Where are the child actors from our favourite Christmas films now from Love Actually to Elf
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It’s that time of the year when chilly evenings are spent cosying up by the fire to watch our favourite Christmas films.
From Love Actually to Elf, Home Alone and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, some of the best festive flicks sparkle with talented child actors.
The kids became Hollywood superstars overnight, but where are they now?
Grab your mince pie and take a peek at what happened to the child stars of our magical Christmas movies.
Olivia Rose Olson (Joanna, Love Actually)
American actress Olivia Olson made jaws drop with her amazing voice in the 2003 movie Love Actually.
The 11 year old starred as young Sam’s (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) love interest and smashed Mariah Carey’s hit All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Now 28, Olivia has stepped away from the big screen but her voice is still a hot ticket.
In 2013 the star released her debut EP, Beauty in Chaos and – a writer, too – she’s penned a part of the best-selling book Adventure Time Encyclopedia.
Olivia has lent her voice to Marceline the Vampire Queen in the Adventure Time series, and Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb.
She even took part on The X Factor Celebrity last year.
You can catch up with Olivia via her YouTube channel and on social media, where she shares personal photos with her fans.
Taylor Momsen (Cindy Lou Who, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since we saw Jim Carrey dress up as the frightful green Grinch?
The cult movie was released in 2000 and seven-year-old Taylor Momsen melted hearts singing the sweet song Where Are You Christmas?
Taylor was snapped up to star in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and scored a title role in the 2002 fairytale flick Hansel & Gretel.
Noughties teens will also recognise Taylor as goth queen Jenny Little J Humphrey from Gossip Girl.
Acting made way for music in 2011, when the star left Gossip Girl to focus on her punk band The Pretty Reckless. The band have made hits like You Make Me Wanna Die and Going to Hell.
Taylor – now 27 – is now plugging her fourth album Death by Rock and Roll on her social media.
The Grinch wouldn’t cross this singer now!
Macaulay Culkin (Kevin, Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)
We can’t quite believe the blonde boy from the slapstick Christmas movies is now 40!
Macaulay was 10 years old when Home Alone hit our screens, and 12 when the New York sequel smashed the box office.
Famous for the role of a cheeky troublemaker who outsmarted the crooks, Macaulay also starred in Richie Rich, Uncle Buck, The Pagemaster and more cracking movies from the 80s and 90s.
The actor had a rough few years, including a nasty break up from girlfriend Mila Kunis, but he’s back on his feet having starred in Seth Green’s comedy-drama Changeland.
He also presents his own podcast Bunny Ears in which he interviews fellow stars while wearing bunny ears.
Macaulay has signed up to the tenth series of American Horror Story and is dating Brenda Song, who starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
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Daniel Tay (Michael Hobbs, Elf)
Elf has been one of our favourite Christmas movies since 2003, seeing a giant elf called Buddy journey from North Pole to New York to find his long lost dad.
Buddy’s kid brother was played by 12 year-old Daniel Tay and he shared hilarious sugary snack scenes with comedy actor Will Ferrell.
Since spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear, Daniel – now 27 – has lent his voice to the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
He appeared in crime drama Brooklyn Rules, but decided to leave acting behind to become a teacher.
Daniel got a BA degree in Economics from Yale University and now helps tutor students as they prepare for their university entrance exams.
What a good guy!
Mara Wilson (Susan Walker, Miracle on 34th Street)
Child star Mara rose to fame as the utterly adorable Natalie Hillard in the comedy drama Mrs Doubtfire.
One year later, aged seven, the actress played Susan Walker – a skeptical child who ends up fighting to prove Kris Kringle is Santa Claus.
Mara created more magic as Matilda in 1996 and after retiring from films in 2000, the 33 year old has become a writer.
She’s penned a play called Sheeple and a memoir, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Mara voiced Jill Pill, a writer/director anthropomorphic spider in the animated sitcom BoJack Horseman, and has her own storytelling show called What Are You Afraid Of?
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