When a character on a TV show or other form of media shares a detail of their heritage, upbringing, and backstory with the actor playing them.

When this material and information is written to be a vital part of the character and story, it runs into MetaCasting.

When this goes from a minor detail to the focus of the story, it can be an example of RealLifeWritesThePlot.

Compare TheDanza, where the character and the actor share a name.



* Many anime characters with a [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai dialect]] are usually voiced by people from the Kansai region.
* Most of the characters in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' have the same birthday as their original Japanese voice actor.
* Why does Tsubasa Kazenari from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' sing enka (Japanese folks music) when she goes to karaoke with Hibiki and Miku in episode 9? Must be because Creator/NanaMizuki spent most of her childhood[[note]]when she was 5 years old until she was 15 years old, to be exact[[/note]] [[http://haretaraiine.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/shin-ai-summary-chapter-2/ being trained to sing enka and participating in enka singing contests and jobs]] before [[http://haretaraiine.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/shin-ai-summary-chapter-4/ she finally debuted as a seiyuu/singer in 3rd year high school]]. Normally, young people don't sing enka when they casually hang out with friends...
* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'': Many of the major voice actors and actresses were chosen due to their prior experience in rakugo. [[FridgeBrilliance Rakugo and voice acting are quite similar in that one uses their voice to portray characters, sometimes by changing one's voice.]]
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', the Silver King, Adolf K. Weismann, who is German, is voiced by Creator/TetsuyaKakihara, who grew up in Germany and speaks fluent German. Averted in that, as of the first two seasons and Missing Kings, he hasn't spoken German in the show... but at least one more animation project has been greenlit, so it could (and should) happen. (He hasn't had the most screentime, since [[spoiler: he's spent the series thus far body-swapped with Creator/DaisukeNamikawa 's character]], but [[spoiler: he's back in his original body]] as of the end of Return of Kings).

* In ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', Elizabeth went to Sarah Lawrence College, as did the actress who played her (who also wrote the film), Guinevere Turner.
* Parminder Nagra's real-life leg scar (and how she got it) was added to the script of ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''.
* In ''Theatre/TheBrowningVersion'' and its famous 1951 film adaptation, protagonist Andrew Crocker-Harris is a classics (i.e. Greek and Latin) master in a respected public school. Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave, who portrays Crocker-Harris, was also a schoolmaster in a prestigious public school in RealLife before he became an actor. However, he taught modern languages (English, French and German) and was more of a CoolTeacher rather than Crocker-Harris's SternTeacher.
* In ''Film/{{Creed}}'', one of Rocky's main issues is about his son moving to Vancouver in order to escape his famous father's shadow. In real life, Creator/SylvesterStallone's oldest son Sage died of a heart attack while ''Creed'' was in pre-production, which influenced his and Coogler's decision to focus more on Rocky's father-son relationship with Adonis.
* The backstory given to Creator/DolphLundgren's character in ''Film/TheExpendables2'' holds all true to the actor: he studied chemical engineering, moved to the States with a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, and started working as a bouncer which led him towards a completely different career.
* Creator/AnnaPaquin's character Amy in ''Film/FlyAwayHome'' is a New Zealander born in Canada who moved away when she was a young child, just like Paquin herself. Paquin, however, did not move back to Canada when she was a teenager, unlike Amy (this being possibly the only time she's acted [[FakeNationality her own accent]]).
* Ever wonder how all of Creator/HarrisonFord's characters get that same damn scar on their chins? Ford himself got it in a car accident.[[note]]Despite his name, he was driving a Volvo at the time.[[/note]] [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]] took part in a knife fight. Franchise/IndianaJones had a slight mishap his first time using a whip. Ad nauseam...
* ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}:'' The play described Harvey as an "6 feet tall, invisible rabbit". The movie changed this to 7 feet so that the six-foot-tall Creator/JamesStewart could still look up at him when talking to him.
