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  • American Horror Story generally avoids this trope, preferring to age actors up or down when needed by using makeup and FX, but they have used it a couple of times, specifically when older actors needed to be aged down drastically rather than by a decade or two:
    • Dr. Arden/Hans Gruber, who first appeared in Asylum but later returned in Freak Show as one of the series' first recurring characters, is played by James Cromwell for the most part, but by his son John Cromwell in flashbacks to his youth (notably, this encompasses all the character's scenes in Freak Show).
    • In Coven, Fiona and Myrtle are played by series regulars Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy, respectively. However, since both those ladies are in their sixties, younger actresses were used to portray them as teenagers in flashbacks: Riley Voelkel as Young Fiona, Michelle Page as Young Myrtle. Amusingly, they don't do the same for the coven's servant Spalding, who is played by Denis O'Hare in both time frames.
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  • The flashback-heavy series Arrested Development used this all the time for the Bluth kids, but the George and Lucille were usually the regular actors. In Season 4, flashbacks had Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig as the younger George and Lucille.
  • Several characters in Arrow, especially given the flashbacks and flashforwards in the show:
    • Oliver Queen is played by Stephen Amell as an adult and by Jacob Hoppenbrouwer as a child.
    • Tommy Merlyn is played by Colin Donnell as an adult and by Arien Bouey as a child.
    • His son William is played by Jack Moore as a (pre)teen and by Ben Lewis as an adult in a Flash Forward.
    • Zoe Ramirez is played by Eliza Faria as a child and by Andrea Sixtos as an adult in the same Flash Forward.
  • Blossom made good use of Joey Lawrence's real life brothers for a flashback episode or two.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer did it three times, with a young actress playing Buffy as a girl. It was a different actress each time. Mimi Paley in "Killed By Death", Alexandra Lee in "Weight of the World" and Candice Nicole in "Blood Ties" presumably due to age considerations.
  • The BBC miniseries Casanova cast David Tennant as the young Casanova, Peter O'Toole as the old Casanova and John Sandilands and Zachary Fox as Casonova as a child.
    • James Holly, Brock Everett Elwick and Tom Burke played Casanova's son at different parts of his life.
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    • Leonilda appeared as a baby, and at age 20 played by Naomi Bentley.
  • Centennial used makeup to show most characters aging, outside of brief, non speaking childhood scenes. However, the character of Jim Lloyd was portrayed by Michael LeClair as a 16 year old and William Atherton as an adult. Also seen with the characters of the two Pasquinel brothers and Philip Wendell. In the latter case, it was the childhood version, played by Doug McKeon, who had the larger role in comparison with the adult, played by Morgan Paull.
  • Charmed (1998): The fourth season episode "The Three Faces of Phoebe" featured her bringing her past and future selves into the present with her which were both played by different actresses. In the finale "Forever Charmed" this is done with Piper as well, though the child form of her does not appear on screen with the adults.
    • Done even earlier in Season 1's "That '70s Episode", in which a time travel spell sends the sisters back to when Prue and Piper were children.
  • Cold Case uses this extensively, as its stories are told mostly in flashbacks from cases often decades in the past. The only time they don't do this is in the few cases that are recent enough for it to make sense that the characters look the same.
    • A few early episodes attempted do to this through make-up rather than casting different actors. The results were not very convincing.
  • Similarly, in the 1998 miniseries of The Count of Monte Cristo, starring Gérard Depardieu, the protagonist was played in the prologue by Guillaume Depardieu.
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  • Four actors have played the eponymous character in Dexter in flashback scenes, including star Michael C. Hall.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Daleks' Master Plan", Sara Kingdom gets aged to death by the Time Destructor. Jean Marsh's mid-stage ageing is created with extensive makeup but the fully-aged version of her is played by May Warden.
    • In "The Time Monster", Benton is regressed by a time-manipulating alien goddess into an uncredited baby. Sadly, the baby "actor" died before his first birthday, as John Levine points out on the commentary track.
