We’ve all heard stories about movie stars going the extra mile or even the entire lunar distance to land their dream roles. But what if their path to stardom necessitates taking the phrase “age is just a number” far too literally?
Adult actors and actresses are frequently required to play much younger characters. Talented actors do it so well that viewers often don’t notice. Do you remember the Harry Potter film, Moaning Myrtle? Shirley, who played the character, was allegedly 37 years old at the time of filming, making her the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student.
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#1 Elinor Dashwood — Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility).
Elinor is portrayed in “Sense and Sensibility” as having calm judgment and strength of understanding. Emma Thompson played a 19-year-old girl convincingly despite her age of 35.
#2 Jane Eyre — Zelah Clarke (Jane Eyre).
Jane Eyre, played by Zelah Clarke, was ten years old at the start of the novel. The actress turned 30 when the character was 18 years old.
#3 Shirley Henderson — Myrtle Moaning (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
Moaning Myrtle first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” as Moaning Myrtle (the ghost of 14-year-old Myrtle Warren). The actress was 37 years old at the time of filming.
#4 Lily Potter — Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II).
Geraldine Somerville, who was 44 then, played 21-year-old Lily Potter.
#5 James Potter — Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II).
Adrian Rawlins, who played James, was even older, 43 at the start of the film and 53 at the end. He is 32 years older than his counterpart.
#6 Will Turner — Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl).
Orlando Bloom was twice the age of his character, Will Turner, at the time of filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (just 18 years old).
#7 Katniss Everdeen is played by Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games).
Katniss Everdeen was 16 years old during the 74th Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence, 24 years old at the time, played the character.
#8 Sirius Black — Gary Oldman (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
Sirius Black appears in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” where he is the titular prisoner and Harry Potter’s godfather. Gary Oldman portrayed the character. At the time, the actor was 46, while Black was 34.
#9 Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) plays Severus Snape.
Severus Snape is a popular character in the “Harry Potter” films. Alan Rickman, who played the character in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” turned 55 during filming, while Snape was only 31.
#10 Peter Parker — Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
In “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Tom Holland played Peter Parker, a high school student. The boy was only 15 years old, while Tom was actually 21.