What do these actors have in common?
They all found fame in Christmas movies before reaching adulthood, forever immortalized on our screens.
But while the child actors hit the acting jackpot from an early age, the paths they went on to follow wound up in varying directions with continued success for some and less positive outcomes for others.
From Devin Ratray, who played Buzz McCallister in Home Alone, being arrested over allegations of domestic assault and battery by strangulation to Miffy Englefield from the 2006 hit The Holiday swapping her angelic image for an altogether punkier vibe, these cast members certainly paint a colorful picture.
Here, Femail finds out how the biggest Christmas child stars have fared post festive film success…
Sofia Vassilieva: Eloise in Eloise at Christmastime (2003)
Eloise at Christmastime (2003) starred Sofia Vassilieva as the six-year-old girl who lives on the ‘tippy-top’ floor of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Julie Andrews played her nanny
Vassilieva strikes a pose in Eloise at the Plaza, left, and in a more recent post to Instagram, right, where she has more than 41,000 followers
After being discovered at the age of seven at an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York, Sofia Vassilieva landed several TV and movie roles before landing the lead in two made-for-television movies: Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, directed by Kevin Lima.
The blonde from Minnesota played the part of a six-year-old girl who resides at the top of New York City’s Plaza Hotel.
For her role as Eloise, Vassilieva was nominated for the Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special in 2004.
Following her big break in 2003, Vassilieva was cast as Ariel DuBois in Medium and she played the role for several seasons from 2005 to 2011.
Along with Eloise, one of her other highly-acclaimed roles was as a teenage cancer patient in the 2009 movie My Sister’s Keeper opposite Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
In more recent years she has starred in a string of TV shows including Looking for Alaska, Supergirl and Black Lightning. On the movie side of things she had a small role in The Little Things in 2021.
For her role as Eloise, Vassilieva was nominated for the Best Leading Young Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special in 2004
After being discovered at the age of seven at an International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York, Vassilieva landed several TV and movie roles before landing the lead in two made-for-television movies: Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, directed by Kevin Lima
The actor, now 30, also said she was particularly suited to the role of Eloise because as a kid she was ‘very rambunctious’, ‘very stubborn’ and a ‘little bossy’ just like the fictional character
In a 2018 interview with Hollywood.TV Vassilieva revealed how lots of people still recognize her as Eloise.
She added: ‘It’s great, because you realize it affected a generation. I don’t think that Eloise is time limited.
‘It’s still aired all the time for Christmas. It’s great to know it still gets to exist and still gets to be treasured and that other young girls get to see that and have a voice and know to speak and not be afraid.’
The actor, now 30, also said she was particularly suited to the role of Eloise because as a kid she was ‘very rambunctious’, ‘very stubborn’ and a ‘little bossy’ just like the fictional character.
Asked about what it was like working alongside Julie Andrews, who played her nanny, Vassilieva described Andrews as ‘very nurturing’ and ‘very supportive.’
She continued: ‘I was really lucky early in my career… to learn how to be a woman on a set and to learn from their example about how to deal with production and how to take care of people while getting things done. [It] was a really exquisite gift.
In more recent years, Vassilieva pictured in 2021 has starred in a string of TV shows including Looking for Alaska, Supergirl and Black Lightning. On the movie side of things she had a small role in The Little Things in 2021
In a 2018 interview with Hollywood.TV Vassilieva revealed how lots of people still recognize her as Eloise
Vassilieva herself keeps a relatively low profile on Instagram, rarely posting to her account @sofiavassilieva
‘She would always make sure everyone was taken care of and spirits were elevated and it was a really great start into learning how to hold my own as a woman.’
Recalling one of her favorite quotes from the two films, Vassilieva said smiling ‘think pink it’s a better way of life’. She also revealed that she hasn’t been back to the Plaza since shooting the movie, although she studied nearby at Columbia while gaining degrees in linguistics and business.
Quizzed on where she thought Eloise would be now in today’s fast-paced era of social media and high-tech, Vassilieva replied: ‘She would probably be kidnapping… politicians and feeding them grilled cheese sandwiches and… making them realize the world is a beautiful place to be in if we all just add a little spunk to it and have a little fun and compassion. Eloise would go viral on Instagram.’
Vassilieva herself keeps a relatively low profile on Instagram, rarely posting to her account @sofiavassilieva which has more than 41,000 followers.
Taylor Momsen: Cindy Lou in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Taylor Momsen started her career with her breakout role in How The Grinch Stole Christmas – the film adaptation of the Dr Seuss tale at the age of seven
Momsen’s image today is a far cry from the cheery youngster who appeared in the Grinch. Left, the former actress in the 2000 Christmas film and a recent Instagram shot showing her on tour, right
Taylor Momsen, now 29, began her career with her breakout role as Cindy Lou in How The Grinch Stole Christmas – the film adaptation of the Dr Seuss tale at the age of seven.
