We all have our favourite chocolate bars…Whether it’s Galaxy, Dairy Milk Milka (or something completely different), we just can’t help but have a favourite brand.

Now imagine you won a golden ticket that took you on a magical tour of your favourite chocolate factory (it’s basically Cadbury’s World).

This was a reality for 5 lucky children who ended up on Willy Wonka’s infamous chocolate tour. Yes, it’s the one and only Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

It’s hard to believe that the film came out in 2005 – where have the past 13 years gone? It’s safe to say that the children are, well, no longer small and that the cast has gone on to amazing things!

With that being said, here is what the cast are up to now – (side note: eating this with a bar of your favourite chocolate is highly recommended)

The legend that is Grandpa Joe

Grandpa Joe was one of Charlie’s four bedridden grandparents. He was stubborn, senile and usually paranoid. But that didn’t stop him from being kind and grandfatherly when he wanted to be.

1) Grandpa Joe

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Grandpa Joe was responsible for reading Charlie the story of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. He’s basically the guy who started it all!


David Kelly played Grandpa Joe, and has since gone on to star in films such as Stardust and Who’s Your Caddy?

David Kelly

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Unfortunately, David Kelly passed away in 2012 at the grand old age of 82. He sure did have a successful career!

Remember the Jolly Woman? The woman who despite being jolly ALL the time still managed to look a little creepy?

2) Jolly Woman

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She always appeared to be just a little too friendly and slightly patronising. There’s always one, though!


Well how times have changed…

Annette Badland has gone on to (be less jolly) and star in the TV shows Midsomer Murders and Eastenders since her days of acting in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Annette Badland

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She also starred on Children in Need, as her character of Babe Smith on Eastenders and even better, it was all for a good cause!


Here’s another character you probably forgot about – The Shopkeeper. Although he didn’t play a huge role in the film, he was a very vital character. Can you remember why?

3) The Shopkeeper

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Yes, that’s right, Charlie found the golden ticket in the shopkeeper’s shop – how exciting that must have been for him!

The shopkeeper was played by Oscar James who has gone on act in Doctors and The Bill. 

Oscar James

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He’s also acted in films such as Shoot the Messenger, Deadmeat and Oh Happy Day. He’s been a busy man!


Do you remember any of these?

The TV Reporter? Another character you’re probably thinking wait, who? But once again, he was a pretty central character for a short amount of time.

4) TV Reporter

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The TV Reporter was, in case you hadn’t guessed, the person who reported on Charlie winning the golden ticket!


The TV Reporter was played by Todd Boyce, who you might recognise from Hollyoaks – starring as Herb Carter.

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He’s also acted in films such as Kick-Ass 2, In Clear Sight and Murder on the Orient Express. Impressive!

Princess Pondicherry is shown in a flashback of Grandpa Joe’s, which showcases Willy Wonka’s genius. Classic.

5) Princess Pondicherry

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You may recognise the character alongside Prince Pondicherry, who appears in the same flashback. Their palace made of chocolate melted – again, classic.


Princess Pondicherry!

Princess Pondicherry was played by Shelley Conn, who has gone on to act in Heartbeat and Liar.

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She has also starred in 24: Live Another Day, Silent Witness and Party Animals. Not bad!

[prebid_top] We’ve looked at the Princess, so it only makes sense to now look at Prince Pondicherry. 

6) Prince Pondicherry

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Prince Pondicherry, after his chocolate palace melted, demanded a new one was made well because, why wouldn’t you. Unfortunately, Willy Wonka was too busy dealing with rivalry and couldn’t help out the Prince – poor Prince can’t catch a break!

Prince Pondicherry was played by actor Nitin Ganatra, who has gone on to act in Silent Witness and Eastenders. 

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He has also acted in TV shows such as Mumbai Calling, Son of the Dragon and The Bill! 


Oh yes, there’s still more…

Ah, Mr Prodnose – the villain who was trying to steal Willy Wonka’s recipes – didn’t anyone tell Prodnose that jealousy gets you nowhere!

