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When The Secret Garden hit the big screen over 23 years ago, the magical world of young Mary Lennox came to life right before our very eyes. From the fairytale-like English countryside setting to her adventures with Dickon “I can ~talk~ to animals” Sowerby, we would’ve looooved to have lived at Misselthwaite Manor, too.

This was like some Harry Potter-level stuff happening YEARS before the Boy Who Lived.

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And ever since The Secret Garden we’ve kinda low-key hoped every garden we come across IRL is as magical as Mary’s. Of course, they never ARE.

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But it’s been a while since we’ve checked in with IRL Mary, actor Kate Maberly, and spoiler alert: she’s grown up to be a very beautiful and magical adult herself.

For a reminder, here’s Kate as Mary Lennox then.

And here’s Kate now.

Simply gorgeous in this kimono-inspired gown!

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After The Secret Garden Kate acted in a number of English TV series, and you may even remember her playing Wendy in the 2004 film Finding Neverland. Kate has also recently taken a turn behind the camera, demonstrating her talents as a Director.

Here she is with iconic director Penny Marshall at the Hollywood Film Festival.

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Kate’s upcoming projects include an adaptation of the NYT bestseller, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which has Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams attached to star. And it’s no ~secret~ that we can’t wait to see Kate’s handy directorial feature debut!

Congratulations Kate! You’ve truly ~blossomed~ into a magical woman.