Asked why the movie still resonates with so many people today, the actress told Today: ‘I think that people love The Grinch just simply because the core of the story is so sweet and it’s so heartwarming and it has such a good message.
‘That no matter what age touches your heart, I think that that’s an amazing thing to be a part of. ‘
Following her outing in The Grinch, Momsen went on to land roles in Hansel and Gretel, and Spy Kids 2 but then her career went quiet for a while.
She was one of the top three candidates for the part of Hannah Montana, which eventually went to Miley Cyrus but her profile skyrocketed again when she landed the part of preppy teenage socialite Jenny Humphrey in the show, Gossip Girl.
Momsen stayed in the series for several seasons, but left in season four to concentrate on her music career and embrace her avant-garde style.
Some commenters alluded to her reportedly being a ‘diva’ and TV personality Tim Gunn had nothing nice to say after working with her on Gossip Girl.
After landing a guest spot on the show he told E! News of Momsen: ‘What a diva! She was pathetic, she couldn’t remember her lines, and she didn’t even have that many.
‘I thought to myself “Why are we all being held hostage by this brat?”‘
According to Gunn, Momsen spent all day on her Blackberry instead of learning her lines and that the director told him it happened ‘day in, day out, my life.’
Roles in Hansel and Gretel and Spy Kids 2 followed Momsen’s outing in The Grinch, but then her career went quiet for a while
The blonde’s profile skyrocketed again when she landed the part of preppy teenage socialite Jenny Humphrey in the show, Gossip Girl
Momsen pictured with actress Leighton Meester from a scene of Gossip Girl in 2007
Momsen announced that she was retiring from acting shortly afterward at the age of 18. The Missouri native’s heart has clearly always been in music and she even recorded a song called Why Can’t I Find You? for The Grinch soundtrack.
At eight, she wrote a song called Blackout, which The Hills star Heidi Montag went on record for her debut album, Superficial.
In 2009 her band The Pretty Reckless landed a deal with Interscope Records. They have released two successful albums and Momsen now spends her time touring with the band around the world.
Her image today is a far cry from the cheery youngster who appeared in The Grinch or her squeaky clean Gossip Girl character, with her trademark style including peroxide hair, thick black eyeliner, ripped fishnet tights and leather.
She has described shows in which she invited fans onstage, but had to stop because it got ‘a little violent,’ telling Rolling Stone how her hair was ripped out and she was ‘sexually assaulted in an uncool way’ as one fan was ‘a little too aggressive for my liking.’
In 2021, she also revealed how she struggled through an ‘utterly dark hole of and substance abuse’ she lived through following the death of two friends in 2017 and 2018.
First, on May 18, 2017, Soundgarden vocalist and guitarist Chris Cornell died at age 52 by suicide.
The Pretty Reckless had been touring with Soundgarden at the time and she considered the band one of her favorites ‘in the world’ — and the loss of Chris to be ‘devastating.’
Momsen’s heart has always been in music and in 2009 her band The Pretty Reckless landed a deal with Interscope Records. Above, pictured at events earlier this year
Recent photos posted to Instagram show Momsen performing at venues around the world as part of her Death By Rock And Roll tour
Away from the stage, candid snaps show the former actress meeting with friends, recuperating with facemasks, rowing in the gym and taking some well-earned rest
‘It crushed me in a way that I can’t explain and I was not prepared for as a person,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
‘I wasn’t in a good place mentally to be public. I canceled touring, I went home. I needed to attempt to process what had happened and kind of get my s**t together.’
She had just been starting to feel a bit better and was writing music again when she was hit with another tragedy: the death of record producer Kato Khandwala in a motorcycle accident on April 25, 2018.
‘It was the nail in the coffin for me,’ Taylor said, adding that they were ‘so immensely close.’
‘He was so much more than a producer. He was a fifth member of the band and my best friend in the world.’
After that, she spiraled, and had a much harder time recovering from the back-to-back losses. Momsen has said that she prefers singing to acting, so it’s unlikely we’ll see her return to our screens in any film role – let alone a heart-warming festive one, any time soon.
Recent photos posted to Instagram show Momsen performing at venues around the world as part of her Death By Rock And Roll tour.
Away from the stage, candid snaps show her meeting with friends, recuperating with face masks, rowing in the gym and taking some well-earned rest.
