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Katherine Heigl’s new film Life As We Know It and Child Actors Who Steal The Show

07 October 2010

Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel is released in cinemas in the UK from Friday 8th October. To celebrate we have put together our favourite child actors that have stolen the show over the years.

Directed by Greg Berlanti, Life As We Know It is the story of Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), a promising network sports director.

After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.

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Big Daddy

Adam Sandler stars as Sonny, a bone idle law school graduate, who spends his days lazing around his apartment living off a law suit pay off.   He is going nowhere fast, that is until little Julian appears at his doorstep looking for his father.  Seeing the child as a perfect opportunity to win back his girlfriend, Sonny takes him in with the intention to adopt him.  Can Sonny look after Julian when he can barely look after himself?      

The Star: Identical twins Dylan Sprouce and Cole Sprouse shared the role of Julian.  No strangers to acting they were just six months old when they scored the shared role of Patrick Kelly in the series Grace Under Fire.  Big Daddy was, however, their first film role and helped to turn them into household names.  They have since become the stars of hit Disney show The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.


When her family is killed, twelve-year-old Mathilda is taken in by her mysterious neighbour Leon.  It soon becomes apparent to Mathilda that Leon is a professional assassin as she enlists his help to seek revenge on the cop who killed her family.

The Star: Leon was Natalie Portman first major film role.  She has since gone on to prove herself as one of Hollywood’s golden girls staring in films like Star Wars, Closer, The Other Boleyn Girl and the eagerly anticipated Black Swan.

Home Alone

The first in the Home Alone series sees eight-year-old Kevin accidently left behind when his chaotic family fly out to France for the Christmas holidays.  At first, Kevin loves the independence of having no parents around, but things take a turn for the worse when he is left to protect his home from two burglars. 

The Star: Following on from the success of the Home Alone series Macaulay Culkin continued to remain the actor of choice for many of the 90s family films.

Miracle on 34th Street

This remake of the Christmas classic is a family favourite.  Starring Mara Wilson as six-year-old Susan it centres on the childhood fantasy of Santa Claus.  After being told the “secret” by her mother, Susan no longer believes and doesn’t expect the most important gifts on her Christmas list.  Enter department store Santa, Kris Kringle, can he keep the magic of Father Christmas alive and get Susan to believe? 

The Star: Mara Wilson stars as Susan.  After her debut in Mrs. Doubtfire, Wilson went on to star in a string of kid’s films and television programmes including Matilda and A Simple Wish.

Richie Rich

Richie Rich is the richest kid in the world.  Everything he wants he gets, that is apart from the one thing he wants more than anything in the world – friends.  When his parents are lost at sea and pronounced dead, Richie must team up with his new friends to save the day. 

The Star: Home Alone catapulted Macaulay Culkin into the most prominent child star of the 90s.  He has since fallen off the radar.

The Sixth Sense

After being visited by an unhappy ex-patient, Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe’s takes on the task of trying to cure Cole, a troubled young boy who ‘see’s dead people.’  Will Crowe be able to cure the boy? 

The Star: Haley Joel Osment was just eleven when he starred as Cole in The Sixth Sense.  He has since gone on to star in a series of films and television programmes.

Little Miss Sunshine

Quirky comedy Little Miss Sunshine follows the dysfunctional lives of the Hoover family, as their youngest daughter, Olive, prepares to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.  Together, in their rusty old campervan, they embark on the long journey across America to the pageant.

The kid: Playing Olive Hoover is one of Abigail Breslin’s biggest achievements. She has since gone on to appear in films including Zombieland, My Sisters Keeper, No Reservations and Definitely, Maybe.

Jerry Maguire

After losing his job as a successful sports agent, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) enlists football player Rod Tidwell and single mother Dorothy to help him start his own agency.  Not part of his long-term plan, Jerry ends up falling for Dorothy and her adorable son Ray.  Will he be able to juggle his career and the prospect of a new family?
The Star: Jerry Maguire was Jonathan Lipnicki’s first film; he went on to appear in films including Stuart Little, Like Mike and The Little Vampire.

The Piano

When a mute woman, her beloved piano and her daughter arrive in New Zealand during the 1850s for an arranged marriage it is local worker George whose eye she catches.  Can she escape her unhappy marriage or is she destined for a life of unhappiness? 

The Star: The Piano was Anna Paquin’s first film role.  Her performance as Holly Hunter’s troubled daughter earnt her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role making her the second youngest Oscar winner ever.

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle a Vietnam War veteran who works nights as a cabbie in New York City.  After witnessing an incident with a woman that he is obsessed with Travis vows to make the world a better place, beginning with helping Iris a twelve-year old prostitute. 

The Star: Her role as Iris earnt Jodie Foster a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination.  She has since gone on to win two Academy Awards.