Julie Andrews in 1951, aged 16 singing with live orchestra at the BBC. Mediadrumimages / TopFoto / Retronaut

By Liana Jacob


RETRO PHOTOGRAPHS capture behind-the-scene moments of JULIE ANDREWS when she was just SIXTEEN – the same age as LIESL from The Sound of Music.

Endearing images have been unleashed from the fifties that demonstrate Julie Andrews’ innocent nature pouring herself a cup of tea, in a caravan reading a book to one of her possible siblings and riding her bicycle.

Julie Andrews in 1951, aged 16 at the piano with music score and pencil. Mediadrumimages / TopFoto / Retronaut

The black and white pictures also show the actress and singer showing off her impeccable vocals while sitting at a piano, writing music with a pencil and singing with a live orchestra at the BBC.

Julie Andrews in 1951, aged 16 at the door of the caravan she used whilst touring in pantomime. Mediadrumimages / TopFoto / Retronaut

The incredible images shed light on her dedication to the arts with one of her singing with her mother, Barbara Ward Wells and her stepfather Ted Andres, while another shows her in the BBC studio next to ventriloquist artist, Peter Brough, and his doll Archie Andrews.

Julie Andrews in 1951, aged 16 dancing. Mediadrumimages / TopFoto / Retronaut

Around 13 years later two of her most famous roles came to life with Mary Poppins, followed by The Sound of Music a year later in March 1965, where she played Maria Von Trapp. She has since had a very successful career in acting, more recently with her role as Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway.