Are you even British if you haven’t sat in on a rainy day and watched Nanny McPhee?
The classic childhood film is up there with one of the best – much like Daddy Day Care, Mary Poppins, or Mrs Doubtfire – where the children’s caretaker was the centre of the story.
The Brown children caused so much chaos and drove their single dad round the bend, but the film was such a hit the cast went on to make a sequel.
Who could forget Simon and the gang being basically cursed by Nanny McPhee so they wouldn’t be able to move and get out of bed and being made to stir pots really quickly in the kitchen.
It was kind of crazy if you think about it, so let’s not, and just catch up with what the child actors who starred in the film look like now.
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster – Simon
Thomas, now 31, is one of the most recognisable child actors on British TV.
He has had quite the career in the industry and worked with some big names.
Thomas appeared as Colin Firth’s eldest son in Nanny McPhee.
He also worked alongside Firth when he starred as Liam Neeson’s son in Love Actually as Sam.
Thomas went on to voice Ferb in Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb and many will recognise him from Game of Thrones where he played Jojen Reed. He was recently in the Maze Runner.
Unsurprisingly, he’s gone on to do loads of film and television work, even returning in a 15 minute Love Actually sequel released as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.
His most recent roles were as John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go, and Benny Watts in the popular Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.
Raphael Coleman – Eric
Raphael who played Eric died on Feburary 7, 2020 at the age of 25.
His step-dad Carsten Jensen said on Facebook that the actor had collapsed despite have no known health problems.
His mum said: “Raphael’s mum said “he died doing what he loved” and added she wants to “celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy”.
Raphael’s cast mates paid tribute to him, including Eliza Bennett who said: “I was so heartbroken to hear about Raphael (now James Iggy).
“After we worked on Nanny McPhee, he dedicated his life to protecting wildlife and fighting climate change.”
Before his passing, and post his success with the film, the actor step away from set life and went on to become a big part of Extinction Rebellion and an activist for climate change.
Jennifer Rae Daykin – Liliana
Jennifer hasn’t been in the spotlight much since being a child star.
The 28-year-old was cast in The Catherine Tate Show where she played Chloe during 2006, and also appeared in short film Harry as Clara.
The former actress enrolled at Loughborough University and graduated in 2016.
She is now often seen posting on her Instagram page where she lives a very normal and relaxed life.
Jennifer particularly loves hanging out with her dog.
It is unknown what she does for a living now.
Holly Gibbs – Christianna
From one popular children’s watch to another, Holly went on to join the cast of Tracy Beaker.
The new arrival at the Dumping Ground, Milly, appears mute and all the other kids decide she is a bit creepy.
The 23-year-old also starred in Teensville on BBC about the Jewish Bar Mitzvah celebration.
The actress, who is the daughter of actress Claire Toeman, went to study at prestigious art school Central St Martins in London.
She initially studied for an Art Foundation before painting her way through an undergraduate Fine Art degree.
She is quite the fashionista, often posing on her Instagram and showing off her latest look.
Samuel Honywood – Sebastian
Sebastian was played by Sam Honywood, the twin brother to Christianna in the film.
But, the child star has certainly grown up since
Club night pics showing Sam out in Oxford at places such as Atik, and judging by the majority of people commenting on his Facebook photos listing Oxford Brookes as their university, we’re going to take an educated guess this is where Sam studied too.
After graduating, it appears Sam took some time out to go travelling and find himself.
He explored Thailand wearing the requisite Harem pants.
It would be weird if one of the Nanny McPhee children didn’t go on to chance their arm at being a DJ – Sam uses his surname, “Honywood” as his artist name.
Eliza Bennett – Tora
After appearing as Tora, Eliza Bennett has gone on to appear in sitcom “Plebs” alongside Tom Rosenthal of Friday Night Dinner fame.
The 29-year-old went onto star in The Midnight Beast, and her most notable roles have been those of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart.
The actress also stared as Susan in From Time to Time, Holly Manson in the West End musical Loserville, and Jules Thomas in the MTV black comedy series Sweet/Vicious.
Her most recent roles were in This Is Us, and The Conners.