Actors Who Have Been Replaced By Another Actor Mid-Series

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Have you ever experienced the moment when your favorite actor in a Tv series suddenly replaced by another actor in the middle of the series? Sadly, it happens quite often, sometimes actor get fired mid-series due to conflicts behind the scenes or other reasons.

Becky Conner – Roseanne

The producers of Roseanne really confuse the fans, they didn’t switch actors once but multiple times. Lecy Goranson, a young actress played Becky Conner for the first 5 years of the series, was replaced by Sarah Chalke.

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When Goranson decied to leave and go to college, the producers of Roseanne replaced her with Sarah Chalke, a known actress who stared in shows like Scrubs and Rick and Morty. And it didn’t end here, after some time, the producers of Roseanne brought back Goranson and had her switch with Chalke multiple times.

Aunt Vivian – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The first rule of replacing actors is – If you are going to switch an actress with another one, make sure you find another candidate who resembles to the original stars. The producers of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air didn’t do this and upset may loyal fans.

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Janet Hubert was the original actress to play as Aunt Vivian. Hubert was replaced due conflicts with Will Smith behind the scenes. Instead of finding another actress who resembled Hubert, they picked Daphne Maxwell Reid and tried to convince the fans that she was the real Aunt Vivian. Well at least they didn’t change our beloved Uncle Phil.

Carol – Friends

we all know Carol from friends who was mother of Ross’s son Ben. Carol was one of the biggest recurring side characters in Friends who was played by Jane Sibbett. But, if you watch the tv show again, you might notice something isn’t right.

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On the first season of the series, Coral have been played by an actress named Anita Barone and after that Sibbett took the place. Barone was replaced by her decision. She thought her role was too small before realizing Friends going to be a huge hit.

Myrcella Baratheon – Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is known by changing actors multiple times. In fact, at least 10 actors on the show were replaced by another actors mid-series. One of these actors and characters was Princess Myrcella Baratheon played by Aimee Richardson.

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Since Game of Thrones have been filmed for many years, characters, by nature, was getting older. Due to this situation, it gave good reason to switch original actress with “older” once. Richardson the original actress has been replaced with Nell Tiger Free who actually looked younger then har.

Ginger Grant – Gilligan’s Island

When the pilot for Gilligan’s Island originally aired, people loved it. But there was certain character who the producers felt needed to be change. On the first episode of the tv show, the actress Kit Smythe played Ginger Grant but not for too long.

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The directors of the tv show wanted to go to a different direction, which made them replace Smythe with Tina Louise. This replacement ended up being one of the best parts of the show.

Lily – Modern Family

Modern Family has emerged over the years as one of the most favorite and long term tv shows. But since we mention this tv show here, you might guess that during the tv show there was an unexpected and even surprising switching between young actresses.

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One of the families in the tv show led by Mitchell (Jesse Tyler) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) have adorable, adopted daughter named Lily. Lily was played by our beloved Aubrey Anderson-Emmons who played her the majority of this tv show. What the majority of the people don’t know is that Lily was played by another younger actresses in the very first season, twin babies Jaden and Ella Hiller.

Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane – Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is full with many epic character we loved and admired. One of the badass characters is none the less Gregor Clegane known by many as “The Mountain”. A gigantic knight of House of Clegane and the older brother of Sandor Clegane “The Hound”.

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Gregor Clegane was portrayed by 3 different actors. The original actor was Conan Stevens, then the next one was Ian Whyte. But finally, the producers of Game of Thrones settle on the third actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson who really look like a mountain.

Penny – The Big Bang Theory

Our beloved sitcom tv show about 4 social awkward friends that their life changed thanks to a beautiful girl name Penny. To be fair, we might saw a different Penny as we know because the directors almost took a different actress to play Penny.

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Katie was the first name before Penny, and almost played by completely different actress. During the pilot episode, Amanda Katie played Katie and she did an excellent job. But the showrunners weren’t sure about the episode and didn’t publish it. Instead, they replaced Katie with Kaley Cuoco and changed the character name to Penny – exactly what The Big Bang Theory needed.

Delores Pasternak – Two and a Half Men

Comedy tv show about Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) who lives with his brother Alan and nephew Jake. During the series, multiple young women come and go but one of them was Jake’s fifth grade teacher Delores Pasternak.

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The original actress that played Delores Pasternak was Missi Pyle, a brilliant actor that made the fans fell in love with her. But for some reason, the showrunners decide to replace her with Alicia Witt.
Even if she wasn’t the main character, many fans can agree that the replacement wasn’t necessary.

Meg Griffin – Family Guy

Like every show, we have the “poor punching bag” character with bad luck. In Family Guy we have Meg Griffin. For many episodes we saw Peter, Stewie and Lois bullying (in a funny and ridicules ways) Meg for long time.

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The voice behind the character is Mila Kunis, however if you watch it again, in the very first episodes you will realize it is not Kunis but other veteran actress – Lacey Chabert.

Laurie Forman – That 70s Show

Who doesn’t remember Laurie? Eric’s Sister from the 70s Show. Laurie were played by Lisa Robin Kelly but not until the end of the series.

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Kelly played as Laurie for 6 seasons of the show ,but sadly not in all the 8 seasons. Kelly suffered from substance abuse and in the she was replaced by Christiana Moore. That’s not all, Kelly passed away in 2013 and many fellow cast members spoken fondly of her.

Lois Lane – The Adventures of Superman

We saw so many versions of superman come and go, and not only version of superman that changed but also many versions of Lois Lane as well. Lois is Clark Joseph’s (superman’s real name) fellow reporter, best friend and sometimes lover. Lane is known as the biggest and popular supporting characters of all time.

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The Adventure of Superman came in the 50s.  It took a while for producers to find the perfect actress to fit into Lane’s shoes. Phyllis Coates been found and did really respectable and amazing job, but she was replaced by Noel Neil who rocked out the acting.  


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