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Childhood Celebrities: Then and Now


Macauly Culkin - Actor, Web Host, Musician

Born in 1980 and best known for his role as the mischievous youngest child of the McAllister family on ‘Home Alone’, Macauly Culkin is perhaps one of the most iconic child actors of our time. While gaining massive success and popularity through ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’, Mr. Culkin faced difficulties and was on a dark path for some time. Fortunately, aged 40 now, the star is back on track and working as an actor again.


Jaden Smith - Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Actor

Born in 1998, child of famous Hollywood superstar Will Smith, Jaden Smith first worked his way into our hearts with his role as himself alongside his father in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ and later remakes of ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ and ‘The Karate Kid’. Now, all grown up, Jaden Smith is a partner of ‘Just Water’, has his own clothing line and is pursuing a career in music including albums like ‘Syre’ released in 2017. Sky is the limit for this young talent!


Miley Cyrus - Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

Born in 1992, Mylie Cyrus a.k.a. Hannah Montana is another child star with a colorful youth. Finding immense success in pop and country-pop, she flourished during her time with Disney. Like many other child celebrities, Miley eventually found herself experiencing a transformation and has now put Hannah Montana behind her while embracing more mature and occasionally controversial decisions. Miley is still one of the best known artists in the music industry.



Emma Watson - Activist, Actress, Model

Born in 1990, Emma Watson made her mark on the acting world with her strong, intelligent and witty role as ‘Hermione Granger’ in the famous ‘Harry Potter’ film series. Throughout it, we see her grow from a passionate to prove-herself go-getter to a strong-spirited individual with immense potential. She has since played roles in other movie adaptations of books, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Little Women’. Off the screen, Ms. Watson has modelling gigs with the likes of Burberry and Lancome, and is also an active advocate for gender equality.


Cole Sprouse - Actor

Born in 1992, Cole Sprouse is well known for his role in Disney’s ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’, along with his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse. He had previously played the role of Ben on ‘Friends’ and is currently playing the role of Jughead Jones on CW’s series, ‘Riverdale’ (from Archie Comics, for those of you who remember).


Freddie Highmore - Actor

Born in 1992, Freddie Highmore’s acting career began with the film, ‘Women Talking Dirty’ in 1999. His more notable role came as Charlie of ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. He has also starred in movies such as ‘Neverland’, ‘August Rush’ and ‘The Spirderwick Chronicles’. Recently, Freddie has been involved with two television series: ‘Bates Motel’ and currently playing a role of Dr. Shaun Murphey on ‘The Good Doctor’.


Harry Melling - Actor

Born in 1989, Harry found his way into the acting scene with his pugnacious role as Dudley Dursley in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series. Known to be quite the pestilence in young Harry Potter’s life, Dudley’s character played a major role in shaping who Harry Potter was in the muggle world. These days, Melling can be found starring as Harry Beltik, a Kentucky Chess Champion in The Queen’s Gambit.



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