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* Several shows like Scrubs, Community and Charmed feature a character whose first name or family name is Perry. It can be an angry doctor's in the first show, a rebellious student in the second or a future whitelighter in the latter.
* Is Alex a girl with paranormal powers or the smart middle child in Modern Family?
* Joshua on ''Series/Community'' is either a gardener who makes racists commentaries or a spoil brat child who works for Chang.
* Phoebe is either a witch or a member of the Gang in Friends.
* Natalie is both a whitelighter who appears to be very strict and Mr Monk's assistant.
* Buckland which is both Prue's boss in the first season and a lawyer on Scrubs.
* Several episodes of the new twilight zone have characters whose only first names are revealed.
** For example, Peter can be a trader who isn't interested by love, an ill boy who can communicate with a girl from the past or a poker player whose soul belongs to devil. Also, there is a Peter in the first episode but is name is actually known.
** Is Bob an alcoholic driver or a restaurant owner ?
** Jeff? Is he a boy with imaginary friends or a man who refused to fight in Vietnam ?
* Is Lilly the Foster-Lambert only child or the Tucker -Pritchett adopted girl ?
** Mark is either Carol's only son or an ex cop whose mission is to help people.
** On the other side, Al is either an hologram, a tomboy or an irresponsible dad (with an H).
** JT who almost shares his name with a intern from Scrubs except his name is JD.
** And TJ in Recess with reversed initials.
* Thomas Beckett is either a soldier who was saved in Vietnam by his young brother Sam or a soldier who was killed and was married to Maggie, an officier. Additionally, Beckett is also the name of a female cop in Castle.
* Cameron from House is an immunologist . Cameron from Modern Family is a school music teacher, then a sport coach. They also don't share the same genre as Cameron first name is Allison while the second Cameron is a man.
** In Quantum Leap episode The Kamikazi Kid, Sam leaps into Cameron Wilson. Cameron and Wilson are also the name of two medical members of House, the second being an oncologist and House's best friend.
** In Modern Family, Cam's big sister's name is Pam and she shares her first name with Cam's lesbian friend.
* The Avengers have two episodes which feature a diabolical mastermind named Glover. One is a millionaire and the other is a doctor who wants to contaminate people with a cold virus.
* In a dual Video Games and Live Action TV NamesTheSame, DoctorWho mentions a... thing from the Time War named The Nightmare Child. Meanwhile, the multimedia promotion of the {{KISS}} reunion album "Psycho Circus" featured the ColonCancer suffering but surprisingly good FirstPersonShooter Kiss: Psych Circus: The Nightmare Child for the Sega Dreamcast and PC, with the main villain being the titular Nightmare Child (who lived up to his name, as did the arena you fought him in, which was covered in eyes that shot shuriken).
* The character River Song of ''Doctor Who'' was eventually revealed to be originally Melody Pond. A recurring character on Law & Order was called Miranda Pond; both characters are played by Creator/AlexKingston.
* This Trope was the basis of the 1951-55 GameShow ''TheNamesTheSame'', a ''Series/WhatsMyLine'' clone with contestants that share a name with a famous person, place, or thing. There's also ''Same Name'', with celebrities trading places with the civilians with the same name.
* Before "Bankrupt", "I'd like to buy a vowel", and "I'd like to solve the puzzle", ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' was the name of a CBS game which aired from 1952-53. In that version, a wheel determined prizes awarded to people who did good deeds.
** ''Wheel'' also provides an in-work example, as the show had two different categories called Fill In the Blank. After about a year in which both were used, one of them was renamed Next Line Please. Both are now retired.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' is produced by one Adam Sandler, who is ''not'' the same as the actor.
** Once again with the in-work examples, they've had two different pricing games called Bullseye and Balance Game.
*** In turn, the ''ThePriceIsRight'' segment "Bullseye" should not be confused with the British darts-themed game show ''Series/{{Bullseye|UK}}'', nor with the American quiz show ''{{Series/Bullseye|US}}''.
