Child Stars Then And Now: Our Favourite Nostalgic Celebs

Child Stars Then And Now: Our Favourite Nostalgic Celebs

Get ready to hop into your metaphorical time machine with these amazing 'then and now' celebrity snaps...

by Laura Jane Turner

Harry Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter movie
These three faces became super famous, thanks to J.K.Rowling and the Harry Potter series

Looking at child stars, then and now, we've decided that there's really no better way to pass the time. Can you think of anything better? Yup, we're drawing a blank too. 

Throwback 90s TV shows give us so many happies. Remember watching back-to-back episodes of Saved By The Bell on Nickelodeon? Or was that just us?

Whether reminiscing about child stars from the big screen, or thinking about your ultimate teenage TV crush (Zack Morris, anyone?) we've got the very best 'then and now' snaps to keep you entertained.

1. Child Stars Then And Now: Harry Potter's Gregory Goyle

Crikey. Remember Draco Malfoy's meathead sidekicks, Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe? Well, Goyle has come a long, long way since his Slytherin days, because actor Josh Herdman is now a dad (aw) and an amateur MMA cage fighter! Yep, the 28-year-old looks unreconisable these days, and can be seen on Twitter posing in tiny lycra shorts as he shows off those incredible abs. We mean, wow. But don't think he's totally left his acting roots behind... Josh still has an agent and goes to auditions, telling the Mirror he's 'passionate about both acting and fighting.' Glad to hear it!

2. Child Stars Then And Now: Gyln Wise From Big Brother

If you were a Big Brother fan back in the day, then you would have also fallen head over heels for cute Welsh lifeguard Glyn Wise, who famously had NO CLUE how to boil an egg (yep, trus story). But ten years on, Glyn couldn't be living a more different lifestyle, as he's only running to be a policitian! Yes, Glyn's up to be Plaid Cymru’s candidate in Cardiff Central, and has even appeared on TV for live political debats. Good on you, chappy! And doesn't he look smart...

3. Child Stars Then And Now: Max From Liar Liar

Get ready for the most shocking child star transformation of them all, because Jim Carrey's son Max from Liar Liar looks like a TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON now that's he's all grown up. Yep, gone is the cute floppy blonde hair and chubby cheeks, because actor Justin Cooper is now a skinhead with a goatee and a serious set of shoulders on him. Is that you, Max?!

4. Child Stars Then And Now: Matt Lawrence

Mrs Doubtfire was undoubtably one of the most heart-warming movies of our childhood. But do you ever wondered what the three kids who were blessed with the most LOL nanny in the world are up to now? Well, Matt Lawrence, who played Chris Hillard (the son of Robin Williams' character), is all grown up now. Gone is the bowl cut/mullet, and in its place, a pretty sexy mop of hair, and a pretty sexy face to go with it. The only downside is that he's now 36-years-old, which makes us feel hella old.

5. Child Stars Then And Now: Cole Sprouse 

Remember Ross' son Ben? Ben appeared in a string of episodes in the early noughties and was played by child star Cole Sprouse. Him and his twin brother Dylan starred in a number of movies as well as having their own show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Cole is now 23 and looks completely unregonisable! 


6. Child Stars Then And Now: Connie Talbot

Instagram: @officialconnietalbot

Connie Talbot was just six when she came runner-up on Britain's Got Talent in 2007. Now 15, she's releasing her SEVENTH album. Yep, you heard us right. Seventh.

Her latest offering is called Matters To Me, and includes both covers and original songs co-written by the teen.

7. Child Stars Then And Now: Jack Ryder

Remember Jack Ryder? He was EastEnders' resident late 90s heartthrob, making teen girls (including us) swoon in his role as Jamie Mitchell.

Jamie was best known for his rocky romance with Sonia Jackson, before he was tragically killed off in a car accident on Christmas Day 2002. Oh, how we wept...

So what's Jack up to now? Well, since his divorce from Kym Marsh in 2009, he's become a successful film and theatre director.

His ex-castmate Dean Gaffney uploaded this snap to Instagram, captioning it: 'Wow what a change... Love this guy ... But how many of you will know who this is.....#ryder!'

Still looking good without the blond curtains, Jack!

8. Child Stars Then And Now: Chris Crocker

When Britney made a rather botched comeback performance at the MTV Awards in 2007, Chris Crocker a.k.a. Britney super-fan took it upon himself to defend her performance in one seriously tearful YouTube display. Yep, we're talking about the infamous "Leave Britney Alone" guy. It was only a matter of time before Mr Crocker went viral, but while his vids were AH-MAZING, his looks weren't quite as mesmerising. Until now...