    • Elisabeth Sladen appears over three Whoniverse TV shows, and a Big Finish-produced audio spinoff over 38 years as Sarah Jane Smith. In The Sarah Jane Adventures, she's played by an uncredited baby as a child, Jessica Mogridge as a child in flashback and Jessica Ashworth at age 13.
    • An uncredited extra plays the youthful Maren in "The Brain of Morbius", which is odd as the elderly Maren was played by Cynthia Grenville, a young woman in very heavy age makeup which they could easily enough have removed.
    • "Father's Day": We meet Rose Tyler as an uncredited baby and as a child played by Julia Joyce, and at age 19 by Billie Piper. Young Mickey Smith is played by Casey Dyer, while as an adult he's played by Noel Clarke. The same episode, however, contains a bizarre aversion — 20-year-old Jackie Tyler is played by the same (barely under 40) actress who plays her present-day self, and no effort is made to make her look any younger.
    • Companion Jack Harkness is played by John Barrowman as an adult, and in the Torchwood episode "Adam" by Jack Montgomery as a child.
    • In "The Girl in the Fireplace", Reinette is played by Jessica Atkins as a child, and Sophia Myles for the rest of her life.
    • Queen Elizabeth I is played by Angela Pleasence in her later years ("The Shakespeare Code"), and Joanna Page as a young woman ("The Day of the Doctor").
    • In "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", Tim Latimer is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster as a teenager, and an uncredited Huw Rees as an elderly man.
    • "Blink" has an unusual example in which the character of Billy Shipton is played as a young man by Michael Obiora, then minutes later he appears as an old man portrayed by Louis Mahoney. The character had been sent back 38 years in time and lived out the loop to the present in order to give a message to Sally Sparrow, the protagonist of the story.
    • "The Sound of Drums" introduces us to William Hughes (uncredited), portraying the Master as a child. Interestingly, this makes him the first Master, chronologically speaking.
    • In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", Lady Eddison is played by Felicity Kendal in 1926 and an uncredited woman 40 years earlier.
    • "The Waters of Mars": One-off companion Adelaide Brooke is played by Rachel Fewell as a child, and Lindsay Duncan as an adult.
    • In "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Big Bang", as well as flashbacks in "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy Pond is played as a seven-year-old by Caitlin Blackwood before being played as an adult by Karen Gillan. The two actresses are cousins. Also in "Let's Kill Hitler", a young Rory is played by Ezekiel Wigglesworth, while he's played as an adult by Arthur Darvill.
    • Michael Gambon plays the miserly Kazran Sardick in "A Christmas Carol"; his younger self is initially played by Laurence Belcher, then becomes a teenager as Danny Horn. (Then back to Belcher to get "shown his future").
    • In "The Impossible Astronaut", Canton Everett Delaware III is initially played by William Morgan Sheppard, before the TARDIS crew travel back in time to meet him played by Sheppard's son, Mark Sheppard.
    • In "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory's childhood friend Mels, in actuality River Song before she regenerated into Alex Kingston's incarnation, is played by Maya Glace-Green as a kid and Nina Toussaint-White in the present. In "A Good Man Goes to War", River, then called Melody and in an even earlier incarnation is played by twins Harrison and Madison Mortimer, while in the opening two-parter "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon", she's slightly older and played by Sydney Wade.
    • "Listen" features Samuel Anderson playing Danny Pink's Identical Grandson, and Remi Gooding playing a child Danny Pink. There is also an uncredited child playing a young First Doctor.
    • "Demons of the Punjab", which has companion Yaz making shocking discoveries about the past of her grandmother Umbreen, has Umbreen played by Leena Dhingra in 2018 and Amita Suman in 1947.
    • The Doctor's frequent enemy Davros has been portrayed by a number of actors. However, in Series 9, he's portrayed by Julian Bleach. The Doctor also encounters Davros as a child, played by Joey Price.
