Former child stars

Hollywood and Asian child stars then and now

JIN MING

China's famous child star of the 1990s, Jin acted in television adaptations of romance novelist Chiung Yao's works, playing characters such as Little Grass in Green Grass By The River (Qing Qing He Bian Cao) and Little Raindrop in Xue Ke. Known for her big eyes and ability to weep on cue, Jin, now 36, is no longer actively acting.

WEN CHAO-YU

The former Taiwanese child star who rose to fame in the 1980s with the nickname Xiao Bin Bin, now 36, has two young sons following in his footsteps into acting: Xiao Xiao Bin (Little Bin), now 11, and Mini Bin, now 10.

XU JIAO

The China- born actress made her acclaimed debut playing a boy in director Stephen Chow's sci-fi comedy CJ7 (2008). The 19-year-old is now a teen actress.

PARK SHIN HYE

The Korean actress made her debut as a child in the popular K-drama Stairway To Heaven (2003-2004). The South Korean actress, 26, is now an A-lister.

SANA SAEED

The former child actress is well- known for playing Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's daughter in the 1990s hit, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something Happens). Still working in the industry, the 28-year-old has not approached the level of success of her debut.

HALEY JOEL OSMENT

The breakout child star who uttered the words "I see dead people" in The Sixth Sense (1999), dropped out of Hollywood before making his return in roles such as in the movie Entourage (2015), based on the titular television series. He is now 28.

ANGUS T. JONES

The cherubic kid from the sitcom Two And A Half Men, formerly helmed by Charlie Sheen, then Ashton Kutcher, once earned more than US$300,000 an episode. He turned to Christianity and told fans to stop watching the popular show which he described as "filth". He is now 23.

DAKOTA AND ELLE FANNING

Child star Dakota paved the way for her younger sister, Elle, to follow in her footsteps. Dakota, now 22, has arguably been left in her sibling's shadow as Elle, now 18, has had more prominent roles of late.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 21, 2016, with the headline 'Former child stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe