Tiffany ‘Pensatucky’ Doggett
Tiffany Doggett is better known on Orange is the New Black as ‘Doggett’, but did you know that the producers of the show were so sure they wanted Taryn Manning for the part that they didn’t even ask her to audition? Of course, the horrible teeth are fake, but Taryn is also usually a blonde off camera. While she started out as one of the ‘bad guys’ of the hit prison show, if you’re all caught up you’ll know we’ve now grown to love her, and her character has come a long way.
Orange is the New Black might be what Taryn Manning is the most famous for, but it’s not her first role by any means. You might have spotted her starring alongside Britney Spears in the hit movie Crossroads, which was created by Shonda Rhimes! She is also a pop star, and the song Send Me Your Love was a number one hit in the US. If you’re a fan of Sons of Anarchy, you’ll have seen her starring in that show, too.
Gilly is a firm favorite in the world of Game of Thrones, playing a young wildling who lives beyond the Wall. While she seems soft and fragile, she has far more curiosity than intellectual ability. We’ve fallen in love with her as she fell for Samwell Tarly. Who didn’t well up when they bonded over their awful pasts, and when she named her own son Sam, in gratitude for all his help. What will Gilly and Sam hear when they get news from beyond the Wall?
Of course, Hannah Murray was not a new actress when she was cast as Gilly, and most people will remember her from Skins, when she played Cassie Ainsworth. She was even one of the only original cast who was chosen to come back for the latest season, and one of the actresses who won a BAFTA for her role in the show. She is also a theater actress, performing in Martine, a play in London, Off West End.
Bernadette is one of the main cast members of The Big Bang Theory, after being introduced in the second season. We are now on season eleven, and Howard and Bernadette are married with one baby and another on the way! Her character is shrill, and often angry, made more hilarious by her short and sweet looks! She always wears similar clothes, fifties style dresses, warm sweaters, and her trademark dark glasses.
Those glasses are just for show, as when she walks off camera, they disappear! While she looks like the same person, Melissa’s style is completely different off screen, and here she is looking a lot more herself. She is known for her impressions and voices, working on animated series, and mimicry jobs. She was listed in the Maxim Hot 100, making it funny that in the show her and Amy play Penny’s less good looking friends.
While her real character name is Suzanne Warren, you might know her better at Crazy Eyes! Orange is the New Black just wouldn’t be the same without this incredible character, who has warmed the hearts of so many since season one. Known for her violent tendencies and crazy behaviour, she used to be a loner but is now one of Tastee’s gang. Her back story was one of the ones which moved us to tears and we hope there is a happily ever after in her future.
A role model for girls everywhere, Uzo has given her share of motivatio0nal talks since she became a star. She is one of the most critically acclaimed characters on the show, and has won Emmy awards for both Comedy and Drama thanks to this incredibly versatile role. While she has some theatre experience, this is Uzo’s first serious TV role, but we would guess it won’t be her last. What an incredibly talented actress.
For many, one of the breakout stars of the hit show Mad Men, Peggy Olson was both likeable and one to hate over the six seasons of the show. The mystery surrounding her baby, and the ambitious way she defied her gender in the 60’s to push for the career she wanted made her many people’s favorite character in the show. She has a total transformation from wide eyed girl, through a mans world, and out the other side as a successful and confident woman.
As well as Mad Men, Elizabeth Moss is known for The Handmaiden’s Tale, as both a starring actress and a producer. She won two Emmy awards for the show, one for Lead Actress, and one for Outstanding Drama Series. She wasn’t short of awards for her role as Peggy Olson either, with six Emmy nominations, plus two Screen Actors Guild awards. Many say that Peggy was her break out role, and she’s set for life now as an actress.
Helen Van Maele
Skinhead Helen is one of the white supremacists at Litchfield Prison, in Orange is the New Black. She is one of the characters who is brought to the fore in season four of the hit Netflix show, when lead female Piper accidentally starts a white supremacy group. Her identifying features are the star tattoos on her face, and her shaved head, but what does she look like when she ditches the character of Helen and steps off camera?
