My Family: Looking Back at the Beloved BBC Comedy and Its Cast

A Decade On: Catching Up with the My Family Cast

23 years on from My Family’s premiere, the cast have changed a lot and gone on to do various other projects.

Young actor Gabriel Thomson appeared on the BBC show as their teenage son Michael Harper – and years on he looks very different.

My Family: A Comedy Era

The popular comedy aired from the early noughties through to 2011 and gave an in-depth insight into the Harper family and all the highs and lows of their family dynamics.

The show followed Ben, Susan, Janey, Nick, and Michael through their family life. Gabriel, who is now 36, was just 13 when he first appeared on the show alongside his on-screen parents and two siblings.

The Transformation of Gabriel Thomson

Years on, he’s now ditched his glasses and famous curtain hair and fresh-faced appearance.

His X profile picture now sees him donning a red velvet suit with his hair freshly trimmed and a more chiselled look than he donned during his time on the show.

In the snap, he was seen holding a cigarette and striking a pose for the camera, while a second snap saw him wearing a jumper as he posed up a storm.

Gabriel was the only member of the Harper family who appeared in every series.

Gabriel’s New Career Path

A decade after he left the show, Gabriel focused on his studies at Kings College London with the intention of becoming a human rights lawyer.

Meanwhile, his fellow co-stars continued to land roles in the acting world, with some landing big acting credits after their stint on the show.

Brother Nick, played by Kris Marshall, has appeared in multiple films and TV shows over the years, including Death in Paradise to Christmas-favorite Love Actually.

The End of an Era

The show was axed after 11 years by the BBC to make room for new comedy, but star Zoe Wanamaker claimed it was brought to an end because it was “too middle-class”.

The series had a whopping 121 episodes and was a beloved household favorite before its end. At the time BBC’s Danny Cohen said: “Now that all the Harper children have fled the nest we feel it’s time to make room for new comedies.”

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