* ''Film/IronMan'' actor Creator/RobertDowneyJr has some slight similarities to Tony Stark's life: a history of partying and drug-use... while also being one of the finest in his craft when he gets his act together.
** RDJ [[MethodActing acts as himself]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Almost everything Tony Stark did or said was because RDJ wanted to do it. For example, the awkward flow of conversations between Tony and Pepper in numerous scenes was just how RDJ normally talks.
** Remove the "partying" part of that and he's a bit similar to [[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Sherlock Holmes]] as well.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Done backwards in the case of Bond's Scottish ancestry. It was added into his history by Creator/IanFleming because of the very Scottish Creator/SeanConnery's portrayal of him.
** Some of Bond's demons parallel Creator/PierceBrosnan's: Bond lost his wife in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''; Brosnan was married to a Bond Girl (Cassandra Harris starred in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'') and lost her to cancer. Bond alludes to this in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', without making a big point of it.
** In the books, it's revealed that Fleming and recurring BigBad Ernst Stavro Blofeld have the same birthdate: May 28, 1908. Moreover, Bond and Fleming were both kicked out of Eton after a few terms, and served in the Royal Navy in the war.
* Al Jolson, who played the Russian-born Jewish jazz singer and BlackFace performer Jakie in the first ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' film. Unique in that the original short story ("The Day of Atonement") and play were loosely based on Jolson's life. Al Jolson played the part because the original Broadway performer was unavailable for filming.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending'': Jupiter Jones and Creator/MilaKunis are both immigrants from former Soviet countries, Jupiter from Russia and Mila from Ukraine.
* Part of a LampshadeHanging in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. The (English) Cary Elwes points out that "Unlike some Robin Hoods, ''I'' can speak with an English accent!", a TakeThat to the American Creator/KevinCostner's performance as the title character in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* A lot of Creator/SethRogen's characters are Jewish, and a couple of them, such as Ben from ''Film/KnockedUp'' and Kyle from ''Film/FiftyFifty'', are from his hometown of UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}.
* Many of Creator/AdamSandler's characters in his films are Jewish, as is Sandler himself.
* Creator/EmmaRoberts' character in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', Jill Roberts, not only [[TheDanza shares her last name]], she also shares the fact of having a famous relative. Emma's aunt is Creator/JuliaRoberts, an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning actress, while Jill's older cousin is Sidney Prescott, who became a bestselling writer after [[FinalGirl surviving]] [[Franchise/{{Scream}} multiple killing sprees]]. [[spoiler:It lends a degree of RealitySubtext to Jill's villainy and motive, painting them in an even more twisted light -- she's literally out to steal the success and career of her famous relative.]]
* In ''Film/ScotlandPA'', Lt. [=McDuff=] (played by Creator/ChristopherWalken) mentions offhand that he used to be a professional dancer.
* Creator/VinceVaughn's characters in ''The Break-Up'', ''Couples Retreat'', and ''Film/TheDilemma'' live in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, as does Vaughn.
* Supplementary material for ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' refers to Poe Dameron as a native of Yavin 4, because the Yavin 4 scenes in the original trilogy were filmed in Guatemala, birthplace of his actor Oscar Isaac (in fact, this detail was his idea).
** The EU also states that General Hux was born during the last days of the Galactic Empire. [[Creator/DomhnallGleeson His actor]] was born on May 12, 1983. ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was released on May 25 of the same year.
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Caleb says that his parents were teachers. Creator/DomhnallGleeson's [[Creator/BrendanGleeson father]] was a teacher before he was an actor.
* Creator/WillemDafoe is an American with a Dutch surname, just like his character in ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'', Peter van Houten.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Creator/MelanieLaurent really is a French Jew. Her grandfather had survived deportation to a concentration camp in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. She was pleased with being the "face of Jewish vengeance" and felt he would be happy about it as well.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'': Like Sam, Creator/TessaThompson has mixed race heritage.
* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/ScottGlenn star as submarine captains Marko Ramius and Bart Mancuso, respectively. They both had naval experience before beginning their acting careers: Connery served in the Royal Navy, Glenn served in the United States Marine Corps, which is part of the Department of the Navy.
* ''Film/TommyBoy'': Tommy Callahan graduates from Marquette University, which was also Creator/ChrisFarley's alma mater.
* ''Film/WhatWeDoInTheShadows'': Stu the I.T. guy, whose actor is... an I.T. guy [[TheDanza named Stu]]. In fact, he wasn't even hired to be an actor, he was hired to work on computers for the film, and was added to the movie during filming. His character is basically the exact same person as the actor.
* ''{{Film/Crash}}'': Bahar Soumekh and Shaun Toub actually are Iranian-American, like their characters. However, they are both Persian Jews, not Muslims as seems to be the case in the film.
* ''{{Film/Centurion}}'': Dimitri Leonidas is half-Greek, just like his character.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one of the few details given about Skye's upbringing in the first season is that she was found in China (her actress, Creator/ChloeBennet, is half-Chinese). Her parents appear in the second season, confirming Skye's heritage is similar to Chloe's.
* At least two of Creator/RichardDeanAnderson's characters, Series/MacGyver and the Franchise/StargateVerse's Jack O'Neill, are from Minnesota, same as Anderson.
* On the final episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', "The Pop Star", Mr Spooner is revealed to be a talented lead vocalist. Same for his actor Mike Berry.
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'':
** Lewis Nixon was a Yale graduate in real life. He was played by Ron Livingston, who also attended Yale.
** Creator/DavidSchwimmer is Jewish, like Herbert Sobel was in real life.
** Accidental example. Ross [=McCall=] is not Jewish. His character Joe Liebgott is said to be Jewish, but wasn't actually in real life (everyone just thought he was).
* ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast2012'' has Catherine's mother shown to be East Asian in the pilot, just like Kristin Kreuk's. Nicole Gale Anderson, who plays her sister Heather, also has an Asian mother, albeit South East Asian.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUK'': Annie, like Lenora Cricklow, is [[MixedAncestry mixed-race]], with a black father and white mother.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Like his character Sheldon, Creator/JimParsons is a native Texan.
** Creator/MayimBialik holds a Ph.D in neuroscience, and her character, Amy Farrah Fowler, is a neurobiologist.
* When Cordelia fell into a pit and was impaled by a rebar in an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', she was just following in the footsteps (or was that footfalls?) of the actress who portrayed her -- Creator/CharismaCarpenter had something very similar happen to her when she was young, and her scars from that experience were used for that scene.
* Harry Anderson shared many similarities with his character "Harry the Hat" from ''{{Series/Cheers}}'', all of which were written into the character before Anderson auditioned: named Harry, never seen without his CoolHat, does magic, small time con artist (which Anderson wasn't, but had an onstage persona who was).
* On ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the [[CanadaEh Ontario-born]] Vik Sahay's character Lester is revealed to have come from Saskatchewan.
* Michael "Dauber" Dybynski from ''Series/{{Coach}}'' was a former college football player who took a ridiculously long time to graduate. His actor, Creator/BillFagerbakke, was a former college football player who took six years to graduate, though not because he was an idiot like Dauber. He got into college on a football scholarship, but switched his focus to theater after [[CareerEndingInjury he injured his knee]] during his second year.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Abed is half-Polish, as is his actor, Danny Pudi.[[note]]Whereas Abed is Arabic/Polish, however, Danny is Indian/Polish--which is to say, South Asian Indian.[[/note]]
** As did Joel [=McHale=], Jeff grew up in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.
** Some of the characters share the same religion as their actors.
*** After Annie's InformedJudaism in "Comparative Religion", some people were under the impression that they were just assigning religions arbitrarily to satisfy the study group's FiveTokenBand status. However, in reality, Creator/AlisonBrie got her start playing at the Southern California Jewish Community Center.[[note]]Even further than that--they ''both'' have a Jewish mother and a Christian father.[[/note]]
*** Likewise, Music/DonaldGlover was raised Jehovah's Witness.
*** Yvette Nicole Brown is a committed Christian, but is probably less abrasive about it than Shirley often is.
*** It is probably safe to assume, however, that Chevy Chase does not belong to a cult that seems to be a bizarre combination of Scientology, Buddhism, and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Instrumentality]].
