15 surprising then-and-now photos of famous actors and actresses

A lot of our favorite actors and actresses become synonymous with a character they've played - Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man's Tony Stark, Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft... But what about before they reached celebrity status?  What did they look like when they were at the bottom of the thespian ladder?

Here are 15 photos of actors and actresses in their first role alongside shots of them in their latest 'incarnation'.

1. Robert Downey Jr.

Pound in 1970 and Captain America: Civil War in 2016

© Marvel Entertainment  

2. Charlize Theron

2 Days in the Valley in 1996 and The Huntsman: Winter's War in 2016

© Redemption Productions   © Universal Pictures  

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Hercules in New York in 1970 and Terminator Genisys in 2015

© Paramount Pictures  

4. Leonardo DiCaprio

Santa Barbara (1984 to 1993) and The Revenant in 2015

© 20th Century Fox  

5. Mila Kunis

Baywatch (1989 to 2001) and Jupiter Ascending in 2015

© Warner Bros. Pictures  

6. Scarlett Johansson

North in 1994 and Captain America: Civil War in 2016

© New Line Cinema   © Marvel Entertainment   ©  

7. Lindsay Lohan

The Parent Trap in 1998 and The Canyons in 2013

© Walt Disney Pictures  

8. Tom Cruise

Endless Love in 1981 and Mission impossible - Rogue Nation in 2015

© Paramount Pictures  

9. Brad Pitt

Dallas (1978 to 1991) and The Big Short in 2015

© Plan B Entertainment  

10. Jessica Alba

Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 to 2000) and Dear Eleanor in 2015

© Fox Broadcasting Company  

11. Matt Damon

Mystic Pizza in 1988 and The Martian in 2015

© 20th Century Fox Film Corporation  

12. Tom Hanks

He Knows You're Alone in 1980 and A Hologram for the King in 2016

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer   © Playtone  

13. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Monaco Forever in 1984 and Pancake Man in 2015

© Skatetown USA Movie Company Inc. / New Classics Media  

14. Angelina Jolie

Looking To Get Out in 1982 and By the Sea in 2015

© Universal Pictures  

15. Josh Herdman

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 to MMA fighter in 2016!

© Warner Bros. Pictures   © instagram/joshherdman  

Photo credits: Warner Bros. Pictures, instagram/joshherdman
Sources: Kinopoisk, Preview photo credit: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment /Paramount Pictures