With a goal to be famous from a young age, Francesca worked hard for her career, training with the American Musical and Dramatics Academy. While she does have a shaved head, which she does specifically for her part in the show, she wears wigs off screen, all different kinds, including some colourful hats! She is 23 years old, and just at the start of her career. And yes, it takes many hours to get those “tattoos” just right each time!
Dr Amy Farrah Fowler
According to Big Bang Theory folklore, the fans were desperate for Dr Sheldon Cooper to be given a love interest, so the writers cast Mayim Bialik to play the incredibly popular Dr Amy Farrah Fowler. While she started as a stilted and awkward character, much like her boyfriend, she blossomed (pun intended) into the Amy we know and love today, a talented microbiologist, best friend to Penny and Bernadette, and fiancée to Sheldon.
Mayim has been in the limelight since childhood, acting in popular show Blossom as a kid, and then winning awards for her role in Beaches in 1988. She then took time off acting to get some academic qualifications, did you know that she really does have a PhD in neuroscience, just like her on screen alter ego? She has been in the Big Bang Theory for more than half a decade, and is now one of the main characters, and has a handful of Emmy nominations for her role as Amy.
Strangers with Candy was one of the biggest successes of the 2000’s on Comedy Central, and it starred Amy Sedaris as the hilarious Jerri Blank. Her character is a 46 year old women, who goes back to be a high-school freshman. She believes she looks great, and blends in perfectly, but the true result of all her make up and wigs is slightly off the mark! Amy Sedaris needed quite a bit of work to look this awful, as you’re about to see!
David Sedaris’s younger sister is equally famous as her author brother, and she has been in countless parts over the past few decades. While Jerri might be the most memorable, it’s not her most famous role. She is currently starring as BoJack Horseman in the part of Princess Carolyn. She is also known for being the voice of Cinderella in the Shrek movies. There was talk of her having her own sitcom about a decade ago, but it never happened.
Well, you could probably guess that this Klingon will look a little different in real life, seeing as she’s played by a human. (Sorry, spoiler alert.) B’Elanna is a character from Star Trek Voyager, who starts as a young outsider, but works her way up to be the Chief Engineer of the ship. She married a human on the show, Tom Paris and they have one child, who they name after the mother of B’Elanna, also a Klingon.
When Roxann first got the part of B’Elanna Torres in the Star Trek franchise, they wanted her to look even more pronouncedly Klingon than she ended up being. They were going to use Klingon teeth which would have been uncomfortable as well as ugly looking. Roxann asked whether they would mind losing the fake teeth, helping her look more attractive and definitely feeling more comfortable. The show agreed, and the rest is history.
Arrested Devlopment is one of the most loved comedies, and one of the most popular characters is Kitty Sanchez! She plays the assistant and the lover of George Bluth, and tried to use the information she had gleaned from that position to blackmail the family, and not just once! She takes those famous glasses off when she’s trying to be seductive, and is known for overestimating quite how appealing she is to the opposite sex!
An incredible comic actress, Judy has been in other sitcoms, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Californication with David Duchovny. With her red hair, and no glasses in sight, you would be forgiven for not realizing that she is the actress who plays Kitty Sanchez, as her personality is very different as well! You might have seen her in Ant-Man, back in 2015, so look out for her again in the sequel!
Ugly Betty Suarez
You had to know that this one was coming up on this list! Ugly Betty is one of the most famous faces in TV, in her twenties, and walking around with a terrible haircut, awful braces, and those famously thick glasses! She has a seriously tragic taste in fashion choices, and is constantly the butt of people’s jokes for… well, everything about her! She manages to create friends who keep her head held high, and she navigates the confusing world she lives in with (mostly) good grace.
Gorgeous America Ferrera couldn’t look more different from her on-screen character, Ugly Betty. Beautiful flowing locks with highlights and style, no glasses in sight, and of course-no braces, America was not chosen for the part based on ugly looks, that’s for sure! She won an incredible three awards for her role as Betty in one calendar year, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, too.
NCIS: Los Angeles is full of smart and strong characters, and Nell Jones is no different. She’s young, fierce, and manages to help others whenever possible. We only scratch the surface of her character, finding out that she has hidden talents such as the ability to read Arabic, as well as Spanish. The tension between her and her co-worker Eric is pretty frustrating, as he clearly has the hots for her adorable red pixie cut.
