19 Actors Who Looked Exactly Like Famous People They Played

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People enjoy watching biographical movies and TV shows about important historical figures. These productions tell their stories and actors bring them to life by acting like them. Although finding actors who look like the real person is rare, casting directors have improved and actors also imitate their behavior and voice to make the portrayal more authentic.

1. Ed McVey as Prince William, The Crown

Allstar Picture Library/Mary Evans Picture Library/East News, © The Crown / Netflix

2. Lily James as Pamela Anderson, Pam & Tommy

3. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody

4. Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, The Runaways

Matt Sayles/Invision/AP/East News, © The Runaways / River Road Entertainment

5. Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything

6. Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo, Frida

7. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, I’m Not There

ASSOCIATED PRESS/East News, © I'm Not There / The Weinstein Company

8. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen

LFI/Photoshot/REPORTER/East News, © The Queen / Pathé Renn Production

9. Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, Battle of the Sexes

10. Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti, Final Portrait

11. Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter

Courtesy Everett Collection / East News, © Coal Miner's Daughter / Universal Pictures

12. James Franco as James Dean, James Dean

13. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, Milk

Associated Press/East News, © Milk / Focus Features

14. Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Bohemian Rhapsody

15. Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin, Chaplin

Courtesy Everett Collection / East News, © Chaplin / Le Studio Canal+

16. Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, Bohemian Rhapsody

17. Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla, Selena

18. Eric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

19. Matthew Broderick as Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Glory

Actors who resemble the characters they play have an advantage in bringing their roles to life on screen. It adds authenticity and can be a career-defining moment for them.

Preview photo credit The Crown / Netflix, Allstar Picture Library/Mary Evans Picture Library/East News


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