Erm <3 <3 <3 <3

9. Child Stars Then And Now: Jahmene Douglas

We haven't really heard a peep from Jahmene, who was runner up in X Factor back in 2012. The super talented singer had a famously close relationship with mentor Nicole Scherzinger, but not even she would recognise him now - how grown up does he look?! In a series of Instagram selfies, the 24-year-old looks remarkably different from his 2012 self, sporting plumper lips and some seriously chiselled cheekbones, as well as an edgy new 'do. What a difference a few years makes!

10. Child Stars Then And Now: Daniel Bedingfield

If you grew up in the early '00s, you'll know ALL about Daniel Bedingfield and his disco banger 'Gotta Get Thru This' - if you're wondering about the 'thru', it's all about that Nokia 3310 text talk.

Now 36 years old, Daniel appeared on Lorraine to talk about his latest venture, promoting the West End musical War Of The Worlds. But he probably didn't bargain for the reaction he attracted on social media.

One user gushed, 'Ooooh @DanielBedingfld is looking GOOD on @reallorraine this morning.'

But another wrote, 'Blimey Daniel bedingfield is still alive #Igottagetthroughthis.'  

Blimey. Well, he's back. And our inner teenage fangirls are rejoicing. 

11. Child Stars Then And Now: Joanna From Love Actually

Love Actually is one of the best Christmas films of ALL TIME (in our opinion), so no wonder one of the child stars from this festive favourite has resurfaced, all grown up. Remember Sam and his adorable school boy crush on super popular social butterfly Joanna?

She gave us all goosebumps with her rendition of All I Want For Christmas, and ended up putting Sam out of his misery with a Christmas kiss on the cheek. N'aw.

Instagram: @oliviaroseolson

Joanna, played by Olivia Olson, is 23-years-old now. And she certainly looks different.

12. Child Stars Then And Now: Buzz From Home Alone

As it's coming up to the 25th anniversary of Home Alone, we thought we'd share with you what older bully brother Buzz McCallister looks like now. We're not sure we'd recognise the actor Devin Ratray now.

Buzz from Home Alone.

13. Child Stars Then And Now: Baby Emma From Friends

Perhaps some of the most memorable scenes from Friends included Ross and Rachel trying to negotiate baby Emma - who can forget their rendition of Baby Got Back? 

The identity of the little baby that was subjected to Sir Mix-A-Lot has finally been revealed, and we're actually seeing double!

Emma from Friends now Image: Ballerini Cooley Studios

It appears that identical twins Noelle and Cali Sheldon took turns playing Emma in the hit 90s show.

Thanks to a Reddit thread, we now know that these two are 13-years-old, and still acting, both with active IMDB profiles.  

You've got to love the internet. 

14. Child Stars Then And Now: Bruce Bogtrotter From Matilda

Facebook: Jimmy Karz

The cake-eating kid from Matilda became a celebrated character amongst children everywhere after he defeated the biggest chocolate cake we had ever laid eyes on, thanks to the teacher of nightmares, Miss Trunchbull. 

Now, Jimmy Karz is definitely a full on grown up. And a complete hottie.

15. Child Stars Then And Now: The Parent Trap

Obviously, we all know what Lindsay Lohan looks like these days. But she did give us a handy reminder of her '98 self after feeling refreshed and revived on a spa trip. Holding up a snapshot of Annie/Hallie on her phone and recreating the twin's famous pose, the actress wrote: 'Spa week really does wonders! #laprairieswitzerland #theparenttrap.' She's barely aged a day...

16. Child Stars Then And Now: Peter Pan 

Jeremy Sumpter from the 2003 live action flick of Disney's Peter Pan has left Neverland - and is definitely all grown up! He's 26-years-old now... And we can't stop looking at that smile. 

17. Child Stars Then And Now: Dewey From Malcolm In The Middle 

REX / Instagram: @erikpersullivan

Played by Erik Per Sullivan, Dewey pretty much mirrored every family's youngest child.

His last acting role was documented in 2010, and both his Twitter and Instagram accounts remain unverified. But the star, who was born in 1991, sure looks different now... 

18. Child Stars Then And Now: The Queen's Nose 

Victora Shalet starred in the hit TV show Queen's Nose, sparking a whole generation of youngsters to start rubbing the faces of their odd 50p coins. She then also took part in Jonathan Creek and The Bill, as well as many more TV shows and commercials. 