David Krumholtz: Bernard the Elf in The Santa Clause (1994)
At the age of 17 David Krumholtz landed the role of the acid-tongued and perpetually youthful elf Bernard in the 1994 hit film The Santa Clause opposite Tim Allen
Krumholtz made a return to the big screen as Bernard in 2002 in The Santa Clause 2 (left). The actor (right) seen on a recent festive outing in New York
At the age of 17 David Krumholtz landed the role of the acid-tongued and perpetually youthful elf Bernard in the 1994 hit film The Santa Clause and he went on to star in the sequel in 2002.
Since his role in the holiday classics the New Yorker, now aged 44, has appeared in a slew of comedic films, including the popular 90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You and Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle.
He also gained a firm following playing Professor Charlie Eppes on the CBS crime drama Numbers from 2005 to 2010.
Returning to the role that found him fame, Krumholtz makes a comeback this festive season as Santa’s helper in the new Disney+ series, The Santa Clauses.
Krumholtz says that still to this day, he is still recognized as Bernard when he’s out and about
As a slightly older-looking Bernard the elf, Krumholtz turns up to show Santa the true meaning of Christmas.
He told Time in a recent interview that still to this day, he is still recognized as Bernard when he’s out and about.
After ‘resenting’ it for a good portion of his 20s and 30s, he says he’s now at peace with being typecast.
He explained: ‘Only having recently had children myself, I thought, there’s something sort of worth emulating about Bernard. I wish I could be Bernard in a way.
‘He’s a good guy who is trying his best to save Christmas and do the right thing. I thought that’s something I could be again.’
Since his role in the holiday classics the New Yorker, now aged 44, has appeared in a slew of comedic films, including the popular 90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You and Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle. Left pictured in 2020 and right in 2019
In one recent Instagram post Krumholtz revealed that he went to a Santa Clause-themed restaurant in New York with his family and tried a ‘delicious’ Bernard-inspired dish consisting of lox, cream cheese and a mashed potato pancake
On the relationship front, Krumholtz is married to fellow actor Vanessa Britting.
The couple, who have a son and a daughter together, dated for more than three years before Krumholtz popped the question during a trip to Paris in 2008.
They went on to tie the knot at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on May 22, 2010.
On the social media side of things, Krumholtz regularly posts to Instagram, where he has more than 54,000 followers.
In one recent post he revealed that he went to a Santa Clause-themed restaurant in New York with his family, and tried a ‘delicious’ Bernard-inspired dish consisting of lox, cream cheese and a mashed potato pancake.
Peter Billingsley: Ralphie in A Christmas Story (1983)
Peter Billingsley landed the role of Ralphie in A Christmas Story in 1983
The original Christmas Story was an episodic period piece set sometime in the late 1930s to early 1940s that followed nine-year-old Ralphie. Since its release Billingsley has continued acting along with directing and producing
After a run of commercials and TV work, Peter Billingsley landed a role in A Christmas Story in 1983 as Ralphie Parker which saw him score a Young Artist Award nomination.
The movie, which also starred Melinda Dillon as Ralphie’s mother, was initially only modestly successful and received mixed reviews upon its release.
The original Christmas Story was an episodic period piece set sometime in the late 1930s to early 1940s that followed nine-year-old Ralphie as he navigated school and family relationships in a fictional Indiana town while dreaming of getting a Red Ryder BB rifle for Christmas.
But over the years the film grew in estimation, and home video releases and television broadcasts elevated its stature year by year, until it came to be regarded as one of the best and most popular Christmas films of all time.
Following his acclaimed performance in A Christmas Story at the age of 12, Billingsley continued to act more sporadically as he grew older before focusing on behind-the-camera work as a director and producer.
He directed the comedy Couple Retreat, starring his friends, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, and he executive produced the animated comedy series, F For Family, with Vaughn.
In 2008, he played a small role as a scientist in Iron Man, which was directed by Favreau, and both actors were later featured in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Billingsley’s role as Ralphie saw him score a Young Artist Award nomination
The Christmas movie, which also starred Melinda Dillon as Ralphie’s mother (far right), was initially only modestly successful and received mixed reviews upon its release
Asked how he kept sane as a child actor, Billingsley revealed in a recent Fox News interview that he had a very supportive family and he never felt forced into acting, despite his parents getting him an agent at the age of two-and-a-half.
He added: ‘I grew in New York City but my family moved to Phoenix, [Arizona], so I wasn’t even in Los Angeles living so it was just a much more normal life.
‘I had chores, we had dogs, I had siblings, I was the youngest, I was fighting for scraps.’
In January this year it was announced that Billingsley would be reprising his role as Ralphie to lead a sequel to the perennial holiday favorite.
A Christmas Story Story started streaming on HBO Max on November 17.
In the ’70s-set sequel, Ralphie returns home to his old house on Cleveland Street to give his own children the same kind of ‘magical Christmas’ he experienced as a child.
