The Cast of "Outer Banks" Are Older Than Their Characters and I'm Shook

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Outer Banks is Netflix's latest YA series that has fans on the edge of their seats as a group of friends go on the ultimate treasure hunting adventure that could leave them living large. However, finding the treasure isn't as easy as it seems and despite the fact that these group of young Pogues can basically get away with everything that they want since the island looks down on them, they're getting more attention than they ever did thanks to their new hunt. John B., Kie, JJ, and Pope might be totally young on the show, but that doesn't mean that they're also played by actual teens IRL.

Of course, that is the same with most teen TV shows nowadays. Since the days of Gossip Girl, Glee, and 90210, teens on television have been played by actors in their 20s. While this might have something to do with some of the scenes that these actors shoot, it probably has more to do with labor laws that would prevent them from working a certain amount of hours if they were minors. So, in order to complete production as quickly as possible, older cast members are hired to play teenagers.

But just how much older is the cast of Outer Banks? And what age are they trying to play on the show? Here's everything you need to know about the real ages of the cast of Outer Banks.

Chase Stokes as John B.

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Age: 28

On OBX season 1, John B. is a minor as evidenced by child services coming to put him into foster care due to him not having a guardian in his life. This means that Chase Stokes is about 10 or 11 years older than his character, making him the oldest of the Pogues.

Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Age: 23

This might not be her first Netflix series, but Madelyn is not that much older than her character, Sarah.

Madison Bailey as Kiara "Kie"

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Age: 22

Madison is one of the youngest cast members, but she's only one month older than her co-star Jonathan.

Jonathan Daviss as Pope

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Age: 22

Jonathan celebrated his 22nd birthday back in February and is also the youngest of the Pogues.

Rudy Pankow as JJ

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Age: 22

Rudy is about to turn 23 in August, but he's still feelin' 22 in the show's group for now.

Carlacia Grant as Cleo

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Cleo is a Nassau girl and artful dodger whose world collides with the Pogues. She's played by Carlacia Grant, who turned 21 in January.

Drew Starkey as Rafe Cameron

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix


Rafe is 19 and the eldest son of the Cameron family. Drew is actually 27 IRL, which makes him 8 years older than his character.

Julia Antonelli as Wheezie Cameron

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

You may recognize Julia from shows like W.I.T.s Academy and Every Witch Way. Although she plays Sarah and Rafe's 13-year-old little sis Wheezie on OBX, Julia is actually 18.

Austin North as Topper

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Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

Austin is 23 and plays Topper, a nationally ranked surfer who's also known as the king of the Kooks.

Deion Smith as Kelce

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Photo credit: Netflix

Deion plays Kelce, another Kook who's Topper and Rafe's best friend. While Kelce may be 18 or 19 like the other Kooks, Deion is 25.

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