C.S. Lewis’ classic tale The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe hit movie theaters in 2005 and spawned two sequels, Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). The original film — as well as the two sequels — was largely comprised of children as well as younger, unknown actors for its main cast.
Now that it’s been over 15 years since the first movie was released (and there may or may not be more Narnia content in the future), it’s time to take a look at the then-unknown cast members, from Georgie Henley to Will Poulter, and see where they are all these years later.
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: Georgie Henley (Lucy Pevensie)
When the first Chronicles of Narnia film was released in 2005, Georgie was only 10 years old. 16 years later, Georgie’s glow-up proves how much can change over time.
After reprising her role as Lucy in the two Narnia sequels, Georgie appeared in 4 more films during the 2010s: Perfect Sisters (2014), The Sisterhood of Night (2015), Access All Areas (2017), and a short film called Girl, Sweetvoiced (2019). The now-25-year-old actress also wrote and directed her own short film, TIDE, in 2016.
While attending the University of Cambridge, Georgie performed on stage in plays like Play It Again, Sam, The Penelopiad, The Trojan Woman, and A Clockwork Orange. She also directed stageplays like Sweeney Todd and After Seymour.
Most recently, Georgie portrayed Margaret Tudor in Starz’s The Spanish Princess series. Fantasy fans narrowly missed out on seeing her in Westeros, too — Georgie was reportedly cast in HBO’s unaired Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts, but the project never advanced beyond a pilot episode. Georgie also starred in a one-woman play called Tarantula at the Southwark Playhouse in London in spring 2021.
You can follow Georgie on Twitter here.
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie)
Skandar Keynes has only 1 acting credit to his name since The Voyage of the Dawn Treader released in 2010, when he voiced Sir Allan Kerr in an audio project called In Freedom’s Cause (2014). Skandar appears to work in the political arena these days, most recently as an advisor to a member of Parliament named Crispin Blunt.
Skandar attended the University of Cambridge, where he studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history, and was once listed as one of Business Insider’s “16 Incredibly Impressive Students At Cambridge University.”
It was an immeasurable honour to work with Michael. He had the wisdom of an elder without losing the heart of a young man. pic.twitter.com/aFnhPoPv09
— Skandar Keynes (@SKeynes1) January 8, 2021
In January 2021, Skandar posted a photo of himself with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader director Michael Apted and Narnia co-star Ben Barnes to Twitter. The tweet appeared to be a tribute to Michael, who died on Thursday, January 7.
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: William Moseley (Peter Pevensie)
Since William Moseley’s Peter aged out of Narnia, he’s kept up his acting career with consistent work. William has starred in films such as Run (2012), The Silent Mountain (2014), Margarita with a Straw (2014), and Carrie Pilby (2016).
The now-34-year-old actor returned to playing royal characters during his 4 season run as Prince Liam on E!’s The Royals (2015-2018). Most recently, William starred in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid (2017) and appeared in the films In Like Flynn (2018) and The Courier (2019. William returned briefly to the world of young adult fantasy with a cameo appearance in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Artemis Fowl (2020). In 2021, William starred in The Living Tombstone’s music video for “Long Time Friends.”
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: Anna Popplewell (Susan Pevensie)
After The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Anna Popplewell attended Oxford University, where she studied English Literature.
Anna continued acting and appeared in films like Payback Season (2012) and Freak of Nature (2015). She’s made a name for herself on the small screen, too, with notable roles in Brave New World (2011) and the Halo live-action web series Forward Unto Dawn (2012). The now-33-year-old actress enjoyed a starring role in the first 3 seasons of Reign on The CW, in which she portrayed Lady Lola.
In April 2020, Anna teased a project called You Are Here on her Instagram page, but there’s been little said about the film since. We can’t wait to see it!
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: James McAvoy (Mr. Tumnus)
Okay, so technically, James McAvoy wasn’t a “kid” in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, since he was 25 at the time. However, because this was pre-Atonement, it counts. James’ career has propelled him to the top of Hollywood since he portrayed Mr. Tumnus in the first Narnia movie. He’s since played a young Charles Xavier / Professor X in the X-Men franchise, starred alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (2016) and Glass (2019), and took on the leading role of Bill Denbrough in the Stephen King adaptation It Chapter Two (2019), among other films.
Since 2019, James has appeared in the HBO fantasy series His Dark Materials. We’ll next catch the 42-year-old on the big screen in My Son, a Christian Carion remake of his own French-language film. According to Deadline, James will not use a script or set dialogue whatsoever for the role and will be required to react to the rest of the movie’s cast (which will have a script) in real time during filming. Wow, we’re impressed! Can we buy our tickets now?
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was Ben Barnes’ big break in Hollywood. After reprising the role in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, he appeared in films like The Words (2012), Jackie & Ryan (2014), By the Gun (2014), and Seventh Son (2014).
Since then, Ben’s found more work in television. In 2015, he portrayed Revolutionary-era figure Sam Adams in Sons of Liberty (2015) and has taken notable roles in streaming hits like HBO’s Westworld, Netflix’s The Punisher, and, most recently, a starring role in Shadow and Bone, also on Netflix.
The Chronicles of Narnia Cast: Will Poulter (Cousin Eustace)
When The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hit movie theaters in 2010, we had no idea Will Poulter would one day work with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and most creative filmmakers.
Will’s big break came in the hit comedy We’re The Millers (2013), in which he starred alongside fake on-screen family members Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Emma Roberts. Since then, he appeared in two of the three Maze Runner films, acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in the Academy Award-winning film The Revenant (2015), and even popped up in Ari Aster’s hypnotic horror film Midsommar (2019). Most recently, Will appeared in the Barry Jenkins miniseries The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video.
Which of these The Chronicles of Narnia alumni is your favorite? And who do you think has changed the most since the original 2005 film? Let us know in the comments below!
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