17 Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In A TV Role That No One Else Could’ve Played It

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors are so iconic in a TV role that you can’t imagine anyone else playing them. Here are some of our favorite responses:

1. Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls:


“She portrayed her in such an amazing way that I instantly fell in love with her from the start. I can’t imagine anyone else being Lorelai.”

2. Andre Braugher as Capt. Raymond Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine:


“There is no one else on this planet that could ever play a better Captain Raymond Holt. Andre’s comedic delivery is what makes this character amazing, and no one else could’ve done it quite like him.”

3. Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero as Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine:


“OK, so these are two characters working together, but I definitely couldn’t imagine Jake and Amy being played by anyone other than Andy and Melissa. The way they play their characters is so uniquely them that no other actors could even touch what they have created.”

4. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones:


“Whether or not you accept how things on the show ended, Emilia pulled it off with her dedication to the character and her sheer talent. She gave such a moving, memorable, and personally important performance from start to finish.”

5. Steve Carell as Michael Scott on The Office:


“I don’t think anybody could have pulled off the role like he did. Michael was kind of an awful person, but Steve made him have a genuine heart underneath it all.”

6. Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on Friends:


“I literally could not imagine anyone else playing Chandler because Matthew and Chandler are literally one and the same.”

7. Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay on Friends:


“Phoebe was always my favorite character, but I don’t think she would have been nearly as hilarious or lovable if any other actor played her.”

8. Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey:


“I don’t think anyone else could’ve made this character so lovable and funny. If anyone else played her, she might’ve just disappeared in the background and been just a grandmother.”

9. Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec:


“So much of Nick’s own spirit is in the character and those aspects made Ron so special. No other actor could duplicate this role.”

10. Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate on Parks and Rec:


“I don’t think any other actor could’ve played April as well as Aubrey. Her facial expressions were perfect and she had such a unique style of comedy.”

11. Viola Davis as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder:


“Viola gives me literal chills when she portrays Annalise Keating. I don’t think anyone else could’ve brought so much heart and badass attitude like Viola did.”

12. Noel Fisher as Mickey Milkovich on Shameless:


“Noel made Mickey the most beloved character on the show. The character development from a closeted thug to a proud member of the LGBTQ community wouldn’t have been as convincing without Noel’s ability to convey so much emotion with just a smirk and the raise of an eyebrow.”

13. Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on Glee:


“Jane always gave such incredible performances in every episode, and honestly, if the casting directors had picked any other actor for Sue Sylvester, Glee would’ve been a completely different show.”

14. Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir on Community:


“Danny is so unlike Abed in real life, but he manages to capture Abed’s quirky personality perfectly. He made the character what it was.”

15. Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar on Lucifer:


“No one else could have made the devil as charming and human. Tom is so good in this role.”

16. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:


“She portrayed a fun, outgoing high school girl who had to deal with the burden and responsibility of protecting the world. There was a lot of depth to the role, especially as the show progressed. Sarah did a great job capturing all of the pain and loss Buffy had to deal with, while maintaining her strength and sass.”

17. Jodie Comer as Villanelle on Killing Eve:


“Jodie possesses an amazing acting range, which she proves over and over again through her portrayal of Villanelle. She is funny in one second and murderous in the next. I can’t help but fall in love with Villanelle, and I really can’t imagine anyone else portraying her as convincingly as Jodie does.”

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