Cast Catch-Up: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

10 years ago, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe premiered in theaters. Disney’s adaptation of the classic children’s book by C.S. Lewis starred four unknown young actors as the Pevensie children, a wondrous young family that discovers the magical world of Narnia in an enchanted wardrobe. The film’s release in 2005 spawned two sequels and made the young cast household names. Since leaving their Narnia roles behind, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley have moved on to prestigious educations, starring roles in TV and independent films and charity work.

William Moseley (Peter) – After retiring the role of High King Peter of Narnia, Moseley plays royalty again, this time as a playboy prince and heir to the throne on E!’s new drama The Royals. This year he also stars in the sci-fi action film The Veil. Moseley has also lent his charity to a Stand Up to Cancer program called “Change The Odds.” In a recent interview, he stated that he hopes to make films that “take the worry away from people.”

Anna Popplewell (Susan) – After her time in Narnia, Popplewell made the leap from screen to stage, earning a theatre award from Oxford University where she studied Literature. Since, she played a supporting role in a TV adaptation of the video game Halo. Popplewell currently stars in the CW series Reign, a teen drama about Mary, Queen of Scots and her court, beginning in 2013.

Skandar Keynes (Edmund) – Keynes hit puberty on the set of the first Narnia film and spent the rest of his adolescence starring in sequels Prince Caspian (2008) and Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). Since, he has reportedly turned his passions to academia. He graduated from Cambridge in 2014, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern studies. Keynes is active on Twitter, where he recently voiced his goals for the present, tweeting out “being in the moment…This is my new way forward for 2015.

Georgie Henley (Lucy) – Henley made her acting debut as Lucy Pevensie at just 10 years old. Since, the actress has jumped the gap from cute to creepy roles with her first post-Narnia film, 2014’s Perfect Sisters, in which Henley (with the help of Abigail Breslin, best known for Little Miss Sunshine) plot to kill their abusive mother. In the same year, Henley finished production on the film Sisterhood of the Night, a modern take on the Salem witch trials. Like Keynes, Henley attended Cambridge College. She studied English, and maintained her interest in acting. She performed in numerous theatrical productions, as well as writing and directing projects for the stage.

Although having fell out of the wardrobe a long time ago, the actors remember their time in Narnia fondly, thankful for the experience that opened many doors for them. Their post-Narnia success is, in a word, nothing short of magical.

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