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    21 Actors Who Played Two Totally Different Characters On The Same TV Show Or Movie

    One actor played four different roles on Game of Thrones!

    1. Michaela Coel in Black Mirror.

    Netflix

    Michaela Coel, best known for writing and starring in Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You, has appeared twice on Black Mirror. She played Shania Lowry in "USS Callister" and an airline stewardess in "Nosedive."

    2. Amy Adams in Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

    20th Century Studios

    For most of the movie, Amy Adams plays a wax sculpture of Amelia Earhart who has a surprising amount of chemistry with Larry (Ben Stiller's character). In the very last scene, Amy Adams portrays another character, a human named Tess. The movie implies that Tess and Larry will eventually get together.

    3. Donald Glover in Atlanta.

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    Donald Glover normally plays Earn, a Princeton dropout-turned music manager. In the episode "Teddy Perkins", he also portrayed the attempted murderer Teddy Perkins in heavy prosthetics.

    4. Warwick Davis in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Warner Bros.

    Warwick Davis portrayed both the charming Professor Flitwick and the intimidating banker Griphook in the first Harry Potter film.

    5. Karen Gillian in Doctor Who.

    BBC Studios

    Karen Gillian played a soothsayer in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii" before being cast as Amy Pond, the eleventh Doctor's primary companion.

    6. Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who.

    BBC Studios

    Peter Capaldi also appeared in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii" before landing a leading role on Doctor Who. Before being cast as the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi played Caecilius, a sculptor who the eleventh Doctor saves from Mount Vesuvius. Peter also appeared in Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off, as John Frobisher.

    7. Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who.

    BBC Studios

    In the second season of Doctor Who, Freema Agyeman played a technician who falls victim to the Cybermen. She later plays Martha Jones, the second companion of the tenth Doctor. The show justified the double casting by saying that Martha Jones and the technician are cousins.

    8. Ian Whyte in Game of Thrones.

    HBO

    Actor and stuntman Ian Whyte played multiple roles throughout Game of Thrones. He appeared as a white walker, as Ser Gregor Clegane, as Dongo the Doomed (a wildling giant), and as Wun Wun (yet another wildling giant).

    9. Dean-Charles Chapman in Game of Thrones.

    HBO

    Dean-Charles played not one, but two dead Lannisters in Game of Thrones. He made his GOT debut as Martyn Lannister, a squire who gets murdered by Rickard Karstark. One year later, he appeared on the show as Tommon Baratheon.

    10. Seth Meyers in The Mindy Project.

    Hulu

    In the second episode of The Mindy Project, Seth played Matt, a one episode love interest for Mindy. In the fourth season, Seth Meyers made another appearance, this time playing himself.

    11. Jason Issacs in Peter Pan.

    Universal Pictures

    Jason Issacs got to show off his range by playing both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook. Having one actor play both of those characters is somewhat of a tradition in the film and stage productions of Peter Pan.

    12. Hayden Panetierre Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

    NBC

    Hayden Panetierre had played two memorable characters in SVU. As a child, she portrayed Ashley Austin Black, the neglected daughter of two famous musicians. Four seasons later, she played Angela Agnelli, a prostitute-turned-murderer.

    13. Paget Brewster in Community.

    NBC, Yahoo! Screen

    Before landing a main role as Frankie, Paget Brewster played an IT employee in the episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking."

    14. Rose Abdoo in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.

    Netflix

    Rose Abdoo reprised her role as Gypsy in the Gilmore Girls sequel. She also portrayed Berta, Emily Gilmore's newest maid.

    15. Queen Latifah in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    NBC

    In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's first season, Queen Latifah portrayed a bossy actor who hires Hilary to be her assistant. The very next season, she played Dee Dee Williams, a funny girl who goes on a blind date with Will.

    16. Kali Rocha in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    The WB, UPN

    Kali Rocha made her Buffy debut as Cecily, the first woman Spike ever fell in love with. Later, she had a much larger role as Halfrek, a vengeance demon. The show eventually decided to retcon Cecily to be one of Halfrek's aliases, combining the two characters.

    17. Jeremy Bulloch in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

    20th Century Studios

    While Jeremy Bulloch is most well-known for his portrayal of Boba Fett, he also played Lieutenant Sheckil, an Imperial Officer, in the second Star Wars film.

    18. Alfre Woodard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Netflix

    Luke Cage and Captain America: Civil War take place in the same fictional universe, but that didn't stop Alfre Woodard from playing two different characters. In Civil War, she plays Miriam Sharp. In Luke Cage, she plays Mariah Dillard.

    19. Kenneth Choi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing.

    Kenneth Choi made his Marvel debut as Jim Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger. In Spiderman: Homecoming, he played Principal Morita – Jim Morita's grandson.

    20. Doug Jones in Pan's Labyrinth.

    Picturehouse

    Doug Jones is known for his unmatched ability to play non-human characters in heavy prosthetics, so it's no coincidence that Guillermo Del Torro cast Doug as both the Faun and the Pale Man.

    21. Doug Jones in Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

    Universal Pictures

    Doug Jones played multiple supernatural creatures in another Guillermo Del Torro film. In the second Hellboy movie, he played Abe Sapien, the Angel of Death, and Chamberlain.

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