See the Cast of ‘The Nanny’ Then and Now
It’s been 20 years since ‘The Nanny’ first hit the airwaves. Let that sink in. The sitcom, which was about a brash no-nonsense Jewish woman from Queens who becomes the nanny for a reserved British/American widower and his three children, was a hit for CBS, running six years and getting an hour-long reunion episode in 2004.
See what the cast of ‘The Nanny’ is up to today.
Fran Drescher, Fran Fine
Then: Drescher had seen a lot of success from an early age — she was a Miss New York Teenager runner-up and snagged her first starring role at the age of 20 in the 1978 film ‘American Hot Wax.’ But it wasn’t until ‘The Nanny’ that her nasal-voice schtick really hit its stride.
Now: Drescher currently stars on the TV Land show ‘Happily Divorced.’ It is her third sitcom effort, following ‘Living With Fran,’ which ran in 2005 and 2006. The Queens-born actress is a uterine cancer survivor and is also known for her work raising awareness for women’s health issues.
Charles Shaughnessy, Maxwell Sheffield
Then: Cast as Drescher’s opposite, Charles Shaughnessy played Maxwell Sheffield, a stuffy workaholic widower. The English actor was known for playing Shane Donovan on ‘Days of Our Lives.’
Now: In 2012, Donovan returned to ‘Days of Our Lives’ for an arc. He also recently played Captain Elliot Sanders on the web soap opera ‘The Bay.’ Donovan is a peer in his native England, and in 2007 was awarded the hereditary title of fifth Baron Shaughnessy.
Daniel Davis, Niles
Then: Davis got famous playing Niles — butler, chauffeur and all-around meddler in Sheffield family affairs. One of his more prominent TV roles before ‘The Nanny’ was as Professor Moriarty in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ for which the Arkansas-born actor also put on an upper-crust English accent.
Now: An accomplished stage actor, Davis recently portrayed King Lear at the Shakespeare theater of New Jersey. The 67-year-old’s last big-screen appearance was in 2006’s ‘The Prestige.’
Lauren Lane, C.C. Babock
Then: You surely remember Lauren Lane’s character C.C. Babock, who was Maxwell’s obnoxious business partner and Fran’s bitter romantic rival. Before ‘The Nanny,’ Lane had recurring roles on ‘L.A. Law’ and ‘Hunter.’
Now: Lane is a theater professor at Texas State University. She also directs and acts in local plays.
Nicholle Tom, Maggie Sheffield
Then: Nicholle Tom played eldest Sheffield child Maggie, who, with the help of Fran, grows from an awkward teen to a confident and beautiful young woman. Previously, Tom had starred in ‘Beethoven’ and had played recurring character Sue Scanlon on ‘Beverly Hills 90210.’
Now: Tom will be on the upcoming Showtime series ‘Masters of Sex.’ Her brother, David, and sister, Heather, are also both actors, and are best known for their roles on ‘The Young and the Restless.’
Benjamin Salisbury, Brighton Sheffield
Then: On ‘The Nanny,’ Salisbury played middle child and only Sheffield boy Brighton. He made his screen debut in 1992 as Martin Short’s son in ‘Captain Ron’ and in 1996 he was the announcer in ‘D3: The Mighty Ducks.’
Now: Salisbury’s last acting appearance was on a 2005 episode of ‘Numb3rs.’ As of 2010, he was the supervisor of game presentation and events for the Los Angeles Kings.
Madeline Zima, Grace Sheffield
Then: After making her film debut as a 7-year-old in the thriller ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,’ Zima jumped over to ‘The Nanny,’ on which she played youngest Sheffield daughter Grace. She followed that up with guest appearances on ‘7th Heaven’ and ‘Gilmore Girls.’
Now: Zima’s role as the sexually promiscuous teenage novelist Mia Lewis on ‘Californication’ likely shocked anyone who remembered her from ‘The Nanny.’ Since then she’s played a recurring character on ‘Heroes’ and popped up on ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ In 2012, she starred in the movie ‘Breaking the Girls.’
Renee Taylor, Sylvia Fine
Then: Fran’s mother Sylvia, whose mannerisms and speaking style suggested the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, was played by Renee Taylor. During that time Taylor also played another stereotypical Jewish mother on the HBO sitcom ‘Dream On.’ In 1970, Taylor, along with her husband, actor Joe Bologna, was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the film adaptation for ‘Lovers and Other Strangers,’ which was based on their play of the same name.
Now: Still busy at 80, Taylor plays a recurring character (this time Drescher’s mother’s best friend) on ‘Happily Divorced.’ She recently acted alongside Kim Kardashian in the Tyler Perry movie ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.’
Ann Morgan Guilbert, Grandma Yetta Rosenberg
Then: On ‘The Nanny,’ Fran’s often-confused grandmother, Yetta Rosenberg, was portrayed by Ann Morgan Guilbert. The former singer had a long TV resume before ‘The Nanny,’ appearing in the early ’90s on ‘Picket Fences’ and ‘Empty Nest’ and most notably on the classic sitcom ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’
Now: These days, Guilbert works sporadically, making a recent appearance with Drescher on ‘Happily Divorced.’ She is the mother of actress Hallie Todd, who played Hilary Duff’s mother, Jo, on ‘Lizzie McGuire.’