Haunting Of Bly Manor Fans Can’t Believe Uncle Henry Is The Kid From E.T.

by : Emily Brown on : 19 Oct 2020 18:43
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It’s been more than a week since The Haunting of Bly Manor was released on Netflix and the series continues to blow people’s minds with fans just now realising that Uncle Henry is the same actor as Elliott,  the child from E.T. 

The creepy series will probably end up tainting a lot of childhood memories, because the fact that the not-so-‘perfectly splendid’ Flora is played by the same actor as the bubbly Peppa Pig already sent many viewers into a tail-spin.


Fans will probably never be able to hear Peppa speak without picturing Flora and her chilling antics now, but Netflix users got another blow recently when people started to realise that Uncle Henry and Elliott from the beloved 1982 film are one and the same.

Okay, E.T didn’t fly on the front of a bicycle pedalled by the man who looks after Bly Manor and the orphaned children, but the two characters are brought to life by the same man – actor Henry Thomas.

Henry Thomas Bly ManorNetflix

When you compare pictures of the two it’s fairly easy to see how a young Thomas grew up from the boy in E.T. to the haunted uncle in Bly Manor, but that doesn’t make the revelation any less surprising.

One fan wrote:

okay I’m behind but Henry Thomas on Hill House/Bly Manor is ELLIOTT ON ET!?! It JUST clicked as I’m halfway into Bly Manor.

Another commented:


Way to feel old. Can’t believe Henry from the dreadful Haunting of Bly Manor is also Elliot from ET

It’s already got ghosts waiting to pounce and mysterious storylines waiting to be told – how many more secrets can Bly Manor keep?


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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Film and TV, Now, The Haunting Of Bly Manor