5. Jamie Bell
From humble beginnings in a working class Northern English town, Jamie Bell achieved worldwide fame at age 14 as a result of his lead role in ‘Billy Elliot’- the story of a ballet dancer from a working class Northern English town. Going on from this multi award winning performance, Bell maintains a healthy career- appearing alongside Jack Black and Adrien Brody in the recent(ish) King Kong remake as well as Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in powerful war flick ‘Defiance’.
4. Corey Feldman
Another of the child stars created from Steven Spielbergs ‘The Goonies’, Feldman has unfortunately not had the same good fortune as co-star Sean Astin. Arguably more notable than him in their 1980’s heyday however, Feldman is known equally for his roles in The Goonies and ‘Stand by Me’ alike- the latter of which saw him perform alongside Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack and Rivers Phoenix. Following this early success, Feldman fought a long battle with substance abuse- however he is now said to be back on track.
3. Christina Ricci
Few 10-year-olds could have pulled off the role of Wednesday Addams with as much morbid panache as Christina Ricci. A very gifted actor from a very young age, Ricci went on to star in both Addams family movies as well as Casper, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Sleepy Hollow throughout these formative years- each time making an impact. Despite her roles becoming more few and far between over the last decade or so- Ricci continues to make a career from her immense talent.
2. Macaulay Culkin
Arguably the biggest child star of them all, Macaulay Culkin gained preposterous amounts of fame for his role as Kevin MaCllister in early 90’s family comedy 2 parter ‘Home Alone’. After taking another lead role in 1994’s ‘Richie Rich’, a 14-year-old Macaulay decided to announce his retirement from the profession. In the years that followed, many a scandal featuring the New York native reared their ugly heads- however I won’t go into any detail here. Nowadays, the 32-year-old Mr Culkin enjoys a more private existence, pretty much keeping himself to himself- he’s also a published author.
1. Natalie Portman
As probably the most famous name on my list, most of you are already aware of Ms Portman and her early exploits in movies like ‘Heat’, ‘Mars Attacks’ and more notably 1994’s ‘Leon’. The latter sees her taking on the role of a young girl who is taken in and trained up by a reclusive French assassin following the murder of her family, and is a remarkable performance on her part. Going on to appear in Star Wars, V for Vendetta and more recently psychological thriller ‘Black Swan’- Portman manages to balance her prosperous acting career with an impressive education- even attaining an undergraduates degree in psychology from Harvard in 2003.