This Is What The Cast and Crew of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Look Like Now


Entertainment | By Ray Porter | October 11, 2017

It seems like it's impossible to escape time's arrow. We're all getting older, whether we like it or not. Not only that, but our favorite celebrities and the cast and crew that were involved in every movie that we remember from our younger days have aged alongside us. If you want to feel old, or are just curious about where time has taken them, we've got you covered with this round up of where the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) are today.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a film based on Roald Dahl's sensational book of the same title. Don't be confused by the previous film, the one from 1971. We're talking specifically about the 2005 remake here throughout this list.

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The film, as most of us already know or at the very least vaguely remember, was directed by none other than Tim Burton. It starred a bunch of actors that we're going to take a look at throughout this list, and give you a glimpse into what their lives look like today, almost 12 years later.

Where is Tim Burton Now?

Tim Burton directing the film is a large contributor to why the film has such a 'wacky' feel to it. It's the style we know and love from this strange director. Since directing the film, he has gone on to direct films like Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Frankenweenie, Big Eyes, Alice Through the Looking Glass and several others.

The Film's Star

The film was the breakout role for one child actor in particular. The titular character of Charlie Bucket was portrayed fantastically in the star-making role by Freddie Highmore. Charlie has led a long career since then, and as we are about to show you, his career and his life look vastly different now.

Freddie Highmore (aka. Charlie)

Pictured on the left, this is what Freddie Highmore (who played Charlie) looks like today! He has gone on to say that he isn't a fan of the child star label, and has worked hard to distance himself by leading a successful and impressive career.

From Innocent, to Serial Killer

Interestingly enough, perhaps what has been most successful in allowing the actor Freddie Highmore to distance himself from the child star label, has been his success in television series Bates Motel, which has now been running for many years. We have to admit, going from innocent child, to serial killer, is quite the acting range.

The Man Himself, Johnny Depp

It's almost impossible to find someone nowadays who doesn't know who Johnny Depp. This hollywood star is a total A-lister, but he blended into his role so well into the movie that you could almost forget he was there.

Johnny Depp, Now

His fantastic acting has led to an almost impossible to compare career. Johnny Depp even reunited with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)'s director Tim Burton to work on projects like Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd.

AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb's career has been so vast that you could almost forget she was ever a child actor. When she was, she starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Violet Beauregarde. Since then, she has received critical acclaim for her roles in many films since then.

AnnaSophia Robb, Now

Some of AnnaSophia Robb's films since her breakout role in the 2005 film, include movies like Bridge To Terabithia and Because of Winn-Dixie. She even played the role of Carrie in the Sex and the City prequel until it was eventually cancelled.

Julia Winter

Julia Winter deciding to take an interesting turn with her career. While she played the role of Veruca Salt in the movie, she decided not to continue with an acting career and actually ended moving back to Sweden to become a doctor!

Jordan Fry

Remember this trouble maker? Jordan Fry played Mike Teavee in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake in 2005. He has starred since then in supporting roles like Gone and the film Bryd And The Bees, and you can tell the actor is waiting for his big break.

Philip Wiegratz

Philip Wiegratz played the fan favorite character of Augustus Gloop in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) film. His performance was extremely memorable, and for that reason he is still mostly known for his performance in it. He has starred in some films since though, especially in German.

Sir Christopher Lee

Unfortunately, Christopher Lee--who played Dr Wonka in the 2005 film--passed away at the age of 93. He starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as Dracula, and his amazing career has immortalized him in the hearts and minds of many.

The Film Itself

The film has been pretty polarizing, and has drawn a lot of comparisons to the original. It is easy to find yourself in a debate with someone who thinks that either the original is better, or that Tim Burton's 2005 version is superior. What's not debatable, however, is the impressive career that most of these actors have led since then.

Did You Know...

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Chefs made their way into celebrity land a while ago. But how many celebrities that weren’t trained as professional cooks are actually whizzes in the kitchen? Here are several that come to mind.

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Actress Julia Roberts is confident about her cooking skills. “I’m quite a good cook,” she told E! News. “I’m like a closet home ec teacher…I can really cook anything.” Roberts has said she often cooks fish for herself and her kids. And speaking of her three children, “They think that I’m a good cook,” Roberts told People. “They actually told me that I should open a restaurant.” She also relishes cooking for the holidays, particularly shredded Brussel sprouts. Roberts hasn’t published a cookbook, but we did find recipes attributed to her for peach crisp and banana hemp muffins. Or you can make the same summer salad the actress supposedly eats.

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Chrissy Teigen started off as a supermodel. Then her love of cooking filtered into her professional life too. At this point, she’s created recipes for a limited Blue Apron release and also just launched her own home and cooking line at Target named “Cravings,” after the two cookbooks she’s released. Teigen describes cooking as “a time of peace” for herself. So maybe peace out to her tuna melt sandwich or the fried chicken wings that are a favorite of her husband, John Legend.

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Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, comes from a cooking Italian family. Her father started his own restaurant in New York and also published a cookbook. And apparently, Lady Gaga has inherited the family’s cooking genes. Her Instagram account occasionally features photos of her culinary activities. Sure, sometimes it’s topless cooking. But other times it’s more poignant like in the post she shared about her bringing food to the family of her dear friend who passed away. Want to try a Gaga/Germanotta family favorite? Check out her recipe for whole wheat pasta with a sweet fennel sauce.


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