Famous Child Stars You Wouldn't Recognize Today

They accompanied us during our childhood and youth, but in the meantime these child stars grew up! Today, you wouldn't recognize some of them:

Most children who were born in the 90s know the TV show "Malcolm in the Middle" starring Erik Per Sullivan.
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Some child stars look so different today that you won't be able to recognize them! What do the celebs we loved so much when we - and they! - were kids do today - as grown-ups? 

We will show you!

Erik Per Sullivan

Before Erik Per Sullivan became an integral part of the successful TV show "Malcolm in the Middle", he took on small roles in various movies. In the year 2000 he then was cast as Malcolm's little brother "Dewey". He played the character for 151 episodes. The last episode aired in 2006 - what happened to Erik and his career afterwards?

Erik Per Sullivan no longer works as an actor.
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Erik Per Sullivan

Today, Erik is 29 years old. He has turned his back on acting and seems to avoid the spotlight, which is why it's difficult to find recent pictures of him. After "Malcolm in the Middle", he played the protagonist in the movie "Mo". His last movie appearance was in 2010 in the film "Twelve" - it's not clear what he's been up to since then.

Freddie Highmore was very popular as a child star.
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Freddie Highmore

Highmore had his breakthrough with his role in the movie "Finding Neverland". He acted alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and became internationally famous through the film! You probably also remember him from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - Highmore was highly praise for his portrayal of little "Charlie" and even won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film. Back then, he was only 13 years old.

What is he up to today?

Freddie Highmore still works as an actor.
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Freddie Highmore

He's obviously grown up and has become a very handsome young man! Highmore still works as an actor - and he is successful with it. Apart from his acting career, he has further earned a degree in Spanish and Arabic from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Georgie Henley became famous through her role in "The Chronicles of Narnia".
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Georgie Henley

Georgie Henley rose to fame with her role as "Lucy" in "The Chronicles of Narnia". At the time the movie was produced, she was only 10 years old! The last part of "Narnia" was released in 2010 - since then a lot has happened in Henley's life.

This is what she looks like today:

Georgie Henley earned a degree after portraying "Lucy" in "Narnia".
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Georgie Henley

"Lucy" has turned into a beautiful, young woman. She is still working in the movie business - in 2017, she played the role of "Natalie" in "Access All Areas". Before that, she finished her bachelor's degree in English at Clare College, Cambridge in 2016.

William Moseley also rose to fame through "Narnia" as a teenager.
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William Moseley

Moseley also became famous through his role in "The Chronlicles of Narnia". Unlike his co-actress Georgie Henley, however, he was already 18 years old when the movie came out.

This is how outrageously handsome he looks today:

William Moseley hasn't given up acting since his role in "Narnia".
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William Moseley

Today, the actor is 33 years old an continues to be successful in the movie business. Since 2015, he plays the starring role in the series "The Royals". This one is tough though: Since 2012, he has been dating Kelsey Chow, who he met at the set of the movie "Run".

Dakota Fanning acting career started when she was only five years old.
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Dakota Fanning

The actress, who was born in 1994, began her career when she was only 5 years old. Her first job was a TV commercial, however, it didn't take long until then she made appearances in series like "Ally McBeal", "Emergency Room" and "Friends". The role that catapulted her to international stardom was her starring role in "I Am Sam". She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her part in the movie - back then, she was the youngest actress to ever be nominated for the award.

What is she up to today and what does she look like?

Dakota Fanning is massively successful in the film business.
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Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning is not just breathtakingly beautiful, but also extremely successful. She's starred in numerous movies, such as in "The Twilight Saga" and in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

In 2014, she graduated from New York University.

Elijah Wood has his acting debut when he was 8 years old.
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Elijah Wood

Born in 1981, he made his acting debut in 1990, just before his ninth birthday! He took on parts in "Forever Young" and "Back to the Future II", among others. He's one of the celebrities who looked very different before they rose to fame!

This is what he looks like today:

Of course we know Elijah Wood from his role in "The Lord of the Rings".
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Elijah Wood

Today, we obviously know Wood from his role as "Frodo Beutlin" in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This role helped him gain international recognition for his acting. He's further played in movies like "Hooligans" and "Everything is Illuminated". Can you believe his transformation from child star to grown up actor?

Johnny Galecki was acting long before his role in "The Big Bang Theory".
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Johnny Galecki

Galecki was 12 years old when his acting career began. Do you recognize the person sitting next to him in the picture? It's young Neil Patrick Harris! Galecki has played the character of "David Healy" in the TV sitcom Roseanne, for example, but of course we know him best from a very different TV show...

Johnny Galecki was one of the best-paid television actors when he played "Leonard" in "The Big Bang Theory".
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Johnny Galecki

Today, Galecki is best-known for his role as "Leonard Hoffstetter" in the comedy nerd sitcom "The Big Bang Theory". Through this role, he became one of the best paid television actors on a global scale, earning around $900,000 per episode.

In comparison to other celebs, Galecki has aged very well!