Stranger Things cast ages: How old are the actors in real life?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Maya Hawke, Joe Keery, Millie Bobby Brown, Priah Ferguson, Carmen Cuba, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton attend the New York Screening of "Stranger Things" Season 3 at DGA Theater on November 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Maya Hawke, Joe Keery, Millie Bobby Brown, Priah Ferguson, Carmen Cuba, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton attend the New York Screening of "Stranger Things" Season 3 at DGA Theater on November 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images) /

When Stranger Things debuted back in 2016, it changed Netflix forever. The original series created by Ross and Matt Duffer was an instant hit, and now fans are desperate to find out anything they can about the forthcoming fourth season. As we all know by now, safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 pushed back TV and movie productions around the world in 2020, and sadly Stranger Things season 4 was no exception. Though the series has been back filming, we don’t have an official release date yet, much to our displeasure.

As more and more time goes by without a new Stranger Things season, the kids of the cast are inevitably getting older. The central characters of the show are just pre-teens in season 1, and the actors who play them are now approaching adulthood. If you’re curious to find out the real-life ages of the Stranger Things cast, look no further.

And of course, we’ll keep you updated with any information we get regarding Stranger Things season 4.

Millie Bobby Brown age

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Millie Bobby Brown attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. 721384 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner) /

Millie Bobby Brown plays Eleven, arguably the best Netflix original character ever. The actress who portrays her is pretty amazing, too. Not only does she absolutely kill it on Stranger Things, but Brown is also quickly becoming a certified movie star. In 2020, she starred as the titular character in Netflix’s Enola Holmes. Born on February 19, 2004, Millie Bobby Brown is 17 years old.

Finn Wolfhard age

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 21: Finn Wolfhard arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “The Turning” at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) /

Much like his co-star Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard is a very busy guy. When he’s not acting in Stranger Things as Mike Wheeler and in movies like The Turning, It, and The Goldfinch, he’s crushing it as a musician. Wolfhard was formerly part of the band Calpurnia, and is now a member of The Aubreys. Born on December 23, 2002, Finn Wolfhard is 18 years old.

Gaten Matarazzo age

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Actor Gaten Matarazzo attends the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images) /

Playing the lovable character Dustin Henderson, actor Gaten Matarazzo has gained a major fanbase since his Stranger Things debut in season 1. In real life, the actor has scored roles on Broadway, and hosted the Netflix reality show Prank Encounters. He was born with cleidocranial dysostosis and has been very open about his experience with the dental condition. Born on September 8, 2002, Gaten Matarazzo is 18 years old.

Caleb McLaughlin age

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Caleb McLaughlin attends 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

Similar to his co-star Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin started his acting career on Broadway. He plays Lucas Sinclair on Stranger Things, and has since appeared in shows such as Blue Bloods and a movie called High Flying Bird. He has a central role in the film Concrete Cowboy starring Idris Elba, which is set to be released on Netflix in 2021. Born on October 13, 2001, Caleb McLaughlin is 19 years old.

Noah Schnapp age

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Noah Schnapp attends the “Waiting For Anya” Gala Screening at Vue Leicester Square on February 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) /

Noah Schnapp plays Will Byers in Stranger Things, the character who memorably disappears and is taken to the Upside Down at the beginning of the show. Since scoring this central role on the Netflix series, the actor has appeared in films such as Waiting for Anya and Hubie Halloween. Because of their close friendship, fans have rooted for Schnapp and his co-star Millie Bobby Brown to date. Despite this, they’ve seemingly remained platonic. Born on October 3, 2004, Noah Schnapp is 16 years old.

Sadie Sink age

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Sadie Sink attends WE Day UN 2019 at Barclays Center on September 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for WE Day) /

More of a newcomer to Stranger Things, Sadie Sink plays the spunky Max Mayfield. Like some of her co-stars, the actress also has experience on Broadway. Since joining the Netflix series in season 2, she’s appeared in the movies The Glass Castle and Netflix’s Eli. Born on April 16, 2002, Sadie Sink is 18 years old.

Natalia Dyer age

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PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Natalia Dyer who portrays the character “Nancy Wheeler” in the Netflix series “Stranger Things”, wears a black top with printed colored sleeves, outside Dior, during Paris Fashion Week – Womenswear Spring Summer 2020, on September 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) /

Moving on from the main kids of Stranger Things, Natalia Dyer portrays Mike’s older sister, Nancy Wheeler. Since the show started, she’s starred in the movie Yes, God, Yes, which is streaming on Netflix, as well as the Netflix original film Velvet Buzzsaw. The actress is dating her Stranger Things on-screen love interest, Charlie Heaton, who plays Will’s older brother, Jonathan Byers. Born on January 13, 1995, Natalia Dyer is 26 years old.

Charlie Heaton age

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GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY – JULY 21: Actor Charlie Heaton attends Giffoni Film Festival 2019 on July 21, 2019 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images) /

Speaking of Charlie Heaton, this British star has portrayed Jonathan Byers since Stranger Things season 1. The actor has since gone on to appear in the films Marrow Bone and No Future, along with the Marvel movie The New Mutants alongside The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy. Born on February 6, 1994, Charlie Heaton is 27 years old.

Joe Keery age

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PARK CITY, UTAH – JANUARY 24: Joe Keery attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Acura) /

One of the biggest heartthrobs in Stranger Things is Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery. The actor-musician has scooped up a handful of roles after being cast in the Netflix series, such as in the movies Molly’s Game, After Everything, and Spree. On top of acting, Keery was the frontman of a band called Post Animal, and now makes music under the name Djo. Born on April 24, 1992, Joe Keery is currently 28 years old.

Maya Hawke age

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VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 05: Maya Hawke walks the red carpet ahead of the movie “Mainstream” at the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 05, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) /

In case you didn’t know, Maya Hawke has super famous parents. The actress, who plays Robin Buckley in Stranger Things, is the daughter of two Academy Award nominees: Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Looks like talent in front of the camera runs in the family! After making her debut in Stranger Things season 3, Hawke appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Born on July 8, 1998, Maya Hawke is 22 years old.

Winona Ryder age

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 06: Winona Ryder attends a screening of HBO’s “The Plot Against America” presented by 92Y Poetry Center at 92nd Street Y on March 06, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) /

If you know any of the cast members of Stranger Things, it better be Winona Ryder. This iconic actress is best known for her roles in movies like Girl, Interrupted, Heathers, Beetlejuice, and many more. She’s a two-time Academy Award nominee. On the Netflix series, she stars as Joyce Byers, Will and Jonathan’s loving mother. Born on October 29, 1971, Winona Ryder is 49 years old.

David Harbour age

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Stranger Things actor David Harbour (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) /

And last but not least is David Harbour! This awesome actor plays the lovable teddy bear Jim Hopper on Stranger Things. Though he might not have been a household name before starring in the Netflix show, he’s since been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal as the Hawkins chief of police, has starred as the titular character in the 2019 Hellboy movie, and scored a role in Marvel’s upcoming movie Black Widow. Born on April 10, 1975, David Harbour is 45 years old.

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