Child stars:

All too of­ten one-time child stars make the head­lines for all the wrong rea­sons. How­ever, while some – like Lindsay Lo­han, Amanda Bynes and the late Happy Days star Erin Mo­ran – spi­ral out of con­trol, oth­ers have con­tin­ued to work and, in many cases, hav

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The young ac­tors who have gone on to make a ca­reer out of per­form­ing.

BETH ALLEN: Most peo­ple re­mem­ber her as Short­land Street’s Dr Brooke Free­man (be­low), but this ac­tor has been on screen since she was nine. Now 33, her first ma­jor tele­vi­sion role was in 1998’s The Leg­end Of Wil­liam Tell. She found in­ter­na­tional suc­cess the same year, play­ing Am­ber in The Tribe.

MICHELLE ANG: In 2016, this Christchurch-born ac­tress was nom­i­nated for an Emmy for her work on Fear The Walk­ing Dead (above), but it was her singing and danc­ing skills that scored her a job on McDonald’s Young En­ter­tain­ers at 13. She went on to play Tai San in The Tribe, have roles in Neigh­bours and Out­ra­geous For­tune and, since re­lo­cat­ing State­side, the MTV se­ries Un­derem­ployed.

KEISHA CAS­TLE-HUGHES: Now 27, at 12 she be­came the youngest per­son ever nom­i­nated for a best-ac­tress Os­car for her role as Paikea in Whale

Rider. Other star­ring roles have in­cluded Star Wars III (2005), Niki Caro’s The Vint­ner’s Luck (2009), the lo­cal se­ries The Almighty John­sons and US drama Road­ies. In 2014, she was cast as Obara Sands in the tele­vi­sion jug­ger­naut Game Of Thrones.

RUS­SELL CROWE: The Aussies might claim him as theirs, but the Os­car win­ner is still a New Zealand cit­i­zen. He

did, how­ever, make his early act­ing de­but – at age six – on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion se­ries

Spy­force. He also ap­peared a few years later in The Young Doc­tors. Best known for his Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance in The Gla­di­a­tor, Crowe also re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for The In­sider (above), A Beau­ti­ful Mind and The Wa­ter Diviner. This year he co-starred with Tom Cruise in The Mummy. ROSE MCIVOR: She started act­ing in com­mer­cials at the age of two and the now 28 year old hasn’t re­ally stopped since. At three, she played an angel in the Os­car-win­ning The Pi­ano and had star­ring roles in the tele­vi­sion se­ries Mad­di­gan’s Quest, Rude Awak­en­ings

and Power Rangers. Her big break came when Peter Jack­son cast her in The

Lovely Bones. Now based in the United States, she has been a reg­u­lar on Once

Upon A Time and Mas­ters Of Sex and cur­rently stars in iZom­bie (above).

ANNA PAQUIN: Cana­dian-born but New Zealand raised, few peo­ple can for­get see­ing the then 11 year old col­lect her Os­car for The Pi­ano. There was more suc­cess with

Fly Away Home (above), Al­most Fa­mous and her role as Rogue in the X-Men fran­chise. She won a Golden Globe as Sookie Stack­house in the tele­vi­sion drama True Blood and has gone on to star in

Roots, Belle­vue and Alias Grace. ANTONIA PREBBLE: Best known for her role as Loretta West (right) in the hit New Zealand com­edy-drama Out­ra­geous For­tune, this now 33 year old was just 11 when she made her tele­vi­sion de­but in the se­ries Mir­ror, Mir­ror. In­ter­na­tional fame came in her teens with roles in The Tribe and Power Rangers Mys­tic Force. Antonia now works in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, star­ring in the Out­ra­geous For­tune pre­quel, West­side, and also in the forth­com­ing Aus­tralian drama Sis­ters. DEAN O’GORMAN:

(pic­tured right from

West­side). Af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered at 12 by a cast­ing agent dur­ing a school speech com­pe­ti­tion, he had sev­eral tele­vi­sion roles be­fore scor­ing the lead in the 1995 teen ro­mance Bon­jour Ti­mothy. Roles fol­lowed in Short­land Street and sev­eral other lo­cal dra­mas, in­clud­ing the short-lived Young Her­cules, as Ioalus op­po­site Ryan Gosling, and the Aus­tralian hit McLeod’s Daugh­ters. More re­cently, he played ac­tor Kirk Dou­glas in the movie Trumbo and starred in the lo­cal film Pork Pie. OLIVIA TENNET: She was just eight when she starred as Princess Aleia in Xena: War­rior Princess and more roles fol­lowed in lo­cal dra­mas Kidsworld, P.E.T. De­tec­tives and Mad­di­gan’s Quest. At 11, she ap­peared in Lord Of The Rings: The Two

Tow­ers and she went on to play a teenage Tues­day Warner in Short­land Street. Then came the role of teenage ge­nius Dr K on Power Rangers RPM and, most re­cently, the off­beat Siouxsie McNa­mara (left) in the drama 800 Words.

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