7) Mr Prodnose

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Mr Prodnose sent spies to Wonka’s factory to pose as people seeking work, and while working, stole his recipes. Tut, tut, tut.

[prebid_bottom] Actor Chris Cresswell played Mr Prodnose who, believe it or not, hasn’t acted in anything since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! 

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His role as Mr Prodnose was his one and only film role – guess he decided acting wasn’t for him after all!

Grandma Georgina is portrayed in the film as a forgetful elderly woman, who doesn’t leave her bed. Goals.

8) Grandma Georgina

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Grandma Georgina lies in bed alongside Grandpa George, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine – can think of worse things to do with your day than spending it in bed!


Let’s hear it for the Grandmas

Grandma Georgina was played by Liz Smith who went on to act in The Royle Family and The Antiques Rogue Show. 

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She has also acted in the TV series The Tunnel. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016.


Another Grandma now – Josephine was part of the elderly clique and spent her days also in bed!

9) Grandma Josephine

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Josephine was the kind of woman we could all appreciate – her best quote?

“I haven’t been out of this bed in twenty years and I’m not getting out now for anybody”

Josephine was played by Eileen Essel who went on to act in films such as Torchwood. 

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Eileen Essel didn’t actually start acting until she was 72 years of age! How impressive – it’s never too late to live out your dreams!


It’s Grandpa O’Clock

Can’t forget about the Grandpas – Grandpa George was another part of the elderly crew!

10) Grandpa George

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George was a sarcastic grump who had a particularly soft spot for Charlie – there’s always the favourite grandchild!

[prebid_top] George was played by David Morris who, similar to Eileen, didn’t start his acting career until he was 79!

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David went on to act in films such as Saxondale, A Very Social Secretary and Flick! He sadly passed away in 2007.

Mike Taevee was one of the 5 winners of the golden ticket and he was the one who was the most bored throughout the tour of the chocolate factory – there’s always one, eh?

11) Mike Taevee

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Despite being nice to Charlie, Mike was one of the most hated characters! Tough crowd.


Ready for more?

Mike Taevee was played by Jordan Fry who has since acted in Gone, and Byrd and the Bees.

Jordan Fry

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Jordan Fry also voiced the character of Lewis in Meet The Robinsons. He’s starred in the TV show Bad Times. 

[prebid_bottom] The 2005 film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives us a little flashback of Willy Wonka’s childhood.

12) Little Willy Wonka

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We get the inside scoop on what it was like growing up as Willy Wonka, which explained why he is the way he is!

Young Willy Wonka was played by Blair Dunlop, who has moved on to the music world.

Blair Dunlop

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He has released one EP and over 3 albums – he has even won the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.


Mrs G…

Ah, Mrs Gloop. The mother of Augustus and married to Mr Gloop, the Gloop family really was something.

13) Mrs Gloop

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Mrs Gloop was often telling Augustus off – usually, for drinking or eating chocolate; it’s hard turning down chocolate! We feel you, Augustus!


Mrs Gloop was played by Franziska Troegner who has gone on to act in many German TV shows.

Franziska Troegner

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Some examples include Die Kanzlei, Alles Klara and In Aller Freundschaft. If you want to see her recently, you better start understanding German (or get the English subtitles).

Dr Wilbur Wonka aka Willy Wonka’s dad. A minor character in the film, throughout the flashbacks, he doesn’t appear to be a very nice guy.

14) Dr Wilbur Wonka

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He forbids Willy Wonka to eat Halloween candy, but much to his disgust, Willy decided to be a candy maker and ran away. You go, Willy!


There’s still plenty more…

Wilbur Wonka was played by Christopher Lee, who has gone on to act in Dark Shadows, Hugo and Night Train to Lisbon. 

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He has also acted in video games such as Lego The Hobbit, Deus Ex Machina 2 and Kingdom Hearts II. 

[prebid_top] We’ve seen Mike Taevee, so let’s look at his dad Mr Taevee…he seemed to be quite reasonable and always knew what to say!