    • Aversions:
  • Season 2 of Fargo acts as a prequel to Season 1 taking place nearly thirty years previously, with three characters carried over. Molly Solverson, the protagonist of the first season played by Allison Tolman, appears as a little girl played by Raven Stewart. Meanwhile, her father Lou, a semi-retiree in his 60s played by Keith Carradine in the first season, is now the thirty-something protagonist, being played by Patrick Wilson. There's a secondary character carried over in the form of Ben Schmidt, Gus's boss from the first season (where he was played by Peter Breitmayer), whom Lou ends up rather reluctantly working with in the second (where he's now played by Keir O'Donnell).
  • Zac Efron played the young Simon Tam in a Firefly flashback.
  • Several characters on The Flash:
    • Barry Allen himself is played by Grant Gustin as an adult. As a child, he's played by Logan Williams in seasons 1 and 2 and by Liam Hughes from season 3 on.
    • Iris West-Allen is portrayed by Candice Patton as an adult and by Amina Elkatib (seasons 1 and 2) and Sasha Rojen (from season 3 on) as a child.
    • Caitlin Snow is normally played by Danielle Panabaker. A brief flashback to her as a child has her played by Victoria Askounis.
    • Hunter Zolomon is played by Teddy Sears as an adult (voiced by Tony Todd as Zoom) and by Octavian Kaul as a child.
  • The 1990s young adult series Flash Forward often intersperses home video clips of five-year-old Tucker and Becca (who are also featured in the opening credits) into the plot. The characters are 14 years old when most of the action takes place.
  • The French and Saunders parody of Star Wars (The Phantom Millenium) naturally lampshades this, with Toby-Jugs Kenobi very keen to know if she'll grow up to become Alec Guinness.
  • An episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a flashback to before the Banks became rich, in which every major character excluding Ashley, who wasn't born at the time of the flashback, were played by different actors. However, in a later episode where the cast are watching an old video tape of Vivian and Phil, they are played by the same actors. Which is bizarre when you think about it, as this footage was supposed to have been before the children were even born, and therefore Phil and Vivian would have been younger than in the previous flashback where they were played by younger actors.
  • On Full House young Danny was played by Phillip Glasser, whose other claim to fame is voicing Fievel in An American Tail.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Hodor has a different actor for flashbacks in Season 6.
    • Rodrik Cassel also has a different actor for flashbacks in Season 6 (note that Fergus Leathem/Young Rodrik looks a lot like Podrick Payne — actor Daniel Portman is Ron Donachie's son in real life, so logically Daniel looks like young Ron).
    • Old Nan has a different actress for flashbacks in Season 6.
    • Sebastian Croft and Robert Aramayo respectively played the child and young adult version of Ned Stark in Season 6 flashbacks instead of Sean Bean.
  • Gotham
    • Throughout the show, Selina Kyle is a teenager played by Camren Bicondova. For the Distant Finale (which takes place a decade in the future), the grown-up Catwoman is played by Lili Simmons.
    • The character of Ivy Pepper, who eventually becomes Poison Ivy, underwent a Plot-Relevant Age-Up, switching from Clare Foley as a child to Maggie Geha as a young adult and finally Peyton List.
  • Adam Kolkin plays a younger Kurt in Glee, bearing such an impossible resemblance to Chris Colfer that many people were convinced that the flashbacks had been done using technology, or at the very least that the two were related in some way. They aren't.
  • The Golden Girls had occasional flashbacks to when Dorothy was a young adult. The casting director did a good job of finding an actress who looked like a younger version of Bea Arthur's character (Estelle Getty was simply able to take off the white wig and age makeup for her scenes).
    • An older flashback featured Sophia's mother, played by none other than Bea Arthur.
  • A couple of episodes of Good Eats feature Young Alton, played by John Herina, the same actor who plays his nephew in other episodes. They're not actually related, but Elton (the nephew) does have a shocking resemblance to his "uncle".
  • Highlander "The Prophecy"-young actor as the boy Duncan Macleod subbing in for Adrian Paul who played adult Duncan.
