Girls into Women

by neil-476 | created - 28 Feb 2014 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

I spotted the ladies on this list when they were child actresses, and I was sure they would be wonderful adult actresses. Most have already proved me right: some are still making the journey.

1. Jenny Agutter

Actress | The Avengers

Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan (1964), which was quickly followed by The Magical World of ...

First spotted in the BBC TV version of The Railway Children (even before the Lionel Jeffries movie version), Miss Agutter, who is very nearly exactly the same age as me, became an eclectic actress. I have enjoyed following her career.

2. Christina Ricci

Actress | Casper

Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish ...

Miss Ricci made an impression as a child performer in the Addams Family films and Casper. As an adult performer, she is courageous and takes no prisoners.

3. Eliza Bennett

Actress | Sweet/Vicious

Eliza Bennett is a English actress. She is known for her role as Jules Thomas in the MTV series Sweet/Vicious for which her performance received critical acclaim.

Eliza started working at 9 years old after landing the lead as Jemima in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' in the London West End, after an open ...

Miss Bennett single-handedly lifted the Wesley Snipes vehicle The Contractor out of mediocity, and added a needed element of touching vulnerability to Inkheart. Her adult career so far has been disappointing: one hopes she will find vehicles to enable her to shine.

4. Sophie Nélisse

Actress | The Book Thief

Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, but moved to Montréal with her family when she was just age four.

She began her career at the age of seven in commercials, then made her movie debut at age 10 in the 2012 French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. For her performance in the film, she won a ...

I include Miss Nélisse having seen her in a single film, The Book Thief. On the basis of her performance in that film, I am confident that she will move gracefully into adulthood, and will provide us with some powerful performances on the way.

5. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

She was an engaging child performer, but I doubt anyone expected Miss Johansson's career to take the path it has. It would have been so easy for her to continue to take bimbo parts: to her credit, she has made some interesting and off-the-wall choices. I also don't think that the skin-tight black leather of the Black Widow has done her any harm at all.

6. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

After several minor parts, the lead in Labyrinth brought Miss Connelly to public attention at age 15. Her career has been wildly varied, the one consistent element being how good she has been in all of it.

7. Abigail Breslin

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.

Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015)...

At the time of writing, Miss Breslin is sitting right on the border where childhood meets adulthood. Having demonstrated that she is an accomplished child actor, she has already served notice that she won't be making compromises as her career moves towards stronger material.

8. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years,...

Miss Watson was truly horrible in the first Harry Potter film: by the third, she had become so magnetic on screen that you couldn't take your eyes off her. Her career as an adult has been a little hesitant so far, but she is good and will continue to demonstrate this.

9. Pamela Franklin

Actress | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. ...

Miss Franklin, a successful child actress, attracted attention with a strong performance in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie at age 18. She also attracted me, at age 17. After a handful of varied movies, she had a successful TV career before retiring in the 1980s.

10. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

One of a handful of people who almost define the very concept of child actors becoming successful adult actors, she commanded the screen as a child, and has had a powerfully successful and respected career as an adult.

11. Fairuza Balk

Actress | The Craft

"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. ...

Miss Balk made a mark at age 11 as Dorothy in Disney's Return To Oz. Her adult career has been somewhat sporadic, but always interesting.

12. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...

The ridiculously talented Miss Ronan, leaping to prominence in Atonement at the age of 13, has continued to impress with a series of performances, all entirely right for her age at the time she made them. It is only a matter of time before she collects her first Oscar.

13. AnnaSophia Robb

Actress | Bridge to Terabithia

Actress AnnaSophia Robb can next be seen co-starring in Hulu's upcoming anthology series THE ACT, alongside Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny and Joey King. Robb portrays Lacey, Gypsy Blancahrd's only confidant. Lacey knows more than she lets on when law enforcement investigates Dee Dee's murder in ...

Miss Robb both filled and broke my heart in Bridge To Terabithia. I can't say that her career since has excited me, but there is still plenty of time.

14. Brooke Shields

Actress | The Blue Lagoon

"Want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing". If you have not heard of Brooke Shields before, this tagline from her Calvin Klein Jeans ad had to grab your attention. Not that she has not had a previously noteworthy resume. She was born on May 31, 1965 in New York City and, at age 12,...

After starting with a couple of films which are almost calculated to appeal to those with an interest in underage girls, Miss Shields moved on to a career as an adult which has been successful if unexciting.

15. Vanessa Hudgens

Actress | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salinas, California. Her family moved to San Diego, California, while she was still a toddler. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Her mother, Gina Hudgens (née Guangco), an office worker, is from the Philippines. Her father, Greg ...

I first spotted her in Thunderbirds, looking younger than her 15 years, and was very taken by her smile. Her career since then has been interesting and varied, to say the least, with some very high highs and some very low lows.

16. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

As a child, she delivered some powerful performances both on TV and in movies (and often came over in interviews in a scarily un-childlike way). I get the impression that the path to adult work has not been easy for her, but she will get there. Her talent is huge.

17. Kirsten Dunst

Actress | Spider-Man

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...

Her performance, at age 11, in Interview With The Vampire was enormously self-assured, and she made a smooth transition through her teens into her adult career. She perhaps needs to exercise care concerning her choices both on and off screen, but I think her best is yet to come.

18. Lindsay Lohan

Actress | The Parent Trap

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City, on 2 July 1986, to Dina Lohan and Michael Lohan. She began her career at age three as a Ford model, and also made appearances in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jell-O (opposite Bill Cosby). Lohan ...

I add Miss Lohan with a degree of trepidation. Her films as a child actress showed a precocious talent and a very likeable screen presence. Her adult career has, to date, been polluted by her toxic personal life. I remain hopeful that she will be able to conquer her demons and once again fire up the talent she showed as a child.

19. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Kick-Ass

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

Miss Moretz delivered an eye- (and ear-) watering performance in Kick-Ass, and I am delighted to have observed the series of excellent performances she has delivered since. Not all choices have been great, but Miss M has always given the best one could expect, and more.

20. Juno Temple

Actress | Atonement

Juno Violet Temple was born in London, England, into a showbiz family, the daughter of producer Amanda Temple and film director Julien Temple. She was named 'Juno' after her parents took a visit to the Grand Canyon during pregnancy, and found they were standing on a butte of Cape Final known as ...

Having started with some typical British teen parts, Miss Temple has moved on to forgettable parts in blockbusters, at least one dire comedy and, oh, a succession of shockingly good performances in challenging indie movies. She appears to have no fear.

21. Ivana Baquero

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Ivana was born on June 11th, 1994, in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated High School at The American School of Barcelona in 2012.

She got her big break in 2006 when Guillermo Del Toro cast her as the lead in his critically acclaimed fantasy thriller "Pan's Labyrinth." The role of Ofelia was originally ...

I have only seen Miss Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth where, at the age of 12, she absolutely entranced me. The central character of Ofelia sits squarely on the boundary of real life and fantasy (both of which are incredibly dangerous), and Miss Baquero treads this difficult line with total assurance.

22. Bella Thorne

Actress | The Duff

Actress and singer Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne, known for Shake It Up (2010), The Duff (2015), Blended (2014), and Midnight Sun (2018), was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida, to Tamara (Beckett) and Delancey Reinaldo "Rey" Thorne. She has three siblings, Remy Thorne, Dani Thorne and Kaili Thorne, ...

Miss Thorne plays Adam Sandler's oldest daughter in the romcom Blended: the role of ugly duckling into swan is a trope, but Miss Swan plays it with humour and grace: she is funny and lovely.

23. Emma Fuhrmann

Actress | Avengers: Endgame

Emma Fuhrmann is an up and coming young talent with a deep body of work seldom seen in someone of her age. At just 9 years old she worked opposite Morgan Freeman in the Rob Reiner directed feature, "The Magic of Belle Isle", playing a girl who just wanted to learn more about imagination and where ...

Miss Fuhrmann plays Adam Sandler's middle daughter in the romcom Blended: she is genuinely touching as a daughter having trouble coping with bereavement.

24. Alyvia Alyn Lind

Actress | Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors

Alyvia Alyn Lind grew up in Los Angeles, in a houseful of actresses. She began her career at the age of 3 and at such a young age, has an impressive list of credits. This fall, Alyvia will be seen in the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic, genre-bending "Daybreak" for Netflix, playing the role of ...

Miss Lind plays Adam Sandler's youngest daughter in the romcom blended: her performance nicely blends quirky, funny and cute. As with her two screen sisters, her potential is obvious.

25. Shailene Woodley

Actress | Divergent

Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. ...

Miss Woodley has cemented her breakthrough role in the Descendants with a number of roles which are plotting an intelligent path between blockbusters and indies on the road from adolescence to adulthood.

Miss Fuhrmann, having made a chilling (and convincing) mark in Orphan, and having followed up with what was little more than a namecheck in the first Hunger Games movie, has yet to make much of a mark as an adult. I am confident that she will do so.

27. Raffey Cassidy

Actress | Tomorrowland

Raffey Cassidy is an English actress known for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Dark Shadows (2012). Her breakthrough role came as Athena in Brad Bird 's Tomorrowland (2015) opposite George Clooney. In 2013, aged 11, Raffey was the youngest ever actor to be named in Screen International's ...