In addition to starring in the sequel to the 1983 classic — titled A Christmas Story Christmas – Billingsley took on the role of producer.
He said of the project, which stars the majority of the original cast: ‘It was awesome. It was so great having everyone back together it was the first time really we had all been together I think since we did the movie.’
Billingsley prefers to keep his love life out of the spotlight but in 2015 it was announced that he was engaged to Southern Methodist University graduate Buffy Bains.
Devin Ratray: Buzz McCallister in Home Alone (1990)
Devin Ratray played Buzz McCallister in the 1990 Christmas blockbuster Home Alone
LEFT: Ratray pictured as Buzz, who specialized in getting his younger brother into trouble. RIGHT: A mugshot of the actor taken last year after he was arrested following an incident with his girlfriend
Devin Ratray, now 45, was well-known for playing Buzz McCallister, Kevin’s oldest brother who often got him in trouble, in the Christmas blockbuster Home Alone, which he starred in when he was just 13.
He went on to become a regular on MTV’s reality series Damage Control and starred in a few movies and TV shows like Dennis the Menace, Little Monsters, the 2007 movie Serial, sci-fi flick Surrogates, suspense thriller Elevator, Nebraska (opposite Bruce Dern and Will Forte), Blue Ruin in 2013, crime drama Hustlers, and Steven Soderbergh’s Kimi.
He also ventured into music, and sings and plays guitar in a band called Little Bill and the Beckleys.
In 2021, he reunited with some of his Home Alone cast members in Disney+’s Home Sweet Home Alone movie. Instead of playing Buzz, Ratray returns as a police officer.
In a plot twist, the actor had his own run-in with the law last December following an appearance at OKC Pop Christmas Con in Oklahoma City, which he attended with his girlfriend.
At the event, he reportedly got angry with his girlfriend – whose identity has been kept hidden for privacy reasons – while the pair was drinking at a bar after she didn’t charge two female fans for his autograph.
Following the success of Home Alone, Ratray (seen on the right) went on to become a regular on MTV’s reality series Damage Control and starred in a few movies and TV shows
Ratray pictured with other members of the Home Alone cast in 1990
The two started arguing, and the fight then continued into their hotel room, where he allegedly got violent and tried to strangle her.
Ratray is now facing charges of domestic assault and battery by strangulation; he was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond. He has since denied the allegations.
Following news of the incident, a woman called Lisa Smith reportedly contacted law enforcement and alleged she had been raped by Ratray years earlier.
According to CNN, she claimed she was friends with the actor for about 15 years before the alleged assault; she claimed it occurred in 2017 after she met Ratray, her brother and a friend for a drink in New York.
The group then went to Ratray’s apartment for another drink, where she claimed he insisted she have a specific glass. She said she suddenly became exhausted, and that Ratray encouraged her to stay over and sleep on the couch.
Smith said she believed she was drugged by the star, stating: ‘I remember waking up and I couldn’t move. I couldn’t really open my eyes, but I could hear what was happening and I could feel what was happening. I knew that the other two people were gone and I was still on the couch.’
Ratray is now facing charges of domestic assault and battery by strangulation; he was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond. He has since denied the allegations
There has been no update following a trial related to the actor (seen left in 2009 and right, in 2019) and an incident that took place in 2021 in Oklahoma City
She claimed that she was then assaulted by him, stating that it went on for what felt like an ‘eternity’ – and she was only able to regain control of her body about 2pm the next day, when she fled the apartment. The day after the attack, Smith said she told a friend, her sister and one of her brothers what happened, and then confronted Ratray in a text message.
He denied the assault, so Smith decided to file a police report a few weeks later, and met up with an NYPD detective in Salt Lake City – who wrongly marked that she did not want to prosecute.
She told the outlet that she was recently informed that authorities thought she wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t want to press charges, which is why the case was never pursued, and that she was ‘devastated’ that police failed to investigate her allegations when she came forward.
At the time of the incident, she traveled from out of state to be interviewed at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and provided them with the clothes she wore the night of the attack.
When contacted by CNN, Ratray said he recalled the evening with Smith, but denied her claims that he raped her. No charges have been laid.
There has been no update following a trial related to the 2021 incident in Oklahoma City.
Karolyn Grimes: Zuzu in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Karolyn Grimes was a six-year-old child star when she appeared in the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life – pictured right in 2010
Karolyn Grimes played Zuzu, the daughter of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed’s characters, and said the famous line: ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings’
Karolyn Grimes, now 82, started acting at the age of four and her career spanned 16 films, including appearances alongside John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby and Betty Grable.
The California native had already acted in four films when she landed the role of Zuzu, the daughter of the film’s protagonist George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart.
