This year we’ve seen that you don’t need to be a big person to make a big impact in the world of show business. Child actors, singers, comedians and sports personalities have been popping up throughout 2014 and their rise to fame makes them some of the luckiest little stars around.
These child stars have found fame through a variety of means, whether through wowing the crowds and judges on the plethora of increasingly popular talent shows out there, having famous parents or just having a stroke of luck.
Keeping it in the family
Taking after your Mum and Dad is something that most kids aspire to do. But what if your parents are some of the most famous people on the planet?
Victoria Beckham might have been named as the UK’s highest earning entrepreneur this year, but it’s her 12 year old son Romeo who stole hearts and increased his piggy bank’s balance by appearing in fashion house Burberry’s Christmas advertising campaign. Romeo shone during the ads and is rumoured to be talking to a host of big names to further boost his modelling career in the coming years.
His big brother, Brooklyn Beckham, is poised to follow in Dad, David Beckham’s illustrious sporting footsteps as he signed for Arsenal this year. Although all three boys have played in the club’s junior teams, Brooklyn is the first to follow in David’s footsteps with a professional contract.
Jaden and Willow Smith, children of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, made a big impact in the musical world this year. This multi-talented duo have a range of musical and acting accolades under their belt already but 2014 was really their lucky year for success in the music industry. Willow released a new EP, 3, and Jaden dropped the Cool Tape Vol. 2, both of which were critically acclaimed.
But what if you’re not born into the world of showbiz? TV’s biggest talent shows have given plenty of home grown child stars their lucky break this year.
With the final notes of the X Factor final still ringing in our ears, this year was the first that we saw a drop in the allowed application age of the contestants. One of the brightest child stars to come from Cowell’s singing competition was 17 year old Lauren Platt. A complete unknown before the show, she bowled the judges over in the audition room and went on to come fourth in the competition, leaving in the semi-finals. Her mentor, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, has already voiced her desire to work with the teenager, proving lucky breaks can be just one song away.
Fellow X Factor hopeful, Ella Henderson, is only 18 and has had a fantastic year as her musical career has seen her singles and debut album topping the charts. 2014 has definitely been a lucky and breakthrough year for the young artist and song writer.
It’s not just those child stars with exceptional vocal cords that have impressed this year. Actor and comedian Jack Carroll first graced our screens during Britain’s Got Talent and this year we’ve seen him star in The Ministry of Curious Stuff on the CBBC channel, the new series of the Sky sitcom Trollied, BBC’s Big School and present an award at the British Comedy Awards. We predict it won’t be long until Jack is receiving his very own comedy award.
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