Child stars: where are they now?


Child stars: where are they now?


Pretty, talented and funny, Amanda Bynes had the world at her feet. When she was just nine years old, she was hired by the producers of Nickelodeon show All That, and quickly became the breakout star of the comedy series.

That success spawned the spin-off, The Amanda Show, and for three years Amanda won the Kids Choice award for Favourite Actress.

Aged 15, Amanda made the jump from the small to the big screen, starring in 2002 film Big Fat Liar.

"I honestly think there's never been a kid like her," Dan Schneider, who wrote the film and co-produced All That, said at the time. "While Amanda is pretty enough to be the ingenue, she's not afraid to look silly to get the laugh."

Her next project, starring alongside Jennie Garth in sitcom What I Like About You, was also a big hit.

She went on to star opposite Colin Firth in the 2003 film What A Girl Wants and Channing Tatum in She's The Man (2006), before being cast alongside John Travolta, Michelle Pfeifer, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron in the 2007 Hairspray remake.

In 2010 Amanda surprised fans by announcing her retirement from acting via Twitter, before 'unretiring' a few weeks later to promote her new film Easy A.

Things took a turn for the worse in 2012. Days after her 26th birthday, she was arrested for driving under the influence and was arrested for a second time two months later in June. Three months after that, she was charged with two counts of hit-and-run.

Since then, her behaviour has become increasingly erratic, with a number of run-ins with the law. In July 2013, she was eventually hospitalised on an involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours. Photo: © Rex