Jurassic Park 2 star Vanessa Lee Chester unrecognisable 25 years after playing Dr Ian Malcolm’s daughter

VANESSA Lee Chester was one of the biggest stars of Jurassic Park's sequel but you might not recognise her now.

She played Kelly Curtis, the stowaway daughter of Dr Ian Malcolm – one of Jeff Goldblum's most iconic roles.


The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in 1997, a hugely-anticipated sequel to the 1993 smash hit.

The plot follows Dr Malcolm as he heads to a second island full of cloned dinosaurs, only to discover his daughter has managed to sneak her way along for the journey.

Vanessa got the coveted role after supporting parts in Alfonso Cuarón's A Little Princess in 1995 and the Nickelodeon film Harriet the Spy in 1996.

In fact it was a meeting with director Steven Spielberg at the premiere of A Little Princess that started the ball rolling for her future casting in the Jurassic Park sequel.

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The difference in skin colour – between Kelly and Dr Malcolm – is never addressed in the film.

The only thing viewers are told is that Kelly was left by her mother when the couple separated.

Since her Jurassic Park outing, Kelly has mostly worked in television.

Eagled-eyed fans will have noted her appearances in Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother and Welcome to Sandition.

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The star is currently busy promoting her new film, Pretty Problems, directed by Kestrin Pantera.

It's described as a comedy about the heady lives of the wealthy and privileged.



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