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  • George 1978
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    I have been watching loads of episodes of The Bill online and cross-referencing the IMDB via the credits. One actress played five parts over the years, and it's amazing that they all look like five different women onscreen!

    Does anyone seem to get smitten by one episode wonder guest characters, wondering what would have happened to them, and wanting to see more of them?

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  • George 1978
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    MFS was on either Naked Video or KYTV (or perhaps both), and is most remembered (as far as I am concerned) for appearing in the Room 426 episode of Mr Bean - that scene where Bean "mirrors" him when he is pouring water from a jug and sipping it before eating at the hotel is brilliant.

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  • davidthomas27
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    Here's one of them - Michael Fenton Stevens.

    https://www.facebook.com/michael.f.stevens.7

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  • George 1978
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    Not to be confused with Paul Bown of Watching fame, who appeared in the Examination Hall scene in the very fist Mr Bean episode, and I kept thinking his name was Paul Brown.

    Sally "sister of Kimberley" Walsh is another one of my favourite actresses as well.

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  • George 1978
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    Prisoner: Cell Block H were full of them, although the actors are not too famous in Britain - according to Who's Who in Wentworth, Arthur Barradel-Smith always played judges; Telford Jackson played police sergeants and the odd solicitor; Peter Sinclair played detectives, although to be fair, Australia has a very limited number of available actors on their books. Where else would you get a court jury scene with just six members deliberating on a case?

    I assume that it was the same Paul Brooke who appeared in the Mr Bean library sketch which was an extra on the first Mr Bean video?

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  • Semi42
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    Originally posted by Pussywillow View Post
    Semi-inspired by the 'actors you can't stand' thread, I thought I'd start a new topic, not necessarily for actors you don't like, but actors who seem to be in EVERYTHING, usually as the same sort of character. You know the sort - IT'S HIM/HER AGAIN.

    Here's an example. Everybody knows this face he's been in dramas all over the TV for years and I reckon he does voice overs for commercials too, with that northern drawl of his.

    It's not the best photo I could find of him, but just look at his cv we all know his face but who knows his name ?

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178674/...ttfc_fc_cl_i12

    It’s this guys distinctive voice that gets me, he’s in the archers playing a character that’s nearly identical to the one he plays in coronation street

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  • amethyst
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    Clare Goose blonde British actress was a detective in Waking the Dead then when I started to watch the Coroner she was in the coastal Devon series and I was trying to picture where have I seen you before and I cracked it.Waking the dead with Trevor Eve & Sue Johnson

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  • George 1978
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    Casualty, Holby City, and Doctors are often places where one finds actors who become someone else a few years after their previous appearances, and despite Holby City being a spin-off of Casualty, very few guest actors play the same character in both.

    It's fun to look an actress' IMDB page and see how many different character names they have played and been called - she's been a Laura, a Sarah twice, an Amanda, a Lisa, etc...

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  • George 1978
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    I have been watching random 1990s episodes of The Bill on YouTube and it is fascinating to see various guest actors in episodes who are relatively obscure when it comes to fame and recognition. One thing I often do is note down the character and actor from the end credits than go onto the IMDB and type the actor's name in, and quite often I find that the same actor has played possibly four different characters in the series over the years, usually a couple of years in between appearances. It is fascinating to see the same actor play different characters over the years who have different names and have no connection to any other character played by the same actor or any storyline.

    One actress I researched via YT and IMDB played a prostitute in one episode and a year later the same actress played a single mother with no association or connection to her previous appearance. I think that because the actress wasn't too famous just like a lot of actors on the show, the appearances had allowed her to become incognito over time, and only those who were extremely observant and have a good memory for faces and names would remember the previous appearance that she had made - and those with IMDB access which of course didn't exist in the early 1990s. A character name from a previous appearance can stick in the mind for future characters played, and can feel as if it is an alternative or deputy name for the actor.

    I think that it can be up to the viewer to decide who were are seeing in an episode - an actor or a character. Mind you, going back to actors wanting to be interviewed in character, it almost feels to me that Keith Lemon is actually Leigh Francis' stage name rather than a character name.

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  • beccabear67
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    American born Ed Bishop did a lot of voice work, he was the Commander Straker character in UFO and also the voice of the Captain Blue puppet before that.

    There was one actor I never quite managed to remember the name who was a second-banana is various series, Goodnight Sweetheart, Last Detective maybe, was in Bread, but maybe just different guys who looked similar?

    Ian Hendry seems to have been in a lot of older shows I run across.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Richard1978
    I remember a lot of action film trailers used to be voiced by the same deep voiced actor. I think he was Canadian and died a few years ago but his name escapes me.
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    I know who you mean - he used to voice cinema adverts for new film releases back in the 1980s, saying things at the end such as: "at a cinema near you from Friday - certificate PG", or something to that effect. I think he was called Bill someone and died had many years ago. I am almost certain that he used to say "the big one" in the early 1980s Texas Homecare adverts as well - similar voice if not the same person doing them.

    There are also actors who refuse to be seen out of character - Barry Humphries and even Steve Coogan during his early career were two of them - some of them refused to be interviewed unless in character. Even Warren Mitchell resisted unless he was appearing as Alf Garnett. And it can be quite a shock to see Brendan O'Carroll when he isn't in drag as Agnes Brown as well.

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  • George 1978
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    It happens a lot more when it comes to voiceovers, usually on adverts or on the radio - back in the 1980s and 1990s one tended to hear familiar voiceovers on adverts, (and you are so familiar with that voice), but you end up racking your brains trying to put a name to the voice. Gary Watson and Michael Jayston had familiar voices but I wouldn't have known the names of them both. On the other hand, Richard Briers and Chris Tarrant did the same thing, but they were obviously famous enough to be recognised - they did voiceovers but were famous for reasons other than that.

    There was this actor who wore glasses and appeared in various adverts in the mid 1980s such as ones for McDougall's Self-raising flour and Appletize - I have a feeling that he was one of Benny Hill's supporting straight men on his shows and that he was more of a comedian rather than an actor, but I cannot think of his name. I have a feeling that he is no longer with us, and he does have a familiar name to us, but the putting two things together is the difficult thing here.

    If you talk about actors playing the same character, it's amazing looking on the IMDB how various actors seem to just play police officers, doctors or vicars - what I would refer to as "the Derek Nimmo factor" (as he always seemed to play men of the cloth). Slightly controversially, some Asian actors seem to be heavily stereotyped when looking at their entries: "corner shop owner", "taxi driver", "Mr Patel", "Mr Khan" etc. No coincidence that half of Norman Wisdom's characters were called Norman, and Sidney James played a lot of Sids.

    If I am not familiar with an actor's name then I will just refer to them by their character's name in an affectionate way, especially those who are in soap operas because in those programmes, the characters end up becoming a lot more famous than the actors who play them, and so that their character name feels a lot more like a stage name in the long run.

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  • Actors who seem to be in everything but you've no idea what their name is

    Semi-inspired by the 'actors you can't stand' thread, I thought I'd start a new topic, not necessarily for actors you don't like, but actors who seem to be in EVERYTHING, usually as the same sort of character. You know the sort - IT'S HIM/HER AGAIN.

    Here's an example. Everybody knows this face he's been in dramas all over the TV for years and I reckon he does voice overs for commercials too, with that northern drawl of his.

    It's not the best photo I could find of him, but just look at his cv we all know his face but who knows his name ?

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178674/...ttfc_fc_cl_i12


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