Peter Pan star Rachel Hurd-Wood is unrecognisable 19 years on from playing Wendy Darling

ACTRESS Rachel Hurd-Wood now looks a world away from her character in 2003 adventure fantasy film Peter Pan.

In the uplifting and visually stunning flick, English actress Rachel played Wendy, the caring eldest child of the Darling clan. 

Rachel Hurd-Wood played Wendy Darling in 2003 fantasy adventure flick Peter PanCredit: Alamy

Wendy captured the heart of Peter Pan, portrayed by American actor Jeremy Sumpter, and acted as a surrogate mother to the Lost Boys and her younger brothers. 

Wendy was renowned for her angelic face framed by shoulder-length curls or Pippi Longstocking-style pigtails and bows. 

And the youngster would usually be seen decked out in some drab cardie or other, or even a frumpy white nightie – later adorned with leaves in Neverland. 

Cut to 2022 and a 31-year-old Rachel has come a long way since her Peter Pan days, now flaunting long golden tresses and an awesome sense of style.

The Streatham-born star often swings by Instagram to share adorable snaps of her two kids, Liam, 4, and Stella, 1, who she shares with her husband, Scottish actor Russ Bain. 

She also recently treated her 154,000 followers to the cutest throwback pic with pal and fellow Peter Pan actress Carsen Gray, 30, who played Tiger Lily in the movie. 

In the pic, the rosy-cheeked duo cosy up to each other as they pose in a forest that may have been where the Neverland scenes were shot. 

Captioning the post, Rachel wrote: “Tigerlily and Wendy! We were best friends during the filming of Peter Pan (nearly 20 years ago) and now we’re digital pen pals across the pond”.

After Peter Pan, which earned her Young Artist Award and Saturn Award nominations, Rachel went on to star in a bunch of movies and shows.

The star’s post-Pan acting credits include horror movie An American Haunting, psychothriller film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and thriller series Clique. 

Over the years, she has also appeared in a number of music videos, worked as a model, and supported various charities. 

It looks like Rachel is now taking a break from the small and big screen to focus on being a mummy, but perhaps she’ll be back soon.

Rachel now looks unrecognisable with her long blonde locks

Rachel now looks unrecognisable with her long blonde locksCredit: Instagram

Rachel often takes to social media to flaunt her killer dress sense

Rachel often takes to social media to flaunt her killer dress senseCredit: Instagram

Rachel starred alongside American actor Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan

Rachel starred alongside American actor Jeremy Sumpter as Peter PanCredit: Alamy

Peter Pan child star Jeremy Sumpter is unrecognisable 19 years on from movie debut

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