I failed to pick her up in Snow White And The Huntsman or Dark Shadows, but she can't be ignored in Tomorrowland: A World Beyond. Terrific stuff.

28. Giselle Eisenberg

Actress | Life in Pieces

Giselle Eisenberg has quickly become one of film and television's most sought after young actors, impressively segueing between comedy and drama on both the big and small screens. Giselle currently stars as sassy, spunky, "tell-it-like-it-is", Sophia Hughes in CBS's hit comedy "LIFE IN PIECES".


Her featured performance as ADHD child Hope in Danny Collins is both adorable without being obnoxious, and also very believable. A career to watch with interest.

29. Sofia Rosinsky

Actress | Fast Layne

Sofia and her sister Alexis Rosinsky split their time between Los Angeles California, and the United Kindgom, with frequent visits to The San Francisco Bay Area. Both girls hope to settle in Europe permanently soon. Sofia enjoys working on her string playing particularly with United Kingdom and ...

Too young to have her age on IMDB yet, Miss Rosinsky gives a nuanced performance as surviving child Lucy in The Other Side Of The Door. This kid has got it.

30. Angourie Rice

Actress | The Nice Guys

Angourie's forthcoming screen appearances include Spider-Man: Far From Home and an episode of a major award-winning Netflix series.

In 2018 she starred in Every Day from director Michael Sucsy (The Vow, Grey Gardens), adapted from the YA novel by David Levithan, and period drama Ladies in Black, ...

Playing Ryan Gosling's 13-year old daughter in The Nice Guys, Miss Rice shines every moment she is on screen. It is an accomplished performance of drama, heart, and humour. I look forward to seeing more of her in the years to come.

31. Eden Estrella

Actress | The Fate of the Furious

Eden Estrella is an American actress born on March 30, 2004 and lives in the Los Angeles area with her parents and two siblings.

Her breakout role in Furious 7 (2015) as the sassy, young daughter of Agent Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson shows that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as she...

Playing the daughter of Big Name Star is a risky thing to do - you run the risk of being just a body to fill a hole in the script. Miss Estrella delivers rather more than just Dwayne Johnson's daughter in F&F 7 and 8, using her small amount of screen time to give us a charming daughter full of character.

32. Mckenna Grace

Actress | Gifted

Mckenna Grace is an American child actress. She began acting professionally at the age of 6, her earliest roles including Jasmine Bernstein in the Disney XD comedy series Crash & Bernstein (2012-2014) and Faith Newman in the soap opera The Young and the Restless (2013-2015). Her early film roles ...

As Mary in Gifted, she gives a performance which many an adult actress would be proud of. And at the age of 9. This kid is going places.

33. Lola Flanery

Actress | Home Again

Lola Flanery was born in Los Angeles but moved to Toronto at the age of 3. She began her career in front of the camera as a model for campaigns such as Gap, Roots & Target.

At the age of 10 Lola decided to venture into the world of acting. Her first audition led to her first leading role alongside ...

A small but key role in Home Again shows this young lady to be a very able young actress. I look forward to more of her work as she steps into adulthood.

34. Izabela Vidovic

Actress | Wonder

Izabela Vidovic is an American actress and singer. She is known for Homefront (2013), Wonder (2017), iZombie (2015) and in the Freeform television series, The Fosters (2013). Izabela is the daughter of Mario Vidovic and actress Elizabeta Vidovic. She performed in stage productions of Mary Poppins, ...

35. Storm Reid

Actress | A Wrinkle in Time

Storm Reid has known she wanted to be an actress since she was just three years old. She landed her first feature film role opposite Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in the Academy Award winning film " Twelve Years a Slave" (2013) directed by Steve McQueen for Fox ...

Storm carries a big budget FX-heavy movie effortlessly. Shame the fim didn't quite work.

36. Millicent Simmonds

Actress | A Quiet Place

Millicent Simmonds is an actress from Bountiful, Utah. She became deaf at twelve months old and her mother decided that the entire Simmonds family would learn American Sign Language. Millie joined the drama club at Jean Massieu School for the Deaf, and participated in Utah Shakespeare Festival, but...

37. Isabela Moner

Actress | Transformers: The Last Knight

Isabela Yolanda Moner is an American actress, voice actress, singer, songwriter, dancer and ukulele player. She is known for Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Instant Family (2018) and the title role in Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019). Moner also ...

A remarkable young lady with great rangle and the ability to deliver a perforamce well above the level of the film it belongs to.

38. Marsai Martin

Actress | Black-ish

Born in Plano, TX. Marsai began acting before she could talk. Noticing her natural desire for the spotlight, her parents took her to the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas where they immediately signed her at the age of 5. She soon landed her first national commercial with the agency, appearing in The ...

Her performance as an adult in a 12 year old body is utterly convincing.

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