What the cast of Matilda looks like today

Matilda was released in the summer of 1996 — more than two whole decades ago. If you can't believe it's been that long, you aren&...

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Matilda was released in the summer of 1996 — more than two whole decades ago. If you can't believe it's been that long, you aren't alone. 

Based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name, Matilda follows the title character as she uses telekinesis and her genius intellect to manage life with her not-so-genius family and an oppressive principal at school.

With more than 20 years of devoted fandom, you may be wondering what the cast of Matilda looks like today, and what it is they're all up to. Buckle up, because we've got the answers!

 Matilda's best friend Lavender was played by Kiami Davael in the 1996 movie. Lavender, who befriends Matilda on the playground as they watch their principal taunt the other children, continues alongside Matilda in much of the ensuing chaos throughout the movie. Notably, it is innocent-looking Lavender in her large glasses and braids that plays a prank on the principal involving a newt.

While she may be remembered for her role as Lavender, Davael is also a model, singer, songwriter, and screenwriter. Not one to shy from the spotlight, Davael is very active on Instagram where she shares selfies, throwback photos, and fan-submitted content with her over 40,000 followers.

 Everyone who has ever had braids will remember the iconic scene in Matilda when Agatha Trunchbull throws character Amanda Thripp through the air by her braided pigtails as punishment for her girly hairstyle. Played by Jacqueline Steiger, Amanda survives the toss, but it's in this scene that Matilda first learns just how brutal Trunchbull can be.

Steiger went on to play many roles in television and movies before taking a break to attend college at UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude. She's now on a mission to jump back into the industry, so keep your eyes peeled.

 The character of Bruce Bogtrotter is in another iconic Matilda scene you aren't likely to forget. When Bruce steals a slice of Trunchbull's chocolate cake, he is punished by being forced to eat the entire thing in front of the whole school, which he does successfully after much cheering from his classmates. Played by Jimmy Karz, Bruce's punishment is another example of Trunchbull's oppression.

These days Karz, looks and behaves quite differently from his role as Bruce. After small roles in The Wedding Singer (1998) and on the TV show ER, then working as a production assistant at MTV for two years after undergrad, Karz set his sights on osteopathic medical school. "I realized I wanted to do more service-oriented work," he told The DO. "I liked osteopathic medicine's focus on helping the whole patient, and I was interested in learning manual techniques to help patients."

Karz went on to tell The DO that his work in the entertainment industry has helped him with medicine because it taught him that you "have to be prepared for anything to happen." You mean anything like Karz re-enacting his scene from the movie with a cupcake at a recent Matilda reunion?

He's come a long way from playing a chocolate-covered kid who steals cake, wouldn't you say?

 With all this talk of Agatha Trunchbull, you didn't think we would skip giving you an update on where she is today, did you? She may have been terrifying as Agatha Trunchbull, the abusive principal in Matilda, but Pam Ferris has played a variety of roles. Harry Potter movie fans might immediately recognize Ferris as the woman who played Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Most recently, Ferris starred on the TV series Call the Midwife as Sister Evangelina from 2012-2016. A fan favorite, many were saddened when her character passed away in her sleep. With so many credits to her name, it's likely we'll see Ferris in something again soon.

 If there's one thing an FBI agent needs, it's a partner. Agent Bob's partner in Matilda was FBI Agent Bill, played by character actor Tracey Walter. Even if you don't recognize him by name, you probably find him familiar anyway. Walter has been in over 100 TV shows and movies. Before Matilda you might have seen him in Silence of the Lambs (1991) or Batman (1989). So what has Walter been doing since Matilda? Plenty.

From playing Leon in Wild America (1997), Charles Embry in Erin Brockovich (2000), and Ben Franks in Death to Smoochy (2002) to guest spots on TV shows like Medium, Monk, and Southland just to name a few, chances are you're familiar with his face even if you don't really remember Agent Bill.
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