By Vlad Albescu
It’s hard to grow up as a child actor and manage to keep your career on track when becoming an adult. Many former child actors lost their interest in acting, faced drug or alcohol-related problems, or simply proved to be not so talented as they appeared to be in their early days.
There are also a lot of exceptions. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christian Bale – and the list could go on – are all respected actors who started their careers long before turning 18 years old.
In this list, however, we will focus on the other category. These are 15 former child actors who didn’t manage to match their early fame.
15. Skandar Keynes
The ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ trilogy was one of the better fantasy film series, which tried to replicate the success of the Harry Potter franchise.
Of all of Narnia’s four lead child actors, Skandar Keynes, who played the mischievous Edmund Pevensie, is the only one who hasn’t starred in anything new since 2010’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
In 2016, Keynes announced his retirement from acting. He is currently working as a parliamentary adviser.
14. Harry Melling
Harry Melling is well known for his role as Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s annoying fat cousin, a character which he played in five of the franchise’s eight films. However, since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010), Melling has only appeared on the big screen once, in last year’s “The Lost City of Z.”
In an interview from 2009, he commented about his weight loss, telling that he could “shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career,” since no one recognized him anymore as Dudley Dursley. Nine years later, we → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema