It was revealed this week that the twin babies who cooed and gurgled on screen in the nineties as baby Emma – daughter to Ross and Rachel on Friends – are now 16-years-old with adult acting careers.
Noelle and Cali Sheldon melted hearts as tots… but fast forward 15 years and the twins have landed starring roles in a horror movie.
Time flies for babies immortalised in our favourite sitcoms and films, with many chubby-cheeked tots now all grown up.
Baby girl: Noelle and Cali Sheldon were babies when they shared the role of Ross and Rachel’s daughter from 2003 to 2004
Silver screen: The twins are now 16 and appear together in the R-rated thriller Us, written and directed by Jordan Peele
Strike a pose! They waled the red carpet at the New York premiere on March 19
What’s surprising are just how many twins or siblings were used to play the same part, with casting directors clearly preferring families that can offer a super-sub option for parts.
Here, Femail tracks down what happened to famous on-screen babies when the cameras stopped rolling and growth spurts kicked in.
THE HANGOVER FILMS
BABY CARLOS (GRANT HOLMQUIST)
Small but mighty! Grant Holmquist starred alongside Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha in the Hangover films, spending most of the time on set strapped to Galifianakis’s chest
Grant Holmquist is actually now 11 (pictured here at 7) and has turned his back on acting in favour of school
Now 11, Grant Holmquist was once the tiniest member of ‘the Wolfpack’, taking turns with his twin sister Avery, and six other baby girls to play the sunglasses-wearing baby cared for by Alan (Zach Galifianakis) back in 2009.
Holmquist spent much of his time on set strapped to the chest of Galifianakis in the hit trilogy about three friends on a bachelor party in Las Vegas. The comedy also starred Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha.
The youngster hasn’t been spotted in anything more recently, appearing to focus on his education rather than stardom for now.
SEX AND THE CITY
BRADY HOBBES (JOSEPH PUPO)
Baby Brady! The littlest member of the Hobbes family in Sex and the City was played by Joey Pupu, he was around a year old when he took on the role of Miranda Hobbes and Steve Brady’s son in the comedy
Still flame-haired, the now 18-year-old hasn’t taken any more roles since Sex and the City
He was the flame-haired offspring of Miranda Hobbes and Steve Brady and despite the couple’s ongoing drama over four series of the hit show, he often stole the show with his cherubic looks.
The audition took place when Joseph was three-months-old and starring in one of the biggest sitcoms largely passed Pupo by…he has no time of his early appearances. Growing up on screen, Pupo, his last appearance with Miranda, Samantha and al was in the 2010 Sex and the City movie.
Now 18, and still with a striking mop of red hair, the teenager has been busy graduating from high school, with no other major acting roles on record.
HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID
ADAM SZALINSKI (DANIEL AND JOSHUA SHALIKER)
Attack of the 100ft kid! Adam Szalinski was the average sized baby boy of mad hatter scientist Wayne Szalinski in the hit film Honey, I Blew up the Kid
Adam was played by twins Daniel and Joshua Shaliker who would alternate acting with napping; the film saw their character accidentally towering over his family after his father’s science experiment went awry
New Jersey twins Daniel and Joshua Shaliker both brought something to the role of Adam Szalanski, the poor mite who was accidentally amplified in size by crazy scientist Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis).
On screen, baby Adam is seen towering over his family after being zapped to 100ft tall by his father. The twins, cast after a search that saw more than 1000 children interviewed, would take it in turns to don the famous red dungarees, while the other slept.
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR
NICKY BANKS (ROSS BAGLEY)
The freshest Fresh Prince! Nicky Banks was a regular in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a young toddler and was played by Ross Bagley
Ross Bagley’s career looked to be in the ascendance with a role alongside Will Smith again in Independence Day seeing him go from the small to the big screen. Now, a 30-year-old father of one, he works in real estate
Child star Ross Bagley, now 30, became a household name playing Nicky Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
It wasn’t his only movie appearance, he went on to play Dylan Dubrow-Hiller in Independence Day and also starred as Buckwheat in The Little Rascals (1994).
Now a father himself to a son, Reece, Bagley turned his attentions away from the big screen in spite of his early success and invested in property. He now lives in Los Angeles and owns his own real estate company.
PHOEBE’S TRIPLETS IN FRIENDS
Phoebe gave birth to triplets as a surrogate mother for Alice Knight and Frank Buffay Jr in episode ‘The One Where Ross Is Fine’; one of those babies was Allisyn Ashley Arm, who has forged a starring role in teenage Disney Channel series
Still acting: Currently being seen in the US as Heather in A.P. Bio, Phoebe’s once tiny comedy co-star, Allisyn Ashley Arm, is now 22 years old
In The One Where Ross Is Fine, at the height of the sitcom’s fame in the late nineties, Phoebe Buffay gave birth to triplets as a surrogate mother for Alice Knight and Frank Buffay Jr, offering up on-screen cuteness in three ways.