* Two unrelated shows called ''Double Dare'': The [[DoubleDare1976 Goodson-Todman quiz show from 1976]] and the Nickelodeon messy stunt-fest [[DoubleDare1986 from ten years later]].
* Before the 90s courtroom drama ''ThePractice'', there was an early 70s one season sitcom starring DannyThomas as a doctor who refuses to give up his practice in a low income neighborhood despite the protests of his Private Practice son.
** In between the two there was a British TV series called ''The Practice'' as well (a soap set in the world of medicine). Luckily the gaps in between all three shows were so wide that no one was confused and no retitling was done (both US shows of that name have aired in Britain).
* Both ''Series/{{ER}}'' and ''{{Friends}}'' have a character named Rachel Greene, with different ages but somewhat-similar personalities and some''times''-similar spellings (''Friends'' never decided whether their Rachel officially had the extra E on the end of her surname or not).
** Both ''ER'' and ''E/R'' were set in a hospital and starred an unknown young actor named Creator/GeorgeClooney.
* Eric Foreman is the black neurologist from ''Series/{{House}}''; Eric ''Forman'' (no "e") is the slacker from ''[[ThatSeventiesShow That '70s Show]]''. Try not to get them confused.
* There's been wondering if either [[{{CSI}} Hodges]] or [[{{Bones}} Hodgins]] was on ''{{Monk}}'' [[spoiler: as the [[MysteryOfTheWeek murderer of the week]] (It was [[{{CSI}} Hodges]]).]]
* Interestingly, this happens within ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Though the spelling varies (since the spelling's never shown onscreen, it's irrelevant to the fan on the street), the name "Terellian" gets used a lot for species that can't be related. We've gotta assume the Delta Quadrant ones ("Drive") aren't any of the Alpha Quadrant ones, and among the Alpha Quadrant ones, the four-armed ones mentioned once ("Liaisons") can't be the two-armed ones with the disease ("Haven") or the two-armed boxer ("The Fight")... and ''the "Haven" and "Fight" Terellians look nothing like each other.'' That makes at least four species with the same name. The Enterprise in TNG supposedly has some, but the HumanAlien version's diseased and no members of the other three are ever seen on the ship, so... that's five. And that's only if we're charitable and assume all mentions of off-screen Terellians, or of things said to be Terellian ("Terellian spices," "Terellian laser art," etc.) are by one of those five. There could possibly be more. If all spelling variants are intentional, the ''minimum'' goes up to six.
** Hardly surprising that Picard gets confused in "Suddenly Human", and refers to the ''Talarians'' as Terellians.
** While it doesn't justify the lack of distinguishing between them, it should be noticed that many planets have ''several'' different species, which would account for a few of these Terellians.
** Plus, between movie number six and ''Deep Space Nine'', there are two Dax of two different species, with very different tastes in shoes.
** Think of the Cardassian race whenever the Kardashian sisters are mentioned.
** WordOfGod is that the Tamarians and the Temerians ''fought a war'' over who got which name.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s EMH is generally referred to as simply "The Doctor". [[Series/DoctorWho No, not that one.]]
* A contender in the 2008 version of ''AmericanGladiators'' went by the unlikely name of "[[TheGratefulDead Jerry Garcia]]".
* Minor example in Frasier: Doctor Crane and his brother, Doctor Crane. Neither works at [[Film/BatmanBegins Arkham Asylum]].
** Although it is the ''{{Cheers}}'' and ''{{Frasier}}'' doctor's forename,''Series/StargateSG1'' features a female character called Dr. Frasier.
* Walter Bishop of ''{{Moonlighting}}'' and Walter Bishop of ''{{Fringe}}'' are not the same guy.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Tribeca Prep's team name is the "Turkeys", as is Moperville North.
