Hurrah! Will & Grace are returning to RTÉ2 on Monday with brand new episodes. In honour of their comeback Sinead Brennan is taking a look at what the main cast got up to between the 2006 finale and the show's revival.

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes became household names when Will &  Grace first took the TV world by storm in 1998, and fans were sad to see the show finish after eight seasons.

In January 2017, after the cast got back together for a 10-minute online special urging Americans to vote in the 2016 presidential election, it was announced that the series would be revived for a season of new episodes, which first aired in the US last September. Before they even aired, NBC renewed it for a tenth season, so Will & Grace (and Jack & Karen) are well and truly back.

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But before there were whispers of a reunion, over a decade had passed and the cast had to move on in the same way the show's fans did, so here's what they all did in that time…

Will: Eric McCormack

After Will & Grace, McCormack went straight from small screen to stage, starring in an off-Broadway play Some Girl(s) that earned him rave reviews. His return to the small screen for a television adaptation of Michael Crichton's The Strain, The Andromeda Strain, didn't see him win over the critics however.

After making appearances in procedurals like Monk and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, McCormack struck gold with Perception, which saw him take the lead in the show from 2012-2015. In it McCormack played an eccentric neuroscientist helping the government solve complex cases - very different from Will.

With 2016's Netflix drama Travelers, McCormack was given the chance to shine, with the series developing a loyal fan base, and it wasn't just acting that kept McCormack busy; he also set up his own production company to develop ideas for television.

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Grace: Debra Messing

Even before Will & Grace ended the big screen called Debra Messing and she landed a role in 2002's The Mothman Prophecies with Richard Gere, and 2004's Along Came Polly with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller. Messing continued to make films, including 2008's The Women, and a string of TV movies, after Will & Grace came to a halt.

From 2007 to 2008, Messing starred as Molly Kagan, the ex-wife of a Hollywood film mogul, on the television miniseries The Starter Wife, for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance. After that she appeared as Broadway playwright Julia Houston on the musical drama Smash (2012–2013).

She made her real life Broadway debut in 2014, starring alongside Brían F. O'Byrne in a production of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar, which was nominated for Best Play at that year's Tony Awards.

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Jack: Sean Hayes

The series may have been named after Will and Grace, but it was (Just) Jack that often stole the show.

Going on to have arguably the most successful career of the main cast, Hayes has done a lot since Will & Grace finished – evening winning a Primetime Emmy for hosting the 64th Annual Tony Awards.

Like McCormack, Hayes set up a TV production company and comedy Hot in Cleveland was among his productions. He made a guest appearance on the series, and also enjoyed cameos in 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and American Dad, keeping his foot very much in the world of comedy.

The big screen also called to Hayes and he took a role in 2007's The Bucket List, which also starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. In 2012 he starred in the reboot of The Three Stooges, with a sequel announced but no release information yet available.

It wasn't just his face that was likely to pop up on the big screen either, with voice acting becoming a big passion for him. His credits include Igor (2008), Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010), Monster's University (2013) and The Emoji Movie (2017).

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Karen: Megan Mullally

Leaving Karen Walker behind, Megan Mullally seized many opportunities to try new things on television, ranging from guest appearances in big comedies like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Bob's Burgers, to a 67-episode run on Childrens Hospital from 2008-2016.

Notably, Mullally voiced Barney Stinson's mother in a 2006 episode of How I Met Your Mother, but by the time it came to casting an actress to be seen as Mrs. Stinson on screen years later, another star was cast.

That same year Mullally began helming her own talkshow, The Megan Mullally Show, and hosting was something she did again with stints on Saturday Night Live and a guest-spot on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Like Hayes, Mullally also lent her voice to film, starring in the 2007 animated feature The Bee Movie.

She also appeared in 2016's Why Him? alongside Bryan Cranston and James Franco, and 2017's awards season darling The Disaster Artist as Greg Sestero's mother.

Before her Will & Grace days Mullally had a passion for theatre and in 2014 she starred in an off-Broadway production of Annupurna.

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Will & Grace returns to RTÉ2 on Monday at 9pm.

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