18 then and now photos of famous actors and actresses

Would you recognize these now famous actors and actresses when they first started out in the industry? We often forget what they looked like in their first movie, plus with fame and fortune also comes the money to spend on stylists, make-up artist and/or age-defying plastic surgery - a nip and tuck or a filler or two can drastically change someone's appearance!

1. Tilda Swinton in 1986 vs now

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Swinton's first movie was the 1986 German film Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung. She's since seen a huge success and looks completely different today!

2. Matthew McConaughey in 1993 vs now

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His first role was in 1993, but it was Dazed and Confused that got him noticed. As an actor who's now appeared in dozens of films, you'll have to agree from the second photo that he's aged really well!

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 1987 vs now

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At 36 years-old, Gordon-Levitt still has a long way to go, but if you look at him when he was 6 and starring in Family Ties, you'll see how his once chubby cheeks have turned into chiseled features!

4. Dakota Fanning in 2004 vs now

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Fanning made a memorable appearance in Friends, but she was already an experienced child actress, having been in ER at the age of 6! The natural blonde locks are still there, as are the sparkly blue eyes! 

5. Jennifer Connelly in 1983 vs now

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Connelly started off as a model before landing a role in 1984's Once Upon A Time In America.

6. Emilia Clarke in 2010 vs now

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Clarke was 24 when she made Triassic Attack, but actually began her career on stage at the age of 3... Now she's mothering dragons in Game of Thrones.

7. James McAvoy in 1995 vs now

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From his debut in The Near Room to his appearance in X-Men, this actor's career has changed as much as his looks!

8. Reese Witherspoon in 1991 vs now

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Witherspoon's been around for a while, but her debut was in the 1991 The Man in the Moon. Since then she's becoming a Hollywood favorite with an Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe under her belt!

9. Christina Ricci in 1990 vs now

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Her amazing debut was when she was only 10 and starred alongside Cher in Mermaids.

10. Michael Fassbender in 2001 vs now

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It was Band of Brothers that shot Fassbender to fame and he's since shot several movies per year! 

11. Kirsten Dunst in 1990 vs now

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In 1994, Kirsten Dunst impressed audiences when she starred in Interview With A Vampire, but she'd already appeared in other successful films including Bonfire of the Vanities and Woody Allen's 1989 New York Stories. A real success story from the start! 

12. Norman Reedus in 1998 vs now

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He may not be the most famous of actors, but he's cultivated his own individual style since he started out in the 1997 Six Ways to Sunday.

13. Keira Knightley in 1995 vs now

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It's hard to believe that the Pirates of the Caribbean star is the same girl who landed a role in Innocent Lies when she was only 10 years old.

14. Hugh Jackman in 1995 vs now

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If you compare Jackman at 22, when he starred in TV shows, to the Wolverine we know today, you'll agree he's turned into one fine-looking man!

15. Chuck Norris in 1972 vs now

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Chuck Norris is probably more famous for his martial arts than his looks.  His first film was the 1972 Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon, which set Norris on his path to fame and fortune.

16. Jodie Foster in 1972 vs now

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Foster started out in TV shows at 7 years old, so it's no surprise that she looks so different today!

17. Michael Caine in 1964 vs now

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1956 was the year that Michael Caine blasted on to our screens... So we'll forgive him for having a few wrinkles and gray hairs!

18. Anthony Hopkins in 1968 vs now

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Anthony Hopkins terrified us as Hannibal Lecter, but he started his career in 1960 and has dozens of successful movies and theatre productions to his name!