and dramatizations of true events where the principal figure, though portrayed in the show by some Hollywood star, is still alive in Real Life
, it's a traditional Casting Gag
to assign this non-actor some bit part (not As Himself
A subtrope of The Cameo
. Compare Celebrity Paradox
, Autobiographical Role
- In 'Quantum Leap', John Boyd West plays his father, Red West.
- In Toast, The BBC's dramatisation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater's autobiography, Slater plays the chef who gives young Nigel his first job.
- Happens more than once on The Wire, as several characters are loosely based on real cops and criminals who are given cameos on the show. Most notably, the real Jay Landsman ends up playing a recurring character.
- Sue Thomas appears in three episodes of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. In two of them, she plays a character called Deanne Bray!
- In Micro Men Sophie (née Roger) Wilson, as well as being a major character played by actor Stefan Butler, has a cameo right at the end of the programme as a pub landlady.
- Sky1's Little Crackers series comprises biographical skits about (and usually written by) comedians and comedy actors, who always appear as a secondary character. For instance, Alison Steadman as her own mum, or Stephen Fry playing his headmaster.
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson played his father on one episode of That '70s Show.
- Dave Barry guest-starred in one episode of Dave's World, the sitcom based on his column. He was a disgruntled character who got into a bidding war with Dave over an air conditioner during a heatwave. The end credits featured real Dave Barry and screen Dave Barry (Harry Anderson) jamming together on guitars. To take things full-circle, the real Dave then wrote a column about his experience on the show, which was published in the book Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up.
- In An Adventure In Space And Time, a docudrama about the making of early Doctor Who, William Russell (Ian Chesterton) plays Harry, The BBC commissionaire, and Carole Ann Ford (Susan) plays Joyce, a grandmother whose grandsons are Doctor Who fans. A few other actors from the early years appear at various points, most notably in the crowd at Verity Lambert's leaving do.
- In Funny or Die's spoof trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the faux Al's goatee'd manager is played by Al himself.