23 Times We Didn’t Know These Famous Roles Were Played by the Same Actor

In the movie world, there’re many parallel universes with specific atmosphere and characters, that often become a part of our lives. Behind these stories, there are always real people who create them for us. Actors are the ones who cross into these universes and transform into someone else over the years and decades. They have many identities, and sometimes it leaves us in shock when we fail to recognize them from one film or series to another.

Here at Bright Side we want to welcome you into the sphere of parallel universes. We’ve collected pairs of characters that were surprisingly played by the same person.

1. Hugh Laurie — Mr. Little from Stuart Little and Dr. House from “House M.D.”

2. Julie Walters  Mrs. Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series and Rosie from Mamma Mia!

3. Carla Gugino — Ingrid Cortez from Spy Kids and Olivia from the series The Haunting of Hill House

4. Mckenna Grace — Mary from Gifted and young Theo in the series The Haunting of Hill House

5. Elizabeth Reaser — Esme from the Twilight movies and Shirley from the series The Haunting of Hill House

6. Winona Ryder — Kim from Edward Scissorhands and Joyce from Stranger Things

7. Richard Griffiths — Uncle Vernon from the Harry Potter movies and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

8. Jason Isaacs — Captain Hook from Peter Pan and Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies

9. Gary Oldman — Zorg from The Fifth Element and Sirius Black from the Harry Potter movies

10. Alan Rickman — Harry from Love Actually and Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter movies

11. David Bradley — Argus Filch from the Harry Potter movies and Walder Frey from Game of Thrones

12. Natalia Tena — Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter movies and Osha from Game of Thrones

13. Michiel Huisman — Ellis Jones in The Age of Adaline and Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones

14. Naomie Harris — Tia Dalma from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Madeleine in Collateral Beauty

15. Emma Stone — Wichita from Zombieland and Mia from La La Land

16. Lily James — Cinderella from Cinderella and Young Donna from Mamma Mia 2

17. Nicole Kidman — Grace from Dogville and Atlanna from Aquaman

18. Josh Hutcherson — Jess from Bridge to Terabithia and Peeta from the Hunger Games movies

19. Evangeline Lilly — Kate from the series Lost and Tauriel from the Hobbit movies

20. Dominic Monaghan — Charlie from the series Lost and Merry from the Lord of the Rings movies

21. Scarlett Johansson — Molly in Home Alone 3 and Black Widow in The Avengers

22. Jane Sibbett — Clarice in It Takes Two and Carol from the Friends series

23. Annie Potts — Janine from Ghost Busters and Meemaw in the series Young Sheldon

Which of these shocked you the most? Do you know any other examples of actors’ transformations that turned your world upside-down for a moment? Share with us in comments!

Preview photo credit Stuart Little / Columbia Pictures, House M.D / NBCUniversal Television Distribution

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