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Dr. Spencer Reid hails from Las Vegas and performs magic tricks as a hobby, just like the actor portraying him, Matthew Gray Gubler.
* ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} CSI: NY]]'':
** Creator/GarySinise and Mac Taylor are both originally from Chicago, Illinois. Sinise's partial Irish heritage was also incorporated particularly with Mac's middle name, though it isn't the same as the actor's.
** Melina Kanakaredes and her Greek character Stella both speak the language fluently (Melina is the child of Greek immigrants).
** Carmine Giovinazzo's past of aspiring to a professional baseball career and then being sidelined by an arm injury was incorporated into Danny Messer's backstory. Rather naturally, the actor's Italian ethnicity was also incorporated.
** Vanessa Ferlito is originally from UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}, like her character Aiden Burn.
* Lt. Horatio Caine on ''Series/CSIMiami'' hails from Forest Hills, Queens, NY. So does actor David Caruso.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", a far future incarnation of the Doctor (played by former Doctor Creator/TomBaker) is revealed to be working as a museum curator. This was an actual job of Tom Baker for a while during his stint in the army.
* Sitcom star Creator/FranDrescher has two examples from her career.
** Most of Fran Fine's backstory on ''Series/TheNanny'' is identical to Drescher's own life. Lived in Queens, graduated from Hillcrest High (with Ray Romano/Ray Barone), parents named Sylvia and Morty, sister named Nadine, the list goes on and on.
** ''Series/HappilyDivorced'' focuses on the main character, like Drescher, getting divorced after her husband reveals his homosexuality. The two remain close friends, and Fran's ex-husband is one of the producers for the show.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is all over this trope, with all the actors incorporating huge aspects of themselves into their characters. Monica was originally designed as rather cold and cynical, but Creator/CourteneyCox turned her into the TeamMom to the in-universe gang that she was to the real life cast. Creator/MatthewPerry influenced a lot of Chandler's neuroses: having divorced parents, being terrible with women (Chandler was gay before he was cast), and using humor as a defense mechanism, which Perry comments was the first thing he and the producers discussed. Creator/MattLeBlanc made Joey more a big brother figure to the gang, like his real life relationship with the three girls, and Creator/DavidSchwimmer and Ross Gellar were both Jewish.
** In one interview, the cast are asked 'Who is The Most...' questions about each other. It's ''really'' hard to tell if they're talking about the actors or characters. Perry/Chandler is the funniest, Cox/Monica gives the best advice, Aniston/Rachel cries the most, [=LeBlanc=]/Joey would defend you in a fight, Kudrow/Phoebe is the quirkiest, Schwimmer/Ross is the most serious....
* In ''Series/FullHouse'', John Stamos' character's name changed from Jesse Cochran (generic) to Jesse Katsopolis (Greek) after the first season. His family when they come to visit is also very Greek.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has an interesting subversion. Both Jon Snow and [[Creator/KitHarington his actor]] are the sons of Nobleman but unlikely to inherit the title (Lord and Baronet, respectively), since Snow is illegitimate and Harington is legitimate but is not the firstborn son.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Similar to the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' example below, we have Tina Cohen-Chang (Chinese/Jewish), played by Jenna Ushkowitz.
** You can briefly see Kurt Hummel's birthday when he fills out a college application. It's the same month and date as Creator/ChrisColfer's, though Kurt is three years younger.
** In "Blame it on the Alcohol", Rachel expresses her desire to have Blaine's "vaguely Eurasian-looking children"--Blaine's actor, Darren Criss, has a Filipino mother and an Irish father.