George is a man who has given up on his dreams to help others, but is depressed and plans to commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
His guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes and shows him how he’s touched the lives of people in his hometown, Bedford Falls, and how different everyone’s lives would be if he’d never been born.
Although Grimes only had a small part, she got to speak the film’s most memorable line: ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’
Grimes’ film career came to an abrupt end when her mother died from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and her father was killed in a car accident when she was in her early teens. She was sent to live with her aunt in a tiny town called Osceola, Missouri.
She went on to become a medical technician and had two daughters with her first husband who was killed in a hunting accident two years after they divorced. Her second husband already had three children and they went on to have two together, making her a mother of seven.
In 1989 Grimes’ youngest child committed suicide at the age of 18, which she’d described as the ‘most devastating’ period of her life.
Fiver years later her husband of 25 years then died from lung cancer. But during this dark period, it was the film that saved Grimes by giving her a new focus.
Grimes was one of the stars who attended the unveiling of the It’s A Wonderful Life Wax Exhibit at Madame Tussauds Hollywood in November 2010 and posed alongside the wax figure of her movie father
Film visual-effects supervisor Craig Barron, Grimes and Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life in 2011
It’s A Wonderful Life was not a success when it was released in 1943, but in the seventies it started to see a surge in popularity as it was out of copyright and TV stations started to screen it.
In 1980, Grimes got a knock on her door asking for an interview and soon after started receiving fan mail. She admits that at this point she had never even seen the whole film.
‘When I watched the movie – oh my goodness – I realized what a wonderful film it really was and how it touched so many people’s lives,’ she previously told Parade.com.
Since then, she has dedicated much of her life to preserving the movie’s memory – traveling around the country to speak to fans, gathering stories from those who knew Stewart, and acting as an adviser for the museum honoring the film in Seneca Falls, New York, which opened in 2010.
Grimes has been honored as a famous Missourian with a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame in Marshfield, Missouri.
Meanwhile, she also received the city’s highest honor, the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative in 2007 at the annual Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.
In March 2001 she released Zuzu Bailey’s It’s A Wonderful Life Cookbook of recipes inspired by Bedford Falls, including Harry Bailey Hero Sandwich and Mrs. Martini’s Creamy Linguine. As well as her public appearances, Grimes tours the antique circuit selling movie memorabilia.
Miffy Englefield: Sophie in The Holiday (2006)
Miffy Englefield (right) played one of Jude Law’s daughters in the hit Christmas movie The Holiday in 2006
The 23-year-old child star, from Hampshire, UK, who played Sophie in the 2006 Christmas movie has transformed from her sweet seven-year-old self into a punk with a very racy Instagram account
She was the adorable child star of The Holiday playing one of Jude Law’s daughters, but you would struggle to recognize Miffy Englefield today.
The 23-year-old child star, from Hampshire, UK, who played Sophie in the 2006 Christmas movie alongside her on-screen sister Olivia (Emma Pritchard) has transformed from her sweet seven-year-old self into a punk with a very racy Instagram account.
The account is filled with pictures of Englefield sporting piercings, dark eyeliner and provocative outfits to support her new edgy image.
Englefield’s real name is actually Rebecca, but she got her nickname because of the messy hair she used to sport as a little girl.
In her Instagram bio, the Brit describes herself as ‘short, loud and mostly ridiculous.’ She also calls herself a ‘pint sized punk rocker that can probably eat spicier food than you.’
Englefield was just seven when The Holiday came out and she was seen playing the scene-stealing little girl who attempted to set her dad up with Cameron Diaz’s character Amanda.
The 23-year-old child star who played Sophie in the 2006 film has transformed from her sweet seven-year-old self into a punk with a very racy Instagram account
Englefield gave birth to a baby girl named Frances in April 2020. According to the former actress’s Facebook page she now works in the hospitality industry at a local bar and she is in a relationship with an aspiring musician Jordan Terry
After The Holiday, Englefield went on to star in 12 episodes of Casualty between 2008 and 2010 and appeared in a short film called Beautiful Enough but she hasn’t landed any notable roles since.
Earlier this year, she took to TikTok to show off her unrecognizable look as she answered questions about starring in The Holiday.
In the clip, which racked up millions of views, she explains how she’d love to return to acting, but worries about getting cast due to her punk look.
Commenting on what it was like starring in The Holiday, she told fans: ‘The cast were amazing. It sounds cliché but there’s not much to tell because they were all so lovely.
Obviously playing one of Jude Law’s daughter’s in the film, he’s the person we spent the most time with, he was so kind and patient and so helpful and taught us so much about acting
‘Obviously playing one of Jude Law’s daughters in the film, he’s the person we spent the most time with, he was so kind and patient and so helpful and taught us so much about acting.
