It can be tricky to gauge how old someone is just by looking.
Wrinkles, greying hair and saggy skin might cloud your judgement and leave you assuming they’re in their 60s.
But for those unfortunate souls who do truly look older than they are, it might be a reason to worry about more than just frown-lines.
For researchers yesterday warned that it could be a sign they’re more at risk of age-related illness such as osteoporosis, hearing loss and cataracts.
MailOnline compared pairs of age-matched celebrities who look wildly different, such asJared Leto and Martin Freeman
Dutch experts guessed the age of around 2,700 people aged 50 to 90, based only on pictures of their face, and grilled them on their medical ailments.
Results, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, revealed participants who looked five years younger than their actual age had better thinking skills. They were also 16 per cent less likely to need cataracts and 24 per cent less at risk of having age-related hearing loss.
So, in the wake of that study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, MailOnline has shared 12 surprising celebrity pairs who are the same age but look wildly different.
Michael Gambon and Chuck Norris: 82
Sir Michael John Gambon is regarded as Irish and British celebrity royalty, with a career spanning six decades but it might surprise you to know that he is the same age as actor and martial artist Carlos Ray ‘Chuck’ Norris (Gambon is pictured in 2017 and Norris is pictured in 2019)
Sir Michael John Gambon is regarded as Irish and British celebrity royalty, with a career spanning six decades.
But it might surprise you to know that he is the same age as actor and martial artist Carlos Ray ‘Chuck’ Norris.
Both stars are 82 years old but Gambon’s film debut came in 1965 — 7 years before Norris made his in Way of the Dragon with Bruce Lee.
Gambon, who played the iconic role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series , started out performing on stage and has won three Olivier Awards and four Baftas during his illustrious career.
Norris wasn’t always an actor, starting out in the US Air Force, before training Hollywood actors in martial arts then going on to star in films himself.
Jared Leto and Martin Freeman: 51
Jared Leto, called the ‘craziest’ actor in Hollywood, is just three months younger than British acting legend Martin Freeman (Leto and Freeman are pictured in 2022)
Known for ultra commitment to roles through method acting, Jared Leto has been called the ‘craziest’ actor in Hollywood.
The American Thirty Seconds to Mars singer may appear youthful but he actually turned 51 in December.
This makes him just three months younger than British acting legend Martin Freeman.
Freeman has appeared in no less than 18 TV shows, 14 stage productions and several films, notably playing Tim Canterbury in The Office.
A Labour party supporter, Freeman was in favour of the now-defunct political group Militant, volunteered with the Labour Party Young Socialists and supported Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign.
Jane Fonda and Jack Nicholson: 85
Sheila Reid, who turned 85 on December 21, has appeared in countless ITV and BBC dramas and sitcoms throughout her career and happens to be the same age as American actor, activist and former model Jane Fonda, who is widely regarded as a film icon (Fonda is pictured on January 3 this year and Nicholson is pictured in 2019)
Jack Nicholson is best known for his roles in Batman and The Shining but has become a ‘recluse’ in his later years, according to friends.
Nicholson, who is 85 years old, has had a career spanning over seven decades, as he landed his first role in a low-budget teen drama in 1958.
He happens to be the same age as actor, activist and former model Jane Fonda, who is widely regarded as a film icon.
Fonda has a whopping two Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, an Emmy and two British Academy Film Awards under her belt, among many other accolades.
She was a anti-war activist during the Vietnam War, and has since condemned the Iraq war and violence against women.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer: 64
Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer made their film debuts in 1978, in Halloween and Fantasy Island respectively but that’s not all they have in common, as both actors are American and 64 years old (Curtis is pictured on January 10 this year and Pfeiffer is pictured in 2022)
Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer made their film debuts in 1978, in Halloween and Fantasy Island, respectively.
But that’s not all they have in common, as both actors are American and 64 years old.
As well as being an actor, Curtis is a children’s author and activist, with one of her books making The New York Times’s best-seller list.
Debuting as Laurie Strode in slasher Halloween, Curtis became known as a ‘scream queen’ and a string of horror movie roles followed. She recently reprised her role as Laurie in Halloween Kills in 2021 and Halloween Ends in 2022.
Pfeiffer was cast as two-dimensional attractive female characters at the beginning of her career and disillusioned with this, sought more challenging roles, going on to become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid female actors in the 1990s.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Liam Hemsworth: 32
Surprisingly, baby-faced Brodie-Sangster is the same age as bearded Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth, as they are both 32 (Brodie-Sangster is pictured in 2022 and Hemsworth is pictured in 2019)
Remember the little boy in Love Actually? Well you’ll be shocked to discover he is now 32 years of age.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster was just 13 years old when he played Sam in Love Actually but he continued acting into adulthood, appearing in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit and as Newt in the Maze Runner film series.
More surprising might be that baby-faced Brodie-Sangster is the same age as bearded Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth.
Hemsworth comes from a family of actors, with his brothers Luke and Chris also having successful careers.
The youngest of the three, Hemsworth followed in his brother Luke’s footsteps joining the cast of Neighbours in 2007.
He hit the big time, appearing as a lead in The Hunger Games film series and was announced in October to be replacing Henry Cavill in The Witcher.
