Willy Wonka: What the stars did next

Willy Wonka: What the stars did next

This is an exclusive feature from the now sold-out Issue 7 of Yours Retro. For more nostalgia, check out the latest Retro at www.greatmagazines.co.uk

Ever wondered how Willy Wonka’s ticket-winners fared when they were all grown up? We take look at what the child stars are up to 48 years on…

Augustus Gloop

The greedy chap who was the first to find a golden ticket was played by German schoolboy Michael Bollner. Although Michael was keen to carry on acting his father insisted he finish his education. He appeared in just a handful of films in his native Germany and is now a tax attorney in Munich.

Violet Beauregarde

Denise Nickerson played the competitive, gum-chewing girl who swelled up like a giant blueberry after she ignored Wonka's warnings.

Already known for her role in the long-running show Dark Shadows, Denise went on to have minor parts in TV shows, including The Brady Bunch, and auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars.

She left acting in 1978 and has worked as a nurse, an accountant and stay-at-home mum.

Veruca Salt

Who could forget English actress Julie Dawn Cole, 
left, singing I Want It Now! as the spoiled daddy’s girl Veruca Salt? With a career that spans four decades, 
she’s the only Wonka child 
to have continued acting. 
She's had many parts in British TV shows including, most recently, Emmerdale and Casualty.

Julie says she still has the Everlasting Gobstopper and Golden Ticket from the set (although the cast were originally told to return them after filming). Her salary for playing Veruca Salt was £600.

Mike Teavee

Western-mad ticket winner number four was played by Paris Themmen. He began acting age six, but his on-screen career began with a TV ad for bubble bath. Paris’ career stalled with just a few stage roles and a one-off appearance on Star Trek: Voyager. He now works in 
film production and commercial casting.

Charlie Bucket

After Peter Ostrum played poor Charlie Bucket, he was offered a three-picture contract but turned it down to finish his studies. He went on to earn a doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and runs a veterinary practice in Upstate New York.


Willy Wonka

The eccentric candy impresario was played by the inimitable Gene Wilder. A long-time favourite of writer and director Mel Brooks, Wilder appeared in The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He became famous for his wacky and anarchic humour and starred in a series of comedies with Richard Pryor. Latterly he became a serious novelist and died in 2016 at the age of 83.

Mr Salt

Veruca’s put-upon father was played by the much-missed Roy Kinnear. Star of That Was The Week That Was, Roy had an extensive film career. It was while playing Planchet in The Musketeer films that a horse-riding accident led to his untimely death aged 54.

Did you know? Filming in Germany, the producers struggled to recruit the actors to play the Oompa Loompas. Many of those cast 
did not speak fluent English, which is why some of them seemed not to know 
the words!

Oompa Loompas

Ten different actors played Willy Wonka’s troop of sanctimonious factory workers. Many of them went on to act as goblins, elves and robots in various fantasy films including the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises.


Grandpa Joe

Jack Albertson was a vaudeville song and dance man and stalwart of TV shows such as Gunsmoke and Chico and the Man before he played Charlie’s granddad. He is one of only nine actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony). Jack died of cancer in 1981.