Child Actors

When we talk of child actors, Jodie Foster’s name is probably among the first ones that come to mind. From appearing as a little girl in the 1976 film ‘Taxi Driver’ to evolving to more mature roles as a successful young actress, she has achieved the dream every child actor harbors. Similarly, actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who began their careers as children in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, have all now moved on to play more mature roles in mainstream films. While there are numerous child actors like Lindsay Lohan and Macaulay Culkin who achieve much popularity as children, it’s only a few who are able to transition to an equally successful entertainment career as adults. While many struggle as teenagers and twenty-somethings to re-establish themselves in the acting field, a few like Peter Gardner Ostrum—a child actor turned veterinarian—go on to build successful careers in entirely different arenas! Regardless of what the future holds for them, child actors do lead extremely fascinating lives while working in the show business. Interested in learning more about child actors? Read on for more information on the lives and works of child actors from across the globe.

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 1 Jacob Tremblay

Jacob Tremblay
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia

Jacob Tremblay has gained considerable fame as a child actor for his award-winning performance as Jack Newsome in the Academy Award-nominated film Room. He has also appeared in in Before I Wake, Wonder, and Good Boys. He voiced Flounder in The Little Mermaid and Blue Winslow in The Smurfs 2.

 2 Noah Jupe

Noah Jupe
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 2005
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England

Noah Jupe is a British actor best known for portraying Young Otis Lort in the 2019 American drama film Honey Boy. He also appeared alongside Christian Bale, playing Bale's on-screen son, in the popular sports drama film Ford v Ferrari. Son of actress Katy Cavanagh and filmmaker Chris Jupe, Noah Jupe has followed in the footsteps of his parents.          

 3 Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: rezzo, Italy

One half of the popular Sprouse twin, Dylan Sprouse is an actor and entrepreneur. Identifying himself as a Heathen, Dylan Sprouse co-founded All-Wise Meadery, the name of which is an allusion to Heathenry. Also a comic book enthusiast, the first issue of his comic book named Sun Eater would be released by DiGa Studios and Heavy Metal.

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 4 Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Clarita, California, USA
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 5 Matthew Adam Garber

Matthew Adam Garber
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England
Died: June 13, 1977

Matthew Adam Garber was a British child actor who achieved popularity after playing Michael Banks in the 1964 musical fantasy film, Mary Poppins. Garber appeared in two other movies before retiring from acting. Regarded as a spirited and bright boy, Garber enjoyed playing sports and reading books. He died at the age of 21 due to pancreatitis.

 6 Harry Melling

Harry Melling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
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 7 Emily Alyn Lind

Emily Alyn Lind
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Emily Alyn Lind, daughter of producer John Lind and actor Barbara Alyn Woods, started off as a child actor, with The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. She won a Young Artist Award for her role in the series Revenge and also appeared as Snakebite Andi in Doctor Sleep.

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 8 Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong
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Famous As: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and a Saturn Award for best young actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
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 9 Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Abington, Pennsylvania, USA

 10 Julia Butters

Julia Butters
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 2009
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Child actor Julia Butters is best known for her roles as Trudi Fraser in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and as Anna-Kat Otto in the sitcom American Housewife. She has also appeared in series such as Transparent and movies such as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

 11 Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

British actress Perdita Weeks is known for her role in the CBS reboot series Magnum P.I. An alumnus of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she always knew she wanted to be an actress. She began acting as a child and her passion for the profession only intensified with time. She primarily acts on TV and a done a few films.

 12 Summer Phoenix

Summer Phoenix
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida, USA
American actress Summer Phoenix is also an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups. Summer is a member of The Paper Cranes, an alternative band that plays the New York City club. She appeared in the movies Kate's Secret and in Russkies and later appeared in movies Wasted, Dinner Rush, and The Faculty. Summer played lead roles in the movies Esther Kahn and Suzie Gold

 13 Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Irish actor Jack Gleeson soared to fame with his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the iconic series Game of Thrones. He later switched to independent theater and appeared in the BBC miniseries Out of Her Mind. The Trinity College alumnus later also co-established the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.

 14 Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: September 26, 2012

 15 Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 2004
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plano, Texas
Marsai Martin is best known as Diane Johnson from the series Black-ish. She also starred in and produced the film Little at 14, earning a Guinness record for being the youngest Hollywood executive producer. She has won multiple NAACP Image Awards and was featured on Time 100 Next in 2019.

 16 Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 1, 1984

 17 Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

 18 Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA
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 19 Julian Dennison

Julian Dennison
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 20 Douglas Booth

Douglas Booth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK

 21 Sawyer Sweeten

Sawyer Sweeten
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brownwood, Texas
Died: April 23, 2015

Sawyer Sweeten gained prominence with his performance in Everybody Loves Raymond. He took his own life from a self-inflicted gunshot a fortnight before his 20th birthday. The news of his death left his fans and co-stars shocked.

 22 Matt Prokop

Matt Prokop
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Victoria, Texas, USA

 23 Juno Temple

Juno Temple
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 24 Charlie Plummer

Charlie Plummer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States

 25 Bobby Driscoll

Bobby Driscoll
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: March 30, 1968

 26 Tony Revolori

Tony Revolori
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, USA

 27 Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Abington, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 28 Elden Henson

Elden Henson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland, USA

 29 Tristin Mays

Tristin Mays
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

 30 Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Katonah, New York, U.S.

 31 Eric Lively

Eric Lively
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 32 Danny Lloyd

Danny Lloyd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 33 Jimmy Bennett

Jimmy Bennett
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Famous As: Known for his roles as a child actor in Daddy Day Care, Hostage, The Amityville Horror, Poseidon, Evan Almighty, Orphan, Shorts, and as young James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek.
Birthdate: February 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seal Beach, California, United States

 34 Isaac Hempstead Wright

Isaac Hempstead Wright
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surrey, England, UK

 35 Jeremy Ray Taylor

Jeremy Ray Taylor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tennessee

 36 Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, U.S.

 37 Charlie McDermott

Charlie McDermott
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

 38 Jay North

Jay North
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

 39 Miko Hughes

Miko Hughes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Apple Valley, California, USA

 40 Andrea Brillantes

Andrea Brillantes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 12, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taytay, Rizal, Phillipines

Andrea Brillantes is a Filipina actress and recording artist best known for her leading role in the TV series Annaliza. She started acting as a child and first appeared in the children's comedy show Goin' Bulilit. As a young woman, she has acted in dramas and fantasies, portraying versatile roles. She has received one Urduja Heritage Film Award. 

 41 Adam G. Sevani

Adam G. Sevani
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer, Film actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 42 Miles Brown

Miles Brown
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: December 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, United States

 43 Lee Norris

Lee Norris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, North Carolina, USA

 44 Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985

Samantha Smith was an American schoolgirl, child actress, and peace activist. She achieved popularity during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States of America; she visited the Soviet Union as a goodwill ambassador which attracted extensive media attention. She also took part in peacemaking activities in Japan before dying in an airplane crash at age 13.

 45 Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 46 Brian Bonsall

Brian Bonsall
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Torrance, California

 47 Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 48 Sam Huntington

Sam Huntington
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA

 49 Chris Owen

Chris Owen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houghton, Michigan, U.S.

 50 Priah Ferguson

Priah Ferguson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States