* ''The Best of Groucho'' was used as a name for Summer repeats of ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' airing on NBC in the 50s, as well as the [[EditedForSyndication re-edited]] version of the show airing in {{Syndication}} in the mid 70s.
* Dr. Mark Sloan: [[Series/DiagnosisMurder chief of medicine at Community General]], or [[GreysAnatomy a plastic surgeon at Seattle Grace]]?
** And Teddy Altman - [[GreysAnatomy Badass cardio surgeon]] or [[YoungAvengers Kree-Skrull hero?]] (Both characters were created by the same writer.)
* Uncle Jesse: When you hear this name, do you think of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', or ''FullHouse''?
* When ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fans think of the "Turbo Rangers", they think of the team featured in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', an adaptation of ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''. However, there was an earlier ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series titled ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger''. Even the [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaigers]] got both teams mixed-up when they accidentally transformed into the Turborangers when they wanted to transform into the Carrangers. There's also a vehicle called Turboranger in ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', but the pronunciation is different (it's actually pronounced "Turborunger").
** There are a few confusing shared Megazord names as well. The second Megazord to appear in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is the Thunder Megazord... as is the second Megazord to appear in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''. There are also two Omega Megazords, one from ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' and one from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', as well as a villainous mecha with that name in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''.
** You don't even need to go into Megazords. You have two lines of Rescue Zords, one in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', one in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''. But the latter combine into a ''Lightspeed'' Megazord.
** Eight years before ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', the name "Gingaman" was used for a group of villains in ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman''.
** And now, in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', there are two people named Gai: One is the team's SixthRanger, the other is the black ranger from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''.
*** Though the names are not quite spelled the same, there is also Joe Gibken, Gokai Blue, and Jō Ōhara from Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman. It's mentioned in universe and used to highlight their similar problems [[spoiler: with friends turned enemies.]]
** Venjix is the name of two separate Power Ranger villains - the general who led TheRemnant of the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Machine Empire]] in the [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce 10-year]] MilestoneCelebration, and the BigBad of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. While both villains are robotic / AI in nature, there's nothing to suggest any connection beyond that. The Machine Empire Venjix is pretty conclusively blown up at the end of his one appearance, while we see the creation of RPM Venjix via flashback.
** As noted on ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'''s page: [[IThoughtThatWas Not to be confused with]] "''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Galaxy Rangers]]''"[[note]]The original Western name for ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', which would later become adapted as ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''[[/note]], or ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''.
* In an episode of ''TheCosbyShow'', Theo winds up in possession of a joint owed by a male classmate named Tony Braxton. Not to be confused with female Toni Braxton, the singer.
* One episode of ''CriminalMinds'' featured a victim named [[MadMen Bobbie Barrett]].
* You've got to wonder whether [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy]] has ever come across any of [[{{Bones}} Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan's]] work in literature or forensic antropology.
* Chris Keller is either a DepravedBisexual on ''{{Oz}}'' or a {{Jerkass}} Musician on ''OneTreeHill''.
* Dan Briggs: the original IMF team leader from ''MissionImpossible'' or the Desk Sargent from the ''Felony Squad''.
* Series/{{ALF}} and the aforementioned FullHouse both have families named "Tanner".
* Both ''Series/FridayNightLights'' and ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' have HighSchool teams named "Panthers" with school colo(u)rs blue and gold. A classic JustifiedTrope since neither series uses WhereTheHellIsSpringfield with one school in Texas and the other in Toronto.
** Both are named after real schools' teams: [[http://www.permianpanthersfootball.com/index.html Odessa Permian HS]] and [[http://granderie.ca/pdhs/ Paris District HS]].
* In the '70s, not only was there [[BarneyMiller Captain Barney Miller]] from the TV series of the same name, there was also rogue bionic agent Barney Miller on TheSixMillionDollarMan.
* Before there was Jack Shephard on ''{{Lost}}'', there was the serial killer Jack Shepard in the movie ''{{Frequency}}''. As a bonus, both starred Elizabeth Mitchell, and the actor who played Shepard in the movie (Shawn Doyle) guest-starred on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' in season 4.
