Here are a list of my favorite TV characters from the shows I've seen. I'm well aware that there's not so many women on the list but when I thought about it most of my favorite characters are men :)
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ As Michael Scott in The Office US ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Having grown up in Houston, and its northern suburb of Spring, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6. Parsons then went on to study theater at the University of Houston. From there he won a place on a two-year Masters course in classical theater at the University of San Diego/The Old Globe Theater, graduating in 2001...
“ As Sheldon Cooper in The big bang theory ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Rainn Wilson lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn
(Big Cats), and his son, Walter McKenzie Wilson who was born in 2004. He grew up in Seattle, Washington but graduated from New Trier H.S. in Winnetka, Illinois. After attending both Tufts University and the University of Washington...
“ As Dwight Schrute in The Office US ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with his older brother of 3 years...
“ As Barney Stinson in How I met your mother ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Kaley Christine Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to Layne Ann (Wingate) and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. She is of Italian (father) and German and English (mother) descent. A model and commercial actress from the age of 6, Cuoco's first major role was in the TV movie Quicksand: No Escape
with Donald Sutherland
and Tim Matheson
“ As Penny in The big bang theory ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Like his fellow Winnipegger, Anna Paquin
, Daniel was born in Winnipeg and moved to New Zealand at a young age. His parents were involved in the medical profession.
“ As Elijah Mikaelson in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Janice (Styons), a guidance counselor, and William Carlyle Hall, who worked for IBM. Michael is a graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. He is known for the titular character "Dexter" in Dexter
and as mortician "David Fisher" in Six Feet Under
“ As Dexter Morgan in Dexter ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Emilia Clarke is a British actress. She was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Her father is a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3...
“ As Daenerys Targaryen in Game of thrones ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange
and Alec Baldwin
“ As Tony Soprano in The Sopranos ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister Rachael MacFarlane
, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ As Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin and Peter Griffin in Family Guy ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ As Buffy Summers in Buffy the vampire slayer ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist...
“ As Damon Salvatore in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Candice Rene King (née Accola) (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for portraying the role of Caroline Forbes on The CW's The Vampire Diaries. Candice King was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (Clark), who was an environmental engineer before becoming a homemaker...
“ As Caroline Forbes in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Tom Welling is probably best known for playing Clark Kent on the hit television series Smallville
. He was born Thomas Joseph Welling in Putnam Valley, New York, to Bonnie and Thomas Welling, who is a retired executive for General Motors. He has a younger brother, Mark Welling
, who is also an actor, and two older sisters. Both of his parents are of German descent...
“ As Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El in Smallville ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Multi-talented Jason Jordan Segel was born in Los Angeles, California, where he was raised by his parents, Jillian (Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin Segel, a lawyer. His mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and his father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. He was educated at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades...
“ As Marshall Eriksen in How I met your mother ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Yvonne was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. Shortly afterwards, she landed her first role on television in an episode of Fear Factory
“ As Sarah Walker in Chuck ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
“ As Robin Scherbatsky in How I met your mother ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Imperioli was born James Michael Imperioli in Mt. Vernon, New York on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese
, as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci
“ As Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Morgan Grimes in Chuck ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Milo Ventimiglia is an American actor. He was born in Anaheim, California, to Carol (Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia. His father is of Italian/Sicilian descent, and his mother has English and Scottish ancestry. First coming of notice playing the reckless and too smart for his own good 'Jess' on WB's "Gilmore Girls"...
“ As Peter Petrelli in Heroes ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Jorge Garcia (born April 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker, but probably more known later for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost from 2004 to 2010. Garcia also performs as a stand-up comedian...
“ As Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes in Lost ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname, because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "Pew"; his other ancestry is English...
“ As Chuck Bartowski in Chuck ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers...
“ As Jon Snow in Game of thrones ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays. Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series...
