What happened to the child actors?

In 2005, Tim Burton brought his vision of Roald Dahl’s famous story to the big screen, The Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as the eccentric Willy Wonka. The film enchanted audiences with its colorful sets, original music and fantastic characters. The film will be broadcast again on television this evening on Italia 1 at 9.20pm. A question that arises spontaneously is: what happened to the actors who played the five children who won the golden ticket?

This is how they are today and what they do in life.

Freddie Highmore (Charlie Bucket)

The protagonist of the film, poor and honest Charlie, grew up and continued to act in several films and TV series. Among his best-known roles is that of Norman Bates in the series Bates Motel, inspired by the film Psycho of Hitchcock, and that of Shaun Murphy in the series The Good Doctor, where he plays a young doctor suffering from autism and savant syndrome. In 2021 he participated in the series Leonardo. Here he played the role of Stefano Giraldi, a detective who investigates the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci.

AnnaSophia Robb (Violet Beauregarde)

AnnaSophia Robb (Violet Beauregarde) in a scene from the film The Chocolate Factory

The vain and competitive one Violet, who turns into a giant blueberry after eating experimental gum, went on to pursue her acting career successfully. She has acted in films such as A bridge to Terabithia, Soul Surfer e Witches, and in TV series like The Carrie Diaries, where she played the young Carrie Bradshaw, and Dr. Deathwhere she played Michelle Shughart, a prosecutor trying to stop a criminal surgeon.

Julia Winter (Veruca Salt)

Julia Winter (Veruca Salt) in a scene from the film The Chocolate Factory

The spoiled and capricious one Wart, who gets thrown into the garbage by a squirrel for trying to steal a nut from him, quit acting after the film. She dedicated herself to studies and obtained a medical degree from the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She currently works as a doctor in a hospital in London.

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, the Willy Wonka of Burton’s film, seems to be Satan in Terry Gilliam’s new film. Here is more information.

Jordan Fry (Mike Teavee)

Jordan Fry (Mike Teavee) in a scene from the film The Chocolate Factory

The television and video game fanatic Mikeshrunken by a laser beam for trying to broadcast himself on TV, starred in a few more films after that The Chocolate Factory. Between these, Gonea 2012 thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, and Meet Me in Montenegro, a 2014 romantic comedy. He then moved away from the scene and began a career as a photographer and artist.

Philip Wiegratz (Augustus Gloop)

Philip Wiegratz (Augustus Gloop) in a scene from the film The Chocolate Factory

The greedy and gluttonous one Augustus, who falls into the chocolate river for drinking too much. The young actor continued to act in some German films and TV series. In fact, among these we remember: Suburban crocodilesa children’s film saga based on the novels by Max von der Grün, and The Wild Things, a series of football films inspired by the books by Joachim Masannek. He has also lent his voice to several characters in animated films, such as Horton in Horton and the World of Who and Linguini in Ratatouille.

These are the child actors de The Chocolate Factory, which made millions of spectators dream. Some of them continued acting, others changed paths, but all of them left their mark on the world of cinema. In the meantime, the spin-off dedicated to the character of Wonka has arrived at the cinema, with Timothée Chalamet as the protagonist. Here is our review of the film.

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