Who doesn't love a good #TBT? We look back - literally - at the best of the celebrity throwbacks. The ones that made us LOL, aww, and miss the good 'ol days...
We love a good celebrity throwback picture. You can say what you like about social media and the modern world’s supposed addiction but our favourite social platforms have given us a great many things – not least, the celebrity #TBTs.
Yes #ThrowbackThursday, #TBT, #FlashbackFriday or #FBF – if you will – have meant that some of the most marvellous images of the A-List have been unearthed deep from within the archives: From the stars’ first time on a film set, to their family photos to their hilarious reactions now to past fashion faux pas, #TBT is the hashtag that keeps on giving.
There’s also more than a spattering of awkward school photos (hey, we’ve all been there), through a few unbelievably uncoordinated fashion trends to seeing future A-listers meet their besties for the first time – a picture really does say a thousand words and takes us right back to times gone by.
Indeed, when celebrating Kate Moss’ 42nd birthday, her longtime pal Sadie Frost took to Instagram – as you do in 2016, right? – posting a photo wishing Kate a happy birthday and nodding to some of their best images from the 90s.
Or what about Eva Mendes’ throwback to her cameo in Will Smith’s Miami music video? How else would we remember that the Hitch co-stars previously worked together – in a music video, no less.
And let us not forget the baby photos. It seems the celebs can’t stop themselves from posting the awkward, hilarious and downright A-dorable throwbacks to their childhood, usually poking fun at their lack of fashion savvy or uncontrollable facial expressions (we’re looking at you Taylor Swift).
Since we can’t get enough of these fabulous blasts from the pasts, we’ve rounded up the very best of celebrity #TBTs, #FBFs and generally great throwback Instas…
You might not be able to tell, but this adorable picture is in fact Passengers star Chris Pratt. Ever the joker, he wrote: ‘Here a young Chris Pratt poses on the red carpet wearing designer bunny ears and blue vest by Goodwill of America.’
To mark the 15th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, Orlando shared this photo fro the film’s set with co-star Viggo Mortensen. He wrote: ‘#TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters 15 years ago today. here’s one of #ViggoMortensen and me.’ Hard to believe it’s been that long, isn’t it?
This amazing 1983 Australian magazine cover, unearthed on the Graham Norton Show, shows Nicole Kidman with her signature red curls as a then 14-year-old.
Miranda Kerr’s mum, Therese, recently uploaded this super cute ‘blast from the past’ pic of Miranda and her brother. SO adorable.
In honour of Thanksgiving, Sarah Michelle Gellar shared the *sweetest* picture of her and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s first Thanksgiving. She captioned it: ‘#throwbackthursday and #thanksgiving all in one. This was our first Thanksgiving, and while we had a lot to be grateful for on that day, it doesn’t compare to all that we have now. I try very hard to be grateful and appreciative all year, but it doesn’t hurt to have one dedicated day. #grateful #happythanksgiving.’ Awwwww, you guys.
Gigi Hadid’s mother Yolanda Foster shared possibly the cutest throwback picture in early November 2017 of her family, daughters Gigi and Bella and son Anwar when the three were toddlers. How cute is this!?
First up, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner posted this #TBT to the Emmys with co-star Kit Harington. Looking good, guys.
Kourtney Kardashian uploaded this sweet Halloween picture of her and Kim. How much do they look like North and Penelope?
Can you believe that it’s been 10 whole years since Taylor Swift released her first album? She posted this picture to mark the anniversary, writing: ‘I couldn’t be more grateful today, thinking back on how much fun we’ve had and how you’ve encouraged me to change and grow.
It’s been such an adventure, guys. Thank you for all of it.’
Blake Lively shared a throwback snap of her earlier cheerleading days alongside the caption, ‘I’ve always been impressively athletic…’
This super sweet Princess Jasmine is actually Pretty Little Liars‘ Lucy Hale – SO cute.
First up, we have Kim Kardashian West, who uploaded this adorable throwback picture to Instgram in honour of her her grandma MJ’s birthday – how much does Kris look like her mum?! Kim captioned the photo, ‘Happy Birthday to the most amazing grandma in the world! I love you so much words can’t even explain!’ Super cute.
Here we have Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candace Swanepoel, who uploaded this cute picture of her and her brother to Instagram with the caption: ‘Brother and I dressed for success’.
Here’s Khloe Kardashian, who celebrated her birthday at the end of June. Mum Kris posted this photo to her Instagram for Khloe’s birthday, including in her caption: ‘You are the most beautiful girl inside and out. You are the light of our family through thick and thin and are the strongest woman I have ever known.’ So lovely!
Here’s David Beckham, who posted this lovely snap of him and his mum for her birthday (awwwww).
Next it’s Gisele, who recently posted this baby photo to Instagram with the caption: ‘My face when things don’t turn out how I planned…’ Adorable.
Gigi posted this super-cute picture to Twitter on baby brother Anwar’s 17th birthday in June. How sweet are they?
Ben Affleck posted an adorable throwback in honour of bestie Matt Damon, captioning a collage of one of Matt’s past birthday parties with ‘This guy. #NationalBestFriendsDay’. Awww, #BFFGoals
Lindsay Lohan gave this epic throwback to her The Parent Trap days, as she visited the same London house where she filmed her scenes in when she was a bab. She wrote, ‘A trip down memory lane #sundayfunday #theparenttrapmovie “Annie’s house” but it was number 7 in the movie’.
Cindy Crawford posted this stunning black and white #throwback to her modelling days, writing ‘#TBT It’s starting to feel a lot like summer! @PatrickDemarchelier’
Hugh Jackman gave a hilarious throwback to his school days, wishing this year’s graduates a happy graduation. The Wolverine actor wrote ‘Congrats To The Graduating Class Of 2016! #throwbackthursdays’
Kendall Jenner shared this super-sweet snap on Instagram with the caption ‘swimming back to America like’.
Ever the proud mother, Yolanda Hadid shared this throwback with her three children Gigi, Bella and Anwar with the caption ‘❤️TBT My greatest accomplishment in life……. #Motherhood #Gratitude #UnconditionalLove @gigihadid @bellahadid @anwarhadid’.
Jessica Chastain similarly gave a nod to her younger days, writing on this pic, ‘Oh to be 9 and awkward.’
Cindy Crawford who posted this Instagram snap with the caption ‘#TBT Way back! 1983 @EliteNYC model look competition in Acapulco.’
Alexa Chung who threw it back to her former modelling days, sharing this Instagram snap of a David Titlow shoot as a fresh faced 19-year-old.
Kate Beckinsale made us all nostalgic for the past, posting this side-by-side comparison of when she just gave birth to daughter Lily, with a present day recreation of the photo. Ex-boyfriend Michael Sheen even joined in on the fun, sporting a bushy beard. Kate wrote, ‘Always a baby to me #Lily — See more tonight on the @latelateshow’
Sarah Michelle Gellar gave us the ultimate throwback, with a slew of pics from her Buffy days. Wishing her former co-star (and on-screen lover) David Boreanaz a happy birthday, Sarah wrote, ‘When you hear it’s someone’s birthday, and you realize how long you have known them #happybirthday David Immortality looks good on you #davidboreanaz @dbdbo69’
Kylie Jenner got sentimental ahead of Mother’s Day, posting this throwback snap with her mum Kris Jenner to her website, captioning the cute pic ‘I have the best mom in the world! Kris Jenner is such a strong and generous woman and I have learned so much from her.’
The former cast of That ’70s Show posed for a photo on the set of their new show, The Ranch. The snap was shared by Danny Masterson on Instagram, and sees Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderramma and Laura Prepon hanging out, just like old times.
Kim Kardashian celebrated her older sis, Kourtney’s birthday with this adorable throwback, writing ‘Happy Birthday @kourtneykardash Thank you for always doing everything first so I can copy you! I don’t know what I would do without you! I love you! Happy Birthday!’
Kendall Jenner posted this incredible throwback when she worked the sportiest crop cut we’ve ever seen. Holding onto her younger sister Kylie in the snap, Kendall captioned the photo as any of us would, writing ‘whyyyyy mom?!’
