Nickelodeon has had much success in its unique brand of television programming for children and adolescents, and many of the actors who have gotten their starts there have gone onto some pretty lucrative careers in the entertainment business. While some former Nickelodeon stars used these roles as a launchpad for the rest of their career, others decided to take a step back and opt for a different path. This list takes a look at Nickelodeon’s child stars and what they’ve been up to since their time on the network.
12. Jennette McCurdy
McCurdy first appeared on Nickelodeon on Zoey 101 in 2005, she later went on to have roles in True Jackson, VP and Victorious. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on iCarly and its spinoff series, Sam & Cat, which she played from 2007 to 2014. McCurdy currently hosts the podcast “Empty Inside” and opened up about her experiences in the industry. In 2022, she released her bestselling memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died where she further detailed her difficult experiences growing up as a child star.