** They share a name but not a spelling with actors Jack Shepherd of ''Wycliffe'' and Jack P. Shepherd of ''{{Coronation Street}}''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' both feature a prominent villain known only as TheMaster.
** ''Doctor Who'' itself has featured two villains called the Master. The first only appeared in a 60s BizarroEpisode, and the Time Lord introduced in 1971 became so popular that [[JokerImmunity they have never quite gotten rid of him]].
** Years before Buffy there was a TV show called ''Family Affairs'' with a character named Buffy and her British butler, Giles.
*** ''Family Affairs'' was also the name of a long-running British soap opera in the 1990s-2000s.
* "FridayNightLights" features a Lyla Garrity, as did the very short-lived 2000 show "Wonderland" by the same creator, Peter Berg, who [[WordOfGod states that]] both characters [[WriteWhoYouKnow are named for his first big crush]], [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend who was his childhood dentist's daughter.]]
* Toei used the name Jiraiya for two different tokusatsu heroes. The first was the title character of ''Series/SekaiNinjaSenJiraiya'', whose civilian identity was Toha Yamaji. The other was Ninja Black from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', whose civilian identity happened to be "Jiraiya".
** [[{{Naruto}} What about a certain perverted Sannin?]]
* Davy Jones in ''TheMonkees'' is not a character from nautical folklore or ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. However, he was responsible for another Davy Jones changing his name to DavidBowie.
** This was referenced in the episode "Hitting the High Seas". The ship's captain learns that one of the boys is named Davy Jones and assumes he is the descendant of the famous character from folklore - Micky quickly plays into it: "...and when he's 25, he'll inherit the Locker!".
* If Captain Jack Pirates of the Caribbean meets Captain Jack Doctor Who/Torchwood what would happen answer Jack(DW/TW) being anything that moves would flirt with Jack and pirate Jack being himself wouldn't care.
* A tale of two Davids: Actor Vincent Irizarry as David Chow from ''The Young and the Restless'', or the notorious Dr. David Hayward from ''AllMyChildren''.
* Richard Hatch: Heroic original-era ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' lead actor, or villainous ''Survivor'' winner/tax evader.
* The "Blancmanges from outer space" sketch on Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus opens on one Harold Potter. He is explicitly stated to be too boring and normal to bother with, and the camera pans right past him.
* During 2009, on Sci-Fi TV, ''Series/StargateSG1'' (starring Colonel Samantha Carter) was broadcast just before ''{{Eureka}}'' (starring Sheriff Jack Carter). When the VoiceOver announced the next episode, that Carter faced some SciFi adventure, you couldn't tell which program was being announced.
* [=McKinley=] is a high school plagued by Death in the third ''FinalDestination'' movie (the fourth reveals that it's the name of the town the school is in) and the high school ''{{Glee}}'' takes place in. So, if you see someone dying in a freak accident while singing a pop song, you'll know who to blame for that.
* The GreatestAmericanHero's name was originally Ralph Hinkley. But less than 2 weeks after the pilot aired, John Hinkley shot President Reagan so the show changed his name to Ralph Hanley for the rest of the season. For episodes that had already been taped, they dubbed over his name to either block it out entirely (like with a plane flying loudly overhead), or to make his students say "Mr. H." By the second season, I guess ABC felt that enough time had passed, so his name was back to Ralph Hickley for the rest of the show.
* The Late Show hosted by DavidLetterman or the movie The Late Show. Don't confuse the latter with The Late Shift, a movie about how Letterman eventually got the former.
** There's also a late show in Australia, a BBC arts program that aired in the early-90s, and a Canadian CBC radio documentary that provides listeners with extended obituaries.
* Samuel Anders is Clarissa's best friend on ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''. Samuel Anders is also a character from the reimagined ''[[Series/BattleStarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]''.