Kris Jenner posted this Insta, giving us some major throwback to Kylie Jenner as a little tot – just look at that E.T. toy! Kris wrote, ‘My little @kyliejenner!! Feels like just yesterday!! #wheredoesthetimego #proudmama #familytime (Kylie Snapchat: kylizzlemynizzle)’
Britney Spears posted this very turn-of-the-noughties throwback featuring none other than Leonardo DiCaprio (who has contorted his fingers in to the ‘West Coast’ sign, we believe). Throwback gold.
Emily Ratajkowski posted this throwback snap to when she was a tot, writing ‘Baby me and baby kitty.’ Adorbs.
The Kardashian-Jenners love their throwbacks, as Kylie posted yet another one of her and model big sis Kendall as they sleep in washing baskets of all places. Ah, to be young again…
Kendall Jenner posted this adorable family photo, writing ‘happy
birthday Bobby boy! and happy St. Patrick’s day!’, wishing her big
brother Rob Kardashian a happy 29th birthday in March 2016. So sweet…
Kylie Jenner posted this adorable throwback to when she was 9 years old, writing ‘I begged my mom for a year to dye my hair& finally at 9yrs old she let me do this and only this! Changed everything.’ You’re telling us, just look at Kylie’s hair history…
Taylor Swift celebrated her younger brother Austin Swift’s birthday with this photoshoot from when they were kids. She captioned the photo, ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!!!! Thanks for 24 years of LOLs. @austinkingsleyswift.’
Kim Kardashian posted this a-dorbs pic of North West, captioning the
photo, ‘Throwback to my baby…I can’t believe how big she is now.’
Liv Tyler posted this adorable black and white photo of her and former
co-star, Ben Affleck on the set of Armageddon. Captioning the photo,
‘Ohhh Monday …. @benaffleck #armageddon #benaffleck #1998’, Liv fails
to mention why exactly Ben’s trying to eat her face. Still cute
Emma Roberts posted this incredible Insta, showing her as a little tot
hanging out with none other than Dylan Penn. She captioned the photo,
‘#ThrowbackThursday #CurrentMood @iamdylanpenn and I as little doodle
brains headband game was strong’
Gigi Hadid proved she was already camera ready with this cute throwback to her childhood days, simply captioning her Instagram, ‘monday vibes.’
Victoria Beckham wished her former Spice Girls member, Emma Bunton a
happy 40th birthday with this AH-mazing throwback to their girl band
days. Posh Spice captioned the Instagram, ‘Happy Birthday Baby X I love u
x X #ilovemyspicegirls x vb @emmaleebunton.’
Paris made her throwback Thursday a little easier, by putting together a collage of ALL her past photos. Captioning the Instagram, ‘#SchoolYearBookPhotos from baby to teen. #BabyParis #ThrowbackThursday.’
We are feeling the 80s vibes coming from this gorgeous throwback from Brooke Shields, who’s standing next to former Superman Dean Cain. The actress wrote ‘#ThrowBackThursday #TBT #Princeton #1987 @deuces1966’.
Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt showed off his adorable school photo in this Instagram, captioning the image: ‘Before selfies, this was what 13 looked like. #Being13 looks like this now: cnn.com/being13’
Werking it Ewan McGregor! Sharing a snap from when he was 16, Ewan wrote: ”The day I bought my first car. I was 16. I’d washed dishes for 2 years and saved the £500 she cost. It seams she’s gone now old ESL380V i can’t find her. If you ever come across her let me know. Cheers. #stonewashed.’
Cindy Crawford shared this snap with pro basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, saying: ‘#TBT A little trick I learned from @SHAQ. Big congrats on your much deserved statue!’
Miley seems to be just as shocked by the passage of time as we are, judging from her caption on this golden oldie, ‘Omg @noahcyrus’
Tyra Banks gave the ultimate shoutout to mums everywhere, with this gorgeous throwback to her early career, writing: ‘Me and Mama when I was 18. Paris. Backstage at a fashion show. 3 years later, when the fashion industry told me I was too fat, my Mama said, “Ty, let’s discuss that. Over some PIZZA!!! “Mama, you’re my first and forever love. Happy Mama’s Day to you! -Ty’
Sadie Frost posted this adorable tribute to her bestie Kate Moss on her birthday in 2016, captioning the photo: ‘Love an old memory pic- me and kate ! Will be doing a happy birthday chant tonight from Goa.’
