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21 Best-Cast Older Versions Of Actors In TV Shows And Movies

I'm convinced that the older characters on This Is Us and Yellowjackets are literally the actors in a time machine.

I gotta say, I love when shows utilize flash-forwards, and every once in a while, I like a good time jump.

an aerial view of a man with the words "four years later"

One thing that really bothers me when shows do this, though, is when they cast a bafflingly wrong actor to play the older version of a character. Like, I'm sorry, but in what world is this the same character?

Young Jamie and Older Jamie in "The Haunting of Bly Manor" looking nothing alike

But when the casting is right...well, I get very impressed. Here are 21 times they cast the perfect person as the older version of a character!

1. Let's start with an upcoming one: Rhaenyra Targaryen from House of the Dragon, currently played by Milly Alcock.

a young Rhaenyra

In a time jump, she'll soon be replaced with Emma D’Arcy.

an older Rhaenyra

Here they are side by side.

2. Alicent will also be changed out for an older actor. Here's Emily Carey, who plays the character now.

a young woman

And here is Olivia Cooke as Alicent after the time jump.

Alicent a bit older

Here are the two side by side.

3. Yellowjackets does an amazing job of this. Here's Sophie Nelisse as Shauna when she's younger.

teenage Shauna

And here's Melanie Lynskey as older Shauna when it flashes forward.

older Shauna sitting in a diner

Here's a side by side.

4. Also on Yellowjackets, here's Taissa when she's young, as played by Jasmin Savoy Brown.

young Taissa

And here's her as an adult, played by Tawny Cypress.

older Taissa

Here they are side by side.

5. One more Yellowjackets one — here's Misty as a teenager, as played by Samantha Hanratty.

young Misty

And here's Misty as an adult, played by Christina Ricci.

adult Misty

Here they are together:

6. Another show known for multiple timelines, This Is Us, has done some great casting. Probably the most impressive is Deja. Here is Deja in the main timeline of the show, as played by Lyric Ross.

young Deja

Here's Deja in the future, played by La Trice Harper.

adult Deja

Here they are next to each other.

7. Tess is another great This Is Us example. Here's Tess as a kid/teenager, played by Eris Baker.

teenage Tess

Here she is as an adult, played by Iantha Richardson.

adult Tess

Here they are side by side.

8. The Walking Dead featured a prominent time jump in Season 9, causing Judith to age up from a young kid to a preteen. While I don't think these two actors look that similar, I do think the Season 9 actor looks just like a version we saw of Judith in a future vision in Season 8, as played by Kinsley Isla Dillon.

a very young girl

This is Judith after the time jump, as played by Cailey Fleming.

the girl a little older

Here they are side by side.

9. Kids often have to be recast on shows, as their appearances change more quickly. Like on Desperate Housewives – here are Preston and Porter before the time jump, played by Brent and Shane Kinsman.

Preston and Porter as very young kids

Here they are after, played by Charlie and Max Carver.

teenage boys

Here they are side by side.

10. Penny was also recast multiple times. Here she is as a kid, played by Kendall Applegate.

Penny as a kid

Here she is as a young teenager, played by Darcy Rose Byrnes.

teenage Penny

Here they are side by side.

11. It's not just TV shows — there are also movies that jump forward. Like Big — here's David Moscow as the younger version of Josh.

David Moscow as a young teenager

And here's Tom Hanks as the older version.

Tom Hanks as a twentysomething man

Here they are side by side.

12. 13 Going on 30 also rapidly ages its protagonist. Here's Jenna as a teenager, played by Christa B. Allen.

teenage Jenna

13. Here's Jenna as an adult, played by Jennifer Garner.

adult Jenna

And here they are side by side.

14. Lucy in also super well cast. Here's Lucy as a kid, played by Alexandra Kyle.

Here she is as an adult, played by Judy Greer.

adult Lucy

And here they are side by side.

15. Another movie example — The Notebook. Here's Rachel McAdams as the younger version of Allie.

Allie as a young woman

And here's Gena Rowlands as the older version of Allie.

Allie as an older woman

And here they are side by side.

16. Another big movie one is Latika in Slumdog Millionaire. Here she is played by Tanvi Lonkar as a teenager.

teenage Latika

And here she is played by Freida Pinto as an adult.

adult Latika

Here they are side by side.

17. Back to TV — when Season 7 of Once Upon a Time recast Henry as much older, I was surprised at how similar the new actor looked! Here's Henry as a teenager, played by Jared S. Gilmore.

teenage Henry

Here he is as an adult, played by Andrew J. West.

adult Henry

Here they are side by side.

18. The Crown spans so much time that they've had to recast many of their actors. For example, Queen Elizabeth II was originally played by Claire Foy.

Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II

They then recast her with Olivia Coleman.

Olivia Colman as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth II

Here they are side by side.

19. They also had to recast Prince Philip. Here he is as a younger adult, played by Matt Smith.

a young Prince Philip

And here he is older, played by Tobias Menzies.

an older Prince Philip

Here they are side by side:

20. Finally, let's end on some ones from It, because the casting was stellar for those films. Here's Stanley as a kid in It: Chapter One, played by Wyatt Oleff.

a young boy

Here he is as an adult in It: Chapter Two, played by Andy Bean.

a young man

And here they are side by side.

21. Here's Eddie, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, in It: Chapter One.

a young boy

And here's Eddie, played by James Ransone, in It: Chapter Two.

a young man

Here they are side by side.

What older versions of characters do you think were well cast? Let us know in the comments below!