Do YOU look old for your age? Researchers warn you might be more prone to these illnesses
If you look older than your school friends, it might be a reason to worry.
For researchers have now warned that it could be a sign you’re more at risk of age-related illness such as osteoporosis, hearing loss and cataracts.
Academics in the Netherlands guessed the age of around 2,700 people aged 50 to 90, based only on pictures of their face, and grilled them on their medical ailments to try to tease out any trends.
Results revealed that participants who looked five years younger than their actual age had better thinking skills.
The study saw an independent panel of 27 people estimate the age of each participant based on pictures of their face. The images show faces based on merging of participants faces. Pictures of people aged 70, on average, were used for both images. But the group on the left was perceived to be 60, while the group on the right were thought to be 80
Helena Bonham Carter and Halle Berry: 56
British acting royalty Bonham Carter – who played Princess Margaret in The Crown – is the same age as former model-turned-actor Halle Berry (Bonham Carter is pictured in 2021 and Berry is pictured in 2022)
She is known for her eclectic style and dark aesthetic but it wasn’t always that way for British actor Helena Bonham Carter.
The 56-year-old’s first roles were as period ‘English rose’ characters, something she was uncomfortable with, before she moved into playing the quirky characters she is now known for.
British acting royalty Bonham Carter – who played Bellatrix Le Strange in Harry Potter – is the same age as former model-turned-actor Halle Berry.
Berry started out as a model, entering beauty contests and going on to finish as runner-up in the Miss USA contest and sixth in Miss World.
Transitioning into acting, her breakthrough came in Boomerang, alongside Eddie Murphy. She won an Academy Award for her role in the 2001 film Monster’s Ball.
Matthew Perry and Paul Rudd: 53
Ageless actor Paul Rudd is, believe it or not, 53 years old, the same age as Friends alumn Matthew Perry (Perry is pictured in 2022 and Rudd is pictured in 2021)
The age of Paul Rudd, aka 2021’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ according to People magazine, has consistently been a topic of a conversation.
Conspiracy theories and in-depth articles have been drawn up about why the actor ‘never ages’, with Jennifer Aniston even saying ‘You don’t age, which is weird’ in a birthday Instagram post.
The ageless actor is, believe it or not, 53 years old, the same age as Friends alum Matthew Perry.
After the show’s reunion in 2021, fans were concerned for Perry and felt he looked unwell.
The actor looks much different to his sitcom days, something he has attributed to his battle with alcoholism.
Whoopi Goldberg and Imelda Staunton: 67
Whoopi Goldberg is 67 years old, incidentally the same age as Queen Elizabeth II actor Imelda Staunton (Goldberg are both pictured in 2022)
One of just 17 entertainers to win an EGOT – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award – Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) has had an incredible four-decade acting career.
Goldberg worked as a bank teller, a mortuary cosmetologist, and a bricklayer before performing took off.
She was at one point the highest paid female actor and revealed she took her stage forename Whoopi from a whoopee cushion.
Goldberg is 67 years old, incidentally the same age as Queen Elizabeth II actor Imelda Staunton.
Staunton started out in theatre, for which she has been nominated for 13 Olivier Awards and won four.
Zac Efron and Elliot Page: 35
Surprisingly, High School Musical’s Zac Efron is the same age as baby-faced The Umbrella Academy’s Elliot Page. (Efron is pictured in 2022 and Page is pictured in 2021)
Zac Efron rose to fame in 2006 as teenage Troy Bolton in High School Musical, alongside Vanessa Hudgens.
But 17 years on from the teen movie obsession, now 35-year-old Efron looks far different to his Disney Channel days.
Surprisingly, the actor is the same age as baby-faced The Umbrella Academy’s Elliot Page.
Page is best known for the 2007 film Juno, in which he played the titular role, alongside Michael Cera.
He came out as transgender in December 2020 and in March 2021 became the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
Russell Crowe and Sandra Bullock: 58
Rounding out our list of shocking age matches are Russell Crowe and Sandra Bullock, who are both 58 years old (Crowe and Bullock are both pictured in 2022)
Rounding out our list of shocking age matches are Russell Crowe and Sandra Bullock, who are both 58 years old.
Bullock has starred in more than 50 films and was named as the Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine in 2015.
The American actor once joked her secret to looking ageless was sleeping in a ‘sealed container’ and avoiding ‘outside carcinogens’.
Australian Crowe rose to international fame in the 2000 film Gladiator, in which he played Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius.
In December, Crowe was appointed ambassador of Rome in the world by the mayor of Rome.
James May and Vanessa Williams: 59
Ugly Betty actor Vanessa Williams is 59 years old, which happens to be the same age as former Top Gear presenter James May (May is pictured in 2017 and Williams is pictured in 2022)
One celebrity you are sure to find in articles about stars who look ‘young for their age’ is Vanessa Williams.
The Ugly Betty actor is 59 years old, which happens to be the same age as former Top Gear presenter James May.
Williams, a singer, actor and fashion designer, became the first ever African-American woman to win the Miss America title in 1984.
British TV presenter and journalist May has not been on our screens for quite as long as Williams.
He presented Top Gear, alongside Richard Hammond and controversial Jeremy Clarkson, from 2003 until 2015 – when Clarkson was removed for punching a producer.
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