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
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.