If you’re an actor, it may help your career if you’re able to portray characters with a range of ages. If you’re a singer, meanwhile, looking young can make you more relatable – not to mention more attractive – to fans. Factors like these have caused countless celebrities to try and slow the aging process with lasers, facelifts, plastic surgery and more. But many of the following celebrities – all of whom look far younger than their ages – won’t yet have to take such drastic measures in order to hold back the years. After all, it seems as if they’ve already perfected the process.
60. Jared Leto
Whether Jared Leto is sporting a beard or not, no one could guess that he’s actually 43 years old. It’s perhaps testament to his age-defying looks that, as the Joker in upcoming movie Suicide Squad, he’ll be playing the same character that Heath Ledger took on in his twenties. Leto’s Oscar-winning acting skills probably sealed the deal, though.
59. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara may look like she’s in her late twenties, but she’s actually an incredibly youthful-looking 42. That also makes the Modern Family star old enough to have an adult son – and, unsurprisingly, Manolo is often taken to be his mom’s boyfriend, albeit much to their mutual horror.
58. Seth Green
Seth Green has been convincingly playing teenagers on screen since his 20s. In fact, when he first appeared as 17-year-old Mitch Miller in That ’70s Show, he was pushing 30. Now he’s 41 years old – and could still fit into a high school scene as a student, no sweat.
57. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams’ youthful appearance at 42 has led to Twitter speculating that he’s a vampire. That said, the singer-songwriter would go on to deny the rumors to Time Out London, even if that sounds like just the sort of thing a vampire would do.
56. Salma Hayek
Incredibly, Salma Hayek is now 49 years old and yet remains one of the most gorgeous women on the planet. The actress also retains an enviably slim and toned figure, which is apparently the result of practicing “restorative yoga.” Perhaps that’s the secret to holding back the years.
55. Halle Berry
It’s unthinkable that Halle Berry is now 49; that’s what her birth certificate would show, though, even if her face doesn’t in the slightest. And the actress looks as good as she did when she was vying for the accolade of Miss World all the way back in 1986. Yep, that happened.
54. Chuck Norris
Here’s a Chuck Norris fact that you might not know: he can hold back time. Well, no one could put it past him – especially when they hear that he’s now 75 years old. That’s right: 75 years of living with the blood type AK-47 and looking far younger than his age while he’s at it.
53. Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield may have relinquished his Spider-Man crown to a much younger actor in 2015, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be losing much sleep over it. Even if he were, though, he could console himself with the fact that he definitely looks younger than his 32 years.
52. Alyson Hannigan
College freshman parts are there for the taking if Alyson Hannigan so chooses, even at 41. And it’s hard to believe that the Buffy and How I Met Your Mother star was even old enough to get married when she wed fellow actor Alexis Denisof all the way back in 2003.
51. Gabrielle Union
Luckily for everyone, Gabrielle Union has told the world how she maintains such a remarkably youthful appearance. And even luckier for those who have battled with acne both in and out of their teens, the actress reckons that her oil-prone skin is one reason why she’s remained wrinkle-free at 43. Lots of water and little stress help, too, apparently.
50. Pierce Brosnan
Rather unbelievably, Pierce Brosnan is now 62 – and perhaps warding off the years by taking on action-packed roles in the likes of The November Man. The onetime James Bond is all too aware of what the ravages of time can do, though, so before playing Peter Devereaux in the 2014 movie, he questioned whether he was still agile enough to do the role justice – but took it on anyway. Bravo.
49. Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone may have recently admitted to using fillers in her face to keep old age at bay, but regardless of whether she’s had just a teeny bit of help from a needle, there’s no doubt that she looks super-stunning at 57. In fact, no one would bat an eyelid if she knocked 15 years off her age – though that would mean she’d have made Basic Instinct when she was just 19…
48. Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore has spoken out in the past about the disproportionate attention given to actresses’ ages over those of their male co-stars. It seems a little mischievous, then, to point out that she – amazingly – is 54 years old. The anti-aging cream that she’s advertised for L’Oréal must be working then.
47. Jim Parsons
Perhaps during research for The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons accidentally stumbled upon the formula for eternal youth. That could be why the actor remains so remarkably ageless. After all, no one could guess in a million light years that he is actually 42.
Musician M.I.A. unleashed her debut album, Arular, when she was on the cusp of turning 30. That was back in 2005, and even ten years on she doesn’t look anywhere past her mid twenties, if that.
45. Alexis Bledel
When Gilmore Girls first ended in 2007, Alexis Bledel’s character, Rory Gilmore, had just graduated college. And now that the show seems to be returning, we’re intrigued to know exactly how old Rory will be in new episodes. After all, the 34-year-old actress who plays her easily looks like she’s still in college herself.
44. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani must have started cryogenically freezing herself in the mid ’90s, as that’s the only logical explanation for why she barely seems to have aged a day since. At 46, in fact, she arguably looks even better than she did in her “Don’t Speak” days, which is quite a feat in itself.
43. Keanu Reeves
The internet has been known to go wild with speculation about why 51-year-old Keanu Reeves looks so young. Popular theories include “he’s an alien,” “he’s a vampire” and “we really are in The Matrix after all” – all more credible than the actor’s real age, perhaps, when you look at him today.
42. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has been a reliably hilarious presence on the small and big screens for almost three decades now, and it’s a longevity that suggests she may be older than you think. Possibly not as old as 57, though, but believe it or not, that’s the age the comedian and talk-show host celebrated on her last birthday. Seriously, what’s her secret?
41. Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ably played young Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones despite being far from his teen years now; he’s actually 25. That boyish appearance of his may, though, have helped the actor clinch the role of Newt in the Maze Runner movie adaptations, a character a whole nine years younger than him.
40. Dylan McDermott
Unbelievably, Dylan McDermott is now 54 years old; perhaps the ravages of age were just scared out of him during his time in American Horror Story. What’s more, even when he’s standing next to his fiancée and Stalker co-star Maggie Q, it’s impossible to guess that she’s 18 years his junior.
39. Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch may be 39 years old, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped millions of teenage girls and young women from coveting him. In fact, the British actor’s youthful looks have helped turn him into a veritable, if unlikely, pin-up for the Tumblr generation – although his star turn in the BBC’s Sherlock may have contributed a little to that too.
38. Gabriel Mann
Revenge star Gabriel Mann didn’t begin acting until he was around 23 years old – and from looking at him, you might think that was probably fairly recently. One peek at his movie and TV credits to date, though, and you may well be shocked: that first film role was back in 1995, and Mann is, incredibly, 43 years old.
37. Kylie Minogue
Actress-turned-pop star Kylie Minogue has been known to millions around the globe for 30 years now – since she was 17 years old, in fact, when she first made her debut in Australian soap Neighbours. Yep, that’s right: she’s 47 now – and perhaps, due to her age-defying appearance, the only fortysomething who can get away with releasing a song called “Sexercize.”
36. Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts may have recently starred in a movie about mid-life crises, but she looks years away from having her own. In fact, the eternally youthful 47-year-old could probably have passed for a sister to her While We’re Young co-star Amanda Seyfried – who, by contrast, is a mere 30.
35. Owen Wilson
Maybe it’s Owen Wilson’s, ahem, “glute exercises,” as Vince Vaughn indiscreetly termed them on Conan in 2013, that help him ward off the ageing process. Or maybe it’s those long, flowing locks of blond hair. Whatever the reason, though, it’s hard to believe that he’s actually 47 years old.
34. Tobey Maguire
It’s not that long since Tobey Maguire was running around on screen as a teenaged Peter Parker, and he looks like he’s barely aged a day since. In fact, Maguire is 40 years old now, but he could probably still get away with donning the red and blue Spider-Man suit one more time if he ever wanted to – and not look weird in it, either.
33. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L Jackson is, astonishingly, 67 years old, though you almost certainly wouldn’t have guessed it just by looking at him. The Hateful Eight star and all-around coolest guy in Hollywood must be getting paid for his roles in anti-ageing secrets.
32. Eddie Murphy
It seems that laughter really is the best medicine – at least, for the ravages of age, and if Eddie Murphy’s current appearance is anything to go by. The comedian-cum-actor seems to have virtually stopped the passage of time – or just its effects on his face – since he burst onto Saturday Night Live in the ’80s.
31. Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell is perhaps best known for her role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films. And despite the fact that the four movies in the franchise to date were made over a 15-year period, she pretty much looks the same in every one. How did the 42-year-old manage it?
30. John Stamos
The former Dr. Tony Gates may have learnt a few surgical secrets himself while starring in medical drama ER. How else do you explain his interminably youthful countenance? In fact, John Stamos’ looks have apparently been unaided by any cosmetic procedures, which is astonishing to hear given that he’s now 52 years old.
29. Liam Neeson
While watching Liam Neeson in any of his most recent action movies, or even just on the red carpet, you would never be able to guess that he’s actually 63 years old. Thankfully for the actor’s fans, though, his age doesn’t seem to have been a burden on his ability to perform in the likes of the Taken trilogy and Run All Night.
28. Danny DeVito
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans will no doubt be surprised to learn that the man who plays Frank Reynolds – none other than Danny DeVito, of course – is actually 71 years old. Despite that advanced age, the legendary actor, producer and director seems to be in no mood to retire just yet; indeed, he has no fewer than four movie roles on the horizon alongside his TV work.
27. Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz has certainly played a few villains during his career, but none of his characters’ dastardly schemes have as yet involved unlocking the formula to eternal youth. That seems rather the missed opportunity, though, as the actor’s appearance certainly defies his 59 years – so he must have some insider knowledge somehow.
26. Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder seems to have taken a few lessons from ex-fiancé Johnny Depp at the school of looking younger than your years. The 44-year-old has, after all, been working in Hollywood for three decades now, but clearly not much of that time has made any effect on her face.
25. Ben Stiller
Adam Driver may be the truly youthful foil to Ben Stiller in the 2014 film While We’re Young, but the 50-year-old comedian, actor and director still holds his own in that arena. And Stiller definitely matches Naomi Watts, his on-screen wife in that movie, when it comes to the ability to apparently hold back the hands of time.
