Australian child stars: Where are they now?

They lit up television and films screens as talented child stars.

And as they grew up, these Australian youngsters diverged onto many different paths.

From being busted for heroin possession and hitting the headlines for a sexual assault scandal to successfully nabbing acting gigs in the US and giving up a law career for a life on the road, Daily Mail Australia takes a look where Australia's child stars ended up.

Where are they now?  Daily Mail Australia takes a look at where some of the most memorable child stars ended up (Pictured: Hey Dad..! cast)

Where are they now?  Daily Mail Australia takes a look at where some of the most memorable child stars ended up (Pictured: Hey Dad..! cast)

With mixed success after their child acting gigs wrapped, here are what some of the most memorable former kids on screen have been up to since.

JESSE SPENCER

Going strong: Jesse Spencer stole hearts on Neighbours (left) and is still a heartthrob on US drame Chicago Fire (right)

Going strong: Jesse Spencer stole hearts on Neighbours (left) and is still a heartthrob on US drame Chicago Fire (right)

Going strong: Jesse Spencer stole hearts on Neighbours (left) and is still a heartthrob on US drama Chicago Fire (right)

He stole hearts from 1994 to 2000 as Ramsay Street's resident teen heartthrob Billy Kennedy on Neighbours.

After leaving the iconic Australian soap, Jesse Spencer tried his luck in , picking up a string of acting gigs including main roles on Uptown Girls (alongside the late Brittany Murphy) and the Hugh Laurie-fronted medical drama House M.D.

Currently, the 38-year-old stars on hit US firefighter show Chicago Fire.

MARNY KENNEDY

From strength to strength: Marny Kennedy played school girl Taylor Fry (left) and as a 23-year-old (right) is set to appear on Nine's new crime thriller Bite Club

From strength to strength: Marny Kennedy played school girl Taylor Fry (left) and as a 23-year-old (right) is set to appear on Nine's new crime thriller Bite Club

From strength to strength: Marny Kennedy played school girl Taylor Fry (left) and as a 23-year-old (right) is set to appear on Nine's new crime thriller Bite Club

As a youngster, Marny Kennedy played Taylor Fry - a school girl with a wild imagination - on children's show Mortified.

She also portrayed rich girl Veronica diAngelo in season three of The Saddle Club.

Since the series wrapped, the actress has grown up - and has managed to nab more adult roles to suit her age.

The 23-year-old's most recent roles include Janet King and Wentworth.

Next up, she's set to appear on Nine's new crime thriller Bite Club alongside Todd Lasance, Pia Miller and Deborah Mailman. 

RYAN CLARK 

Soap to surf: While Ryan Clark once starred on Home And Away (left), he is now best known as lifguard 'Whippet' on Bondi Rescue (right)

Soap to surf: While Ryan Clark once starred on Home And Away (left), he is now best known as lifguard 'Whippet' on Bondi Rescue (right)

Soap to surf: While Ryan Clark once starred on Home And Away (left), he is now best known as lifguard 'Whippet' on Bondi Rescue (right)

Ryan Clark was just seven-years-old when he started filming his first scenes for Home And Away as Sam Marshall.

The actor grew up before Australia's eyes and fans watched the character develop sibling bonds with Shannon (Isla Fisher) and Sally (Kate Ritchie) as well as share a memorable romance with Hayley (Rebecca Hewitt) as a teenager.

While Ryan has left his soap days behind him, he can still be seen on TV as lifeguard Whippet on reality series Bondi Rescue.

AMELIA FRID

Career change: Former Neighbours star played Cody Willis on the soap (left) but now works in the field of forensic psychology (right)

Career change: Former Neighbours star played Cody Willis on the soap (left) but now works in the field of forensic psychology (right)

Career change: Former Neighbours star played Cody Willis on the soap (left) but now works in the field of forensic psychology (right)

In her childhood, Amelia Frid, 42, played the first incarnation of Cody Willis on Neighbours from 1989 to 1991.

As an adult, the former actress has made a massive career change  and now works in the field of forensic psychology.

RYAN CORR

Bouncing back: Ryan Corr was known for kids' shows such as Blue Water High (left) before a heroin scandal almost derailed his acting career

Bouncing back: Ryan Corr was known for kids' shows such as Blue Water High (left) before a heroin scandal almost derailed his acting career

Bouncing back: Ryan Corr was known for kids' shows such as Blue Water High (left) before a heroin scandal almost derailed his acting career

Kicking off his acting career at just 13, Ryan Corr was known for his roles on The Sleepover Club, Silversun and Blue Water High.

His career went from strength from strength with high-profile gigs on Packed To The Rafters, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Wolf Creek 2 and The Water Diviner.

However, the actor almost derailed his chances at success when he was busted for heroin possession in 2014.

The star was caught by police in a Bondi laneway in Sydney with 0.26 grams of heroin and faced two years in prison but was slapped with 12-month good behaviour bond with no recorded conviction.

Putting the scandal behind him, the 28-year-old focused on his acting work, scoring jobs on Love Child, Wanted and Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story among others.

For his performance on Banished, Ryan was even nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2016.

CHRISTIE HAYES 

Still in media: Christie Hayes played rebellious teen Kirsty Sutherland on Home And Away in the 2000s (left) but now works in radio (pictured right on The Morning Show with Larry Edmur and Kylie Gillies)

Still in media: Christie Hayes played rebellious teen Kirsty Sutherland on Home And Away in the 2000s (left) but now works in radio (pictured right on The Morning Show with Larry Edmur and Kylie Gillies)

Still in media: Christie Hayes played rebellious teen Kirsty Sutherland on Home And Away in the 2000s (left) but now works in radio (pictured right on The Morning Show with Larry Edmur and Kylie Gillies)

Christie Hayes found fame at 13 playing rebellious teenager Kirsty Sutherland on Home And Away.

It was a role she held from 2000 to 2005 before appearing on a recurring

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