Where the original Willy Wonka golden ticket winners are now

Every child can relate to the dream of setting foot inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and eating all the chocolate you desire.

But what happened to the child actors who got to do it for real?

It all stems from hit 1970s film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – hailed from the genius work of Roald Dahl’s book, which remains one of the most popular children’s stories ever.

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The film was remade into a modern version in 2005 with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as Mr Wonka – but there’s nothing like the original.

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It too viewers into a world of pure imagination

From children swimming in chocolate, singing umpa lumpas, and a world of pure imagination, it truly captivates the audience from start to end.

In the story a group of lucky children – a spoilt daddy’s girl, a expert gum chewer, a TV addict, a greedy child, and a poor boy with pure luck – were given the chance to see what the chocolate factory is really like.

The stars of the 70s hit will certainly never be forgotten for their iconic roles, but what have the cast been up to since leaving the factory?

Here’s what the child actors of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory have been up to since the film’s success, 50 years on.

Charlie Bucket – Peter Ostrum



The actor who played Charlie went on to quite a different career

After being scouted for the role at 12 years old whilst in theatre school, Peter went on to play the lead of Charlie.

His audition consisted of him reading Roald Dahl’s novel.

After his successful childhood role, you would suspect Peter to have gone on to be in blockbuster films by now – but he isn’t.

The 63-year-old went on to become a vet.

He works at New York’s Countryside Veterinary Clinic, mainly working with dairy cows.

He told the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2000 that while people often think acting is “glamorous,” he found it to be a rather “difficult profession.”

Instead, he became a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1984 after attending Cornell University.

Veruca Salt – Julie Dawn Cole



Veruca Salt was played by Dawn Julie Cole

Who can forget bratty Veruca Salt who said to her father ‘I want it now’ in a bid to get the golden ticket.

Julie went on to work on many TV shows including ITV’s And Mother Makes Threes, Married For Life, BBC’s Angels, Poldark, and Casualty.

The 63-year-old published a memoir called I Want It Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and often chats about her time on the film set.

But, much like her co-star Peter, she delved into the medical world and became a psychotherapist at a cancer centre.

Violet Beauregarde – Denise Nickerson



Violet was played by Denise Nickerson

The champion gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde was played by Denise Nickerson.

Denise was already well-known before the film having been on ABC’s Dark Shadows.

Her success in acting continued as she started in The Electric Company, The Brady Bunch, and Zero to Sixty.

At age 21, she stepped away from showbiz land and became a receptionist.

The star sadly died at age 62 after complications from seizures and a stroke.

Mike Teavee – Paris Themmen



Mike Teavee was shrunk in the Wonka factory

Paris was just 11 years old when he took on his first major role in Willy Wonka.

The actor had a number of successes in the industry post-Mike Teavee.

He stared in Star Trek: Voyager, stepped behind the camera to direct The Owner, and Jeopardy.

The 62-year-old has just about done everything from real estate to financial advising for Disney.

For his 30th birthday he backpacked through more than 30 countries, and by 2015, he’d hit 60 countries.

Augustus Gloop – Michael Bollner

Michael Bollner starred as Augustus Gloop, the first child to fall victim to the Wonka factory.

It was his only acting role, and instead of pursuing more after Willy Wonka, he went to law school.

As of 2016, he was working as a tax lawyer in Munich, Germany.

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