12 Actors Who Have Played Multiple Roles on the Same TV Show

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We’ve covered actors who have played multiple roles in the same film (ex, Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap, Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill), but playing dual roles isn’t exclusive to the big screen. As evidenced by Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley on The Vampire Diaries, there are a few lucky celebrities who get to test out their acting chops on a more regular basis by playing two (or more) totally different characters season after season.

We’re still pretty stumped as to how actors can play multiple roles on one episode, especially if those two characters are in the same scene. Who can forget Selena Gomez‘s Wizards Return showdown between Good Alex and Bad Alex? Epic! For more actors and actresses who have played more than one role on the same TV show, scroll through our gallery below:


Selena Gomez

Selena plays both Good Alex and Evil Alex on the Wizards of Waverly Place special, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex. During the movie, Good Alex accidentally creates her evil reflection in the mirror, resulting in Evil Alex who ends up shrinking and imprisoning her family.

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Nina Dobrev

Nina doesn't only play Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries, she also plays Amara, Silas, Tatia and the sassy Katherine Pierce. Considering all but Elena are currently in existence, Nina's role's gotten a bit easier, but we'll never forget. Who else can say they've portrayed five people on one show??

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Paul Wesley

Similar to Nina, Paul Wesley plays more than one character on TVD, too. In addition to Stefan Salvatore, he plays Silas and the lesser-known Tom Avery, who's Stefan's doppelgänger, who worked as an EMT. He is also a distant relative to the Salvatore family, which explains his good looks.

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Miley Cyrus

In addition to playing Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on, you know... Hannah Montana, Ms. Cyrus also played her evil cousin, Luann Stewart, who obviously looks exactly like her. During an episode of HM, Luann ties Miley up and disguises her own self as Hannah Montana in an attempt to ruin Hannah's career.

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Jennette McCurdy

On iCarly and Sam & Cat, Jennette played both Sam and Melanie Puckett. Melanie, Sam's identical twin sister, isn't around as much because Sam can't stand her. The two appear together on Season 2 during an episode called "iTwins."

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Alexandra Chando

Long-lost twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer were both played by Alexandra on The Lying Game. The two couldn't be more different, though. Emma was kind-hearted, while Sutton liked to cause trouble. God, how we miss the drama.

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Dove Cameron

On Liv and Maddie, Dove gets to play twins, too. One is a total girly-girl, while the other is a tomboy. Complete opposites being portrayed by the same person has gotta be a tough gig, but somebody's gotta do it, right?

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Kristin Kreuk

Kristin did double-duty on the set of Smallville playing both Lana Lang and Louise McCallum. Louise is Lana's great-aunt, so unfortunately, the two never get to meet each other.

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Phill Lewis

We all know Phill Lewis as Mr. Marion Moseby on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, but he also appeared on one episode as his grandmother, Rose Moseby. Yikes.

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Lisa Kudrow

Lisa played both Phoebe Buffay and her identical twin sister, Ursula Buffay, while filming Friends. Ursula also made an appearance on Mad About You. If the name hasn't given it away, Ursula was pretty rude and hostile toward Phoebe, who was mostly silly and upbeat. It was the most entertaining thing on television.

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Ali Larter

Ah, a triple threat. On Heroes, Ali took on the roles of Niki Sanders, a former Vegas casino worker, Jessica Sanders, Niki's sister who died in 1987, and Tracy Strauss, a former politician adviser. #werk

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Amanda Schull

Amanda played both Sara Kay Evans, Clay Evans' late wife, and Katie Ryan on One Tree Hill. Katie creepily tries to use her uncanny resemblance to Sara in order to attract Clay... which doesn't work.

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    No Orphan Black? Tatiana Maslany plays well over 5 to 6 characters.