Britain's Got Talent has produced a string of household names since the show began just over 14 years ago - many of whom have undergone some amazing transformations.

Whether it be from simply hitting adulthood after being child stars on the talent competition or dramatic weight-loss and cosmetic changes, many of the contestants are almost unrecoginsable from when they first hit our screens.

With filming of the next series set to kick off in January 2022, after a long hiatus due to the pandemic, we take a look at some of BGT's most loved stars over the years and what they look like now...

Suzanne Boyle

Susan Boyle was runner up in Britain's Got Talent contestant in April 2009. She blew audiences away with her version of I Dreamed A Dream (


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Scottish sensation Susan Boyle now has a more glamorous look since becoming an international star (


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Susan Boyle, the most famous and successful contestant to come out of Britain's Got Talent, won over the nation with her surprising rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables in 2009, and has been moving international audiences since.

The seemingly ordinary Scot confidently walked onto the audition stage of Britain's Got Talent, was underestimated and shocked everyone with her flawless performance of the classic.

The clip was soon uploaded to YouTube, went viral and was watched by over 250 million viewers around the world.

She was a fan-favourite, but in a shocking upset, came runner up to street dance troupe, Diversity.

Since then, however, she's gone on to become a global superstar and undergone a glamorous make-over from head to toe, which has transformed her into looking like a global superstar.

Richard Jones

Lance Corporal Jones won the tenth series of the show and is the only magician to ever have won the ITV competition (


Richard Jones, who had clean-cut looks during his time on BGT, now sports a trendy beard. (


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In 2016, Lance Corporal Jones won the tenth series of the show. He stunned viewers and judges with his incredible magic tricks.

Before working as a magician, Richard performed as a bandsman in the Trooping of the Colour as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

He then went on to perform in front of the royal family again, but this time, as a magician at the Royal Variety Performance as the BGT winner.

The magician, who had clean-cut looks back then, now sports a more rugged look, including a trendy beard.

To this day, he's the only magician to win the ITV competition.

George Sampson

George Sampson was the young street dancer who won series two of the talent competition in 2008 (


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Now an adult, the BGT star is no longer a professional dance but has started a career as a property developer (



George was the young street dancer who became a got adoring young fans after winning series two of the talent competition in 2008.

Now the star is all grown up and put away his dancing shoes and started a career as a property developer.

After winning the show and performing at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen, George dabbled in acting and went on to star in West End productions, TV show Waterloo Road and, more recently, appeared on Celebrity Coach Trip.


Members of dance troupe Diversity are BGT'S most successful dance group and won the show in 2009 (


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BGT'S most successful dance group, Diversity sailed through to the final of Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

The youngsters, who were a street-dance troupe, became the series champions and have remained popular ever since.

Just over a decade later they've gone from boys to men, carried on as a group and some members have enjoyed solo success.

Diversity leader and head choreographer, Ashley Banjo, now a household name, went on to become a judge on Sky1's Got to Dance alongside actor and Broadway star Adam Garcia and Pussycat Doll member Kimberley Wyatt.

All grown up: Ashley Banjo (pictured centre) is Diversity's lead and choreographer and has gone on to forge a successful media career, including his current role as judge on Dancing On Ice (



He also sat in for Simon Cowell in the last series of BGT, when the 62-year-old was recovering from back surgery.

Ashley is also a judge on Dancing On Ice, on which Diversity's Perri Kiely appeared last year narrowly missing out on first place after Joe Swash was crowned the winner.

Connie Talbot

She famously missed out on the top spot to singer Paul Potts in the first series of Britain's Got Talent, but Connie Talbot stole the nation's heart with her show-stopping first audition.

The little girl had Amanda Holden in tears, along with most viewers, when she belted out her rendition of Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz, which she also sang in the final.

Connie Talbot stole the nation's heart with her show-stopping first audition. (


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A grown up Connie Talbot has enjoyed a singing career releasing four albums (



Since her turn on the show thirteen years ago, Connie has blossomed into a stunning young woman, who is often seen posing up a storm in sultry shots on her Instagram page. A far cry from her younger image.

She has since has enjoyed a singing career releasing four albums.

Natalie Okri

Natalie is unrecognisable 12 years on from her audition on the show in 2009.

The singer, now 22, barely resembles the schoolgirl who first wowed viewers with her rendition of No One by Alicia Keys.

Natalie Okri wowed viewers with her rendition of No One by Alicia Keys on BGT in 2009 (


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BGT star Natalie Okri is unrecognisable from schoolgirl who auditioned for the judges 12 years ago (



Natalie, who is from London, impressed judges Piers Morgan, Kelly Brook, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden at the age of just 10.

Piers said of her audition: "You are a very, very little girl with a very, very big voice. You really are and I loved it. I thought you were terrific."

She was eliminated before the final. However, Natalie has seen success as a musician, releasing a single called Roll With Me recorded with Sneakbo and Ramz.

Simon Cowell

BGT judge Simon Cowell, pictured here in 2009, looks notably different these days (


With his Hollywood smile and dramatic weight loss, Simon Cowell has arguably undergone one of the biggest transformations over the years (



BGT boss Simon Cowell, who has been a judge on the show since the very beginning in 2007.

With his flashy Hollywood smile, courtesy of pricey veneers, barely a wrinkle in sight and a trim physique, after shedding several stone - the entertainment mogul has arguably undergone one of the biggest transformations over the years.

The father-of-one, who sits alongside fellow judges, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden and also judges on America's Got Talent, recently revealed that he's lost 20lbs by cutting out sugar, red meat and dairy in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle and stay in shape for his young son, Eric.

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