24. Lisa Kudrow
It doesn’t feel like a day has passed since Friends left our TV screens – largely thanks to the endless reruns which ensure it never actually will – and a quick look at one member of its famous cast sort of cements that notion. Lisa Kudrow, who played the inimitable Phoebe Buffay, is still glowing at 52 years old, just like she was back in the day.
23. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is the kind of silver-screen icon you assume has been around forever, but conversely you’d also never assume he’s more than 45 at most. So learning that he’s actually 61 years old will no doubt come as a shock – particularly when he’s showing no signs of slowing down in his career, with filming both the Magnificent Seven remake and The Equalizer 2 on Washington’s to-do list at present.
22. Michelle Pfeiffer
It’s been 24 years since Michelle Pfeiffer made her superhero debut as the vampish Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, but since then the actress has barely aged 24 days, it seems. It’s an achievement that the actress herself puts down to her vegan diet, though rumors continue to circulate that Botox and plastic surgery may also have something to do with it. Whatever the case, she certainly doesn’t look anywhere near her 57 years.
21. Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen didn’t become a household name until he strode onto our screens as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. Back then he was in his 40s, not that you’d have guessed. He’s now approaching 60.
20. Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster was only 12 when she starred in Taxi Driver, while she’d just become a teenager when playing Tallulah in Bugsy Malone. Perhaps this is why she’s seen as forever young; it’s certainly hard to believe she’s 53.
19. Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci became the eldest Bond girl ever in Spectre. She may not look a day over 35, but the Italian actress has already celebrated her 50th birthday. Perhaps 007 is developing a thing for the more mature lady?
18. Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman looks pretty good for 85 with his suave and unmistakable style. He may have officially retired from acting in 2008, but the Oscar winner, who’s since coauthored three novels, certainly hasn’t opted for the quiet life.
17. Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes may have spent more than two years in jail for tax evasion, but being incarcerated clearly didn’t affect his fresh-faced appearance. The Blade actor might not look a day over 40, but he’s actually 53.
16. Liz Hurley
Liz Hurley regularly drinks a warm glass of water and takes freezing-cold showers in an attempt to stay young and beautiful. Such methods are clearly working; you wouldn’t believe she’s already reached her half century.
15. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone has put up a pretty good fight against aging. The black-haired Rocky star may have had a long and physically demanding movie career, but he looks pretty remarkable for 69.
14. James Franco
With his boyish face and cheeky smile, James Franco doesn’t look like he’s approaching 40. The Golden Globe-winning actor even decided to go back to high school in September 2015 – though to teach rather than learn.
13. Jennifer Connelly
Happiness and wellbeing is all it takes to stay young. So says 45-year-old Requiem for a Dream star Jennifer Connelly, who’s openly criticized the “rigorous definitions” of what culture considers beautiful.
12. Gillian Anderson
Perhaps there’s a supernatural reason behind The X-Files star Gillian Anderson’s youthful complexion. The blonde-haired beauty barely looks out of her 30s, let alone knocking on the door of 50.
11. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus still looks stunning at 55; a fact she attributes to good genes. The Veep actress, who’s said she’s too scared to undergo plastic surgery, also swears by her natural-product-based beauty routine.
10. Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox may have used Botox in the past, but the Friends star has insisted she’ll never have full-blown cosmetic surgery. Judging by how young the 51-year-old looks, she probably won’t need it.
9. Will Smith
Will Smith can seemingly never escape The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But then, the 47-year-old actor doesn’t look that much older than his best-loved character from the show, despite playing him more than two decades ago.
8. Rob Lowe
Former party animal Rob Lowe has been sober for more than a quarter of a century, which may be the reason behind the 51-year-old’s youthful looks. The West Wing star works out a lot, too.
7. Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks is 41 years old, but the actress’ looks are as youthful as ever. How does she do it? Well, going gluten-free may be a factor, as might her intense workout sessions with a personal trainer.
6. Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams burst onto the scene as 17-year-old Regina George in 2004’s Mean Girls, though in reality she was eight years her character’s senior. Now 37, she could easily pass for 29.
5. Mark Ruffalo
The biggest, greenest Avenger also happens to be one of the oldest. However, Mark Ruffalo, who’s 48, doesn’t exactly show his age. Okay, so there are a couple of wisps of gray, but these only add to his refined demeanor.
4. Steve Carell
The 40-Year-Old Virgin isn’t 40 anymore, but he doesn’t look bad for 53. Steve Carell has certainly grown up in the serious-role stakes, though, having recently played Mark Baum in The Big Short.
3. Chris Rock
Something scarcely believable happened in February 2015. Chris Rock turned… 50. The award-winning comedian, writer and director, who first appeared on Saturday Night Live way back in 1990, doesn’t even look 40.
2. Jenna Elfman
Jenna Elfman is beloved for her role in hit sitcom Dharma & Greg, which first hit the air an incredible 19 years ago. Elfman was 26 years old when the show started; she’s 44 now, though you’d never know it.
1. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock is, amazingly, now 51 years old, and yet she wears it wonderfully. That’s something which definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed, though – not least by People magazine, which in 2015 crowned her the most beautiful woman on the planet.