‘All of the cast is so sweet. Jack Black is hilarious, he made me laugh on the first day of set.
‘Kate Winslet is just as ethereal as she might seem in film and Cameron Diaz is pretty self-explanatory, she’s beautiful.’
Englefield, who gave birth to a baby girl named Frances in April 2020, revealed that she didn’t keep in touch with the cast, but Nancy Myers sent an email a few years ago to check in.
Answering questions about her life now, she went on: ‘I’m [now] a mum, I have a daughter who will be two in April, I spend my time raising her in the best way I can.
‘I’d love to read for a part and go for an audition again. I don’t know if I’m any good at it anymore. I don’t really think many casting directors are looking for people with my look.
‘I have a lot of tattoos now, a shaved head and a few body mods so if there’s a casting director watching who wants someone like me to read for a part, hit me up, I’d love to.
‘I don’t know what the future holds but I’m excited about it, 2022 seems like a great year. I really want to make more content here though because I really enjoy it.’
According to Englefield’s Facebook page she now works in the hospitality industry at a local bar and she is in a relationship with an aspiring musician, Jordan Terry.
Macaulay Culkin: Kevin in Home Alone (1990)
It’s been three decades since the world fell in love with the eight-year-old Kevin McCallister as he defended himself and his home from burglars in the Christmas comedy classic Home Alone
Home Along launched the career of child actor Macaulay Culkin, who became a millionaire by the time he was 12 years old
It’s been three decades since the world fell in love with the eight-year-old Kevin McCallister as he defended himself and his home from burglars in the Christmas comedy classic Home Alone.
The 1990 film not only took in almost $500 million at the box office and spawned four sequels, but also launched the career of child actor Macaulay Culkin, who became a millionaire by the time he was 12 years old.
The talented child actor went on to conquer a variety of roles, from the benevolent billionaire in Richie Rich to the psychopathic, murdering terror child in The Good Son.
He is still recognized as the biggest child star of his generation. The late 1990s were relatively inactive for Culkin and, even after returning to acting in 2000, the majority of his onscreen roles since have been cameos.
His biggest acting role of the past decade has been his voice work for animated comedy program Robot Chicken. In 2013 he also started a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called Pizza Underground, which has played a series of shows across the US and the UK.
The 1990 film took in almost $500 million at the box office and spawned four sequels
Culkin is still recognized as the biggest child star of his generation
The talented child actor went on to conquer a variety of roles after starring in Home Alone
Culkin has certainly earned more attention for his off-screen antics than for his on-screen roles.
The actor, who is now 42, reportedly struggled with a dependence on drugs.
In September 2004, he was arrested in Oklahoma City after police found him carrying 17.3 grams of marijuana, 16.5 milligrams of Xanax and 32 milligrams of Klonopin.
He plead guilty and received three one-year suspended prison sentences, and had to pay $540 in fees.
Then, in 2012, drug rumors circulated once again after photos of him looking pale and skinny made their way onto the internet, but he later insisted to The Guardian that he never had a serious drug problem.
He was then reported as having developed an intense nicotine habit that saw him smoking up to 60 cigarettes a day, leading to new health fears for the troubled star.
Culkin also made headlines in 1995 when reports emerged that the then 15-year-old had formally emancipated himself by removing his parents as his legal guardians.
The late 1990s were relatively inactive for Culkin (pictured in 2018) and, even after returning to acting in 2000, the majority of his onscreen roles since have been cameos
Now 42, Culkin appears in good health again after reportedly struggling with drug addiction. Above right, pictured on the catwalk for Gucci’s 2021 fall Love Parade runway show in California
The caption on this Instagram post from Culkin reads: ‘This is what an updated Home Alone would actually look like’
He reportedly took them to court in an attempt to gain control of his $15 million trust fund that he had earned from his acting career; his mom and dad – Patricia and Kit Culkin – were allegedly earning 15 per cent of his paychecks up until then.
While he later told Esquire that the situation was ‘misconstrued’ in the media, he confirmed that he had ‘legally taken his parents’ names off his trust fund’ as a protective measure.
‘I legally took my parents’ names off of my trust fund and found an executor, someone who would look over my finances, just in case anyone wanted to stick their f**king pinkie in the pie,’ he explained.
Over the years, Culkin’s love life has also been the subject of much media coverage; he married actress Rachel Miner in 1998, when they were both just 18 years old, but they divorced in 2002, after four years together.
Months later, he started dating The ’70s show star Mila Kunis, but they split in 2011. He is now in a relationship with Disney alum Brenda Song, and in April 2021, they welcomed a baby boy together, named Dakota Song Culkin.