** In Season 4, cheerleader Kitty is played Becca Tobin, who cheered for her middle school.
* On ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley Stewart and her father Robbie Ray are former residents of the fictitious Crowley Corners, a small rural town in Tennessee, and the show constantly reminds the viewers of the household's DeepSouth roots. This reflects the background of Music/MileyCyrus and her father, Kentucky-born [[TheNineties 1990s]] country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, who resided in Thompson Station, Tennessee. Also an ActorInspiredElement, as the decision to make Miley Stewart Southern was partly because a [[OohMeAccentsSlipping younger Miley found it hard to disguise her accent]]. Also, like Billy Ray, Robbie was a former country music heartthrob and superstar who settled down to raise his family.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''':
** Ohio native Ted Mosby is played by Ohio native Creator/JoshRadnor.
** [[CanadaEh Canadian]] Robin Scherbatsky is played by Canadian Creator/CobieSmulders.
* ''Trivia/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'': Wes is [[spoiler:mixed-race, with a black mother and a white father]] just like Alfred Enoch.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy''[='s=] Lucy Ricardo grew up in Celoron, NY, much like Creator/LucilleBall did.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Sarah "Mac" [=MacKenzie=] is partially of Iranian heritage and speaks Farsi, as is and does actress Creator/CatherineBell too.
* In one episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', Lenny Brisco mentioned that his father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic, while he was RaisedCatholic himself, the same as Creator/JerryOrbach's real family background.
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Inheritance", Marcus Chong (best known as Tank in the ''Film/TheMatrix'') plays a character whose heritage (half African-American, half Chinese-American) matches his own exactly, even to the point of each parent's race (his father is the former, his mother the latter).
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': DS Matt Devlin mentions his Irish heritage while trying to gain the trust of a young prostitute he's questioning. Indeed, although Creator/JamieBamber was born in London, he has Irish ancestry and citizenship, as his mother is Irish.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Doctor Pierre Chang shares the same French-first-name Chinese-last-name formula as his actor, François Chau.
** Jack Shepard went to Columbia University, as did Creator/MatthewFox.
* Max Klinger from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was from UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio, as was his actor, Jamie Farr, who also served in Korea (Klinger's dogtags were Farr's own). And yes, the Mud Hens are a real team, and Tony Packo's is a real restaurant (though it has fallen on hard times). Like Klinger, he also has Lebanese ancestry.
* In ''Series/McHalesNavy'', Creator/ErnestBorgnine wore a hat badge that always seemed smaller than any of his costars'. This is because everyone else was using badges that came from the central costuming department and that were then-current (1960s) US Navy issue that were inaccurately large for the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII period. Borgnine's badge was his own personal property, kept by him from his active-duty days in the Navy, which began before Pearl Harbor--and he had already been discharged and reenlisted because of the attack, much like [=McHale=].[[note]] According to the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20081003182554/http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/borgnine_e.htm Naval Historical Center]], Borgnine was gunner's mate first class, not an officer]] [[/note]]
* Three of the main characters on ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' are from the same home states as the actors portraying them. Creator/JimCaviezel and John Reese are both from Washington state, Creator/MichaelEmerson and Harold Finch are both from Iowa, and Creator/AmyAcker and Samantha "Root" Groves are both from Texas.
* On ''Series/ThePinkertons'', Angus Macfadyen plays Allan Pinkerton, who like him was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Catherine Sutherland, Amy Jo Johnson's replacement, played Katherine Hillard, also an Aussie (who doesn't know martial arts at first).
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Matt Austin played Bridge Carson, who was also Jewish.
* Number Six in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' gives his exact date and time of birth -- one of the only times in the series he volunteers any information. The date and time in question in fact belonged to Patrick [=McGoohan=].
* Creator/HalleBerry successfully lobbied for the title role in the MiniSeries ''Queen'' (the story of [[Series/{{Roots}} Alex Haley's]] paternal grandmother) because they are both biracial (though the mixes are different--Queen's father was white, Berry's mother is).
