You Won't Believe What The Stars of 'Matilda' Look Like Now
The 1996 family comedy Matilda is easily one of the most loved movies of the '90s. Based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, it features a young cast—many of the actors from Matilda are relatively unknown to the general public.
The film follows the trials of a child genius and her attempts to overcome the mistreatment and abuse she suffers at the hands of her parents and teachers. Few of the children who star in the film went on to have careers in Hollywood, so their lives remain a mystery to the general public. Some have gone into writing, and others into medical fields like dentistry. It’s natural to wonder where the kids from Matilda are today and what the more established stars like Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have gone on to do since. If you've ever wondered what the Matilda cast looks like today, you'll be surprised.
Danny DeVito continues to have a successful acting career since the release of the movie. He has had roles in films such as Heist, The Lorax, and The Good Night as well as a starring role in the long-running sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The actor has since split with his partner, Rhea Perlman, who acted as his wife in Matilda. They remain friends and have no plans to divorce.
- Age: 78
- Birthplace: Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States
Before appearing in Matilda, Rhea Perlman had a major role in Cheers and won numerous awards for her performance. Her more recent career has not been as high profile—she's had numerous one-off roles in television shows and made-for-TV movies over the last few years. However, she is politically active and has become a popular children’s book writer.
- Age: 75
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Davidtz played Miss Honey in the children’s comedy film and went on to have a starring role in Bicentennial Man alongside Robin Williams in 1998. This part was followed by supporting roles in a variety of TV shows and movies such as Bridget Jones's Diary and The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2013, Davidtz revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which restricted her ability to work as she recovered.
- Age: 57
- Birthplace: Fairfield Township, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Mara Wilson retired from acting not long after the release of Matilda—her last major role was in the 2000 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad. While she has had a number of very small parts in productions over the last few years, she has largely concentrated on writing nonfiction and young adult novels. In 2016, the former actor came out as bisexual following the tragic Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
- Age: 35
- Birthplace: San Fernando Valley, California, United States of America
Matilda was one of Paul Reubens's few public appearances following his arrest in 1991. The '90s largely saw the Pee-wee Herman star remain out of the public eye, avoiding major roles in both television and movies. By 1999, he made a comeback with both Mystery Men and Blow, which led to appearances in high profile productions. In 2016, he actor collaborated with Netflix to produce a brand new special called Pee-wee's Big Holiday for the streaming service.
- Age: 70
- Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America
- Photo: Matilda/Amazon / BBC
Following her appearance as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, Pam Ferris has largely taken on television roles in the United Kingdom. More recently she was involved in both Luther and Call the Midwife with significant parts in both shows. She is perhaps best remembered outside of Matilda for her performance as Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Age: 75
- Birthplace: Hannover, Lower Saxony, West Germany