Famous Celebs Who Started as Child Actors

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26. Elijah Wood
> Birth date: Jan. 28, 1981
> Earliest acting credit: Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl (1989)
> Total acting credits: 108

Elijah Wood acted in a Paula Abdul music video, “Back to the Future Part II,” and crime thriller “Internal Affairs,” all while only 8 years old. Wood starred in many more popular movies as a child, though his most well known role is undoubtedly that of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movies.

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27. Miley Cyrus
> Birth date: Nov. 23, 1992
> Earliest acting credit: Doc (2001)
> Total acting credits: 64

Miley Cyrus became a television star from the cable TV series “Hannah Montana” that ran from 2006 to 2011. She transitioned to pop singer and became one of the biggest recording artists in the world. In 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the film “Bolt.” Her film credits include “Sex and the City 2,” “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” and “The Night Before.” Cyrus’s first role was in the film “Doc” in 2001, and she appeared in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” two years later.

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28. Selena Gomez
> Birth date: July 22, 1992
> Earliest acting credit: Barney & Friends (2002-2004)
> Total acting credits: 92

Actress and singer Selena Gomez began her acting career playing the character Gianna on the children’s series “Barney & Friends” in 2002. Gomez gained more recognition five years later, when she landed a starring role on the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” which she appeared on from 2007 to 2012. She has since worked on movies, including “Spring Breakers” (2012), and three animated features in the Hotel Transylvania franchise.

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29. Demi Lovato
> Birth date: Aug. 20, 1992
> Earliest acting credit: Barney & Friends (2002-2004)
> Total acting credits: 67

The New Mexico native started out as a child actor on the children’s show “Barney & Friends” in 2002. She later began working with the Disney Channel on the series of shorts “As the Bell Rings” in 2007, and later with a starring role in the television movies “Camp Rock” in 2008 and “Camp Rock 2” in 2010. Lovato has become a pop performer in her own right with major tours and record deals.

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30. Fergie
> Birth date: March 27, 1975
> Earliest acting credit: It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984)
> Total acting credits: 44

Fergie is best known for her work as a member of the musical group Black Eyed Peas. Yet she began as a child actor, working under her birth name, Stacy Ferguson. Fergie appeared in numerous television programs, playing Charlie Brown’s sister Sally in the 1980s, and also starring in the musical children’s series “Kids Incorporated” from 1985 through 1989. As an adult she has acted in movies including Quentin Tarantino’s “Planet Terror” segment of the movie “Grindhouse” (2007) and the musical “Nine” (2009).

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