* In ''Series/RelicHunter'', Sydney Fox was born in Hawaii, just like her actress Tia Carrere.
* In the Music/SClub7 TV series, Tina Barrett's character was written to be a choreographer. Tina had been a dancer before joining the band, and choreographed a few of their routines -- as she was shown doing in the series.
* Creator/SarahShahi has portrayed two different characters who, like herself, are revealed to be half-Iranian: Sameen Shaw in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', and Detective Dani Reese in ''Series/{{Life}}''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=] is from Toccoa, Georgia, just like actor [=DeForest=] Kelley.
** Pavel Chekov is from Russia. His actor, Walter Koenig, based Chekov's dubious Russian accent on that of his ''father'', who was a Russian Jew.
* Cece from ''Series/ShakeItUp'', like Creator/BellaThorne, is dyslexic. Also Deuce, like his actor Adam Irigoyen, was born in Cuba.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Geordi La Forge is a MilitaryBrat and has an ambiguously French name, like his actor Creator/LeVarBurton. (The name bit, however, is more of a fun coincidence, as the character was named after a fan of the original series and [=LeVar=] is a contraction of the actor's birth name, Levardis.)
** Why did Commander William Riker suddenly start playing the trombone a few seasons in? Because actor Creator/JonathanFrakes mentioned to Creator/GeneRoddenberry that he was [[TheCastShowOff a jazz trombonist]].
** Similar to the trombone, Beverly Crusher's dancing skill is mentioned once or twice, and she has an impressive dance-off with Data in the episode "Data's Day". In fact, Creator/GatesMcFadden is a professional dancer, with several choreography credits on Creator/JimHenson films.
** Creator/PatrickStewart shares several traits with Captain Picard. Deep knowledge and love of Shakespeare is an obvious one. Less well-known is that Stewart's fondness for Creator/RaymondChandler stories helped to create the "Dixon Hill" meta-character.
* ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' has Captain Phillipa Georgiou, who is revealed to be from Malaysia, just like her actress Creator/MichelleYeoh (although from different places in Malaysia: Georgiou is from the island of Pulau Langkawi, while Yeoh is from the mainland). Averted with [[spoiler:Emperor Phillipa Georgiou, who is ''not'' from Malaysia, despite having the same accent]].
* Scott [=McCall=] on ''Series/TeenWolf'' is part Mexican, according to WordOfGod -- just like the actor who plays him, Creator/TylerPosey.
* ''Series/TheTroop'' is a show set in Oklahoma. Season 2 adds native Oklahoman Malese Jow to the cast.
* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Katerina Petrova[=/=]Katherine Pierce is Bulgarian, as is Creator/NinaDobrev, the actress who plays her.
* On ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' the Russo family is said to be Mexican-Italian. The only one of the children to be of Mexican-Italian ethnicity is Music/SelenaGomez. In reality the Russos were written to be an Irish family, but were changed to Mexican-Italian to accommodate Gomez's casting. Of course, Jerry, the father, is of Italian descent, just like his actor David [=DeLuise=]. Justin's actor David Henrie is at least of Italian Background.
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'': Travis is revealed to be Maori, like Cliff Curtis, the actor playing him. However he's apparently American-born or spent most of his life in the US.
* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': Raffi Veracruz appears to be a Sephardic Jew judging by her name, like the actress playing her, Emmanuelle Chriqui.
* ''{{Series/Timeless}}'': Like Creator/GoranVisnjic, Garcia Flynn was born in Croatia, though his mother was American. This explains his accent.
* ''Series/WhenWeRise'': Transwoman actor Ivory Aquino plays the transwoman character Cecilia Chung, and in fact this is her first role playing someone sharing her gender identity.
* ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'': Agent Simmons is, like his actor Daniel Henney, the child of a Korean-born mother and white American father.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Creator/CandicePatton was born on June 24th, just as Iris West is revealed to have been in "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E19TheOnceAndFutureFlash The Once and Future Flash]]". Cliffard and Marlize [=DeVoe=], a South African couple, are played by South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
** Laurel Lance has an alcoholic father, so does [[Creator/KatieCassidy her actress]]. [[spoiler:And around the time her actress' father died, TheReveal that the father of Laurel's AlternateSelf from Earth-2 has been dead since she's thirteen years old happens.]]
** Thea Queen's mother is a SerialSpouse, much like Creator/WillaHolland's.
* ''Series/LostInSpace2018'': Maxwell Jenkins grew up loving science fiction and robot stories, particularly ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', which directly inspired the relationship between Will Robinson and the Robot.

* Music/TomWaits' song "Eyeball Kid" from the album ''Music/MuleVariations'' is shown from the perspective of a freak show carnival barker showing off the kid, mentions the kid's birthday being "the seventh of December, 1949". This is, of course, Music/TomWaits' own birthday.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
This is a very common occurrence in ProfessionalWrestling, where a wrestler's background will be used to create a gimmick for that wrestler.

* One famous example is Ray Traylor's background as a prison guard at a Georgia prison, which was used to create his character the Big Bossman.
* Another famous example is that of Wrestling/PaulBearer, most famous as manager of Wrestling/TheUndertaker. In real life, Bill Moody was a funeral director who owned and ran a funeral home until his death in 2013.
* {{Wrestling/Naomi}} was brought up as the dancing valet for the 'Funkasaurus' Brodus Clay. She had been a dancer for the Orlando Magic for years prior to getting into wrestling. Averted with her partner {{Wrestling/Cameron}}, who was ''not'' a dancer.
* Aiden English was given the gimmick of a snobby pretentious actor wannabe, later transitioning into a vaudeville performer. He studied acting in college and has a Bachelor of Arts, and he had been stage acting for years beforehand.
* Devin Taylor was assigned in the role of backstage interviewer. She's a qualified broadcast journalist in real life.
* Back in the 1980s, Wendi Richter's first gimmick was that of a Texas cowgirl. She had done rodeos and worked with horses for years. The props and costumes she wore were what she had used back then.
* Tyson Tomko and Wrestling/BrodusClay were both bodyguards for famous artists (Tomko for Music/LimpBizkit, Clay for Music/SnoopDogg) before they were enforcers for higher-rated WWE and TNA wrestlers like Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/TrishStratus, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, or Wrestling/EC3.

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* A partial example, since the shared background wasn't established until after the performer's death: [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit]]'s Swamp, which had previously wandered around most areas of the US where a swamp might be, now seems to be firmly established as in Mississippi, not far from Creator/JimHenson's birthplace.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* One of the motion actors playing Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', Motosada Mori, is a real-life mercenary. He also invented CQC for the games, paralleling how Snake and The Boss developed CQC together.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Elisa Maza was originally going to be Hispanic, but her race and ethnicity were changed to half-African, half-Native American after Salli Richardson was cast in the role.
* Tip from ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' is an immigrant and is half Barbadian, just like Music/{{Rihanna}} (half Afro-Guyanese, half Barbadian).
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Dennis Weaver voices Buck [=McCoy=], a former Western star who had a detective show in the '70s. Dennis Weaver himself, of course, was [[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} a former Western star]] who had [[Series/{{McCloud}} a detective show in the '70s]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' featured a villain named Replay, who was a former child star that had trouble getting work after his sitcom was cancelled. They got real-life former child star Creator/NeilPatrickHarris (who hadn't yet had his big comeback role with ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'') to voice the character.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Adam [=McArthur=] is an avid martial artist who occasionally competes in tournaments, just like his character Marco Diaz.
* ''WesternAnimation/DorothyAndTheWizardOfOz'' has Dorothy, a Kansas girl, voiced by Kari Wahlgren, who grew up in Kansas.