Former child stars all grown up!

Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Paquin, Claire Danes... Check out all the child stars who are now celebrity parents.

By Haley Overland
Former child stars all grown up!

Former child stars all grown up!

Drew Barrymore

So many of our favourite former child stars are now parents. So I thought we'd take a trip down memory lane…

…Starting with one of the most famous and successful child stars of all — Drew Barrymore!

Drew rose to fame at the tender age of seven years old, when E.T. hit the big screen in 1982. And she was a household name by the time her next big film, Firestarter, debuted in 1984, when she was nine.

She's had continued success in her career through the years. And now she's a mom! The actress and her husband, Will Kopelman welcomed their first child, Olive, last September.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: JD/FameFlynet

Claire Danes

Claire Danes is huge these days. Everyone's talking about her award-winning portrayal of a CIA agent with bipolar disorder, in Homeland. But we've been talking about her for years: as Angela Chase in the TV series My So-Called Life, which debuted in 1994 when she was 15 years old, and as Beth in the movie Little Women, which hit theatres that same year. Two years later, the movie Romeo + Juliet (with Leonardo DiCaprio) really catapulted her to fame.

Of course, now that Claire's a mom — she gave birth to her first child, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, with hubby Hugh Dancy last December — we can't stop talking about her!

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Juan Rico/FameFlynet


Christian Bale

Did you know Oscar winner Christian Bale was only around 13 when he starred in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, in 1987. 

These days he's best known for his role as the Caped Crusader in the Dark Knight movies — and at home, as dad to Emmeline Bale, 8, and husband to Sandra Blau017eiu0107.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Stoianov/Dmac/FameFlynet

Anna Paquin

Gosh, I still remember when Anna Paquin won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano when she was just 11 years old, in 1994, making her the second youngest actress ever to win the prestigious award.

Though she's had an illustrious career as a movie actress, she's best known these days for her role as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's True Blood.

Anna's now a new mom… times two! She and her hubby, True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, welcomed twins (who's names and sexes have not been revealed) last September.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: FameFlynet

Natalie Portman

So gorgeous, huh? I think so! Natalie Portman first made it big when she played young Matilda in Léon: The Professional at age 13, in 1994.

She and her hubby, dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied, have an 23-month-old baby boy, Aleph Portman-Millepied.

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Former child stars all grown up!Photo: CPR/Miguel/FameFlynet


Jodie Foster

Recently celebrated at this year's Golden Globe Awards for her fabulous, long career, Jodie Foster emerged on the scene when she was three years old, starring in various commercials, including the famous Coppertone ad. She later took on tons of TV shows, like The Addams Family and The Partridge Family.

Her first big movie gigs were Bugsy Malone and Taxi Driver, in 1976, when she was 13 years old.

In her Golden Globes speech, Jodie insinuated she'd be slowing down now that she's 50. But she won't be slowing down at home! She and her ex-partner, Cydney Bernard, have two sons Charles, 14, and Christopher, 11.

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Former child stars all grown up!Photo: MAC/FameFlynet

Lisa Bonet

Remember Denise Huxtable? Lisa Bonet was 17 years old when she played that beloved role on Bill Cosby's The Cosby Show.

Lisa's now a mom of three. She's got one child, Zoë Isabella Kravitz, 24, with Lenny Kravitz, and two kids with her current partner, Jason Momoa — a daughter, Lola Lolani Momoa, 5, and a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, 4.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Boaz/FameFlynet

Ron Howard

The amazing actor/writer/director/producer Ron Howard began his legendary career when he appeared in the movie Frontier Woman with his parents at just 18 months old (in 1956)! He later made his mark on stage in a production of The Seven Year Itch at age two.

Ron became a household name when he starred as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, from the age of six. A prolific TV and movie career ensued, and he went on to influence a generation of actors and movie-makers — including his famous daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, 32, whose baby girl just turned one!

Ron and his wife Cheryl Alley have three other kids together: twins Jocelyn and Paige, 27, and a son, Reed, 25.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris rose to fame as the beloved Doogie Howser, in the classic TV series Doogie Howser, M.D., in 1988, when he was 16. He landed the part after he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the movie Clara's Heart (with Whoopi Goldberg) the year before.

We love Neil here at Celebrity Candy! The witty actor and his partner, David Burtka, are dads to twins Harper and Gideon, 2.5.

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Former child stars all grown up!Photo: CHP/FameFlynet

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff was around 13 years old when she began starring as the title character in the teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire (2001-04).

