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love.

Judi – now 86 – has also appeared in several James Bond films and worked alongside an acclaimed cast in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Throughout her impressive career she has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and has won ten BAFTAs and six Lawrence Olivier Awards.

While she has recently reflected on beginning to lose her sight after being diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, Dench has vowed to carry on working.

Geoffrey Palmer (Lionel Hardcastle)

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Geoffrey had already appeared in several sitcoms when he was cast as Lionel in As Time Goes By. His character had lost touch with Jean when he was sent as an army officer to Korea.

Some 38 years later, Lionel had returned to England to write his memoirs when he chances across an encounter with his lost love.

Judi and Geoffrey's on-screen connection was gripping and the duo also starred together in James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies, as well as Mrs Brown.

In 2004, he was awarded an OBE for his services to drama, and he continued to work in the television and film industry up until 2014

Sadly in November 2020, it was revealed that Geoffrey died peacefully at his home at the age of 93.

Reflecting upon her former co-star, Judi told the Radio Times: "When you acted with him, you’d just feel very safe. Geoffers was so sure on comedy that you could be pretty secure in knowing he would get you through it and make it funny. I certainly couldn’t have done As Time Goes By with anyone else."

Moira Brooker (Judith Deacon)

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Moira is best known for playing Judith Hanson – and Jean's twice-divorced daughter – in the BBC sitcom.

While she has made some appearances in television shows since As Time Goes By, she doesn't hold as many acting credits as her co-stars.

In the last few years, she has featured in Footballers' Wives, The Bill, Doctors and Holby City.

Philip Bretherton (Alistair Deacon)

Philip had enjoyed some brief television appearances, including one in Coronation Street, before he was cast as Alistair in As Time Goes By.

In the show, he initially played Lionel's publisher before he strikes up a romance and eventually marries Jean's daughter, Judith.

Since appearing on the show, like his on-screen wife, Philip has also gone on to star in Footballers' Wives.

Other acting credits include The Bill, Midsomer Murders, The Syndicate and Doctors.

His latest role featured in a short mockumentary film called What's in a Name in 2020.

Jenny Funnell (Sandy)

Jenny played Sandy, who was both Judith's best friend as well as Jean's receptionist.

The actor starred in the series until 2002 and even returned alongside the cast for the Reunion in 2005.

She has since appeared in The Bill and Doctors as well as several other TV series appearances.

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Since her role in the iconic sitcom, Jenny has also lent her voice to several video games such as Bloodborne (2015) – Annalise; Vileblood Queen, Doctor Iosefka, Dark Souls (2011) – Darkmoon Knight, Quelana of Izalith, Dark Souls III (2016) – Karla, Old Woman of Londor, Demon's Souls (2009) – Yuria; the Witch and Demon's Souls (2020) Selen Vinland, Yuria; the Witch.

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