30 Biopic Actors and Actresses and Their Real-Life Counterparts

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From political figures like Margaret Thatcher to social network visionary Mark Zuckerberg and rock legend Jim Morrison, there have been a number of famous people who have had biographical movies made about them and the interesting and colorful lives they have led. Several well-known celebrities have starred in these great biopics, but just how accurate is their depiction of these famous historical and cultural figures? With these juxtaposed images of actors and actresses in full costume with the photos of the actual people they are trying to depict, the viewer is able to asses the similarities. For your enjoyment, here are 30 biopic actors and actresses and their real-life counterparts.

1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (John Lennon, Nowhere Boy)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (John Lennon, Nowhere Boy)


2. Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace, Lovelace)

Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace, Lovelace)


3. Anthony Hopkins (Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock)

Anthony Hopkins (Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock)


4. Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs, Jobs)

Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs, Jobs)


5. Ben Kingsley (Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi)

Ben Kingsley (Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi)


6. Bob Dylan (Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There)

Bob Dylan (Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There)


7. Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin)

Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin)


8. Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou in Coco Before Chanel)

Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou in Coco Before Chanel)


9. Denzel Washington (Malcom X, Malcolm X)

Denzel Washington (Malcom X, Malcolm X)


10. Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth, The Queen)

Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth, The Queen)


11. James Dean (James Franco in James Dean)

James Dean (James Franco in James Dean)


12. Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer in The Doors)

Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer in The Doors)


13. Jimi Hendrix (Andre 3000 in All Is By My Side)

Jimi Hendrix (Andre 3000 in All Is By My Side)


14. Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash, Walk the Line)

Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash, Walk the Line)


15. Julia Child (Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia)

Julia Child (Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia)


16. Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett, The Runaways)

Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett, The Runaways)


17. Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar)

Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar)


18. Lindsay Lohan (Elizabeth Taylor, Liz and Dick)

Lindsay Lohan (Elizabeth Taylor, Liz and Dick)


19. Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart)

Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart)


20. Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf, La Vie en rose)

Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf, La Vie en rose)


 

21. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network)

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network)


22. Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady)

Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady)


23. Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman in Invictus)

Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman in Invictus)


24. Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry in Wilde)

Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry in Wilde)


25. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List)

Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson in Schindler's List)


26. Pablo Picasso (Anthony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso)

Pablo Picasso (Anthony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso)


27. Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx in Ray)

Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx in Ray)


28. Reese Witherspoon (June Carter, Walk the Line)

Reese Witherspoon (June Carter, Walk the Line)


29. Salma Hayek (Frida Kahlo, Frida)

Salma Hayek (Frida Kahlo, Frida)


30. Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody in Midnight in Paris)

Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody in Midnight in Paris)

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