Renee Felice Smith
Renee has been acting since she was a child, but most people probably don’t remember her first part, in a commercial for Danone Yogurt! NCIS Los Angeles is definitely her biggest part, where she can boast sharing screen time with Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, amongst others. She started as a recurring guest star, and then impressed the writers and producers enough to be promoted to be a regular cast member.
Borg Seven, of Nine
Some acting parts don’t sound glamorous, but they are worth doing for the exposure! We bet when Jeri Ryan was asked to be on Star Trek Voyager, she wasn’t exactly crossing her fingers to get the part as a Borg! But she made her mark in the show, especially with her memorable metallic headgear, and her jumpsuit. Here she is in her outfit for the show, but what does she look like once she’s back in her regular clothes?
Jeri managed to win a Saturn Award for her role in Star Trek: Voyager. If you haven’t heard of these awards, they are specifically for actors who do well in science fiction, including horror and fantasy. While they might not be as prestigious as an Emmy award, it’s certainly nice to be appreciated as an actor in your field! Ryan went from strength to strength after her role as Borg 7, appearing as Ronnie Cooke in Boston Public, a much more glam role, you’ll have to agree.
You’re probably looking at the most famous child star of the moment, as Stranger Things is the absolute hit of the year, since it came out on Netflix, hoisting Winona Ryder back to fame, and a whole slew of child actors along with her. Eleven plays the paranormal star of the show, who is capable of incredible things with the power of her mind. She is always at the center of the action, and has helped make the show such a success.
Millie Bobby Brown
At only 13 years old, Millie Bobby Brown has astounded audiences with her incredible ability in Stranger Things, and was nominated for an Emmy, too. Many people said they would turn off season two if she wasn’t brought back to the show, after an ambiguous ending to the first season! She was known for her psychic powers, her nosebleeds, and of course, her love of Eggo’s! In 2019, she will be gracing the silver screen in the Godzilla sequel.
Being the hired help often means fading into the background, and Downton Abbey’s Daisy Mason knows that better than most. She is incredibly shy, and easy to take advantage of, which unfortunately, many other characters do! It’s easy to miss the actress’s good looks, as she is wearing an unflattering costume every episode, including an old-fashioned bonnet and an apron. Eventually, Daisy becomes an assistant to Mrs Patmore, the cook.
There’s nothing Sophie wanted to do more than become an actress, and so she’s worked her whole life to make that dream into a reality. At the age of 12, she got her first role on the London stage, and then was cast in Waterloo Road, before Downton Abbey was even a thought in her mind. Once she managed to grab the role of Daisy Mason though, her fame was set in stone, and the rest has become history.
If you’ve watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you can’t have missed Margaret McPoyle. She’s kind of unfortunate, not just in the looks department, being both deaf and mute. She’s the sister of the McPoyle brothers, and one of 15 siblings, yikes! Not alone amongst the crowd, her brothers and sisters also look pretty awful, with unibrows, eczema, and acne galore. One of her most surprising storylines was her love scene with Mac!
Is there nothing that make up artists and hair stylists can’t do? Thesy Surface would never be able to convince people in a million years that her alter ego is the hideous Margaret McPoyle on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and yet, that’s exactly who she is! Born in Chicago, the actress spent most of her youth in England, and worked on the London stage before getting this break out role. She might be stepping away from acting, thinking about becoming a writer instead.
Many people would wince when they first see Pepper, on American Horror Story. Her character has microcephaly, which explains the frightening appearance, but many people don’t believe what she looks like off screen. The character is the first one in the show to star in more than one season, giving viewers a chance to learn a lot more about her history and backstory. When actress Naomi Grossman arrived to audition, she didn’t know what she was trying out for.
As you can see, gorgeous Naomi Grossman looks nothing like Pepper, and of course does not suffer from microcephaly. She did commit to the role completely though, shaving her head, something which many actresses would find extremely tough, even for such an important part. Naomi is a comedian as well as an actress, working with the Groundlings improvisation group, who are based in Los Angeles.