FEMAIL looks at celebrities, in their golden years, who look just as good as they did 20 years ago


Age is just a number, so the saying goes, but for a select few celebrities – blessed with personal trainers and beauty treatments galore – it’s a number that doesn’t quite match their still-youthful looks.

A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow has been breaking the internet with her ‘Birthday Suit’ celebration snaps on Instagram in recent years and, to celebrate her 50th birthday on 27th September, the Goop founder decided to go all out. 

The actress posed nude, proving she’s in her golden era, by covering half of her body in gold spray paint. And she looks just as good as she did 25 years ago at the height of her film career.

Alongside the likes of Jennifer Aniston, JLo and Halle Berry, Paltrow has seemingly discovered the fountain of youth, showing few signs of ageing over the past few decades. 

Here, FEMAIL rounds up the celebrities over the age of 50 whose faces haven’t changed…

GWYNETH PALTROW 

AGE: 50 

Gwyneth Paltrow on her 50th Birthday this week

Taken 26 years apart, these photos show how Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, has barely changed. She is pictured on the left at the premiere of Emma in 1996 age 24, and on the right celebrating her 50th birthday this week

Paltrow penned a candid essay about her past and her hopes for her future ahead of turning 50 that was published on Goop last week

Paltrow penned a candid essay about her past and her hopes for her future ahead of turning 50 that was published on Goop last week 

Paltrow wondered if her children will remember her 50th birthday, saying she wants them to know they are 'the greatest accomplishment of [her] life'

Paltrow wondered if her children will remember her 50th birthday, saying she wants them to know they are ‘the greatest accomplishment of [her] life’

Photos taken of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who turned 50 this week, in her youth showed the star with glowing skin, a toned physique and blonde locks – and, as the Gwyneth in the gold photos show, the star has barely changed in the decades since. 

The blonde beauty marked her big birthday with a nude photoshoot, showing half of her body covered in gold paint as she welcomed in the start of her golden years.

The actor turned wellness guru is married to American TV writer Brad Fulchuk and shares two children with her previous husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin. 

For her 50th birthday photo shoot, the Oscar winner had half of her naked body painted gold before stepping in front of the camera. 

She strategically posed with hands, arms, and legs covering her chest and nether regions, ensuring the shots wouldn’t get flagged on social media. 

‘I feel so good turning 50, and this is about expressing that sense of energy and optimism that I’m experiencing,’ she explained. ‘It’s more about the female gaze and just a sense of fun.’

In a post shared on Goop, Paltrow’s makeup artist, Lottie, explained how she prepped the lifestyle guru for the shoot, saying she began the process by ensuring that the 50-year-old’s face and body were ‘very, very moisturized’ so that the gold paint would look pristine once applied. 

To achieve this, she used a range of products from Paltrow’s own Goopgenes line, including the All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream and the Nourishing Repair Body Butter. 

JENNIFER ANISTON

AGE: 53

Jennifer Aniston pictured on the red carpet in 1996, age 27

Jennifer Aniston is seen filming on location for 'The Morning Show' at the Mercer Hotel aged 53

Jennifer Aniston has frequently been admired for her youthful look, which has barely changed since her days on hit series Friends. She is pictured left in 1996 age 27

Jennifer (pictured in January 2020) is certainly owning a chic and youthful look these days

Jennifer (pictured in January 2020) is certainly owning a chic and youthful look these days 

Jennifer Aniston is certainly owning a chic and youthful look these days. 

The 53-year-old Friends veteran looks just as stunning as she did in her days  playing the iconic Rachel Green in the hit series during the 90s and early 00s. 

Aniston has frequently been admired for her youthful figure; the ex-wife of both Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux is currently filming for Apple TV+ series The Morning Show with Mad Men vet Jon Hamm.

In August, fans were left shocked after realising Aniston is now the same age as One Foot in the Grave’s character Victor Meldrew.

The Friends actress turned 53-and-a-half during that month, which is the same age that British actor Richard Wilson was when the first episode of the BBC drama aired in 1990.

The bizarre Twitter page @MeldrewPoint showcases the stark contrast between the grumpy sitcom character and famous people when they reach his age.

And as one person noted when comparing Meldrew and Aniston, it’s ‘hard to believe they’re the same species let alone the same age at that point!!’

Sharing a picture of the stunning Marley & Me star, the account wrote: ‘Happy Meldrew Point Day, Jennifer Aniston.

‘She’s reached 19,537 days old, matching Richard Wilson’s age when episode 1 of One Foot In The Grave was aired on Jan 4, 1990. I don’t believe it!’

Another person couldn’t believe the American actress is in her 50s, saying: ‘She looks like she hasn’t aged at all.’

HALLE BERRY

AGE: 56 

Halle Berry at the Oscars in 1996 age 30

Halle Berry on the red carpet age 56

Halle Berry fans have admired the performer’s flawless skin for years. The youthful looking actress, now aged 56 (pictured right) has hardly changed in the past two decades (pictured left in 1996 age 30)

The mother-of-two started her career as a model in the early 90s before her breakthrough role in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy

The mother-of-two started her career as a model in the early 90s before her breakthrough role in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy 

Halle Berry, 56, is another celeb who looks just like she did decades ago, when she first found stardom. 

The performer is often praised for her youthful skin and muscular pins, which she isn’t afraid to show off. 