  • On How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor plays "present day" Ted, while Bob Saget is the voice of "future" Ted. Every time we've seen flash-forwards of Ted in the future, however, he's played by Radnor in makeup.
  • iCarly had a young Sam and young Carly for a flashback.
  • In Kung Fu's Once an Episode flashbacks young Kwai Chang Caine was played by Radames Perá. In the occasional flashback to teenage Caine, he's played by star David Carradine's younger brother Keith, with David usually (but not always) providing the voice.
    • In Kung Fu: The Legend Continues young(er) but adult Kwai Chang Caine was played by David Carradine and Peter Caine (his son) was played by Nathaniel Moreau (and later Robert Bedarski).
  • Legend of the Seeker:
    • Zeddicus Zu'l Zorrander is portrayed by Bruce Spence as an old man and by Gabriel Mann as a young man.
    • A Bad Future has Nicholas Rahl portrayed by Jack Hurst as a boy and by Paul Barrett as a middle-aged man.
    • Panis Rahl is portrayed by Sam Snedden in flashbacks and by Paul Barrett as an old man. In disguise, he also looks like John Rhys-Davies.
    • Zedd's brother Thaddicus is portrayed by Jon Brazier as an old man and by Gareth Williams as a young man in flashbacks.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, several characters end up meeting their past selves. Most end up being played by different actors, although Caity Lotz plays both the teenage and adult versions of Sara Lance.
    • Mick Rory is played by Dominic Purcell as an adult (although voiced by Steve Blum in his Chronos incarnation) and by Mitchell Kummen as a teenager.
    • Leonard Snart is portrayed by Wentworth Miller as an adult and by Trestyn Zradicka as a little boy.
    • Likewise, Snart's father Lewis is portrayed on The Flash by Michael Ironside, while his younger version is played by Jason Beaudoin.
    • Rip Hunter's adult actor is Arthur Darvill, while his younger version is played by Aiden Longworth.
    • Martin Stein is portrayed by Victor Garber as a middle-aged man, by Graeme McComb as a young man, and by an unknown baby as, well, a baby. Likewise, his wife Clarissa is portrayed by three actresses: Chanelle Stevenson as Clarissa in 1975, Emily Tennant in 1987 and 1992, and Isabella Hofmann as a middle-aged woman.
    • Ray Palmer is portrayed by Brandon Routh as an adult and by Jack Fisher as a boy.
    • In "Wet Hot American Bummer", Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe (normally played by Caity Lotz and Jes Macallan, respectively) take a de-aging potion and end up being played by Emily Murden and Vanessa Przada, respectively.
    • Nora Darhk was originally portrayed on Arrow by Tuesday Hofmann as a child. A teenage version was played by Madeleine Arthur, while an adult version was portrayed by Courtney Ford.
    • A crossover example with John Diggle Jr. (AKA Connor Hawke). He's played by Keon Boateng as a baby, Marcello Guede as a little boy, and Joseph David-Jones as an adult in a Bad Future.
    • Todd Rice (AKA Obsidian) is portrayed by Dan Payne as a young man (although we never see his face) and by Lance Henriksen as an old man.
    • Kuasa was originally voiced by Anika Noni Rose in Vixen, before being recast as Tracy Ifeachor for Legends. A younger version of Kuasa is played by Nakai Takawira in one episode.
  • Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
    • A time-traveling H. G. Wells was a recurring character. One actor portrayed him in season 2, another in season 3, and then both portrayed him in different episodes of season 4. The difference was explained by one being an older (by sixteen years) incarnation of the other.
    • Jimmy Olsen gets hit by an aging ray in the episode "Brutal Youth". Rather brilliantly, his aged self is played by Jack Larson, who previously played Jimmy in The Adventures of Superman.
  • Lost has needed these occasionally due to its flashback structure.

    We've seen Jack, Sun, Locke, Ben, Charlie, Sawyer, Eko, Faraday, Sayid, Kate, Hurley, Yemi, Juliet, Rachel Carlson, Alex, Jacob and the Man in Black as children in flashbacks. Locke, Ben, Alex, Jacob and the Man in Black have also been depicted as newborns. "Cabin Fever" saw Locke as an infant, a child, a teenager, and an adult.

