34 Celebrities Who Are Way, Way, WAY Older Than You Thought They Were

34 Celebrities Who Are Way, Way, WAY Older Than You Thought They Were

Some people on the internet are freaking out because they just learned that the incredible Nicola Coughlan – who's been playing a teenager on shows like Derry Girls and Bridgerton – is 37 years old. Well, here are a bunch of other celebrities who are probably older than you thought they were.

Actress Nicola Coughlan in three roles: schoolgirl, Regency-era lady, and as herself in an interview
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1.Gabrielle Union is 51 years old. She's the queen of never aging. She'll probably be 100 years old and barely look like she's 40. Icon behavior.

Gabrielle Union in a white blazer over a black top, necklace, at an event

She was born on October 29, 1972.

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2.Joy Behar is 81 years old. This was her just a couple months ago when she celebrated her most recent birthday on The View.

Television personality smiling, wearing denim jacket and red earrings, seated in a studio

She was born on October 7, 1942.


3.Jason Earles is 46 years old. He was a month shy of his 29th birthday when Hannah Montana premiered, in which he somehow played Miley Cyrus's 16-year-old brother.

Man with a beard in a quilted jacket posing for the camera

He was born on April 26, 1977.

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4.Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 33 years old. You probably know him best as the little boy from Love Actually, even though he's done a lot more recent things like the Maze Runner series and The Queen's Gambit.

Person in a studio with headphones and microphone, giving an interview on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

He was born on May 16, 1990.

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5.Trina McGee is 54 years old. She was 28 when she started playing 17-year-old Angela on Boy Meets World, so it's no surprise she still has great genes.

Woman with red braided hair, wearing a cherry-print top, sitting and smiling. Two men in background

She was born on September 6, 1969.

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6.Patrick Stewart is 83 years old. I would have guessed that he was in his mid-70s, but I definitely would have been wrong.

Patrick Stewart sitting, wearing a light blue suit, on a talk show with a cityscape backdrop

He was born on July 13, 1940.


7.Natalie Dormer is 42 years old. I was shocked to learn this Game of Thrones actor is in her 40s. Incredible!

Woman seated in a black top with zip and shoulder details, looking forward

She was born on February 11, 1982.

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8.Jesse Metcalfe is 45 years old. This grown man was almost 29 years old when he played a high school student in John Tucker Must Die.

Man smiling in front of blurred cityscape background, wearing a collared shirt

He was born on December 9, 1978.

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9.Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 63 years old. I personally would have guessed that she was just in her mid-to-late-50s.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gestures while wearing a black dress and a necklace, appearing on a talk show

She was born on January 13, 1961.


10.Monique Coleman is 43 years old. The High School Musical star was the oldest member of the core cast and played a junior in high school when she was 25.

Smiling person on red carpet in white top with gold necklace, curly hair, and red lipstick

She was born on November 13, 1980.

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11.Tobey Maguire is 48 years old. He was 27 years old while filming his first Spider-Man movie and 32 years old by the time the third one came out. In those films, Peter Parker was 17 and then 21, respectively.

Man in a dark green shirt smiling at the camera

He was born on June 27, 1975.

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12.Ernie Hudson is 78 years old. I know this Ghostbusters star is nearly 80 years old, but, like, he could absolutely take me in a fight. And I'd thank him for it!

Ernie Hudson posing in a black fitted t-shirt at a "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" promotional event

He was born on December 17, 1945.

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13.Theo James is 39 years old. He may have played a 24-year-old in the first Divergent movie, but in real life he was just a few months shy of his 30th birthday when the film was released.

Man in black shirt gestures while speaking on a talk show

He was born on December 16, 1984.


14.Sandra Bullock is 59 years old. She'll be turning 60 this summer, but I definitely thought she was still in her early 50s.

Sandra Bullock wearing a colorful criss-cross dress on the red carpet

She was born on July 26, 1964.

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15.Dakota Fanning is 30 years old. I know that this is how time works, but, yeah, it's still wild to think about the little girl from I Am Sam and Uptown Girls being in her 30s now.

Woman in a red dress sits smiling on a talk show set with a cityscape background

She was born on February 23, 1994.


16.Keanu Reeves is 59 years old. The man simply does not age, and I'm always so impressed when I hear about him doing almost all of his own stunts in the John Wick movies.

Man with beard in suit sitting, smiling with cityscape backdrop

He was born on September 2, 1964.


17.Linda Cardellini is 48 years old. Maybe I'm just convinced she's much younger because I'm constantly rewatching Freaks and Geeks, but she's also fantastic in Dead to Me too!

