Keeping it in the family… actors who’ve starred opposite their children

Johnny Depp is stepping out with daughter Lily-Rose in new film Yoga Hosers, but he's far from the first parent to act alongside their offspring...


Lily-Rose Depp is following in her father’s footsteps and heading for the big screen. Though she’s not going to be found on a movie set without parental supervision.


The 15-year-old is starring alongside her super famous dad in Yoga Hosers, a new comic book film from Kevin Smith.

The Depps are far from the first actors to star alongside family members on screen. In fact, it actually happens more than you’d think… 

Angelina Jolie acted alongside her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in recent Disney film Maleficent. Vivienne played a 5-year-old Aurora. Apparently because no other young actresses would come near Angelina in her scary get up… 

It’s not the first time Jolie has acted with a family member. She starred alongside her father Jon Voight in 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, too. 

Know Sherlock Holmes? (Of course you do.) His parents have popped up a couple of times in the hit BBC1 drama – but did you know that the actors who play the detective’s mother and father are actually Benedict Cumberbatch‘s parents in real life? Mind. Blown.

Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling starred in Doctor Who episode The Crimson Horror last year as, you guessed it, mother and daughter. Their relationship was far from harmonious though – Rigg played Mrs Gillyflower while Stirling played the daughter she scarred and blinded as part of an evil experiment. Eek. 

Will Smith‘s son Jaden has well and truly followed in his dad’s footsteps. The father-son duo took the leads together in post-apocalyptic (and really quite poorly received) film After Earth. 

Donald and Keifer Sutherland acted alongside each other in 1996 film A Time To Kill, which also starred Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey. 

Did you realise Zoolander’s manager was actually played by Ben Stiller’s real life father Jerry Stiller? No. Us neither. 

Acting family the Sheens aren’t afraid of sharing the same screen time. Martin and Charlie Sheen, as well as Charlie’s brother Emilio Estevez, have all starred in films together. Here’s Martin and Charlie playing father and son in 1987 film Wall Street… 


Of course there’s plenty more examples – let us know your favourite parent/child acting combos below…