With her film career not setting the world alight, Katie, now 38, then went on to marry A-list action star Tom Cruise and having daughter Suri before later divorcing him.
She is now publicly dating actor Jamie Foxx and is trying her hand at directing.
James Van Der Beek played the titular character, film-geek Dawson Leery, who was in love with his best friend Joey Potter, played by Katie.
While Van Der Beek was arguably the most famous face among the actors when the show ended, he hasn't quite managed to retain his fame in the years that have followed.
Michelle Williams was just 18 when she began playing Jen Lindley.