The mother-of-two started her career as a model in the early 90s before her breakthrough role in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy. 

Berry is currently filming Netflix thriller Our Man from Jersey with Mark Wahlberg in Croatia. The story follows Wahlberg’s character Mike, described as a ‘down-to-earth construction worker’ whose former girlfriend (Halle Berry) ropes him into the world of espionage.

Filming has been under way since March, though it’s unclear how much is left before the project moves into post-production. 

Our Man From Jersey was picked up by Netflix in a seven-figure pitch deal back in May 2020, with David Guggenheim (Safe House) writing the script.

Julian Farino (The Oranges, Ballers) is directing, with a cast that also includes J.K. Simmons, Jackie Earle Haley, Jessica De Gouw and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. 

Wahlberg also serves as a producer alongside his longtime producing partner Steven Levinson.

JENNIFER LOPEZ

AGE: 53 

JLo on the red carpet in 1995, age 26

Jennifer Lopez, 53, at the Tribeca Festival Opening Night in June

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez has barely changed in the past two decades. She is pictured on the left in 1995 age 26 and on the right in 2022 age 53

Jennifer Lopez (pictured in 2021) rose to fame in the '90s as a triple threat who sings, acts and dances

Jennifer Lopez (pictured in 2021) rose to fame in the ’90s as a triple threat who sings, acts and dances

At the age of 53, the actress, singer and mother of 14-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian, looks just as she did when she was in her twenties – sensational. 

JLo has been a source of youthful inspiration to women for decades and her recent wedding to old flame Ben Affleck proved that its never too late to fall head over heels in love (again). 

A keen exercise fan, the star regularly shares photos of herself hitting the gym with her followers on social media. 

At a recent talk for Grameen America’s Raising Latina Voices, JLo said: ‘The best advice I can give to my kids – you can be whoever you believe you can be.’ 

She rose to fame in the ’90s as a triple threat who sings, acts and dances. Yet she still rocks a youthful glow and glamorous looks. 

Jennifer – known to her fans as J.Lo – has made waves with hits across radio stations and movie screens alike. In July – just over a week before her birthday – she got married to Affleck.

SALMA HAYEK

AGE: 56 

Salma Hayek at the 48th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1995 age 29

Salma Hayek attending The Kering Foundation's Caring for Women dinner, aged 56

Salma Hayek turned 56-years-old earlier this month. The Latin bombshell looks as youthful as she ever did (pictured left in 1995, aged 29). Hayek has always oozed confidence (pictured age 56 at The Kering Foundation’s Caring for Women dinner)

Latin bombshell Salma Hayek – who has starred in over 60 movies – turned 56 earlier this month.  

The wife of billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault – whom she wed in 2009 – is still looking as youthful and glowing as ever. 

The mother-of-one has been busy this summer as she filmed a movie with Angelina Jolie as director: Without Blood. They shot in Rome for several weeks.

Hayek has always oozed confidence and has never been afraid to show off her flawless figure.  

JULIA ROBERTS

AGE: 54 

Julia Roberts at the 1990 Golden Globe Awards age 22

Julia Roberts on the red carpet aged 54

Julia Roberts, 54, looked elegantly chic as she arrived at History Talks 2022 earlier this week in Washington D.C. (pictured right). She still looks as youthful as she did in 1990 (pictured left age 22 )

Julia Roberts looked elegantly chic as she arrived at History Talks 2022 earlier this week in Washington D.C.

The 54-year-old actress opted for a tweed ensemble – showing off her amazing pins – as she prepared to be one of the speakers at the star-studded event.

Roberts is another actress who still looks as spritely as she did when she played Vivian in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, age 22. 

The wife of cinematographer Daniel Moder has recently been promoting her new film Ticket To Paradise, in which she stars with George Clooney. 

SANDRA BULLOCK

AGE: 58 

Sandra Bullock on the red carpet in 1996 age 32

Sandra Bullock at the UK premiere of The Lost City aged 58

More stylish the older she gets? Sandra is pictured right at the UK premiere of The Lost City aged 58. The actress has barely changed her looks since the 90s (pictured left in 1996 age 32)

Sandra Bullock has proved this year that she continues to get more stylish with age. 

The 58-year-old actress wowed in the stunning ensemble which was embellished by a pink and purple caped belted detailing when she attended the UK premiere for The Lost City with Channing Tatum earlier this year. 

Bullock has adopted two children, who she raises with her long-term partner Bryan Randall. 

She had her breakthrough role in the action thriller Speed in 1994, aged 30, and, nearly three decades on, looks exactly the same. 

GWEN STEFANI

AGE: 52 

Gwen Stefani attending the My VH1 2001 Awards age 31

Gwen Stefani on the set of The Voice, age 52

Gwen Stefani still looks as youthful as she did in 2001 (pictured left). The coach on US version of The Voice still cuts a stylish figure in her colourful ensembles (pictured right) 

In 2001, Gwen Stefani was only 31 years old, sported dark lip liner and was with her rock band, No Doubt.

Fast forward 21 years and despite not seeing any changes to her looks, the singer has enjoyed a successful solo career, a fashion and fragrance line.

She shares three children with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, and married Blake Shelton in 2021. 

Stefani is currently a coach on the US version of singing competition The Voice, and looks sparky and young her colourful ensembles. 

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