He was one of Australia’s biggest cult figures in the ’90s, thanks to his boyish good looks, lovable personality and killer smile.
Now ‘Dougie’ the Pizza Hut delivery guy is back in a new ad campaign for the fast food giant and he looks very different.
Actor Diarmid Heidenreich, 44, has reprised his role as ‘Dougie’ to promote Pizza Hut’s latest ‘Hot Dot delivered hot or the next one is free’ promotion.
Blast from the past: ‘Dougie’ the Pizza Hut delivery guy is back in a new ad campaign for the fast food giant. Pictured here in the early ’90s
The end result is a welcome waft of nostalgia, guaranteed to please anyone old enough to remember the original ads that aired more than 25 years ago.
In the ad, Diarmid sports a similar hairstyle but a more mature appearance.
It’s no secret Diarmid’s turn as Dougie was massively popular back in the day.
In fact, the Pizza Hut ads he shot between 1993 and 1996 made him a household name – then it all came crashing down.
In 1996, Diarmid made headlines for all the wrongs reasons when he was involved in a drug- and alcohol-fuelled car accident that left his girlfriend at the time in hospital.
New look: In the ad, Diarmid sports a similar hairstyle but a more mature appearance
He ended up spending 77 weekends in Parramatta Jail doing periodic detention.
In the early noughties, Diarmid’s career bounced back thanks to roles on Water Rats and McLeod’s Daughters.
In 2003, he married journalist Genevieve Quigley and the couple share two kids, daughter Ivory, 14, and son Jasper.
Learning to fly: In 2003, Diarmid married journalist Genevieve Quigley and the couple share two kids, daughter Ivory, 14, and son Jasper
Of course, Diarmid wasn’t the only famous person in the Heidenreich clan.
His sister Siobhann was a member of the all-singing, all-dancing, flower-hat wearing girl group Girlfriend, alongside Robyn Loau, Lorinda Noble, Jacqui Cowell and Melanie Alexander.
Girlfriend scored six Top 40 hits back in the day, including Girl’s Life, Bad Attitude, Without You, Heartbeat, Sooner or Later, and their number one smash, Take It From Me.
Flower power: Diarmid wasn’t the only famous person in the Heidenreich clan. His sister Siobhann was (far right) was in the ’90s group Girlfriend