Where the Fresh Meat cast is now 10 years later – from co-star breakups to Hollywood roles and dating Tom Hiddleston


It’s hard to believe, but Fresh Meat turns 10 this weekend.

The hilarious comedy followed the lives of six very different students, Vod, Oregon, Josie, Kingsley, JP and Howard, who were forced to live together off campus at the fictional Manchester Medlock University.

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Fresh Meat was a comedy about six unlikely roommates forced to live together in college[/caption]

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Joe Thomas and Jack Whitehall were the two best-known actors in the cast before the show aired[/caption]

Created by Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, Fresh Meat saw the unlikely roommates partying and dating without studying too much.

The cast was made up of a mix of well-known stars, including Jack Whitehall and Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas, and newcomers, many of whom went on to great success.

Since the show ended in 2016 after four runs, the six main cast members have landed big gigs — even cracking Hollywood and enjoying romances with A-list actors.

Here, we take a look at where the Fresh Meat players stand.

Zawe Ashton – VOD

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Zawe Ashton’s character Vod loved to drink and do drugs[/caption]

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Zawe is now dating Tom Hiddleston and will star in a Marvel movie next year[/caption]

Vod, played by Zawe Ashton, was a fan-favorite character.

She was more interested in alcohol and drugs than actual work and always seemed carefree, until it slowly became apparent that she had in fact worked hard to get into college and was scared. of failure.

Since Fresh Meat, Zawe’s career has taken off.

She starred in The Handmaid’s Tale, was the lead character in the Netflix horror Velvet Buzzsaw and will play a villain in the comic book movie The Marvels next year.

Zawe has been dating Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston since 2019, after they appeared on London show Betrayal together as a married couple.

They now live together in Atlanta.

Charlotte Ritchie – Oregon

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Charlotte Ritchie, Oregon’s character ended up becoming Student Union President[/caption]

She now stars in the hit BBC comedy Ghosts

Literature student Melissa tried to hide the fact that she had a privileged background when she started college, so she gave herself the nickname Oregon.

She had an affair with her sleazy lecturer, Professor Shales, but was a big fan of his wife Jean and also started dating their son Dylan.

The political activist became president of the Student Union but ended up being harassed by Shales after dumping him.

Charlotte Ritchie was relatively unknown when she appeared on Fresh Meat, but in 2015 she joined the cast of Call The Midwife as nurse Barbara Gilbert.

Fans were devastated in 2018 when her character was dramatically killed off when she died of sepsis caused by meningitis.

Since then, Charlotte has starred in the hit BBC comedy Ghosts and also appeared in Netflix’s Feel Good opposite Mae Martin.

Charlotte and Mae are also rumored to be off-screen partners, but neither has ever confirmed or denied it.

Kimberley Nixon – Josie

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Josie was a very hot-tempered student who was often jealous of her peers – especially with boys[/caption]

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Kimberley often posts photos of herself with her dog and son on Instagram[/caption]

Josie seemed like a very shy Welsh girl, but she was actually rude and short-tempered.

She was expelled from her dentistry course after getting drunk and piercing a patient’s cheek, then switched to zoology before becoming a pharmacology student.

Her on-and-off relationship with Kingsley, as well as her willing relationship with JP, were two of Fresh Meat’s main storylines.

Prior to Fresh Meat, Kimberley Nixon starred in the Wild Child and Angus films, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Since the show she has appeared in Ordinary Lies, Death in Paradise and the ITV drama The Salisbury Poisonings.

She also has a young son and a dog, regularly posting cute photos of the two on social media.

Greg McHugh – Howard

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Since Fresh Meat, Greg McHugh has been in The A Word and Guilt[/caption]

Howard was the quirky Scottish geology student Fresh Meat fans adored.

Played by Greg McHugh, he was socially inept and had trouble making friends, but was the only band member to leave college with a job.

After Fresh Meat, Greg teamed up with Jack Whitehall again when he played homeless Bonehead in the Bad Education Christmas special.

Since then he has played Eddie Scott in The A Word and, more recently, in BBC’s Guilt.

Joe Thomas-Kingsley

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Joe Thomas is engaged to his former Inbetweeners co-star Hannah Tointon[/caption]

Joe Thomas was already a household name, having played Simon in the Inbetweeners.

Many argued that Kingsley was an older version of Simon due to both characters having choice hairstyles and desperately chasing a girl without much luck.

In real life, Joe appeared in both Inbetweeners films while filming Fresh Meat – and worked with actor Will Simon Bird again in the comedy Sky Chickens.

He also appeared with his Inbetweeners co-star James Buckley in White Gold, so there’s really no getting away from the Simon comparisons.

Clearly a huge fan of his Inbetweeners castmates, he’s been in a relationship with Hannah Tointon, who played Simon’s girlfriend Tara, ever since they met on the show.

They got engaged in 2017 and now live together in London.

Gemma Chan – Ruth

Gemma Chan was only in the first series of Fresh Meat as Ruth
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Like Jack, Gemma broke Hollywood, appearing in Crazy Rich Asians and Marvel movies[/caption]

Gemma Chan was only in the first series of Fresh Meat and played student Ruth, who shone at Kingsley.

She started dating Jack Whitehall in 2011, after they met on set.

Unfortunately, the couple broke up in 2017 and the following year she started dating Mamma Mia! and Captain America actor Dominic Cooper, with whom she now lives in London.

Since Fresh Meat, Gemma has enjoyed huge success, having starred in major Hollywood films including Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Crazy Rich Asians and a few Marvel movies.

She was also one of 15 women chosen by Meghan Markle to appear on the cover of her September 2019 issue published by British Vogue.

Sophie Wu-Heather

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Heather was Kingsley’s love interest for two series[/caption]

Sophie is currently pregnant with her second child

Heather was Josie’s friend and fellow dentistry student, who ended up dating Kingsley, much to Josie’s disgust.

She and Josie often argued over Kingsley, and in the third series he finally chose Josie over her.

Before starring in Fresh Meat, actress Sophie Wu starred in the Hollywood film Kick-Ass and its sequel.

However, since the show ended, she has focused more on acting and will soon star alongside Emilia Clarke in The Seagull in London’s West End.

She is also now a mother to a baby boy and is pregnant with her second child.

Jelka van Houten – Sabine

Sabine was the adult Dutch student who joined the house later
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Jelka is still in Dutch film, but is now more focused on being a mum and a goldsmith[/caption]

Jelka van Houten joined the cast of Fresh Meat in series two as Sabine, the seventh housemate, replacing Paul – their housemate who never left his room and was never seen on screen.

Sabine was a mature Dutch student, who didn’t have much in common with the rest of the housemates and frequently judged them.

Jelka still acts, although mainly in Dutch films.

She is also a mom of a toddler and works as a goldsmith, creating small pendants on the side.

Jack Whitehall – JP

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JP was the arrogant but lovable classy boy played by Jack Whitehall[/caption]

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He is dating model Roxy Horner and has starred in Hollywood movies[/caption]

Jack Whitehall was by far the best-known actor when Fresh Meat started.

The already successful comedian played Jonathan « JP » Pembersley, the posh public schoolboy, who failed to get into a « real » college and ended up in poly.

Ever since Fresh Meat Jack traveled the world with his hilarious dad in Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Dad on Netflix.

He has also hosted the Brit Awards, the Royal Variety Performance and is a regular on the Sky game show A League of Their Own.

And he broke Hollywood, having starred in Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, and, more recently, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Jack is now in a relationship with model Roxy Horner.

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