** Also on ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'', Janet's high school sweetheart's name was Joey Russo. Not to be confused with ''{{Blossom}}'' Russo's brother Joey.
* An unusual example, in that they have different names, but identical initials, by which they are almost ''always'' referred to rather than by their proper names. There's a "J.D." (John Dorian) on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', a medical doctor with a propensity for {{Imagine Spot}}s, and a very different "J.D." (Jason Dean) in the movie ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', a homicidal teenager. Funny enough, the actor of that last character (Creator/ChristianSlater) later played yet another "J.D." in the movie ''Film.{{Mindhunters}}''.
** Jason Dean shares his name with a ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' season five/six character.
* The second generation of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' featured a James Cook and a Naomi Campbell. The latter is briefly given a little LampshadeHanging when she becomes angry on her first appearance on the show. Averted in RealLife in that the twin who played Katie was Megan Prescott, rather than her sister, Kathryn, who played Emily.
** There is also a real-life James Cook who is a BBC Scotland correspondent.
* In an episode of Goodnight Sweetheart, Gary meets a man in the 1940s who happens to be called George Harrison, though, according to Gary, "The hair's wrong."
* The NCIS episode "SWAK" features a character called Dr. Brad Pitt. It is pointed out that he is no relation to the actor.
** NCIS does it again in the episode "Chasing Ghosts", where the victim of the week [[spoiler:who was actually the culprit, having faked his own kidnapping and death]] was named [[Series/TwentyFour Noah Daniels]].
* "Annie Walker" has been used as the name of a Coronation Street snoot, a CIA trainee in Covert Affairs, and the protagonist and maid of honor in the 2011 comedy movie Bridesmaids.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a regular guest-star called Kate Locksley. ''Series/RobinHood'' had a character called Kate '''of''' Locksley. Ironically, both were disliked by the fan-base on account of their abrasive personalities and roles as [[ReplacementLoveInterest Replacement Love Interests]] and [[ReplacementScrappy Replacement Scrappies]] to more popular female characters.
* Rachel Reilly, a contestant on the 13th series of the US version of Big Brother, shares her name (though not the exact spelling) with Rachel Riley, a presenter on the UK gameshow Countdown.
* ''PunkyBrewster'': both live action and cartoon share the episode title "The Perils Of Punky." Content of each version are very different.
* ''The Defenders:'' The first from 1962, the second from 2010. Both unrelated to each other apart from being on CBS.
* ''The Avengers'' has been used as the name of a 1960s UK spy-fi show and a team of superheroes in the Marvel universe.
* Both the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/JamesBond'' universes feature characters named Q.
* A promo for {{ESPN}} features a pudgy, balding white man named "MichaelJordan" and portrays the disbelief and disappointment of people who expecting the "other" Jordan meet him.
* Mike Nelson: [[SeaHunt Protector of the Sea]] [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 or]] [[MikeNelsonDestroyerofWorlds Destroyer of Worlds?]] Also counts in 'Other', as the latter is using his real name.
* Dr Harley Quinn in the DC universe and Harley Quin in Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Mr Quin". Also four different DC Comics universe villainesses called Harlequin.
* Lucy Lane in the DC universe is Lois Lane's younger sister. She shares her name with Detective Inspector Lucy Lane in UK 1990s detective drama ''Wycliffe''.
* Both EastEnders and BeverlyHills90210 have featured characters named Kelly Taylor.
* Both EastEnders and ''The O.C.'' have featured characters named Julie Cooper.
* HolbyCity has used the title "Blood Ties" for two different episodes: Series 9 Episode 18 and Series 15 Episode 12.
* ''HappyDays'', which we all know for Fonzie, Richie, etc., was also a variety series that aired on CBS in the summer of 1970. The "happy days" of the latter referred to the 30's and 40's.
