The Cast of ‘The Nanny’ – Where Are They Now?

Gage Skidmore

It’s been almost 22 years since CBS’ sitcom The Nanny aired its season finale. A lot can change after more than two decades since we last saw Fran Drescher and the rest of the cast. Here’s a look at where the cast of The Nanny is today.

The Nanny Cast: Fran Drescher (Fran Fine)

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Fran‘s been keeping busy since playing the “flashy girl from Flushing” with the nasally voice. From 2011 to 2013, she produced and starred in the TV Land show Happily Divorced. Fran made her Broadway debut in 2014 when she starred in Cinderella as the evil stepmother Madame opposite Carly Rae Jepsen. She even joined the touring company of the musical in spring 2015 to reprise the role for the show’s run in Los Angeles.

In January 2020, Playbill reported that Fran is developing a stage adaptation of The Nanny and penning the book alongside her co-creator for the television series and ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. She told Marie Claire in an April 2021 interview that the Broadway adaptation will be “much bigger than the TV show,” and that she has considered portraying Sylvia Fine in the show. 

Fran even hinted at who might take her place on stage in The Nanny’s titular role, saying only that she has her eyes trained on a pop star who has appeared in Hollywood movies before.

The Nanny Cast: Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield)

What is MISTAH SHEFFIELD up to now? A myriad of TV appearances, that’s what! He had a multi-episode arc on Mad Men during the show’s third season. (He was the “Powell” of British ad agency Putnam, Powell and Lowe.) More recently, Charles has made guest appearances on Ghosted (2018), Modern Family (2019), and was last credited for three episodes in the Disney Channel series Just Roll With It (2019-2020).

It looks like Charles and his family may appear in the upcoming season of Celebrity Family Feud, too.

The Nanny Cast: Daniel Davis (Niles)

No one could deliver an insult quite like Niles! And our mind is still blown that Daniel Davis isn’t actually British. His work since The Nanny has been intermittent. He appeared briefly in 2006’s The Prestige, and guest-starred on shows like Gotham, The Blacklist, Elementary, and The Good Fight in the latter half of the 2010s. He’s also done some stage work, last appearing in a revival of Noises Off in 2016. That same year, he said in an interview with that he never understood why The Nanny’s writers ended the show with his character and C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane) as a couple.

“The only reason I thought it could have worked would be if they were planning a spin-off, like The Niles and C.C. Show, which I would have loved — but they didn’t go with that idea,” he said.

The Nanny Cast: Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock)

Lauren, who played C.C. Babcock, has stuck mostly to theater work since ending her stint on The Nanny. She appeared on stage in productions of August: Osage County, God of Carnage, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In 2019, she appeared in a short film called Dress Code.

It looks like Lauren Lane is using Cameo these days, too: now you have a perfect opportunity to surprise The Nanny fans in your life with a message from C.C. Babcock herself!

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The Nanny Cast: Nicholle Tom (Maggie Sheffield)

As the eldest daughter of the Sheffield clan, Maggie, Nicholle Tom went from awkward teen to self-assured adult on the show. Since the show ended, she’s guest-starred on a slew of other TV shows, including Criminals Minds, Castle, Masters of Sex, Gotham, Survivor’s Remorse, and Hollywood Darlings. It appears that Nicholle took to uploading videos of her life over the last year to YouTube, as well.

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The Nanny Cast: Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton Sheffield)

Benjamin has been largely out of the acting spotlight since he played mischievous middle child, Brighton, on The Nanny. His IMDb page says he graduated from American University and his last noteworthy credit is a 2005 episode of Numb3rs. As of 2017, it appeared Benjamin worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as the park’s Director of Operations.

The Nanny Cast: Madeline Zima (Gracie Sheffield)

Madeline’s done quite well for herself after playing the wise-beyond-her-years youngest daughter Gracie, on The Nanny. She starred on Showtime’s Californication (2007-2011) and was a recurring guest-star on Heroes (2009-2010). In 2017, she appeared in two episodes of Twin Peaks’ third season, and later made appearances in the 2019 film Bombshell and one episode of HBO’s Perry Mason in 2020.

You can catch Madeline alongside Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson in the 2021 film Bliss, available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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The Nanny Cast: Renee Taylor (Sylvia Fine)

We loved Renee as Fran’s “Ma,” the always-hungry Sylvia Fine. She had a recurring role on Fran’s other show, Happily Divorced, appeared as Ted Mosby’s neighbor on How I Met Your Mother, and lent her voice to two episodes of Bob’s Burgers as Linda’s mother, Gloria.

Renee, now 88, starred alongside Adam Sandler in the 2016 Netflix movie The Do-Over and the 2017 film How to Be a Latin Lover. She acted alongside her late husband Joseph Bologna in his final film, Tango Shalom, which received Best Comedy and Best Lead Actor awards at the Montreal Independent Film Festival in February 2021.

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The Nanny Cast: Ann Morgan Guilbert (Grandma Yetta)

Sadly, Ann Morgan Guilbert died of cancer in Los Angeles on June 14, 2016, at age 87. She last appeared in two episodes of Life In Pieces in 2016, in which she appeared as Shirley “Gigi” Pirkle, mother of Dianne West’s Dr. Joan Short. Life In Pieces season two episode “Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem: is dedicated to Guilbert.

We still miss Grandma Yetta’s totally over-the-top fashion sense.

While we’re waiting for Fran Fine to complete work on The Nanny’s Broadway adaptation — and impatiently guess who might take on the titular role — you can reunite with the entire cast of The Nanny by watching the original show on HBO Max.

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