“ As Tyrion Lannister in Game of thrones ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen
(born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen
(née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
“ As Charlie Harper in Two and a half men ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Jess in New Girl ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly
“ As Sylar in Heroes ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor
and David Thewlis
“ As Sayid Jarrah in Lost ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Schmidt in New Girl ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Lex Luthor in Smallville ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Sweden may not have a large population but it has gifted the world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors. Greta Garbo
, Ingmar Bergman
, Max von Sydow
and Ingrid Bergman
are just the tip of the iceberg of Nordic actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinemaphiles across the globe: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is poised to join their ranks...
“ As Eric Northman in True Blood ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Mack was born in Germany but moved with her family to Long Beach, California, when she was 2. She began acting at 4 with print work and commercials, and began studying at The Young Actors Space in Los Angeles when she was 7. She is still currently attending classes there in improvisation and scene study...
“ As Chloe Sullivan in Smallville ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and director, most commonly known for playing Nick Miller in the Fox comedy series New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel, for which he has received a Teen Choice Award nomination among others. Johnson also co-starred in the 2009 film Paper Heart and the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed...
“ As Nick Miller in New Girl ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke in Revenge ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne (Yarber), a teacher, and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Norman's first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy...
“ As Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Nolan Ross in Revenge ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Richard Dean Anderson
The future MacGyver
and Stargate SG-1
star was born on January 23, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Stuart Anderson, was a teacher at a local high school and his mother, Jocelyn, was an artist who was talented in both sculpting and painting. He and his two younger brothers, Thomas John and James Stuart...
“ As Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG-1 ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
John Mark Galecki was born in Belgium where his dad was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up along with his sister Allison (1980) and brother Nick (1982). His father then became a teacher for blind veterans in a VA hospital outside of Chicago. When Galecki was 16, his father died in an accident...
“ As Leonard Hofstadter ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ As Dr Gregory House in House ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Douglas Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is of African-American and Cherokee ancestry. Judge always knew that he wanted to be an actor, wanting to invoke feelings in others that he was receiving from the shows. He realized quickly that sports would be the stepping stone to an acting career...
“ As Teal'c in Stargate SG-1 ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Gil Grissom in CSI ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ As Eddard Stark in Game of thrones ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions of many Shakespeare plays...
“ As John Abruzzi in Prison Break ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and was raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Robert began his career in theater in his hometown before majoring in theater at Northwestern University...
“ As Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell in Prison Break ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley's path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in "Platoon," the...
“ As Dr Perry Cox ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Bronn in Game of thrones ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva (born January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress who plays Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce and Amara on The Vampire Diaries and Tatia on The Originals. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mia Jones in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Dobrev has also been featured in movies...
“ As Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Fernando Sucre in Prison Break ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Paul Wesley (born Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski; July 23, 1982) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for playing "Aaron Corbett" in the TV miniseries, Fallen
, and "Stefan Salvatore" in The CW's supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries
. Wesley was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey...
“ As Stefan Salvatore in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1974...
“ As Alex Mahone in Prison Break ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Morgan was born in London, UK and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, where he attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by...
“ As Klaus Mikaelson in The vampire diaries ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Cameron Tucker in Modeern Family ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended Orthodox Jewish day schools (including the Columbus Torah Academy) and was raised in Conservative Judaism...
“ As Ted Mosby in How I met your mother ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Sue Sylvester in Glee ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As Homer Simpson in Simpsons ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
“ As James 'Sawyer' Ford in Lost ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from a Jewish family (from Russia and Austria), while Zach's mother, who is from a Yankee family with deep roots in New England, converted to Judaism...
“ As Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian in Scrubs ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as something to fall back on...
“ As Raj Koothrappali in The Big bang Theory ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189
Simon Helberg was born and raised in Los Angeles but despite this, and the fact that his father is the actor Sandy Helberg
and his mother the casting director Harriet B. Helberg
, his main interest as a young boy was karate. In his teens, though, he discovered acting and went on to study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company...
“ As Howard Wolowitz in The Big Bang theory ” - diamonddogshome-449-160189