More recently, the star appears happier and healthier, regularly posting light-hearted photos to his Instagram account.
Johnny Galecki: Russ Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
A scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Johnny Galecki seen far right
Galecki (pictured in the 1989 movie, left and in 2019, right) was 13 when he took the part of Russ Griswold and he’s seen his career since enjoy an upward trajectory
As the Griswold family prepares to welcome relatives over, dad Clark will stop at nothing to present the most Christmassy house ever. From left to right: Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo
For many, there is no funnier Christmas comedy than the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
As the Griswold family prepares to welcome relatives over, dad Clark will stop at nothing to present the most Christmassy house ever, including 25,000 lights strewn around the property’s exterior.
Looking on in disbelief is Russ Griswold, played by Johnny Galecki. His sibling in the film was a teenage Juliette Lewis.
Now 47, Galecki was 13 when he took the part and he’s seen his career since enjoy an upward trajectory.
After starring in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Galecki went on to play Darlene’s boyfriend in the original series of Rosanne and saw his fame cemented by The Big Bang Theory, in which he played Dr Leonard Hofstadter.
The hit sitcom which launched in September 2007 ended after twelve seasons in 2018 after the lead Jim Parsons quit the show, ready to explore other opportunities.
Galecki saw his fame cemented by The Big Bang Theory, in which he played Dr Leonard Hofstadter
Although Galecki hasn’t married, he dated Big Bang Theory co-star Kaley Cuoco for two years
Galecki also dated actress Alaina Meyer, seen together left, for two years but the couple split in 2020. Despite their split the couple continue to co-parent their son Avery
When the show ended, it was reported that the three main cast members – including Galecki – were earning $1 million per episode.
Since its termination, Galecki has occasionally starred in the series called, The Conners.
Although Galecki hasn’t married, he dated Big Bang Theory co-star Kaley Cuoco for two years and actress Alaina Meyer for a similar amount of time. Although he split from Meyer in 2020 they continue to co-parent their son, Avery.
Galecki shares regular posts with his son via Instagram and in one post he described the tiny tot as his ‘best friend.’
Mara Wilson: Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Aged seven Mara Wilson played Susan Walker, a little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, in the hit Christmas movie Miracle On 34th Street
Wilson (pictured left in Miracle On 34th Street and right, in a recent Instagram post) was one of the most successful female child actresses of the Nineties
She was one of the most successful female child actresses of the nineties.
After her star turn in Mrs Doubtfire at the tender age of four, Mara Wilson landed a lead role in the remake of Miracle On 34th Street.
Aged seven in 1994 she played Susan Walker, a little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, originally portrayed by Natalie Wood in 1947.
Following Miracle On 34th Street, Wilson landed yet another major role as Matilda Wormwood in the 1996 film Matilda.
Wilson landed the role in Miracle On 34th Street after her star turn in Mrs Doubtfire
Matilda was another one of Wilson’s hit movies
However, this proved to be her last lead part in a hit movie and she went on to have bit roles in a handful on TV shows and low-budget films, before turning her back on film acting completely.
Wilson recently opened up about how she started having panic attacks and obsessively washing her hands after she filmed Matilda.
The loss of her mother to breast cancer in 1996 was another event that had a major impact.
Wilson came to understand that she had OCD before she was ever formally diagnosed because of the research she had done.
She started therapy when she was about 12 years old and was put on medication to help treat her condition, which she said made a world of a difference.
Wilson, pictured at a movie premiere in 2000, went on to have bit roles in a handful on TV shows and low-budget films, before turning her back on film acting completely
Mara shared a photo of herself during her first visit to a gay club when she was 18 as she expressed her sorrow over the Orlando shootings in 2016
After leaving acting behind and studying art at New York University, Wilson fulfilled her dream of working as a writer and playwright. In 2016 she released a book titled Where Am I Now?: True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame
Wilson reflected on her early mental health issues and the loss of her mother on a recent episode of Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown podcast
In 2016, Wilson also revealed after years of identifying as ‘straight’, she had been leaning towards the ‘bi/queer label lately.’
The then 28-year-old felt compelled to reveal her sexuality after expressing her sorrow over the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando. To mark it she shared a photo of herself during her first visit to a gay club when she was 18 on Twitter.
After leaving acting behind and studying art at New York University, Wilson fulfilled her dream of working as a writer and playwright.
In 2016 she released a book detailing her experience of growing up in the spotlight titled Where Am I Now?: True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame.
She writes in the prologue: ‘Mostly, my stories are about being young and a little out of place. It’s how I’ve felt most of my life: I was born the first girl after three boys, the only Jewish kid in my class, the only girl I knew whose mother had died, the only neurotic in Southern California (or so it seemed), and the only child on film sets full of adults.’