After a successful stint as an actress, Victoria has since re-trained for a new career as a psychotherapist. 

19. Child Stars Then And Now: Juanita From Desperate Housewives

Twitter: @maddielovesyou1

We've got some chestnuts of news for you Desperate Housewives fans. 

A: Little Juanita isn't so little anymore. And check out that seriously on fleek eyeliner flick. 

B: She's Demi Lovato's sister. Did you know that? 'Cause we DIDN'T. 

The 13-year-old actress recently opened up to US Magazine, saying: "I think when people say they wish Demi Lovato was their sister, they don't realize how hard it is to be related to someone who's constantly away on tour,” Madison told the magazine. “But she's good at making time for me. We text constantly, and whenever she sees a funny tweet, she'll screenshot it and send it to our family group message. When Demi is home, our relationship is just like any sisters'. We get fro-yo and watch the ID channel — we're obsessed — and we talk about anything and everything. I know I can trust her with it all."

20. Child Stars Then And Now: Peter Shepherd From Jumanji 

The loveable little boy from Jumanji - you know, the one that got turned into a monkey - is all grown up now. 

Fans of this '90s classic are outraged at the news that they're planning a re-make. Yes, you read that right. Sony announced this week that a new Jumanji film is on its way. And the internet has reacted accordingly. We just don't understand... 

21. Child Stars Then And Now: Tom Riddle From Harry Potter

Voldemort's younger self was played by a 16-year-old Frank Dillane... 

Now, he's totally owning the long-haired rocker look. And we're loving it. He's also going to be starring in the Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

22. Child Stars Then And Now: Josh From My Parents Are Aliens

We've got fond memories of this quirky family... 

And Josh has done a total Harvey (from Sabrina) on us. 

23. Child Stars Then And Now: Cho Chang From Harry Potter

Remember Cho? She dazzled Harry and was his first kiss. And also dated Cedric AKA R-Pattz. 

She's 26-years-old now. And absolutely gorgeous, dontcha think? 

24. Child Stars Then And Now: The Weasley Twins

Possibly our favourite on-screen duo, like, ever (fair?), the Weasley twins had us all giggling and crying into our laps. 

Now, the Harry Potter stars aren't even ginger anymore.

We're just not sure how we feel about this. 

25. Child Stars Then And Now: High School Musical's Corbin Bleu

It's been roughly ten years since the original cast was put together for this cult Disney classic. And Corbin has definitely grown up A LOT.

26. Child Stars Then And Now: Eastenders' Tiffany Butcher

We remember Maisie Smith as little Tiff from Eastenders. Now, Bianca's little girl has hit her teenage years. And what a pretty young lady she is... 

27. Child Stars Then And Now: Harry Potter's Dudley Dursley

Harry Melling is the actor behind Harry Potter's mean cousin Dudley. He was the character we all loved to hate. But now, Harry is all grown up. At the age of 26, he couldn't look more different...


28. Child Stars Then And Now: The Sun From The Teletubbies

Twitter: @WATNCelebrity

The giggling sun baby used to watch over Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. But now, she's a grown-up girl who's enjoying a normal life. 

Jess Smith made the announcement on Facebook, saying: " “I used to hide it but after a lot of encouragement from my friends at university, I’ve gained the confidence to come out with it. I am the sun from Teletubbies. There has been quite a few people pretending to be ’the sun’ but only I could tell you the real story.”


29. Child Stars Then And Now: The Girl From The Ring 

Is there anything creepier than a haunted, scary ghost child? Yes. Yes there is. One that crawls out of a well and through your television screen... Shudders. 

Our nightmares from The Ring still haven't quite left us. 

But we're in awe at how much the girl who played the subject of our bad dreams, Samara, has changed. 

Instagram: @daveighc

She's pretty gorgeous now, right?

30. Child Stars Then And Now: Chunk From The Goonies

We don't know about you, but we loved watching The Goonies as kids. Heck, we'd love to watch it now too! 

Chunk was the goofy kid from The Goonies gang, with his loveable Hawaiin shirts and hearty appetite. 

Now, he's left his movie days behind him - he last hit our screens at the age of 16 - and is a successful Lawyer. 

31. Child Stars Then And Now: Nick Carter's Brother

Twitter: aaroncarter

Remember Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys? 'Course you do. Remember his little brother Aaron? Yes! 

There was 'I Want Candy' and 'Aaron's Party'... and now, he's 27-years-old. And pretty ripped. 

32. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Tim Burton's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

London born Freddie Highmore is a familiar face, having starred in children's favourites FInding Neverland, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the remake of the Roald Dahl's classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Starring alongside the movie legend that is Johnny Depp, he's chosen to take a backseat from the limelight. He is now aged 23-years-old.  

33. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Love Actually 

Thomas Brodie-Sangster became a treasured face when he hit screens as Liam Neeson's heart-broken son in Love Actually. It's a Christmas classic that's become one of the most popular feel-good movies for a good ol' night in. 

Of course, he's no stranger to the big and small screens, having also starred in the TV series Stig Of The Dump, as well as landing a role in Nanny McPhee. 

Anyway, he's now grown up to the age of 25, and this is what he looks like now... 

What a smoulder. 

34. Child Stars Then And Now: Christian From Clueless

Remember the heart-throb from this iconic '90s chick flick? He broke Cher's (and all of our) hearts when it transpired that he was gay. But he made a good BFF, so we got over it pretty quickly. 

Anyway, the cast had a reunion. And here's what he looks like now... 

35. Child Stars Then And Now: The Little Rascals

Bug Hall from The Little Rascals

Remember Alfalfa from The Little Rascals?! Y'know, the one with the cute smile and wiggly ears.

Well actor Bug Hall, 30, looks TOTALLY different now. We think. We can't really tell behind that beard.

36. Child Stars Then And Now: The School Of Rock 

We don't know about you, but we love Jack Black - and this film has always had us roaring with laughter. 

Remember the resident teacher's pet Summer Hathaway? Well. She's 22-years-old now. And gorgeous, of course. 

37. Child Stars Then And Now: Lindsay Lohan's Parent Trap Double

We all remember that film from our childhood, right? It pretty much summed up our relationship with our parents (or at least the one we wanted to have if we weren't so chicken). 

Parent Trap Lindsey Lohan

Now, Lindsay Lohan's body double has been revealed. And she looks a LOT like her. Go figure. 

Meet Erin Mackey, who is now a 29-year-old American actress. Minds = blown. 

Erin Mackey

38. Child Stars Then And Now: Sabrina The Teenage Witch's Harvey

sabrina the teenage witch

How much did you LOVE Sabrina and Harvey? That was our relationship goals right there. 

But the star, Nate Richert, could not look more different now. Gone is the floppy boy band haircut (aw, we loved the curtains) and baby face.

Nate Richert

He took to Twitter to share this snap. At least his sense of humour is the same... 

39. Child Stars Then And Now: Padma Patil From Harry Potter 

padma patil from harry potter then and nowTwitter: @afshan_azad

The Harry Potter star's Twitter account has come to light, which shows Afshan Azad, who played Padma Patil in the box office hit, all grown up. And super glam, we might add. 

The star tweeted: "10,000 followers overnight. You lot are crrrrrayyyyyyzyyy!!!" 

40. Child Stars Then And Now: The Kid From Jerry Maguire 

kid from Jerry Maguire

With Father's Day just around the corner, Jonathan Lipnicki has made a video for his on-screen dad, Tom Cruise. 

And get ready to be absolutely dumbfounded by what he looks like now. We mean, hello six pack. Phew. You can watch the full video here

You're welcome. 

41. Child Stars Then And Now: The Cruel Intentions Cast

the cruel intentions cast They genuinely haven't aged a day. What's your secret, ladies?!

Hands up who lists Cruel Intentions as one of their most pivotal films of the '90s? WE DO. From Ryan Phillipe's evil but seriously sexy Sebastian to Reese Witherspoon's innocent Annette and Sarah Michelle Gellar playing the ultimate super-bitch, it was one of the most tense, dramatic and a tiny bit twisted films of our teenage years. And 16 years later, the ladies of the cast have reunited for a super cute girls night out. And they literally haven't aged a day... Check out Selma Blair's perfect Cecile pose!

'Best girls night of the year!!! ‪#‎cruelintentions‬', Reese captioned the image on Facebook. Here's hoping that Ryan was simply running late that day... ; )

42. Child Stars Then And Now: Matthew Lewis AKA Neville Longbottom 

 Matthew Lewis on the red carpet Matthew Lewis has come a long way since his days as Neville Longbottom

You know where we're going with this. Everyone's got that friend. The one that was a little late to the party. The late bloomer. Matt Lewis pretty much encompasses that. On-screen he played the reliable and perhaps slightly nerdy friend, off-screen he blossomed into a bit of a red carpet hottie, if you don't mind. 

