This Is What The Walking Dead Cast Looked Like As Kids
#3 Norman Reedus – Daryl Dixon
Then: Norman Reedus got his start in acting almost completely by accident after moving to L.A. and working as a motorcycle mechanic. He was discovered at a party and landed a role in Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, after which the roles started to roll in. Before TWD, he was best-known for his role as Murphy Macmanus in The Boondock Saints.
Now: Reedus’ original audition for The Walking Dead was for the role of Merle Dixon, but it was already taken by actor Michael Rooker. Show execs liked him so much that they created Daryl Dixon for him, not knowing the character would become such a fan favorite. When he’s not slinging his crossbow on the show, he’s a major bike enthusiast and pursues that passion on AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus.
#4 Melissa McBride – Carol Peletier
Then: Melissa McBride got her start in acting on an episode of Matlock, but she also worked behind the scenes as a casting director. McBride was chosen to star as Carol in TWD due to her relationship with Season 1 showrunner Frank Darabont, who cast her in his version of Stephen King’s The Mist. She later appeared in the Lifetime film Living Proof before joining the land of the undead.
Now: McBride’s last credit as a casting director came in 2010, around when she began her work on Dead. These days, she seems to be focusing on her thespian career track with TWD and films like The Reconstruction of William Zero and The Happys.