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Chips off the old block: Celebrity kids doing it big

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Actor O'shea Jackson played his father, Ice Cube (pictured right) in the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Actor O’shea Jackson played his father, Ice Cube (pictured right) in the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton

 

THE APPLE doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to the children of famous parents. From Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s triple-threat kids, to rapper Ice Cube’s son, who made his acting debut in box office smash, Straight Outta Compton, these famous families have passed the talent on from one generation to the next.

We profile them below:

 

WILLOW SMITH

The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made her chart debut in 2010 with Whip My Hair, which peaked at No.11 in the Billboard charts.

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JADEN SMITH

JADEN SMITH

The teen sensation first rose to prominence after his debut film role in The Pursuit of Happyness, starring alongside his Hollywood actor father, Will Smith.

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O’SHEA JACKSON JR

O'SHEA JACKSON

Following the box office success of N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, Jackson, who plays his father Ice Cube, is now a household name. Not bad for your debut film!

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LAILA ALI

The 2013 BET Awards

The retired boxer had her first bout aged 21. She is the daughter of ‘The Greatest’, heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali

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BRIA AND SHAYNE MURPHY

Shayne AND BRIA MURPHY

These two daughters of Eddie Murphy have become known for their risqué – and popular – modelling shoots

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ANGELA SIMMONS

ANGELA-SIMMONS

The young celeb is known for starring in her family’s reality show Run’s House. She has gone on to launch her own fashion line and was editor of her own mini-magazine that specialised in teen fashion and music

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VANESSA SIMMONS

vanessa-simmons

The actress briefly appeared in soap opera Guiding Light whilst designing shoes with sister Angela for their company, Pastry, with full support from father Rev Run.

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DIGGY SIMMONS

Diggy Simmons

This teen rapper is the son of Rev Run of Run DMC fame. He also starred in the reality show Run’s House alongside his family before releasing his first mixtape

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RASHIDA JONES

RASHIDA JONES

This star has had numerous film roles and occasionally sings, following in the footsteps of her father, record producer, Quincy Jones

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