Presented here are 22 child actors who starred in movies and TV shows during the 2000s, now all fully grown up.

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Despite the 2000s feeling like just yesterday, these former child stars have officially entered adulthood.

The time has flown by!

Therefore, let’s take a glimpse at 22 child actors who graced the screens of movies, TV shows, and reality programs during the 2000s, and observe their transformations from then till now:

1. In this particular episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody from 2006, we have the delightful guest appearance of Joey King as Emily.

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2. These adorable infants featured in the 2000 Disney Channel original movie Quints.

Interestingly, one of these babies was portrayed by Dylan Brown, the real-life brother of Kimberly J. Brown.

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3. In the 2002 sci-fi thriller Signs, we witness Abigail Breslin’s portrayal of the character Bo Hess.

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4. In a 2005 episode of Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, we have Devon Werkheiser taking on the role of Ned Bigby.

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5. In the 2007 film The Game Plan, we have Madison Pettis bringing the character Peyton Kelly to life.

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6. In 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we have Taylor Momsen captivating audiences with her portrayal of Cindy Lou Who.

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7. In the 2000 drama You Can Count on Me, we see Rory Culkin taking on the role of Rudy.

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8. In a Season 1 episode of Sonny with a Chance from 2009, we have Brandon Mychal Smith portraying the character Nico Harris.

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9. Here we have Brent and Shane Kinsman, also known as Nigel and Kyle Baker from the Cheaper by the Dozen movies, reunited 20 years later.

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10. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in ’01, we witness Daniel Radcliffe’s remarkable portrayal of the iconic character Harry Potter. You can now stream this film on Peacock.

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11. In 2003, Cali and Noelle Sheldon portrayed Emma, the character from the television show Friends.

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12. In the television series Even Stevens around 2002, we have Steven Anthony Lawrence taking on the role of Bernard “Beans” Aranguren.

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13. In the 2003 film Daddy Day Care, we have Khamani Griffin portraying the character of Ben Hinton.

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14. In the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we have Jordan Fry bringing the character of Mike Teavee to life.

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15. Here is Keke Palmer assuming the role of True in True Jackson, VP around ’08.


16. Here we have Freddie Highmore portraying Peter Llewelyn Davies in the 2004 film Finding Neverland.

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17. Here’s a newborn Sophia Abraham appearing alongside her mother, Farrah Abraham, on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant in 2009.


18. Here’s a newborn Audriana Giudice, whose birth in 2009 was being captured on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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19. Here are the Gosselin sextuplets (from left to right: Collin, Joel, Alexis, Leah, Aaden, and Hannah) in 2005, two years before the beginning of Jon & Kate Plus 8.

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20. Here we have AnnaSophia Robb portraying Opal in the 2005 film adaptation of Because of Winn-Dixie.

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21. Here is Vanessa Hudgens starring as Gabriella Montez in the iconic 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical.

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22. Lastly, here we have Jonathan Lipnicki in 2000, taking on the role of Tony Thompson in The Little Vampire.


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