Five 90s Heartthrobs

Pete Simpson

In the 1980s two sets of parents with the name Simpson decided to conceive, give birth and bring up a new junior – Homer and Marge in 1989 and my Mum and Dad a few years before them. So, like Bart, I was a child who grew up throughout the 1990s. At the time there were a few males on the TV who looking back made me question my sexuality from an early age. Here are my top 5 men who will have turned many a questioning child’s head during the decade that was the 1990s.



Although episodes were actually only created in the early 1980s, my childhood was filled with re-runs of the super hero who quite frankly is a little underrated. By the power of Greyskull, who could not swoon at Prince Adam as he waves his large glowing sword in the air proclaiming he has the power? As Adam’s transformation into He-Man occurs, his muscles bulge and his clothes drop off slightly. You realise there certainly is something hot about a man, albeit a cartoon man, becoming all feisty, powerful and riding a lion.

Mark Paul Gosselaar


We’ve all had that moment on a school day when you wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning and your dog has eaten all your homework last night, right? Yes, Zack Morris, all these days you were “Saved by the Bell”, we know how you felt. As a little schemer who always broke the rules, chased the girls, and got in to trouble, there certainly was something quite attractive about his charm. The stuff teenage fantasies are made of.

Paul Nicholls


In 1994, Children’s BBC brought us The Biz, a drama series about kids at a stage school. A cross between Byker Grove and a Drama class in Grange Hill, the series launched the career of actor Paul Nicholls, and who didn’t want a piece of him? Curtains were the hair style of the moment, and boy did he carry those off well. In fact as he grew up and appeared in EastEnders, on several occasions we saw him with little more than just his curtains. I for one would not have minded tugging on his pully chord and breaking opening up his parting.

Lucky Vanous


So it’s 11.30 and time for refreshment perhaps? 1994 saw one of the most famous of the Diet Coke ads was all over teatime telly. For a young gay, depending on which ITV region you lived, 5.10pm or 6pm was a hormonal time, Home and Away was on with copious amounts of topless surf hunks, only to be interrupted by and ad break featuring the Diet break commercial. The one I refer to in particular is where the drably dressed office workers rush over to the window to ogle over the piece of man meat that’s outside. Model Lucky Vanous, possibly only famous for this ad, was a workman who, not complying with health and safety, whips his t-shirt off and seductively sips the ice cold can. It was because of this advert during teatime television that a cushion was often strategically placed on one’s lap.

Brian Molko


The 90s weren’t filled with many openly gay personalities on TV let’s face it, but in 1996 the song “Nancy Boy” saturated UK playlists and Placebo were plunged in to UK fame. Many a gay teen across the land were hanging on for androgynous and mouthy Brian Molko’s announcement of being bisexual in the hope he’d ‘come out’ as fully paid up homo. The makeup, the flamboyance and of course that song assisted catapulting the band on to the scene defiantly placing them and Molko as a 90s gay icon.

About Pete Simpson

Pete is a 20 year old (and some) guy who describes himself as a social entrepreneur. He is an LGBT charity trustee and was voted best dressed male 2004 at sixth form college. Often found with a beer, in Birmingham, London or Milton Keynes. Twitter @cardboardcakes