15) Mr Teavee

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Mr Taevee was a Geography teacher (hence, his common sense) and didn’t believe in the Oompa Loompas. 

He was played by actor Adam Godley, who has gone on to act in TV shows such as Suits, Breaking Bad and Manhattan.

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He has also acted in films such as Nightmare Cinema, The Prime Minister and The Theory of Everything. 


Are you ready for these characters?

Ah, Mr Salt. He is, of course, the one and only Veruca’s father – who also goes to the factory!

16) Mr Salt

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Mr Salt was very proud of his dear Veruca – too bad he couldn’t call her a better name!

[prebid_bottom] Mr Salt was played by actor James Fox, who went on to act in TV shows such as 1864, London Spy and Downton Abbey. 

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He has also acted in films such as Sherlock Holmes, Mister Lonely and Bunny and the Bull.

It’s time for another parent now – they’re just so supportive of their kids! Mrs Beauregarade was Violet’s mother.

17) Mrs Beauregarde

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Mrs Beauregarde is extremely competitive and encourages Violet in this behaviour – like mother like daughter, right?


More, more, more!

Mrs Beauregarde was played by Missi Pyle, who has gone on to act in 2 Broke Girls, The Soul Man and Jennifer Falls. 

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She’s also acted in the hit films Gone Girl, Just Before I Go and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. 


Mr Bucket aka Charlie’s father. He works at the local toothpaste factory attaching caps – doesn’t sound very interesting, does it?

18) Mr Bucket

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He is eventually replaced by a machine and left jobless. How sad. He did, however, gather broken lids and brought them home for Charlie, which he made into a miniature factory.

Mr Bucket is played by Noah Taylor, who has gone on to act in films such as Lawless, Skyscraper and Submarine. 

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He’s also acted in TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders and Preacher. 


We’re getting close now…

Remember Mrs Bucket? Charlie’s mum who was arguably his biggest supporter and the favourite of her seven children?

19) Mrs Bucket

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Mrs Bucket claimed to be a chef but, in reality, the only thing she could make was cabbage soup!

[prebid_top] Helena Bonham Carter played Mrs Bucket and since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, she has gone on to act in films such as Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland.

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She’s also acted in TV shows such as Merlin and The Crown. She’s been a busy gal since her days of playing Mrs Bucket.

Ah, Veruca Salt. The bratty, spoilt, mean girl who happened to win a golden ticket. I mean, is it really any shock she is the way she is with a name like Veruca?

20) Veruca Salt

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Veruca may have appeared sweet and innocent on the surface, but her actual self wasn’t to be messed with.


Here come the biggies!

Veruca Salt was played by actress Julia Winter who is originally from Sweden! She has gone on to act in Dick and Dom in a Bungalow.

Julia Winter

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Besides Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Julia Winter hasn’t acted in any other films – what happened?

[prebid_bottom] We all loved Augustus Gloop. The spoilt, obnoxious and (always) hungry kid from Germany, who was the first winner of the golden ticket.

21) Augustus Gloop

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Augustus fell into the chocolate river (we’re all kind of jealous) and is then brought into the fudge room where the Oompa Loompas fish him out of the chocolate (not so jealous of that).

Augustus is played by German actor Phillip Wiegratz who, since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has gone on to act in numerous German films.

Phillip Wiegratz

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Some examples include Die Wilden Huhner, Es Ist Ein Entsprungen and Ruby Red. Time for the subtitles again!


Are you ready?

Violet Beauregarde was the extremely competitive child and the winner of the 3rd golden ticket!

21) Violet Beauregarde

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Violet won an impressive 263 trophies and medals in a variety of different activities, ranging from kung fu to cheerleading!


Her most proud achievement? Her status as the Junior World Champion Gum Chewer – alright, then.

Gum Chewing for the win…

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Fun fact: throughout the film, Violet’s nationality is never mentioned! So your guess is as good as our’s when it comes to guessing where she is from!

