When selecting the cast for a biopic, or biographical movie, the director must walk a fine line between selecting someone for their physical similarity vs. selecting them for having the thespian talent required to play the part. Here's a list of actors who definitely succeeded on the physical similarity side of things.


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It's not just the actor who does all the work – casting experts and makeup artists also play a huge role in making these famous figures come to life on the big screen.

Many consider biopics to be some of the most difficult and rewarding roles in Hollywood. Most historical figures have a wealth of information available about them, and it is the actor's job to understand and embody all of this available information, all while portraying a historical figure that many people may have strong feelings about.

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#2 Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

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MaxineMancusoDeVries 2 years ago

Perfect match and excellent performance.

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#5 Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

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jennifer4kid 2 years ago

Not that close, but Morgan is a great actor in any part he plays

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#7 Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

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DianaPrice 2 years ago

Ashton wins my vote for closest lookalike for sure!

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#9 Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

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ShannonJordan 2 years ago

Other than being older black men, they don't really look that much alike.

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#11 Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

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AngelHu 2 years ago

I think she played it very well. I'm not a fan of JLo, but I loved her in this.

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#14 Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy

Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy

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AnnaConstantinova 2 years ago

Gary Oldman - Yes! But Chloe Webb definitely older and not that type of... of everything. I mean tottaly unsimilar.

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#15 Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

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StephenESims 2 years ago

I know my eyesight isnt as good as it used to be, but im sure Hellen Merron looks nothing like the Queen,, To Slim and To Young.

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#18 Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

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KarenCarty 2 years ago

Several of these are amazingly close.

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