Our worlds have been rocked by the latest shots of Matthew Lewis for Attitude Magazine. Ever since he made his Instagram account public - oh, that was a joyous day - the Harry Potter legend has been gaining queues of female fans with his hot new look. And we don't blame them. 

Matthew Lewis Attitude Magazine cover Instagram: @attitudemag - The Attitude Magazine cover in ALL it's glory...

You're welcome. 

43. Child Stars Then And Now: Mara Wilson AKA Matilda 

 Matilda and Mara Wilson on Instagram Mara Wilson has now given up on her film career

Flashback to a childhood Christmas next to the fire, with the twinkling of fairy lights and the Miracle On 34th Street on the box. Swoon.

Mara became a child superstar, with Mrs Doubtfire and Royal Dahl's Matilda also under her belt. Now, she's a keen writer and a self-proclaimed retweet curator

44. Child Stars Then And Now: The Saved By The Bell Cast

Saved By The Bell cast We have fond memories of this show...

Too many memories.

From our wardrobe crush on Kelly Kapowski to our school girl crush on the most popular guy in Bayside High School, Zack Morris, this has got to be one of the biggest nostalgia hits of all time. 

Saved By The Bell cast now Would you recognise them?

These days, Tiffani Thiessen (AKA Kelly K) is pregnant and Screech has done a stint on Celebrity Big Brother UK. 

45. Child Stars Then And Now: Cole Sprouse AKA Ben Geller From Friends

 Ben from Friends then and now Then and now: Cole Sprouse played Ben Geller in Friends


This recognisable kid took on one of the biggest sitcom roles, playing Ross Geller's son for two years. You may also recognise him from the comedy film Big Daddy, where he ran rings around Adam Sandler. 

These days, the 22-year-old has lush long hair and pretty much encompasses every One Directioner's fantasy. 

46. Child Stars Then And Now: Anna Chlumsky AKA Vada Sultenfuss From My Girl 

 My Girl movie poster and Anna Chlumsky And they called it puppy love...

This film taught us a lot about our childhood. It was our first experience of a holiday romance, with the cutest puppy love storyline between Vada and her best friend Thomas (enter, Macaulay Culkin). And we still can't stop the tears due to THAT ending.

It's like Bambi's mum all over again... Sob.

46. Child Stars Then And Now: Little Ant And Dec

Hands up how many of you will readily admit that Little Ant And Dec used to well and truly make your Saturday nights? Between their naughty pranks on Simon Cowell and their adorable interviews with HUGE celebs (no fear whatsoever), these two were absolute TV gold. But years on, where are they now? Well, safe to say these boys look very different from their pre-teen selves. James Pallister and Dylan McKenna are now in their 20s and both still live up north. And yep, they're CUTE.

47. Child Stars Then And Now: X Factor's Frankie Cocozza

He's probably best remembered for being X Factor's bad boy during its 2011 series, but he also enjoyed a stint on Celebrity Big Brother.

Now 23-years-old, Frankie has proved that he scrubs up pretty well. With over a million Twitter followers, the musician recently teased a new track, called Motorcycle 2.0, so it looks like he's planning on releasing some new material.

48. Child Stars Then And Now: X Factor's Tamera Foster

She was a pro at belting out power ballads and famous for her bright blonde hair and colourful outfits during her time on The X Factor back in 2013, but these days, Tamera Foster's looking pretty different. But still just as gorgeous. Fans were shocked to see the 19-year-old singer's drastic make-under on Instagram after Tamera shared a selfie showing herself rocking natural hair and make-up, and looking totally beautiful. Loving this look!

49. Child Stars Then And Now: Tag From Friends

Okay, so he's not a child, but we just HAD to show you what Tag from Friends aka. Rachel's toy boy lover looks like now. Because since working at Ralph Laurem (teehee) back in 2011, this hunk has blossomed into a full-blown CSI:New York star, and those adorable floppy curtains are long gone - we could still spot those sparkling baby blues from a mile off, though. Hellooo, Eddie Cahill!

50. Child Stars Then And Now: Neil Buchanan From Art Attack

Hands up who loved Art Attack as a kid? Us too. But since teaching us all how to create giant glitter tigers on the floor, host Neil Buchanan has been kind of AWOL in the world of TV. However, we've discovered that what he's actually been doing for the past ten years is undergoing a major makeover and re-joining rock band Marseille (which he first formed with pals back in 1976) instead, and just look at him now! Those locks are 100% rock 'n' roll.