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    The Cast Of "The Watcher" Vs Their Real Life Counterparts

    How many of the cast mirror real life counterparts?

    The Watcher is a Netflix original miniseries that dropped in October. The series is a fictionalized story about the scary true events surrounding the Broaddus family, who purchase their dream home, 657 Boulevard in June 2014, only to be threatened by disturbing letters from an unknown stalker signed —"The Watcher."

    The story is truly creepy and you can read more about the facts that inspired the series here. 

    Here's what the cast looks like compared to the real-life characters they portrayed...

    🚨Minor spoilers ahead!🚨

    Naomi Watts plays Nora Brannock:

    Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock in The Watcher

    Her character is based on real-life victim, Maria Broaddus:

    Maria Broaddus

    Here's Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock:

    Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in The Watcher

    His character is inspired by the real-life husband, Derek Broaddus:

    Derek Broaddus

    Isabel Gravitt stars as Ellie Brannock:

    Isabel Gravitt as Ellie Brannock in The Watcher

    And Luke David Blumm plays her younger brother, Carter Brannock:

    Luke David Blumm as Carter Brannock

    But, the real Broaddus children were all much younger at the time.

    The real Broaddus family photograph

    Here's Richard Kind and Margo Martindale as Mitch and Maureen (Mo)

    Mitch and Maureen (Mo) in the Watcher sitting on garden chairs

    Their characters are loosely based on the Broaddus family's apparent nosey neighbours:

    Margo Martindale as Mo

    Here's Terry Kinney as Jasper Winslow:

    Terry Kinney as Jasper Winslow in The Watcher

    And Mia Farrow as Pearl Winslow:

    Mia Farrow as Pearl Winslow in The Watcher

    And these two characters are loosely based on real-life neighbours Michael and Abby Langford:

    Suspect stills of Michael Langford and Abby Langford

    This is Michael Nouri as Roger Kaplan:

    Michael Nouri as Roger Kaplan in The Watcher

    And this is Robert Kaplow who Nouri's character is based on:

    Robert Kaplow giving a talk on his book

    Henry Hunter Hall here as Dakota:

    Henry Hunter Hall as Dakota in The Watcher

    BUT the only real thing about his character is the gamer tag.

    Henry Hunter Hall as Dakota in The Watcher

    Joe Mantello takes on the role of John Graff:

    Joe Mantello as John Gaff in The Watcher

    And here's the real-life killer, John List, his character was based on:

    Real life killer John List

    This is Christopher McDonald as Detective Rourke Chamberland:

    Christopher McDonald as Detective Rourke Chamberland in The Watcher

    And this is Noma Dumezweni as Theodora Birch:

    Noma Dumezweni as Theodora Birch in The Watcher

    And this is Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun:

    Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun in The Watcher

    And finally, this is Seth Gabel as Andrew Pierce:

    Seth Gabel as Andrew Pierce in The Watcher

    But all four characters do not actually have real-life counterparts

    Typewriter being used by female hands

    Were you as surprised as I was to see how the cast looked compared to real life counterparts, along with just how many fictionalised characters the show added in?!