** ''HappyDays'' itself had two different episodes entitled ''Great Expectations''.
* Rebecca Knight who plays Anna in the BT ads is not Rebecca Knight who sings with The Opera Babes, or a singer-songwriter who does vocals with Ministry Of Sound and Hed Kandi.
* Charley Webb who plays Debbie Dingle in ''{{Emmerdale}}'' is a different person from the Charley Webb who sings with her sister, Hattie, as The Webb Sisters.
* ''CoronationStreet'' actor Ryan Thomas shares a name with a one-off character in the ''CSI'' episode "Bittersweet".
** CoronationStreet character Amy [=McDonald=] shares a name, though not an exact spelling, with Scottish singer Amy Macdonald and US author Amy MacDonald.
* ManicStreetPreachers sang about Kevin Carter the Pulitzer-prize winning photographer, another was an American National Football League player, while still another turned up as the victim in the ''CSI:NY'' episode "Dead Reckoning".
* BBC Wales news presenter Sian Lloyd shares her name with ITV weather presenter Siān Lloyd. Also in the news business was journalist Shan Lloyd.
* The Watchers are either a group of [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer stuffy British guys who find and train superpowered girls to slay vampires]] or a [[{{Franchise/Highlander}}secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere and who know the truth about immortals]]
* Cole Hauser, the fake name taken by ''{{Tracker}}'' character Cole/Daggon in a couple eps is the name of a real life, if slightly lesser known, actor.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' features a single-episode character who goes by the name "Amy Pond." It's an alias, but there is no evidence within the show that it was intentionally taken from ''{{Doctor Who}}''.
* Two with the name ''SecondChance'': the 1977 precursor to ''PressYourLuck'' and a 1987 Fox sitcom with Matthew Perry.
* Jamie Oliver-TV chef or keyboardist with Welsh band Lostprophets?
* Katie Sutherland, Neil's sister in TheInbetweeners, shares a name with Katie ''Pearl'' Sutherland, former lead singer of Scots band ''Pearl and the Puppets'' and now a solo artist.
* Alex Jones, a US newsman, shares a name with the Welsh female presenter of ''The One Show''.
* ''The Chase'' was the name of a short-lived (2006-07) BBC 1 drama, before the same title was used for an ITV 1 gameshow hosted by Bradley Walsh since 2009.
* Alex Reid-UK male boxer involved with model Jordan (Katie Price), or UK actress who appeared as probation officer Sally in ''Misfits''?
* Sam GRAY is a UK male singer-songwriter. Sam GREY is a UK actress who played Alice Chantrey in ''Casualty''.
* There have been at least 5 different drama series called ''The Doctors'', not counting ''Doctors'', plus a factual medical talk show called ''The Doctors''. None of them have anything to do with Gallifrey's most well-known inhabitant.
* Creator/{{ABC}} has had two shows called ''The Neighbors''. One was a 1975 GameShow hosted by Regis Philbin; [[Series/TheNeighbors the other]], a 2012 sci-fi sitcom.
** Also the long-running Australian soap opera.
* EastEnders character Charlie Slater shares a name with a real BBC weatherman.
* Since 2000, there have been at least 8 different movies bearing the title ''After The Fall''.
* Bridget Jones-fictional London-based diarist. Bridgette Jones-real-life guitarist with punk bands Fluffy and Darling.
* ''Hollyoaks'' character Amy Barnes had the same name as actress Amy Leigh Barnes, who actually appeared in a minor role in the show, and her domestic violence storyline chillingly echoed the reality of the actress' tragic death.
** Hollyoaks has featured characters called Elizabeth Taylor and Sinead O'Connor.
* HolbyCity character Dr. Elliot Hope shares a name with scriptwriter Elliot Hope, who has written for the show...long after the character was introduced!
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'' character DCI Erin Gray shares a name with an actress who played Wilma Deering on ''Series/BuckRogersInThe25thCentury'' and Kate on ''Series/SilverSpoons''.
* EastEnders and HomeAndAway have both had characters called Grant Mitchell.
