We all know that the likes of Matt Le Blanc and Jennifer Aniston starred in Friends, but did you know that there were plenty of famous faces from the UK who had short runs or cameos in the series too? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, we’ve taken a look at some of the famous British stars who appeared in the show throughout the years.
The hilarious Jennifer Saunders played, Andrea Waltham aka Emily’s mother, at Ross and Emily’s wedding.
Joey starred alongside Richard Crosby, a drunken actor played by Gary Oldman, in a period war drama. The problem is that Oldman’s character was unable to talk without drenching Joey’s face in spit (yuck!). To make matters worse, he forces Joey to miss Monica and Chandler’s wedding.
Ben Shephard, rather fittingly, played the role of a GMTV interviewer on the red carpet of Joey’s war film premiere.
Whilst Tom Conti was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1983 film Reuben, a lot of people remember him for his portrayal of Stephen Waltham, Emily’s dad, in Friends.
Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson had a brief cameo in Friends, playing a worker at a tourist stall in London.
Best known stateside for his role in House, Hugh Laurie appeared in Season 4 of friends, playing a character who happened to be sitting next to Rachel on her flight to London.
Although she was born in Yorkshire, Christina Pickles has made her way in the US TV business and is more famous on the other side of the pond. Her portrayal as Ross and Monica’s mum, Judy Geller, is probably what she is best known for in the UK.
Best known for her roles as Bruce Willis’ wife in The Sixth Sense, Olivia Williams played Emily’s bridesmaid Felicity. Amongst other things, she ended up having a brief fling with Joey.
The late, great June Whitfield, who starred in the likes of the Carry On films and EastEnders, played the housekeeper of Emily’s stepmother who clashed with Phoebe.
Trudie Styler, aka Tantric Trudie, aka Sting’s wife, had a cameo, playing herself. Her son happens to be in the same class as Ross’ son and Phoebe tries to take advantage in the hope of getting tickets to a Sting concert.
Sarah, Duchess of York
Sarah, Duchess of York had a very brief cameo in the London episode of Friends. She commented on Joey’s quite ridiculous Union Jack hat that he was wearing whilst doing the usual tourist activities around the capital.
Helen Baxendale, played the role of Emily, Ross’ wife. She was only in the show for 14 episodes but she made a lasting impression!