Barbra Streisand supported her friend Celine Dion with this photo, with this touching note: ‘Dear @CelineDion – Every time you look at your children?s faces, you will see René. With love and strength – B’
Kris Jenner embarassed her daughter Kim Kardashian with this picture of the social media superstar, wearing a pink dress and bow.
We always forget that the amazing Drew Barrymore actually started out as a child star. Drew reminded fans with this blast from the past, writing: ‘Today I wrote a book. And as I thank and celebrate many women this week, I must say a huge thank you to my mother. As I say in the acknowledgments, “thank you for my life. I am ever so pleased to be here!” We have had quite a road, but it is paved with gratitude. #amazingwomenweek #wildflowerbook and thank you to the @drewseum for the photo!’
Newly engaged Mariah Carey posted this throwback to her early album days, captioning the Insta: ‘#TBT in the studio with the incredible Luther Vandross’.
How can we forget Charmed? The long-running TV series about witches was a cult classic, and Alyssa Milano, who played Phoebe, gave fans this great throwback, captioning the photo ‘#tbt #charmed 2002.’
Jessica Alba’s family photo has all the LOLs, with Jessica inexplicably dressed up as a sailor. As you do…
Rita Ora posted this adorable throwback, giving a shoutout to her mum on her birthday. But can you guess which one’s Rita?
The Toronto-born rapper looks too cute for words in this Instagram pic. Holding a red electric guitar that is way too big for him, Drake was clearly bitten by the musical bug at a young age.
Not one to shy away from a good ‘ol baby photo, Amy regularly posts photos of her pre-fame days. So cute!
Katy Perry captioned this adorkable family photo, ‘When ur face is desperate for likes’.
Madonna gave a shoutout to his wife: ‘With the beautiful Iman. David Bowie’s stunning and gracious wife raising money for Aids back in the day! #rebelhearts’
Handsome Hugh Jackman was always a heartbreaker, judging by this Insta from the Australian star.
Alexa Chung looks exactly the same, with this throwback to her early modelling days.
Kim Kardashian gave a shoutout to one of her childhood friends with this snap. Love the clothes, Kim!
Eva Mendes gave a shoutout to Will Smith for featuring the actress in one of her first on-screen roles – as his love interest in the Miami music video. Ah papi…
How cute was a three-year-old Taylor Swift?!
Reese Witherspoon gave Legally Blonde fans a glimpse to when she filmed the first movie with this great Insta.
Former wrestler, and current box office star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posted this hilarious throwback to his pre-wrestling days.
Beyoncé wished her baby sis Solange a happy birthday with a real throwback, featuring a polaroid of the two. Cute.
Justin gave a cute shoutout to his mummy, posting this pic of him standing next to his mum as a bab.
So 80s! Nicole Richie proved she was always cool with this pic of her and Paula freakin’ Abdul as a kid.
Kendall Jenner wished big brother Rob a happy b-day, with a photo of the two before they were Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Can you guess which of these tots is Amanda?
Prior to landing her HBO hit show GIRLS, Lena Dunham was making a name for herself as the writer, director and star of a little indie film called Tiny Furniture. She Instagrammed this stunning throwback to when she was doing press for the film that would eventually lead her to GIRLS.
Our favourite teenage witch posted this adorable throwback, saying these were one of her first ever headshots. Too cute.
January Jones proved it’s not the haircut that makes the star, as she’s looking pretty hilar in this throwback with her curly ‘do – we’re pretty sure she’s the one in the middle by the way. Giving a shoutout to her sisters, the former Mad Men actress wrote: ‘To my best friends, my sisters..because of our love for each other we got over all the bad haircuts with self respect and confidence still in tact. Happy national sibling day! #partyinthefrontandback.’