The Greatest Child Stars Who Kept Acting As Grown-Ups

List Rules

Actors who became stars before they were 18 then remained successful and famous as adults.

List of Hollywood kids: actors who grew up on the big screen and child stars you recognize working today. While there are many child stars, it takes someone special to make it from kid to adult in the entertainment industry. There are lots of pitfalls a former child star can succumb to, like drug use, gambling, and other addictions. It's also hard to overcome the fact that, in many cases, you simply cannot just 'get by' on your cute kid looks.

Who are the most successful former child stars? Some young actors actually do make the crossover into adulthood. These former child actors are some of the few that have made it over the hurdle of adolescence and into adulthood in tact - people like Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Neil Patrick Harris and even Ron Howard. They not only made it out of the former child star pit unscathed, but have flourished as adult working actors, writers and directors.

Who are the best child stars ever? Vote up the best child actors of all time and vote down and kid actors who aren't your favorites.

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  • Drew Barrymore
    9,333 votes
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Culver City, California, United States of America

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

  • Emma Watson
    4,944 votes
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Paris, France

    Harry Potter series (2001-11)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    8,526 votes
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Growing Pains (1991-92)

  • Reese Witherspoon
    7,328 votes
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    The Man in the Moon (1991)
    A Far Off Place (1993)
    Jack the Bear (1993)
    Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

  • Dakota Fanning
    7,311 votes
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, United States of America

    I Am Sam (2001)
    Uptown Girls (2003)
    Man on Fire (2004)
    War of the Worlds (2005)
    Charlotte's Web (2006)
    The Runaways (2010)

  • Christina Ricci
    6,976 votes
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

    Mermaids (1990)
    The Addams Family (1991)
    Addams Family Values (1993)
    Casper (1995)
    Now and Then (1995)