15 Movie Stars Who Became Iconic for Playing Real-Life Characters

True, an actor portraying a real-life character is expected to appear like them. Even if they aren’t a twin of the person they play, some actors become so immersed in their roles that they begin to resemble them. Their ability to emulate the person’s voice, actions, and gestures can bring them back to life. When we add superb hair and makeup to the mix, the resemblance is frequently astounding.


1. Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown

2. James Franco as James Dean in James Dean

3. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

4. Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator

5. Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida

6. Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy

7. Sherilyn Fenn as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story


8. Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

9. Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite

10. Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie

11. Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech

12. Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso in Surviving Picasso

13. Saoirse Ronan as Queen Mary Stuart in Mary Queen of Scots


14. Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy

15. Ingrid Bergman as Joan of Arc in the 1948 movie Joan of Arc

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