The Nanny was a hit television sitcom that aired in the ’90s that cracked up its audience over and over again for six amazing seasons. The script, incredible acting, relatable drama, and gorgeous stars won the show a Primetime Emmy Award, a Rose d’Or and a total of twelve other major award nominations. There have been many spinoffs and shows that were inspired by The Nanny and people are still watching the show over 20 years later. With the absolutely stunning Fran Drescher as the lead with her instantly recognizable nasal New York accent, this show is not one to be missed.
The show revolves around Drescher’s Fran Fine, who was dumped by her fiancé for another woman and kicked out of her job working for him, all in the same day. She accidentally gets hired to be a nanny for the Sheffield family and finds out that it was her true calling. She is not like any other nanny the family has ever seen before, or come to think of it – that anyone has ever seen before. She teaches the three children of the house valuable street smarts and life lessons rather than telling them to eat their greens. Additionally, she develops a crush on the widowed father of the three children she was hired to take care of, Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield.
Fran becomes a mother figure to Maxwell’s three children; Maggie, Brighton and Gracie. We won’t spoil what happens next, but you need to see it to believe it. The show is filled with suspense, amazing outfits, love interests, family drama, and so many good laughs. Alongside Niles, the family butler, and Maxwell’s elitist business partner C.C. Babcock, and the Sheffield family make up for 22-minute episodes of pure enjoyment.
The Nanny was a unique show in that it has a constant running line of famous actors, singers, and actors who had cameo appearances on the show. Almost 20 years after the show concluded we had to find out what the main characters of this show were up to now. What roles did these famous actors play on the show? And how famous have they become since? We’ve collected all of the pictures, the on-screen drama, and the comedy from our favorite flashy girl from Flushing just for you, so sit back, grab something to nosh on and take a trip down memory lane with some of the funniest people you wish you knew in real-life.
Charles Shaughnessy – then
Charles Shaughnessy played the role of Maxwell Sheffield, a successful Broadway producer and widower who hires Fran to become the nanny for his three kids, watching in amazement as she transforms all their lives. Though they both develop feelings for one another, Fran and Maxwell try to hide them, until Maxwell finally confesses to Fran that he loves her while on a plane they think is going to crash. They later get married, Fran becomes pregnant, and has twins!
Charles Shaughnessy – now
Charles Shaughnessy is an actor as well as the fifth Baron and a British peer who’s technical title is “The Right Honourable The Lord Shaughnessy”. Charles is most famous for starring on the soap opera Days of Our Lives as Shane Donovan. Charles also played the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on the hit children’s cartoon TV show called Stanley. Charles is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and married fellow actress Susan Fallender in 1983. They have two daughters together.
Daniel Davis – then
Daniel Davis played the role of Niles on the sitcom The Nanny. Niles has been the Sheffield family butler for many years. Armed with a sharp tongue, he may clean up after the Sheffield family but he also knows how to dish it out. His hilarious commentary and running line of sarcastic comments make for a not so typical butler, particular when exchanging insults with C.C. However, Niles is loyal to the Sheffield family and to Fran – he even helped Fran and Maxwell start their eventual romantic relationship.
Daniel Davis – now
Daniel Davis is a 72-year-old actor both on television and in theater. He has most recently starred in the production of Noises Off that ran through 2016 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. Daniel also starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Professor Moriarty. Daniel has played other supporting roles in films and television shows such as The Prestige, The Blacklist, Gotham, The Fran Drescher Show, Frasier, The Practice, and many more.
Lauren Lane – then
Lauren Lane plays the role of C.C. Babcock is seen as an elitist snob who is always putting Fran and Niles down. Like Fran, she is in love with Maxwell and has been trying to step in to be his wife ever since he became a widower. C.C. is Maxwell’s business partner and they have been working together for over two decades, however Maxwell is completely oblivious to her advances and her intense crush on him. When Fran and Maxwell get engaged, C.C. officially loses her mind and gets institutionalized.
Lauren Lane – now
Lauren Lane is an actress born and raised in Texas. She is now 56 years old and a graduate of both American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as well as the University of Texas at Arlington. Lauren even taught acting at Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren has acted in many productions in the theater including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and August: Osage County. A few of her on-screen credits include L.A Law, Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal, and Hunter.
Fran Drescher – then
After losing her fiancé to another woman and getting kicked out of her job, Fran Fine is forced to go door to door in the hopes of making money by selling makeup, until she arrives at the home of Maxwell Sheffield and her life turns around. She accepts a job as a nanny for his three children, and since she has no experience as a real nanny, she gives the kids street smarts. Fran additionally becomes infatuated with her employer, adding a bit of inappropriateness to all their interactions.
Fran Drescher – now
Fran Drescher is an LGBT activist and actress who is still most famous for playing the role of Fran Fine on The Nanny, which she created with her then-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson. She received two Golden Globes and two Emmys for her acting on the show. Post-Nanny, she’s starred in sitcoms Living With Fran and Happily Divorced, which she produced with her now ex-husband and based on their real-life relationship, including his coming out following their separation.