She also only ever refers to her mum as Mother – again, we’re not really sure why! But, they do having matching hair and wear matching outfits!

Twins or mother and daughter?

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Violet Beauregarde was a force of nature and not to be messed with – she’d fight you until she won!


Recognise the actress?

Violet was played by AnnaSophia Robb, who made her acting debut in the film Because of Winn-Dixie. 

All grown up…

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She has since gone on to act in films such as Bridge to Terabithia, Jumper and Soul Surfer. 

[prebid_top] She is set to star in the 2019 release Words on Bathroom Walls – we’re guessing it’s a horror?  

She’s Carrie Bradshaw!

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She was also the lead in the hit TV show The Carrie Diaries, playing the young Carrie Bradshaw! 

She most recently starred in the TV show Mercy Street, playing the character of Alice Green. 

22) Oompa Loompas

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The Oompa Loompas have (arguably) become one of the most desired Halloween costume ever! Who wouldn’t want to look like this?


Oompa Loompas everywhere…

Fun fact: there was 165 Oompa Loompas throughout the film and they were all played by this actor.

Deep Roy

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Deep Roy has since gone on to act in films such as Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Mantervention. 

[prebid_bottom] He has also acted in TV shows such as The X Files, The Jamie Kennedy Experience and Eastbound and Down. 

23) Charlie Bucket

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Here’s looking at you kid! The main child in the film, Charlie. He is the kind, sweet, English speaking boy (fun fact: in the 1971 film, he had an American accent).

Charlie wasn’t really like the other kids, but that didn’t make him any less of a crowd favourite!

Freddie Highmore

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Charlie was played by actor Freddie Highmore, who made his acting debut way back in 1999 when he starred in the film Women Talking Dirty. 


Recognise his face?

Even before he acted as Charlie, you probably recognised him for playing Peter Davies in Finding Neverland. 

Freddie Highmore

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Since his days of playing Charlie, Freddie has gone on to act in numerous films and TV shows. It’s actually very impressive.


He’s starred in hit films such as Arthur and the Invisibles, The Art of Getting By and he has voiced in the film Astro Boy. 

Rough times…

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Most recently, you can catch him as Dr Shaun Murphy in the hit TV show The Good Doctor. 

He also starred in an impressive 50 episodes of the TV show Bates Motel. He also directed an episode!

He’s come a long way since playing little Charlie…

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It’s safe to say that Freddie Highmore has had an incredible career so far – and it doesn’t look like it’s about to slow down at any point either…you go Freddie!


Mr Wonka himself….

Here we go – let’s look at Willy Wonka. Perhaps the most famous character, Willy Wonka: he entertained us all with his slightly odd personality.

24) Willy Wonka

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As the founder of the Wonka Candy Company, Willy Wonka was the magic behind those favourite chocolate bars and candies!

[prebid_top] In the film, he was portrayed as slightly weird and slightly childish. I mean, we can’t all be perfect can we?

He really does look quite creepy at times…

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Willy Wonka really didn’t like parents. He despised the concept of parenthood, to the point that he couldn’t even say the word parent! Bizarre!

Nevertheless, Willy Wonka was a character we all loved – after all, he did give out 5 golden tickets for his chocolate factory!

Did he ever change throughout the film?

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Willy Wonka was played by this famous Hollywood actor who we all know and love!


It’s all to be revealed…

Yes, the time has come! The actor who played Willy Wonka? It’s only the one and only Johnny Depp!

Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp made his acting debut acting in the 1984 film Nightmare on Elm Street.

[prebid_bottom] Before he was cast as Willy Wonka, he was already a household name. He had acted in iconic films such as Finding Neverland (starring alongside Freddie Highmore) and Pirates of the Caribbean! 

It’s Captain Jack Sparrow!

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Since his days as Willy Wonka, well his acting list just goes on and on – it’s endless!

He’s gone on to act in films such as Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger. 

He looks slightly different now…

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Having been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, it’s safe to say that Johnny Depp has had an impressive career!