With The Force Awakens now in cinemas, we wanted to take a look at the main Star Wars cast members from when they first stepped onto the Star Wars set til now!
Harrison Ford was just 35 when he first appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy! 32 years on from his last Star Wars appearance, Harrison reprises his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Carrie Fisher was as young as 21 when she made her debut as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars! Carrie is now 59 and returns in The Force Awakens.
Mark Hamill was 26 when he first played Luke Skywalker. Mark is now 64 years of age and once again reprises his role as Luke, the twin brother of Princess Leia.
Kenny Baker was 43 when he began portaying R2-D2 in the Star Wars Saga. He is now 81 and has appeared in all seven episodic Star Wars films.
Anthony Daniels has played CP-3O in all Star Wars theatrical films as both the voice and boy of the golden robot! His first acting role was for Star Wars at the age of 31!
James Earl Jones was 46 when he became the voice of Darth Vader. Did you know, James chose not to be credited in the first two Star Wars film, but by the third he agreed to be credited as the famous voice of Darth Vader? Prior to this, his decision to stay uncredited was because he felt his voice was a ‘special effect’ as Actor David Prowse played Darth Vader in costume.
Peter Mayhew was 33 when he first stepped onto the Star Wars set as Chewbacca. Unlike other Star Wars cast members, Peter has played the role of Chewbacca for the majority of his acting career!
Frank Oz was 36 when he began portraying Yoda in Star Wars and first appeared in the The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Hayden Christiensen first appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) at the age of 21. He portrays a young Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
Liam Neeson plays Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). He first appeared in the prequel trilogy at the age of 47.
Natalie Portman was only 18 when she first portrayed Padmé Amidala! She’s now 34 and and has starred in multiple films since Star Wars.
Ewan McGregor was 28 when he first appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy as Obi-Wan Kenobi. His last appearance in the Saga was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).