Linda Cardellini in a black off-shoulder dress with lace details, smiling at an event

She was born on June 25, 1975.

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18.Robert Ri'chard is 41 years old. Cousin Skeeter?! Alley Cats Strike?! One on One?! Robert Ri'chard simply does not age.

Man in checkered suit posing at an event

He was born on January 7, 1983.

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19.Lisa Kudrow is 60 years old. Again, I know this is how time works, but it's just hard to believe that the cast of Friends are all hitting their 60s now.

Woman gesturing during a television interview, displaying a friendly demeanor

She was born on July 30, 1963.


20.Alison Brie is 41 years old. She and husband Dave Franco (38) are both a little older than I thought they'd be, but I'd still kill for them to [redacted] with me.

Woman smiling for photo in white dress with shoulder straps

She was born on December 29, 1982.

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21.Salma Hayek is 57 years old. She's so timeless and ageless, so, yeah, I was shocked to learn she's almost 60. Queen.

Salma Hayek at an event wearing a one-shoulder sparkling gown with dangling earrings

She was born on September 2, 1966.

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22.Pharrell Williams is 51 years old. He gives new meaning to the term "baby face." Babies are actually jealous of ~his~ skin.

Pharrell Williams in a casual hoodie and cap, seated outdoors, smiling slightly with hand on chin

He was born on April 5, 1973.

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23.Melissa Joan Hart is 47 years old. If you wanna feel old, just know that she's over a decade older than both Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick (Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda) were when Sabrina the Teenage Witch first premiered.

Woman in a shimmering jacket and black dress smiling at an event

She was born on April 18, 1976.

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24.Gwen Stefani is 54 years old. If I had to guess, I would have assumed she was merely in her late 40s. Turns out I would have been very wrong!

Person sitting in an interview setting, wearing a pink patterned top with a laced-up front

She was born on October 3, 1969.


25.Tom Welling is 46 years old. I guess this makes sense when you realize he was 24 years old but playing a 14-year-old on Smallville, but it's still kinda trippy!

Man smiling on stage at New York Comic Con, wearing a headband, t-shirt, and jacket

He was born on April 26, 1977.

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26.Alexandra Daddario is 38 years old. This one is wild to me because she starred opposite Logan Lerman (32) in the Percy Jackson movies, and I'm a year older than him, so Alexandra being 38 means ~I~ am getting closer to 40, which I don't like.

Alexandra Daddario wearing a high-neck, sheer dress, smiling at a media event

She was born on March 16, 1986.

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27.Maureen McCormick is 67 years old. She grew to fame while playing Marcia on The Brady Bunch, but now she's nearly twice as old as her onscreen mom, Florence Henderson, was when the show premiered. Wild.

Woman with black glasses and black outfit smiling at an event

She was born on August 5, 1956.

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28.Mark Ruffalo is 56 years old. Maybe it's my fault for continuously rewatching 13 Going on 30 and forever cementing him as a man who could never be in his 50s, but alas.

Mark Ruffalo in a black suit jacket and shirt at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

He was born on November 22, 1967.

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29.Lucy Liu is 55 years old. I would have put money on her being 50, not 55.

Woman on talk show wearing a v-neck layered lapel blouse, earrings, with cityscape background

She was born on December 2, 1968.


30.Angela Bassett is 65 years old. If you told me she was in her late 50s then I would have believed you. Heck, even if you said early 50s. Icon.

Woman smiling in black attire with sheer details and large hoop earrings on a talk show

She was born on August 16, 1958.


31.Andrew Garfield is 40 years old. If you asked me, I would have guessed he was, like, 37, but he'll actually be 41 in a couple of months.

Man in a black tuxedo with a bow tie on the red carpet

He was born on August 20, 1983.

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32.Martha Stewart is 82 years old. Again, way older than I originally thought! Good for her!

Woman in a green blazer with long earrings talking on a talk show

She was born on August 3, 1941.


33.Michael Ealy is 50 years old. Like????????????????????????????????????? How???????????????

Man in black tuxedo and bow tie, smiling at event

He was born on August 3, 1973.

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34.And William Shatner is 93 years old. About a decade ago he blocked me and almost every other writer at BuzzFeed on Twitter. We never found out why, but it's kind of iconic, tbh. So here's to you, William Shatner. Live long and prosper.

Smiling person in a leather jacket seated during an interview

He was born on March 22, 1931.

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Are there any other celebrities who are much older (or younger!) than you thought? Let us know in the comments below!