Charmed ran for a lengthy eight seasons, and not even the power of three could prevent the Halliwell sisters from aging as the years went by. With no disrespect intended to the currently airing Charmed reboot on The CW – soon headed into its third season – it seems unlikely that show will manage to hit the heights of popularity enjoyed by the original version. Statistically, most TV shows are lucky to get a second season, much less run for nearly a decade.
That’s even despite a major cast change partway through, when Shannen Doherty left Charmed amid reports of fights with her co-stars, particularly Alyssa Milano. Losing a lead character can be rip for a TV show, but Charmed kjlled off Prue and subbed in Rose McGowan’s Paige, and most fans really didn’t seem to mind. That wasn’t necessarily the case when Charmed tried to shove in Kaley Cuoco’s Billie during season 8, but one can’t win them all, and Cuoco went on to huge fame on The Big Bang Theory anyway.
While all four sisters appeared perpetually youthful throughout Charmed‘s run, father time comes for everyone, and sister witches are no different. Here’s how old Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige were at the beginning and end of the classic series.
Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty)
Following Prue’s death at the end of Charmed season 4, her obituary confirmed her birth date as being October 28, 1970. Charmed always appeared to be taking place in the real time when it aired – sans trips through of time of course – so that places Prue at 27-years-old when the show premiered on October 7, 1998, just shy of turning 28. Prue’s final episode aired on May 17, 2001, meaning she was kjlled at the tragically young age of 30.
Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs)
The second-oldest Charmed One, Piper’s birth date was confirmed onscreen by a parchment scroll the sisters found containing their entire family tree. Piper was born on August 7, 1973, making her 25-years-old in the series premiere, “Something Wicca This Way Comes.” That puts Piper at 32 when the series finale, “Forever Charmed,” aired on May 21, 2006.
Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano)
The youngest of the original Charmed Ones trio, Phoebe’s birth date according to the family tree parchment is November 2, 1975. That means Phoebe was only 22-years-old when Charmed premiered in 1998. When the show ended in 2006, Phoebe was 30.
Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan)
Paige is the younger half-sister of Prue, Piper, and Phoebe, introduced to replace Prue after her rip. Paige’s debut episode aired on October 4, 2001, and her official birth date is August 2, 1977. That puts her at 24-years-old when she first appeared on Charmed, and 28-years-old in the series finale.