->''"from How to be Indie to Degrassi.. I just can't get rid of Dylan Everett"''
-->-- '''Melinda Shankar''', [[http://www.facebook.com/OfficialMelindaShankar official Facebook page.]]

To the outside viewer (usually American), after you start watching a few Canadian-made shows, you start to notice something. Something ''weird''. It starts getting odd when you're watching Canadian TV, and you start shouting "Hey! It's that Guy!"... ''every five minutes, at every actor''.

That's where this trope comes in.

You see, in Canada, the government offers significant tax breaks and direct subsidies to Canadian-made TV shows, in exchange enforcing a "Canadian actors only" policy for the majority of roles. But there are only so many actors in Canada, especially young actors. The country already has a relatively small population to begin with (about 35 million, roughly a ninth of the US population), and when you narrow the actors down to a specific age group (between 15 and 30, like most of the ones below), and then combine ''that'' with the fact that Canada has become a very popular shooting location for American producers on a tight budget, you're only left with a tiny handful of actors. Additionally, most of these actors often stay in Canada for the rest of their careers (though not always by choice). That said, some have managed to break out of it, notably Creator/EllenPage and [[Music/{{Drake}} Aubrey Graham]].

This isn't necessarily a ''bad'' thing -- if anything, it becomes enjoyable to the viewer, and because of the frequent recurrence of these actors, there often isn't much Role Association.

We only picked Canada as an example because that's where a rather large chunk of tropers are from. But this trope can be found in any country with a small enough dramatic community[[note]]for example, the actor communities of Australia and New Zealand can do this as well[[/note]] where actors either prefer to stay in their home country or are forced to stay because of linguistic incompatibility with countries around them. You can also notice this in the some of the more niche branches (relative to film and TV anyways) of dramatic arts, there are only so many Mummers dancers or Peking opera singers to go around.

On the other hand, the specific Family.ca KidCom -> ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' path has become so well-trodden it's almost a subtrope of both this and TomHanksSyndrome. (''Series/LifeWithDerek'' was an unusual case in that many actors came ''from'' ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' to appear on the show in recurring roles - but sure enough, the reverse inevitably happened as well.)

Oddly enough, the people associated with this trope rarely, if ever, tend to come into contact with actors from Creator/TheOceanGroup or Creator/{{Nelvana}}. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Except with]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon''.


[[folder: Actors Commonly Associated With This:]]


[[folder: Note: Names in '''BOLD''' indicate that the actor has appeared on ''Series/Degrassi'' ]]

* '''Raymond Ablack'''
* Creator/RobbieAmell
* Creator/StephenAmell
* '''Charlotte Arnold'''
* '''Angela Asher'''
* Creator/JayBaruchel
* Lawrence Bayne
* '''Luke Bilyk'''
* '''Valerie Boyle'''
* '''John Bregar'''
* '''Paula Brancati'''
* '''George Buza''' (Older than most of these examples, he's been performing since the 70's.)
* Creator/NeveCampbell
* Creator/TomCavanagh
* '''Creator/MunroChambers'''
* '''Daniel Clarke''' (Notably born in the U.S.; moved to Canada when he was young, then back to America after leaving ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'')
* Robert Clarke (younger brother of above)
* A.J. Cook
* '''Lauren Collins'''
* '''Ryan Cooley'''
* Ellen David
* '''Creator/HughDillon'''
* '''Creator/NinaDobrev'''
* '''Jake Epstein'''
* '''Dylan Everett'''
* Fred Ewanuick
* '''Stacey Farber'''
* Creator/NathanFillion
* Creator/VictorGarber
* Creator/RyanGosling
* '''Aubrey "Music/{{Drake}}" Graham'''
* '''Shenae Grimes'''
* '''Alex House'''
* '''Ricardo Hoyos'''
* Connor Jessup
* '''Demetrius Joyette'''
* '''Justin Kelly''' (whose ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' character had to be renamed Jake instead of Noah, since he had already played a character named Noah alongside Munro Chambers in ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''.)
* '''Shane Kippel'''
* '''Cory Lee'''
* Ashley Leggat
* Creator/EvangelineLilly
* '''Miriam Macdonald'''
* Jonathan Mallen
* Creator/BluMankuma (so astonishingly ubiquitous throughout [[TheNineties the 90's]] that a Canadian version of the Bacon game could well have been called "one degree of Blu Mankuma". Did quite a bit of voice acting too, contrary to the norm for this trope.)
* Creator/TatianaMaslany (though she's better known for playing upward of a dozen characters ''[[Series/OrphanBlack on the same show]]'')
* '''Pat Mastroianni'''
* Gabrielle Miller (who was at one point on ''Series/CornerGas'' and ''two'' other ongoing Canadian series at the same time!)
* '''Creator/VanessaMorgan'''
* '''Tony Munch'''
* Peter Outerbridge
* '''Aislinn Paul'''
* Creator/EllenPage
* '''John Ralston'''
* '''Noah Reid''' (has dabbled quite a bit in voice acting; specifically, he voiced the title character in ''Franklin'' until he was ''17'', among several other works).
* Creator/RyanReynolds
* Creator/SethRogen
* '''Adamo Ruggerio'''
* '''A.J. Saudin'''
* '''Michael Seater''' (probably the most well known person on this list ''not'' to really break out of the Canadian film industry)
* '''Melinda Shankar'''
* Shadia Simmons
* Creator/CobieSmulders
* Creator/JewelStaite
* '''Cassie Steele'''
* '''Tyler Stentiford'''
* Creator/SerindaSwan
* '''Joy Tanner'''
* '''Kate Todd'''
* '''Jordan Todosey'''
* Creator/EmilyVanCamp
* Creator/LauraVandervoort
* '''Kit Weyman'''
* '''Genelle Williams'''
* Creator/KatherynWinnick