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson: Joanna and Sam in Love Actually (2003)
Olivia Olson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster melted hearts with their pre-teen romance in Love Actually playing Joanna and Sam
Olson was just nine years old when she sang All I Want For Christmas in Love Actually as Joanna. The starlet (pictured left in a more recent Instagram post) previously said she was surprised fans are still interested in the festive film
Brodie-Sangster shot to fame with his role as lovestruck Sam. Pictured, left, in Love Actually and right, on the red carpet in May 2022
They melted hearts with their pre-teen romance in Love Actually playing Joanna and Sam.
Fast forward almost 20 years and the stars behind the characters – Olivia Olson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster – have continued to enjoy glittering careers.
Olson, now 30, who was just nine years old when she sang All I Want For Christmas in Love Actually as Joanna, previously said she was surprised fans are still interested in the film.
She said: ‘I can’t believe people still care, that they’re still talking about [the movie] it’s so awesome… 15 years is a long time.’
At the time of filming, her singing was so good that director Richard Curtis was reportedly worried the audience wouldn’t believe it was her own voice, and trained her to make it sound ‘more believable’.
Olson’s incredible singing voice saw her release her first EP ‘Beauty is chaos’ in 2013, before releasing the album Nowhere Land in June 2018 and she now performs as a musician full-time.
In 2019, she also featured as one of many stars taking part in the ITV reality series The X Factor: Celebrity.
Olson previously revealed that she hadn’t seen much of the Love Actually cast since the film although she did reunite with Brodie-Sangster
Olson, who now lives in Los Angeles, regularly shares photos of what she’s up to on Instagram, where she has more than 71,000 followers
When asked what she would like viewers to know about her, Olson told MailOnline at the time: ‘For the love of god I’m so much more than the Love Actually girl!’
Olson previously revealed that she hadn’t seen much of the Love Actually cast since the film although she did reunite with Brodie-Sangster.
She said: ‘Well the last time I saw Thomas [Brodie-Sangster] was when we filmed the Love Actually Red Nose Day sequel and I haven’t seen him much since then.
‘I live in Los Angeles and back in the day cell phones weren’t even a thing. When you left you just left, and it was like ‘bye’! But even then I don’t have my AOL anymore!
‘So we didn’t really stay in touch but we did play co-stars in one of the animated shows that I did. And it was such a funny, random occurrence that we both got cast. They wrote it in that his character had a crush on my character.’
Olson, who now lives in Los Angeles, regularly shares photos of what she’s up to on Instagram, where she has more than 71,000 followers.
Recent snaps show her filming for a Love Actually 20-year anniversary special for ABC News.
Meanwhile, Olson’s childhood sweetheart in Love Actually, Sam, was played by Brodie-Sangster. Just 12 at the time, 32-year-old Brodie-Sangster has gone on to enjoy a stellar career since his Christmas hit.
Brodie-Sangster played Liam Neeson’s stepson and had an iconic scene where he pursued his love interest Joanna through the airport before she boarded a plane.
The actor has since gone on to enjoy film success in Nanny McPhee, Nowhere Boy – in which he played a young Paul McCartney – and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Just 12 at the time, 32-year-old Brodie-Sangster has gone on to enjoy a stellar career since his Christmas hit. The actor has enjoyed film success in Nanny McPhee, Nowhere Boy – in which he played a young Paul McCartney – and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Elsewhere Brodie-Sangster won a new legion of fans thanks to his recurring role as Jojen Reed in the hugely popular HBO drama Game Of Thrones
Brodie-Sangster is currently dating Elon Musk’s ex-wife Talulah Riley. The pair are seen here in London in June 2022
Elsewhere Brodie-Sangster won a new legion of fans thanks to his recurring role as Jojen Reed in the hugely popular HBO drama Game Of Thrones.
Talking to The Guardian about his youthful appearance in 2015, he reflected on the difficulty he faced in trying to buy alcohol during a trip to Canada.
He said: ‘For the first time in my life I got out my phone and looked myself up on IMDb. They laughed and even got me to sign my autograph. But they wouldn’t serve me that pint.’
However, his youthful appearance has also worked in his favor and he starred as Thomas Cromwell’s 15-year-old protégé in the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall in 2015.
He has also loaned his voice to two characters in the reboot of cult classic TV series Thunderbirds Are Go!
This year Brodie-Sangster played a more adult role as the Sex Pistols manager Malcolm in Danny Boyle’s biopic.
During filming he started dating his co-star and Elon Musk’s ex-wife Talulah Riley. According to a source the pair have now ‘bought a grade two listed Manor House in the countryside’ together.
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