* [[Series/GoodLuckCharlie Charlie]] [[Fanfic/EbonyDarknessDementiaRavenWayVsCanon Duncan]].
* The name Nicola McLean is shared by an English glamour model and a Scottish beauty queen.
* DocMartin had PC Mark Mylow and, later, publican Mark Bridge, the latter narrowly avoiding sharing a name with a convicted UK child-killer, Mark Bridger.
* ''{{Emmerdale}}'' has a Bob Hope, who has no connection to the US comedian.
* The ''Wycliffe'' episode ''The Last Rites'' features a character called the Rev. Michael Jordan, who is most definitely not the American basketball player.
* ALISON Scott is a major character in the movie ''Knocked Up''. ALLISON Scott was a one-off character in the ''CSI: New York'' episode ''Veritas''.
* Two episodes of the 1960s sci-fi show ''Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'' bore the title ''The Creature''.
* Series/TheBill used the same titles for different episodes several times.
* CASSIE Ainsworth was a character in the first generation of ''Series/{{Skins}}''. KACEY Ainsworth was an actress who played Little Mo in EastEnders.
* Two episodes of ''Daniel Boone'' bore the title ''The Traitor''.
* Helen Forrester was the name of a fictional prison governor in 1970s UK drama ''Within These Walls'', and a real UK author who wrote about her experiences of growing up in Liverpool during the Great Depression.
* KELLY Holmes was a British middle distance athlete. WDC KERRY Holmes was a character in Series/TheBill.
* Jim Fenner was a corrupt prisoner officer in BadGirls. Jack Fenner was a one-off profiteer/rogue shopkeeper in the ''Foyle's War'' episode ''The French Drop''. Presumably both men had ''James'' on their respective in-universe birth certificates.
* UK actress Jade Williams (''Black Hearts in Battersea'') shares a name with UK singer Jade Williams, otherwise known as Sunday Girl.
** Incidentally, the latter's stage name has nothing to do with Blondie, but refers to her working in a pet shop as a teenager.
* ''Prisoner Cell Block H'' was entitled ''Prisoner'' in its native Australia. This was amended for UK and US audiences to avoid confusion with ThePrisoner.
** ''Prisoner'' featured a drug dealer named George Lucas, not to be confused with the US film producer.
* Dani Beck (female) was temporarily a detective with the [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Special Victims Unit]]; Danny Beck (male) is a military man doing something suspicious on ''{{Bones}}''.
* The Law & Order franchise has two characters named Amanda Rollins; one a major character on ''SVU'', and the other a guest character on ''[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Criminal Intent]]''.
* KERI [=McGrath=] was a nurse on HolbyCity. KERRY [=McGrath=] was a DA in a TV murder mystery movie called ''Let Me Call You Sweetheart''.
* Two different shows called ''Bedlam'' featured on UK TV in the early 2010s, the first a supernatural drama on Sky Living, the second a mental health documentary on Channel 4.
* There are two different shows called ''Nashville''; a reality series for FOX in 2007 and [[Series/{{Nashville}} a drama]] with [[Series/FridayNightLights Mrs. Coach]] and [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire the cheerleader]] as country stars that began in 2012.
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', a replicator is a machine capable of creating (and recycling) objects. In ''Series/StargateSG1'', a replicator is an antagonistic self-replicating machine that propagate by ingesting the metals that make up civilizations and use them to create either blocks that form the bug-like version or smaller cells that compose the human-form "Replicators".
* Shawn Ashmore's character on ''TheFollowing'' is named Mike Weston. He's most likely not the Michael Westen who famously received a ''BurnNotice''.
* BBC 1 drama WaterlooRoad shares a name 1945 British film.
* in 2001, BBC 1 screened a short lived sitcom about a taxi driver called Paul Clark. That same summer, the second series of the UK version of BigBrother featured a housemate called Paul Clarke, who was a car designer.
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