Most astonishing visual transformation?


Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 7:28pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,596 posts

Throughout the history of TV, most sitcom characters have been almost identical (visually) to the actors who portray them and I believe the vast majority of actors portraying sitcom characters have been at least a recognisable as their offscreen selves.

However, a number of sitcom characters have borne scant resemblance to their underlying actors.

To illustrate my point, I give you:


On the left, we have Isa Drennan from the utterly sublime Scottish sitcom "Still Game".

At the risk of appearing unwoke, I have to say I most definitely wouldn't.

On the right, we have Isa before she went into the make-up room: the spectacularly talented comedy actress, Jane McCarry.

I shall say no more.

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john tregorran

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 11:40pm
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
  • 831 posts

Caroline Aherne was very attractive I thought,not as Mrs Merton though.


Michael Monkhouse

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 12:53pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 4,409 posts

Phwoar! If she's good enough for Hooky...
Jennifer Saunders is pretty versatile. Did I ever mention Happy Familes?


Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 1:49pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 1,129 posts

Clive Dunn - Corporal Jones
David Jason - Blanco


John M

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 3:34pm
  • Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • 221 posts

Adil Ray as Citizen Khan was quite elaborate, and Sanjeev Kholi in Still Game.


Ivor Hardy

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 3:40pm
  • England
  • 24 posts

Keith Lard
Paul Le Roy
Brian Potter

From Phoenix Nights

Tommy Saxondale

Joan Sims as Gran in "Till death us do part"

And of course. Michael Bates as Rangi Ram in "It ain't half hot mum"

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john tregorran

  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 7:08pm
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
  • 831 posts

Paul Whitehouse had some different characters in the Fast Show too,I think.