Sunday 26 April 2015

Child stars all grown up

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Modern Familys Ariel Winter ditches her TV geek personality for some serious attitude on the red carpet.
Modern Familys Ariel Winter ditches her TV geek personality for some serious attitude on the red carpet.
Abigail Breslin is probably most famous for her portrayal of Olive Hoover in the 2006 adventure comedy Little Miss Sunshine. Now, 17-year-old Abigail as a few projects in the pipeline, her most recent starring alongside Halle Berry in The Call.
The 'Sexiest Man Alive' was once one of the many famous faces to feature in Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. He's currently dating Eva Mendes and has transitioned into one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood.
Scarlett Johansson was once a child actress vying for parts on the stage, before becoming a bondafide Hollywood bombshell. She's been nominated for three Best Actress Golden Globes.
Hollywood super hunk Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the finest actors of this generation, and it for him, it all started as the adorable cousin on American sitcom Growing Pains. These days, he's more accustomed to playing larger-than-life characters like Jay Gatsby, J.Edgar Hoover and soon to be Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
New Yorker Natalie Portman has praised her parents for keeping her grounded, and for letting her choose adult roles when she was a youngster. She won her first Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for Black Swan and she's a Harvard graduate, happily married with a toddler.
Dakota Fanning was just six years old when she made her acting debut on ER. Fast forward to age 19 and Dakota is one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses, thanks to adult roles and an old head on young shoulders.
Lindsay Lohan, who shot to fame in 'The Parent Trip', has a history of DUI arrests and did not reach the career heights that her early years promised. Rather unkindly, it has been suggested that she looks a lot older than her 26 years.
38-year-old Christian Bale, who most recently starred in 'The Dark Knight Rises', won widespread praise for his performance in 'Empire of the Sun' when he was 13-years-old.
Disney star Amanda Bynes had her very own show, aged 13. The 26-year-old actress is now the subject of two hit-and-run investigations, one DUI charge and is constantly in the headlines for her erratic behaviour.
Abigail Breslin was nominated for an Oscar at the age of nine for her role in Little Miss Sunshine. So far, the 17-year-old seems to have escaped the curse of the child star with six new films on the way.
As Kevin McAllister in the 1990 film, 'Home Alone', Macauley Culkin was adorable. Now the 31-year-old actor has caused concerns because of his ravaged appearance, although denies that he has a drug problem.
Kirsten Dunst began appearing in commericals when she was three and really hit the big time, aged 12 in 'Interview with a Vampire'. The 30-year-old actress has gone on to have a very solid Hollywood career.
After a casting director spotted Hayley Joel Osment aged four in the window of a furniture shop, the actor's career jumped in leaps and bounds, culminating in an Oscar nomination for 'The Sixth Sense' when he was 11. In recent years, he hasn't been quite so prolific.
Kristen Stewart played Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter in 2002's 'Panic Room'. Now the 22-year-old is best known for playing Bella Swan in the 'Twilight' sagas and for breaking R-Patz's heart by having an affair with a married director.
The daughter of country singer Billy Ray, Miley found fame as Hannah Montana. The 19-year-old is all grown up now and even has a finance, actor Liam Hemsworth.
Harry from 3rd Rock From the Sun is all grown-up. In addition to featuring in big-budget movies Inception and the Dark Knight Rises, he's also an acclaimed producer and director.
Mischa Barton appeared in 'The Sixth Sense' but what really made her famous was her role as Marisa on 'The O.C'. The 26-year-old actress, who mother is Irish, will appear in the Gaiety in Dublin next month to play diabetic Shelby Eatenton in a stage version of 'Steel Magnolias'.
26-year-olds Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen made their debut on American sit-com 'Full House' and went on to build up a business empire. They no longer act and have chosen to focus instead on their fashion lines with include Elizabeth James and The Row.
Who'd have thunk that Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe would turn into such a fine young man? Daniel, 23, recently starred in spooky thriller, 'The Woman in Black' and surprised everyone by taking off his clothes for the play 'Equus'.
22-year-old Emma Watson, who starred in all eight Harry Potter films, has blossomed into quite the fashionista, appearing in Burberry campaigns and becoming the face of Lancome.
Anna Paquin won an Oscar aged 11 for Best Supporting Actress in the film, 'The Piano'. She now plays telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, on the hit HBO series 'True Blood' and is expecting twins with her co-star, Stephen Moyer.

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