[[folder: Media Commonly Associated With This]]
* ''18 to Life''
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}''
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
** ''Series/TheFlash2014''
** ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' (especially after the ChannelHop)
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''
* ''Series/BlackHoleHigh a.k.a. Strange Days At Blake Holsey High''
* ''Series/CharlieBartlett''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'': The central nexus and, um, epitome of the trope.
* ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson''
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}''
* ''Series/HowToBeIndie''
* ''Series/InstantStar''
* ''Series/IWasASixthGradeAlien''
* ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''
* ''Series/TheLAComplex''
* ''Series/LifeWithDerek''
* ''WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon''
* ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire''
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
* ''Series/NaturallySadie''
* ''Series/OrphanBlack''
* ''Nonsense Revolution''
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe''
* ''Series/RookieBlue''
* ''Series/{{Regenesis}}''
* ''The Safety of Objects''
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse''
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
* ''Series/WinginIt''
* ''Series/TheZackFiles''


[[folder: Examples From Outside (English) Canada]]

* In Australia, soaps ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' and ''Series/HomeAndAway'' tend to, together, have at some point featured pretty much every well-known actor the country produces. ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' is particularly notable for having starred Music/KylieMinogue, [[Series/{{House}} Jesse Spencer]], Creator/DichenLachman, Creator/GuyPearce, Music/HollyValance and Music/DeltaGoodrem before they got famous.
** Not to mention Academy Award winner Creator/RussellCrowe and character actor Creator/AlanDale.
** ''Series/BlueWaterHigh'' and ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' are examples for kids' TV, having collectively featured actors who've starred in everything from the ''Film/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'' action movie, to ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', ''Series/DanceAcademy'', ''Series/ThePacific'', and, of course, ''Neighbours''.
* Ever since American production companies have noticed the gorgeous landscapes and cheaper production costs of New Zealand, the collective acting pool of Australia and New Zealand has been getting a pretty heavy workout. ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess,'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (post ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]''), ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker.'' It's become a pretty fun game of actor recognition for American sci-fi/fantasy fans.
** It becomes an even more interesting situation when you consider that, even without the assistance of Hollywood, it's not uncommon for both Australian and New Zealand actors to cross the Tasman for roles ''in both directions''. You could easily make a game out of actor recognition.
* This trope is even more obvious when watching movies, series and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleroman téléromans]]from Québec. The province has a unique pop culture and many successful actors and ''comédiens'' that are mostly independent from the rest of Anglophone Canada. However, there are only so many of them and thus, it is not unusual to see the same person playing two different characters on competing channels during the same week.
* YouTube: Not too many actors are willing to take "a promise to appear on one of their own videos" as payment (Youtube pays the video creator a share of the ad profits, so people would often appear in each other's videos as a way of cross-advertising). It gives the impression that Creator/FeliciaDay has been cast in pretty much every webseries in existence.
* German/Austrian theatre is this. Pick any two big-name shows (to name a few: ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'', ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' and ''Theatre/{{Mozart}}'') and you can't swing a conductor's baton around without hitting someone who's been in more than one production. Especially when it comes to the Viennese theatre scene, since the Raimund and Ronacher rotate actors and ''adore'' the AllStarCast. For example, here are some people who have been in all three shows named above: Mark Seibert (Death - Count von Krolock - Colloredo), Thomas Borchert (Death - von Krolock - Leopold Mozart), Gernot Romic (Rudolf - Alfred/White Vampire - Wolfgang Mozart), et cetera.

[[folder: Other]]

* [[http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/imagegallery/m_i_12.cfm This article]] lists numerous examples of "Canadian [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearean Actors]] in Space."