Still a working actress, Hilary and her hubby, Mike Comrie, are parents to baby Luca, who turned one in March.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: VM/FameFlynet Pictures

Sarah Michelle Gellar

BUFFY! I was addicted to this show throughout university and beyond. Sarah Michelle Gellar debuted as everyone's favourite vampire slayer on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she was 19. At the time many of us already knew her as Kendall Hart from the soap opera All My Children — a role she took on at age 16.

These days Sarah is a busy mom of two. She and her hubby, actor Freddy Prinze Jr., are parents to Charlotte, 3.5, and new baby Rocky, who was born last September.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Pablo/FameFlynet


Fred Savage

Fred Savage is probably best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years. He was 12 when he landed the role, and he scored two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for it when he was 13 — making him the youngest actor nominated for these awards.

Of course, we can't forget his famous role as the grandson in The Princess Bride, at age 11. Love!

Fred has three kids with wife Jennifer Lynn Stone: Oliver Philip, 6.5, Lily Aerin, 4.5, and a new baby boy (no name yet!), who was born last November.

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Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Mike/FameFlynet

Tiffani Amber Thiessen

Saved by the Bell's Tiffani Amber Thiessen was 15 when she landed the role of Kelly Kapowski.

She and her husband, Brady Smith, have a three-year-old daughter, Harper Renn Smith.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: FameFlynet

Jerry O'Connell

Aww, who can forget 11-year-old Jerry O'Connell as Vern Tessie in Stand By Me (1986)?

Now all grown up, the actor has 4.5-year-old twin daughters with his wife, actress Rebecca Romijn — Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Juan Rico/FameFlynet


Alyssa Milano

At age 12, Alyssa Milano began starring as Samantha Micelli in the hit TV show Who’s The Boss (1984-1992). She was reportedly around 10 when she landed the role.

She was no stranger to acting at that young age. She'd already scored the part of Annie in a national tour of Annie when she was just eight years old.

Alyssa and her husband, David Bugliari, have a 1.5-year-old son, Milo Thomas Bugliari.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Miguel/FameFlynet

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik was 12 years old when she played Wallace Kid in Pumpkinhead and the young Bette Midler in Beaches (both in 1988). Three years later, at age 15, she officially rose to fame as Blossom Russo in the TV show Blossom (1990-95).

Mayim has two sons — Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone, 8, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone, 4 — with Michael Stone, whom she's currently in the process of divorcing.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo courtesy of Bialik's book *Beyond the Sling,* Touchstone

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence was just six years old when he played adorable Joey Donovan on Gimme a Break! (1983-1987). At age 14, he debuted as Blossom's "not-so-smart jock" brother, Joey Russo, in Blossom.

Joey and his wife, Chandi Yawn-Nelson, have two daughters, Charleston, 6, and Liberty Grace, 3.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Juan Rico/FameFlynet


Alicia Silverstone

Remember the movie The Crush? Alicia Silverstone was just 15 when she played Adrienne Forrester. She won Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain for the role at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards.

Of course, we all know and love her as Cher in the movie Clueless (1995). Alicia was 18 when the movie hit theatres.

Alicia and her husband, Christopher Jarecki, have a two-year-old son, Bear Blu.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Brian Flannery/FameFlynet

Michael J. Fox

We all loved Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton in the hit TV show Family Ties (1982-1989), which began when he was 21, and later as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and Scott Howard in Teen Wolf (1985). But did you know he had a busy TV/movie acting career prior to these hits, starting at the age of 12?

Michael and his wife, Tracy Pollan, have four kids: Sam Michael, 23, twins Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 18, and Esmé Annabelle, 11.

Former child stars all grown up!Michael and Esme, 2011. Photo: Diane Cohen/FameFlynet

Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye won our hearts as Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster (1984-88). She was just around seven or eight years old when the show debuted.

Soleil has two daughters with her husband, Jason Goldberg: Poet Sienna Rose, 8, and Jagger Joseph Blue, 5.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: LRR/FameFlynet Pictures


Tia and Tamera Mowry

Celebrity twins Tia and Tamera Mowry were 16 when they began starring as Tia Landry and Tamara Campbell in the hit sitcom Sister, Sister (1994-1999).

Tia and her husband, Cory Hardrict, have a two-year-old son, Cree Taylor.

Tamera and her husband, Adam Housley, welcomed their baby, Aden John Tanner Housley, last November.

Tia and Tamera are currently starring in a reality TV show, Tia and Tamera, which documents their lives as moms and sisters.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: KM/FameFlynet

Tina Yothers

Tina Yothers played Alex P. Keaton's little sister, Jennifer Keaton, on Family Ties from age 9 to 16. 

She and her husband, Robert Kaiser, have two kids together: Lillian Grace, 8, and Robert Jake, 6.

Former child stars all grown up!Photo: Juan Rico/FameFlynet
This article was originally published on Jun 27, 2013

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