One of the actors who played one of the bundles of joy was Allisyn Ashley Arm, who made the role the first of many, shooting to fame as a teen in playing Zora Lancaster in the Disney Channel hit show ‘Sonny With A Chance’.
Currently being seen in the US as Heather in A.P. Bio, Phoebe’s comedy co-star is now 22 years old.
TOBY WILLIAMS (TOBY FROUD)
A stripey red baby-gro and a cute smile saw Toby Froud shoot to fame as Toby Williams alongside David Bowie in 1986 film Labyrinth
Now 35, Toby Froud, who was cast in the film after his father worked on set, is an established creative in his own right, working in puppetry on Hollywood blockbusters
Toby Froud wore a red striped baby-gro to enter into movie folklore, starring alongside David Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 film Labyrinth.
His dad, working as a conceptual designer on the film, got him the gig playing baby Toby Williams, the character of Sarah’s little brother.
Now living in Portland, Oregon, Froud clearly had his imagination fired by his stint in front of the camera – and has been busy creating puppets for use of screen since.
Of working with Bowie, Froud, now 35, more recently told Vice magazine: ‘That was my one regret, that I never got to meet him later in life, because I was a huge fan and grew up with his music.’
BABY MATTHEW (JACOB HUGHES)
Wasn’t he lovely? Jacob Hughes played baby Matthew, son of Adam Williams (James Nesbitt) and Rachel Bradley (Helen Baxendale) in the hit series Cold Feet. He featured in the key funeral scene during the show’s final series, starring with actors Nesbitt and Faye Ripley following the death of Rachel in a car crash
Not so little anymore! Jacob Hughes is now a budding triathlete from Lancashire – pictured with mum Michelle Hughes in 2015
Jacob Hughes, from Lancashire was just eight months old when he was chosen to play gorgeous brown-eyed baby Matthew in the first incarnation of hit UK series Cold Feet.
Jacob’s mum Michelle was taken aback when an assistant director from the show called her in 2002 to ask if Jacob would be willing to star in the show, and particularly in the most important scene of the programme’s successful five-year run, when key character Rachel Bradley (played by Helen Baxendale) was killed in a car crash.
Michelle told Femail: ‘Jacob was really good on set and was a baby who was comfortable being held by others.
‘The only time he babbled all the way through filming was in the funeral scene ironically, and they had to edit his “noise” from this scene.’
Now nearly 18, Jacob has turned away from the world of acting and is a talented runner, competing in triathlons.
LILY TUCKER-PRITCHARD (AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS)
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons played the role of adorable tot Lily, daughter of Cam and Mitch in Modern Family. Now the grand old age of 11, Aubrey already has 185,000 followers on Instagram
Look at me now! Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, now 11, with Modern Family co-star Sofia Vergara pictured at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in December 2018
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons took over the role as Cam and Mitch’s daughter in Season three of the hit series. The dark-haired toddler ran rings around her doting fathers.
In real-life, it’s hard to believe just how quick Anderson-Emmons has grown up. Now 11, the actress has 186,000 followers on her Instagram account and while still acting, also teams up with her mother to post cooking videos on the family YouTube channel.
LOOK WHO’S TALKING
MIKEY (JACOB HAINES)
The 1989 romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking saw little Mikey, voiced by Bruce Willis, drive John Travolta’s character to distraction in the romantic comedy
Jacob Haines starred as blonde-haired Mikey alongside Travolta and Kirstie Alley
One of four toddlers to play Mikey in the first film, Jacob stuck to his craft and now appears as an entertainer at Walt Disney World
He sounded like Bruce Willis, wore some impressive Ray-Bans and led John Travolta and Kirstie Alley a merry dance on screen in the 1989 romantic comedy.
Four different babies actually played little Mikey and Jacob Haines, from Mobile, Alabama, was the oldest.
Now a father-of-three and around 31-years-old, Jacob has stayed in entertainment, working as an entertainer at Walt Disney World in Florida after training as a singer and dancer.
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
GEOFFREY AND MICHAEL BARONE (SAWYER AND SULLIVAN SWEETEN)
Appearing in 139 episodes of the popular US sitcom, Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten were adorable blonde-haired twins who quickly shot to fame as Geoffrey and Michael.
However, their early stardom reached a tragic end when, in 2015, Sawyer Sweeten, then 19, killed himself while visiting a family member’s home in Texas.
The show’s biggest star, Ray Romano, worked with the twins who started on the show from when they were just 16 months’ old and described Sawyer as ‘a wonderful and sweet kid to be around.’
The twins, had smaller, cameo moments in the beginning in the show, being too young to speak. The series developed a loyal following in the US, and was shown by Channel 4 in the UK.
Sawyer and his brother hadn’t acted since the show finished in 2005.