These are the ages of the Friends cast now and when they first started the show

Jennifer Aniston was just 25 when she first played Rachel


The Friends reunion has taken place 17 years after the show wrapped up its 10th season and in the new episode the cast reflect on all the time gone by since they first stared in the iconic TV show. But what exact age where the cast members when they filmed the pilot of Friends in 1994?

Over the years there’s been a lot of conversation about the inconsistencies of the characters’ ages. However the general consensus is Rachel and Monica were meant to be 24 years old in the pilot. Joey was supposed to be 25 and Ross, Chandler and Phoebe were all 26 years old.

In many TV shows it’s not unusual for actors to play characters that are way younger than they actually are, but the Friends casting team managed to get six actors that were pretty similar in age to the characters they were supposed to be.

Now all the cast are in their 50s, double the age from when they began filming and this is how old they were when they began the show:

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is 52 years old and could not look more stunning. When she first began on Friends she was just 25 years old playing a 24-year-old Rachel.

In 1994, Jennifer was a relatively unknown actress, now nearly 30 years on she’s the most famous of the cast and a multimillionaire.

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox is one of the oldest cast members of the Friends. She was 30 years old when she began filming the pilot, playing a 24-year-old Monica.

Now she is 56 years old and if I look half as good as her at either age I’ll be very happy.

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow is the oldest of the Friends cast at 57 years old. She was 31 years old when she first took on the role of Phoebe.

Lisa had a number of roles before she starred in Friends, but the show was her big break and she was the first of the cast to win an Emmy for Friends.

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer was 28 years old when he filmed the pilot of Friends, playing 26-year-old Ross who was already in the process of a divorce. At just 26? Madness.

Now David is 54 years old and has one daughter.

Matthew Perry

Friends cast ages

Matthew Perry is the youngest of the Friends cast at 51 years old. He was born in 1969, the same year as Jennifer Aniston, however his birthday is the September whereas Jennifer’s is in February.

This means Matthew was also 25 years old when the pilot of Friends aired in September 1994.

Matt LeBlanc

Friends cast ages

First of all can we please address Joey’s hair in the pilot episode? It’s literally a bowl cut.

In the first episode of Friends Matt LeBlanc was 27 years old playing a 25-year-old Joey. Now Matt is 53 years old.

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