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47 Child Actors With 20+ Acting Credits Before Age 18

McKenna Grace is 16 and already has more acting credits than an Olsen twin.

We’ve seen some child actors, like the cast of Stranger Thingsgrow up over the course of a TV show.

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But other child actors grew up across different projects, racking up credits across different TV shows, movies, and music videos as kids. Here are the child actors who had at least 20 credits before even turning 18:

1.

20 credits: Kaley Cuoco

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First credit: Quicksand: No Escape

Last credit as a kid: 8 Simple Rules


2.

21 credits: Jake T. Austin

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First credit: Late Show with David Letterman

Last credit as a kid: Drop Dead Diva


3.

22 credits: China Anne McClain

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First credit: The Gospel

Last credit as a kid: The Night Shift


4.

22 credits: Sarah Hyland

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First credit: Private Parts

Last credit as a kid: Lipstick Jungle


5.

23 credits: Sabrina Carpenter

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First credit: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Last credit as a kid: Her “Thumbs” music video


6.

23 credits: Drew Barrymore

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First credit: Suddenly, Love

Last credit as a kid: Doppelganger


7.

23 credits: Nolan Gould

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First credit: The McPassion

Last credit as a kid: Modern Family


8.

23 credits: Seth Green

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First credit: The Hotel New Hampshire

Last credit as a kid: Good & Evil


9.

24 credits: Heather Matarazzo

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First credit: The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Last credit as a kid: Strangers with Candy


10.

25 credits: Marsai Martin

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First credit: The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show

Last credit as a kid: She’s still just 17 years old, but has three more projects currently in production.


11.

26 credits: Raven-Symoné

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First credit: The Cosby Show

Last credit as a kid: Disney Channel Circle of Stars’ “Circle of Life”


12.

27 credits: Lacey Chabert

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First credit: A Little Piece of Heaven

Last credit as a kid: Party of Five


13.

27 credits: Hilary Duff

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First credit: Casper Meets Wendy

Last credit as a kid: The Perfect Man


14.

27 credits: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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First credit: Stranger on My Land

Last credit as a kid: 3rd Rock from the Sun


15th.

28 credits: Josh Hutcherson

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First credit: House Blend

Last credit as a kid: The Third Rule


16.

28 credits: Matthew Lawrence

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First credit: Dynasty

Last credit as a kid: Boy Meets World


17.

28 credits: Cole Sprouse

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First credit: Grace Under Fire

Last credit as a kid: Kung Fu Magoo


18.

29 credits: Dylan Sprouse

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First credit: Grace Under Fire

Last credit as a kid: Kung Fu Magoo


19.

29 credits: Selena Gomez

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First credit: Barney & Friends

Last credit as a kid: Her “Round & Round” music video


20.

29 credits: Jennette McCurdy

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First credit: MADtv

Last credit as a kid: iCarly


21.

29 credits: Elisabeth Moss

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First credit: Bar Girls

Last credit as a kid: The West Wing


22.

30 credits: Spencer Breslin

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First credit: Soul Man

Last credit as a kid: Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey


23.

31 credits: Keke Palmer

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First credit: Barbershop 2: Back in Business

Last credit as a kid: True Jackson, VP


24.

31 credits: Peyton List

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First credit: All My Children

Last credit as a kid: Bunk’d


25.

31 credits: Erik von Detten

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First credit: All I Want for Christmas

Last credit as a kid: Recess


26.

32 credits: Miranda Cosgrove

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First credit: School of Rock

Last credit as a kid: Her “Dancing Crazy” music video


27.

33 credits: Madison Pettis

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First credit: Barney: Can You Sing That Song?

Last credit as a kid: The Fosters


28.

34 credits: Kirsten Dunst

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First credit: The Bonfire of the Vanities

Last credit as a kid: Luckytown


29.

34 credits: Miley Cyrus

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First credit: Doc

Last credit as a kid: Hannah Montana


30.

34 credits: Jenna Ortega

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First credit: Rob

Last credit as a kid: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous


31.

35 credits: Sara Paxton

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First credit: Small Talk

Last credit as a kid: Darcy’s Wild Life


32.

36 credits: Cameron Monaghan

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First credit: The Wishing Stone

Last credit as a kid: Rizzoli & Isles


33.

37 credits: Abigail Breslin

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First credit: A Toys “R” Us commercial

Last credit as a kid: Perfect Sisters


34.

40 credits: Kyla Pratt

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First credit: Where I Live

Last credit as a kid: One on One


35.

40 credits: Haley Joel Osment

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First credit: Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg

Last credit as a kid: IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix


36.

41 credits: Dakota Fanning

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First credit: ER

Last credit as a kid: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


37.

42 credits: Elle Fanning

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First credit: I am Sam

Last credit as a kid: Visceral


38.

44 credits: Hayden Panettiere

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First credit: One Life to Live

Last credit as a kid: Heroes


39.

44 credits: Jodie Foster

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First credit: The Doris Day Show

Last credit as a kid: Carny


40.

44 credits: Joey King

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First credit: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Last credit as a kid: Wish Upon


41.

44 credits: Ron Howard

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First credit: The Journey

Last credit as a kid: Love, American Style


42.

45 credits: Shirley Temple

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First credit: War Babies

Last credit as a kid: Kiss and Tell


43.

49 credits: Ashley Olsen

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First credit: Full House

Last credit as a kid: New York Minute


44.

50 credits: Mary-Kate Olsen

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First credit: Full House

Last credit as a kid: New York Minute


45.

51 credits: Chloë Grace Moretz

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First credit: The Guardian

Last credit as a kid: The Equalizer


46.

51 credits: Paul Butcher

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First credit: The Bernie Mac Show

Last credit as a kid: His “Don’t Go” music video


47.

59 credits: McKenna Grace

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First credit: The Goodwin Games

Last credit as a kid: She’s only 16 years old and has five more projects in production.


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