This is what Royle Family baby David actor looks like now 20 years on – and he's got a TV career

BABY David was welcomed into The Royle Family on Christmas Day back in 1999 – as part of the show's iconic third series.

The sweet baby was the firstborn child of character David and Denise best – played by Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne.


Named David after his father – the tot appeared throughout series three, including at his christening day and first birthday on Christmas Day.

He returned years later in 2006 – for the reunion episode of the show The Queen of Sheba – where he was seen as a young child.

The sweet youngster made fans gush and coo every time he appeared on the TV screen – but now two decades later, he looks totally unrecognisable.

Baby David was portrayed by actor James Matthew-Hughes, who STILL works as an actor years after kickstarting his career as a child.

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The actor and singer – who has a degree in theatre arts – is now all grown up and performing on stages in musicals across the UK.

His YouTube channel sees the young star singing along to hits from Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as his own songs.

The Royle Family was a drama series that looked at the life of a fictional family in Manchester – airing on TV from 1998 to 2012.

Ricky Tomlinson played the lead in the show – and is best known for his role as Jim Royle alongside on-screen wife Barbara Royle, played by Sue Johnston.

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Baby David isn't the only unrecognisable star looking totally different from their days on TV decades ago.

Die-hard EastEnders fans will well remember the beloved character Pete Beale who ran Albert Square's fruit and veg stall.

But the actor who played the patriarch of the Beale family left the soap in 1993, and now lives a VERY different lifestyle.

Former soap star Peter Dean, now 83, was on the BBC soap right from the beginning back in 1985, before he decided to leave for good eight years later.

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To fans, the TV star is best remembered as EastEnders' cockney market stall trader, and dad to Ian Beale, who was known for his catchphrase: "Alright treacle!".

Now he is a practising Buddhist who, after quitting EastEnders, worked as a security guard, and also in a furniture yard.

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