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Where Mary Poppins original cast are now – superhero blockbuster to tragic death at just 21

Mary Poppins is one of Disney’s quintessential movies, a classic in every home since it was released in 1964.

Generations of people grew up watching Mary Poppins, and the iconic 60s film has had plenty of spin-offs and remakes, but some will argue that there’s nothing better than the original.

After 57 years, a lot has changed in the lives of the cast. Here’s what they’re up to now.

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Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews’ career was launched by her portrayal of the title character in Mary Poppins, which led to her first Oscar nomination and win.



Julie Andrews in 2019, about to be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival

Just a year after being in the Disney movie, she starred in another iconic film – The Sound of Music – in 1965.

She went on to be in other popular movies like The Princess Diaries, and voice act for Shrek, Enchanted and Despicable Me.

At the end of 2010, Julie’s husband sadly died, prompting her to take a break from Hollywood.

She returned to the scene in 2017 for the Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, and then voiced a role in superhero blockbuster Aquaman in 2018 – a film which grossed over a billion at the box office.

Most recently, Julie Andrews voiced Lady Whistledown for the Netflix series Bridgerton.

Bert – Dick Van Dyke

When Dick Van Dyke starred in Mary Poppins, he was already pretty famous on the comedy scene.



Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke in 2021 – still active in Hollywood at the age of 95

At just 36, he was the star of his own CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, and was nominated for his first Primetime Emmy the year before Mary Poppins came out.

He’s had an incredible career since the 1964 movie, and is still active in TV and film at the age of 95.

After playing Bert he continued his US TV career on CBS, and originated the Broadway role of Harold Hill in ‘A Music Man’ in 1980.

Dick was also in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dick Tracy and Night at the Museum, and made a surprise cameo in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns.

He’s made brief appearances in other TV shows too, such as Scrubs in 2003, The Middle in 2015 and even Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2000.

Mr Banks – David Tomlinson

When David Tomlinson took the role of Mr Banks, he already had almost 50 film and TV credits to his name.



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His career continued to soar as he starred in films like Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and by the time he retired at the start of the 1980s he’d been acting for 40 years.

He died in 2000 at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke. He was posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend in 2002.

Michael Banks – Matthew Garber

Matthew Garber was just seven when he played troublesome Michael Banks alongside family friend Karen Doltrice, who played Jane Banks.

He’d starred in a film with Karen a year previously, 1963’s The Three Lives of Thomasina, and performed alongside her again in 1967’s The Gnome-Mobile.

Sadly, this was to be his last performance.



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Ten years later, Matthew Garber contracted hepatitis which later affected his pancreas. He died in 1977, at the age of just 21.

Jane Banks – Karen Doltrice

Karen played the elder Banks child when she was 9 years old, and the role was her second acting gig.

The first was The Three Lives of Thomasina, in which she performed alongside Michael Banks’ Matthew Garber.

She was also in The Gnome-Mobile with Garber in 1967, and throughout the 70s was in a number of films and TV programmes including Upstairs, Downstairs and Jackanory.

She made a cameo in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns as ‘Elegant Lady on Cherry Tree Lane’, and appeared in Disney+ docuseries Prop Culture’s episode about Mary Poppins in 2020.

Speaking of her time on Mary Poppins in the Los Angeles Times in 2013, Karen said: “The joy that you see on the screen is the joy we felt.”

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