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Added by unconventionality on 26 Jul 2011 07:46
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Actors older than their characters

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Alan Rickman
65 – as Severus Snape (38) in 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Alison Lohman
23– as Angela (16) in 2003 Matchstick Men

26 – as Flicka (16) in 2006 Flicka

Audrey Hepburn
32 – as Holly Golightly (18) in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Barbra Streisand
41 – as Yentl (17) in 1983’s Yentl

Emma Thompson
36 – as Elinor Dashwood (19) in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility

Stockard Channing
33 – as Betty Rizzo (17) in 1978’s Grease

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Jason Earles
32 – as Jackson Stewart (16-17) in 2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie

Rachel McAdams
27 – as Regina George (17) in 2004 Mean Girls


Shirley Henderson
37 – as Moaning Myrtle (11-17) in 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Oliva Newton-John
30 – as Sandy (17) in 1978’s Grease


Movie-makers love to cast actors old enough to have teen children in absurdly youthful roles. Here are some examples.

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Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jul 28 3:58
WOW! Didn't know that Jason Earles was so old!
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 26 17:09
Very interesting selection!

However, I do think that Alan Rickman looked good for the part. Same thing for Alison Lohmann in 'Matchstick men'. But indeed she looked way too old for 'Flicka' and the rest of the list is just spot on.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 26 17:31
I agree with johanlefourbe on Snape! he looked so weird in that part where he was supposed to be younger. :/
anyways, great list! :D
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 26 23:35
Wow some of these are surprising...
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 27 4:56
The most shocking about your list is definitely Jason Earls
Can't believe he is 34!!!!
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Aug 27 10:32
my god, jason earls, wow, can't believe. its surprising to see actors in 30s and even 40s playing age 17,18. you gotta give them credit for pulling off that role.
great list
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 5 14:48
I never knew about Jason Earl's real age and It was most shocking!

Anyways, you should add Keiko Agena from Gilmore Girls! She was 27 and she played a 16 year old Lane Kim in that show!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 5 16:37
Agree totally with the above about Jason Earles o.o
And I think Alexis Bledel was also older than her character Rory in Gilmore Girls :)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 6 18:10
Interesting list!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 7 8:28
@ Ranzkind: Yes, Alexis was 19 and she portrayed a 16 year Rory!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 16 21:44
The difference in age and how obvious it is, for some of these is just absurd:P
but Alison Lohman should be a posterchild for this...she was also in Sharing the Secret, 21 playing 14 (she did, more or less, look the part).
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 16 22:32
Nice list. I wasn't really aware of most of these. The only one I knew right off hand from actors/actresses playing a role younger than their age was Malcom Mcdowell playing Alex in A Clockwork Orange. He was 28 playing the part of a 15 year old.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 17 2:11
Great concept for a list, very informative. I hope you don't mind but I have some suggestions:


Craig Roberts
20 - as Oliver Tate (15)

Yasmin Page
20 - as Jordana Beven (15)

The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman
30 - as Benjamin Braddock (20)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Sep 17 3:33
What about Amber Lancaster who is 32 and played a highschool student in The Hard Times of RJ Berger?
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Nov 17 3:29
fabulous and nice work
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Nov 22 3:28
The original cast of Beverly Hills 90210 were in their 20s and 30s playing teenage high school students.

The same with the cast of Happy Days.

Why mention Stockhard Channing and Olivia Newton-John, but leave out John Travolta and Jeff Conway?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 31 4:07
Sarah Hyland in Modern Family. Surprisingly legal :D
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 31 4:59
You could add just about every actor that played a teenager in every horror movie, especially during the 80's...lol.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 31 5:16
@vnnlng. My boyfriend actually thought she was hot and I paid him out about going for jailbait... But yeah... she's legal! Haha.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 31 13:55
wow that list is brilliant. thanks for making it
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Mar 11 20:42
Matthew Broderick played Ferris Bueller (17/18 y.o. character) as a 23/24-year-old.
Moaning Myrtle actually made sense to be played by an older actress, so she'd look the same over several movies. It would've been weird to see a ghost age throughout the Harry Potter series, since ghosts tend to look the age they were when they died.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jun 2 21:10
There have been tons of younger characters being played by older actors. I also knew about Jason Earles several years ago. But nice list.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jun 27 23:03
For television, 29-year-old Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman (ages 16-21) on "Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-1995).
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jul 15 2:17
OMG i cant believed WTF !!!!! i love this list

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