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 Finn Wolfhard

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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: December 23, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Best known as Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things, SAG Award-winner Finn Wolfhard has also appeared in It and its sequel. He was a vocalist and guitarist for the band Calpurnia and formed the indie-pop duo The Aubreys. Named to Forbes 30 under 30, he has also directed a short film.

 2 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 2007
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is an American actress known for portraying Lily Tucker-Pritchett in the television mockumentary family sitcom, Modern Family. Her role, which was praised for creating awareness about cultural diversity, earned her the Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of four, making her the youngest person ever to win the award. She is also known for her charity work.

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 3 Kiernan Shipka

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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Kiernan Shipka is best known as Sally Draper from Mad Men, a role that earned her multiple awards, such as the Young Artist Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award. She also amazed fans with her portrayal of Sabrina in a 2018 remake of the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch

 4 Jussie Smollett

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

American actor, Jussie Smollett is known for his work in television series, Empire, and science fiction film Alien: Covenant. He debuted as a child artist and worked in commercials, television shows like On Our Own and films like The Mighty Ducks before taking a break. He returned after years and proved his talent as an actor and also a singer.

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 5 Jacob Tremblay

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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 6 Noah Jupe

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 2005
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

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.          

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 7 Noel Gallagher

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 8 Atticus Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 9 Samantha Mathis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Samantha Mathis, VP of SAG-AFTRA, is best known for Young Artist Award-nominated role in This Is My Life and her Saturn Award-nominated performance in Salem's Lot. Fans also loved her in Broken Arrow and American Psycho. She dated actor River Phoenix before he died of a drug overdose.

 10 Liberty Phoenix

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Famous As: Child Actor, Businesswoman
Birthdate: July 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American, Venezuelan
Liberty Phoenix, younger sister of River, Rain, and Joaquin Phoenix, and older sister of Summer Phoenix, has appeared in several TV projects, such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Kate's Secret. She had a punk band, too. After quitting acting, she taught midwifery and also became a designer.

 11 Lali Espósito

Lali Espósito
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Argentinian

 12 Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Millie Bobby Brown

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish, British

Millie Bobby Brown, the English actress and model, rose to prominence after acting in the TV series Stranger Things and then in the film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in 2019. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in April 2018, making her the youngest person ever to be so.

 14 Richard Thomas

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Richard Thomas is best known for his Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of John-Boy Walton in The Waltons. He also played significant roles in the 1990s’ miniseries It and the spy thriller series The Americans. A talented stage actor, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol.
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 15 Douglas Booth

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, American

 16 Dean-Charles Chapman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Dean-Charles Chapman has delivered stellar performances as Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, as Tom Blake in 1917, and as Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones. He also played the titular character in the sitcom The Revolting World of Stanley Brown, and Castor in Into the Badlands.

 17 Jill St. John

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 18 Max Thieriot

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Max Thieriot is best known as Dylan Massett from Bates Motel and as Clay Spenser from SEAL Team. Fans also loved him in movies such as Catch That Kid and House at the End of the Street. He also co-owns a vineyard and distributes wine through the brand Senses.
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 19 Ethan Embry

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Ethan Embry is an American actor known for playing important roles in TV series like Sneaky Pete, Once Upon a Time, and Brotherhood. After starting his acting career at the age of 12, Ethan Embry went on to establish himself as a successful adult actor, appearing in films like Sweet Home Alabama and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

 20 John Francis Daley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 21 Harry Melling

Harry Melling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 22 Julia Butters

Julia Butters
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 2009
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 23 Amanda Fuller

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Amanda Fuller is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Kristin Baxter in the popular sitcom, Last Man Standing. Also known for her skills as a director, Amanda Fuller is credited with helming the Los Angeles production of This is our Youth, a theatrical play written by Kenneth Lonergan.

 24 Charlie Plummer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 25 Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Welsh

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.

 26 Peter Billingsley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Peter Billingsley was a popular child actor, famous for his portrayal of Messy Marvin in Hershey's chocolate syrup ads. He also delivered a Young Artist Award-winning performance as Jack Simmons in The Dirt Bike Kid. He later directed and produced shows such as Sullivan & Son and played minor roles.

 27 Johnny Lewis

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: September 26, 2012

 28 Will Estes

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Will Estes began his career as a child actor and appeared in quite a few commercials. His roles in Kirk and The New Lassie earned him Young Artist Award nominations. He later gained fame as Jameson "Jamie" Reagan in Blue Bloods and as JJ Pryor in American Dreams.

 29 Emily Alyn Lind

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 30 Brett Dier

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 31 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 32 Russ Tamblyn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Russ Tamblyn is an American actor and dancer who received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the 1957 drama film, Peyton Place. Trained as a gymnast, Tamblyn's acrobatic skills were put to use in films, such as West Side Story. Apart from acting in films and TV series, Russ Tamblyn also worked as a choreographer during the 1980s.

 33 Sawyer Sweeten

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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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.

 34 Tony Revolori

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 35 Charlie McDermott

Charlie McDermott
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 36 Robby Benson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Robby Benson is an American actor, filmmaker, composer, singer, and teacher. He gained popularity in the late-1970s when he established himself as a teen idol, appearing in films like Ice Castles and One on One. Apart from being an entertainer, Robby Benson is also a fundraiser and activist for heart research.

 37 Isaac Hempstead Wright

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 38 Matt Prokop

Matt Prokop
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 39 Julian Dennison

Julian Dennison
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: New Zealander

 40 Jake Cannavale

Jake Cannavale
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Jake Cannavale, son of actor Bobby Cannavale and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, and grandson of director Sidney Lumet, is best known for his portrayal of Diego Melendez in the Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark. He has also been seen in the series The Mandalorian and Nurse Jackie.

 41 Andrew Lawrence

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American

 42 Philip McKeon

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 10, 2019

Former child actor and teen idol Philip McKeon is best known as Tommy Hyatt from the long-running sitcom Alice. He has also appeared in film such as Ghoulies 4 and in series such as The Love Boat. He is the older brother of actor Nancy McKeon.

 43 Jaimee Foxworth

Jaimee Foxworth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 44 Sayeed Shahidi

Sayeed Shahidi
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 2003
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 45 Jimmy Bennett

Jimmy Bennett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 46 Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 47 Elden Henson

Elden Henson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Jane Asher

Jane Asher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Jane Asher gained fame as a child actor and later worked in movies such as Alfie and Deep End. She has also appeared in series such as Wish Me Luck and Holby City. She supports autism-related charities, has authored three novels, and owns a cake-making company and a kitchenware brand.

 49 Tristin Mays

Tristin Mays
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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