It’s something of a social phenomenon that we should be so inexplicably alarmed when the smaller and younger of our species grow.
Case in point: when we see that child actors from some of our favourite 00s shows are no longer children.
You’d think we’d be used to it by now – we’ve seen plenty of soap characters grow up on screen, from Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) to Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), and lots of actors from CBBC’s finest have gone on to have glittering TV careers in adulthood.
But there’s nothing quite like seeing an actor from a remembered TV program after years out of the limelight to remind you just how old you are.
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Outnumbered was a quintessentially British comedy sitcom that ran for five series between 2007 and 2014, in which hapless parents Pete and Sue Brockman (played by Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) are quite literally outnumbered by their three unruly kids, Jake, Ben and Karen.
It's almost been 10 years since we've seen them all onscreen together so we thought now is as good a time as ever to see what they're doing. And it’s fair to say Ramona Marquez, who played youngest child and only daughter Karen, has been living her absolute best life.
Who is Ramona Marquez?
Ramona was a child actor whose breakout role was playing Karen Brockman in UK sitcom Outnumbered. While it’s unclear what her job is currently, she’s certainly giving off student-y vibes and she recently contributed to a book of essays by activist Florence Given called Women Don’t Owe You Pretty.
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Where is Ramona Marquez from?
From her colourful and crazy Instagram, it looks as though Ramona lives in London – or at least spends a lot of time there.
Ramona Marquez on Outnumbered
The absolute best bit about these telly siblings is that after seven years growing up on screen together, it’s clear they’re still the best of buds and hang out all the time.
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Doctor Who, 2005 - present
Doctor Who has always had a reputation for terrifying viewers. Right back from the 60's viewers would tune in anticipating scares. We often have to remind ourselves that it is, in fact, largely a show for children. And we would argue it reached peak terror in the 00's, specifically on 21st May 2005, when the infamous episode 'The Empty Child' was broadcast. This episode really took the horror elements of the show to a new level, introducing terrifying 00's CGI into the mix. The result was some truly traumatic body horror, and the introduction of the phrase "are you my mummy?" - honestly this episode was pure nightmare fuel and haunts us to this day.
Tyger recently posted a pic of the three of them looking edgy AF posing against a brick wall and captioned it, “Family #outnumbered”.
And Danny posted the same photo but captioned it, “No more of COVID keeping the fam apart”.
Is that not the cutest thing?
How old is Ramona Marquez?
Ramona was born in February 2001, making her very nearly 20 years old.
What else has Ramona Marquez been in?
Ramona’s biggest role to date was undoubtedly as Karen in Outnumbered, for which she was the first child actor ever to win a British Comedy Award for Best Female Comedy Newcomer in 2009 (she was just eight years old!).
Since then she’s had parts in the made-for-TV film Enid, about the life of children’s author Enid Blyton, as Princess Margaret in The King’s Speech and a bit part in The Best Exotic Marigold hotel. She won another award for her voiceover work on 2011’s Arthur Christmas, but her last TV credit was in 2016 when the cast of Outnumbered reunited for a one off special.
What is Ramona Marquez’s Instagram?
You can follow Ramona @princessmo__.