    Walt was already a 10-year-old child during seasons 1 and 2, but also appeared as an infant in the season 2 episode "Adrift". However, the season 2 episode "One of Them" averted this by using an actual photo of a teenage Evangeline Lilly (Kate) for a flashback scene where her character's father is looking at a photo of his daughter. Emily Locke appeared as an adult and as a teenager when she was pregnant with John.
    • Due to time travel, Lost showed younger versions of characters in its fifth season without explicitly revealing who they were as a form of a twist. A younger Charles Widmore (two, one in 1954 and one in 1977), Danielle Rousseau when she was shipwrecked in 1988, Eloise Hawking (again, two, in 1954 and 1977) and Charlotte Lewis (in 1974 and 1977) appeared that year. The actress who played 1977 Eloise also appears in a flashback with Daniel Faraday the same episode that era's Eloise first appeared.
    • In the second half of the show, after pre-Island flashbacks were mostly gone, Aaron, Ji Yeon and Desmond's son Charlie appeared as newborns around 2004/05 (in-story) and as toddlers in 2007. Similarly, Clementine Phillips was shown as a baby photograph in a pre-Island flashback and as a child in 2007.
    • In season 5, Ethan and Miles appeared during the islanders' time travelling as babies in 1977 and as children in flashbacks (Ethan's while Alex was a baby around 1988).
  • Malcolm in the Middle had disturbingly similar-looking actors for the younger versions of the cast in the flashback episodes.
    • Amusingly, by the final episode, the flashback actors were about the same ages as the main cast had been in the first season.
  • Merlin had Mordred played by twelve-year-old Asa Butterfield in the first two series, after which he was Put on a Bus and not seen again until series 5, seven years later due to a Time Skip, where he's now played by twenty-three-year-old Alexander Vlahos.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Season 2's "Rangers Back in Time" two-parter saw Lord Zedd turn back time. The six Ranger teens (as well as Bulk and Skull) became children with age-appropriate actors, though the school principal and their teacher were played by the same people. Master Vile tried the same trick for the final arc of Season 3, with the child actors being brought back (except for young Kimberly's, as Katherine had joined up by then). As the arc was resolved in a two-parter of its own, a young Tanya was introduced before her teenaged self appeared.
    • In the Power Rangers Zeo two part episode, Rangers of Two Worlds, Billy was the victim of accelerated aging, and was played by an older actor. The in universe explanation was due to Billy being re-aged after the Master Vile situation. The real world reason was David Yost leaving the show because of off-camera gay bashing he was the target of.
  • The 2011 mini-series version of Mildred Pierce had Morgan Turner as Veda in her preteen and early teenage years (through age 14-15), and Evan Rachel Wood as Veda in her late teens and early twenties.
  • My Name Is Earl has had flashbacks to the title character's childhood using appropriately-aged actors.
  • In the Season 7 finale of TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dr. Forrester experiences rapid aging as part of an extended 2001 reference. Old!Forrester was played by Jack Beaulieu, Trace Beaulieu's father.
  • The Nanny: Renee Taylor plays Fran Fine's mother Sylvia in the present day, but during the flashbacks to Fran's childhood, Fran Drescher (Fran) plays Sylvia.
  • William Morgan Sheppard and Mark Sheppard, mentioned above under Doctor Who, also appeared as older and younger versions of the same character in an episode of NCIS.
  • In Once Upon a Time:
    • In the episode "Stable Boy", the fairytale world plot flashed back to when the teenage Regina (still played by Lana Parrilla) met Snow White and her father. Child Snow was played by Bailee Madison, who could easily pass for (adult Snow) Ginnifer Goodwin's daughter or young sister.
    • Regina's mother, Cora, is played by Barbara Hershey as a middle-aged and older woman in the show's present and in flashbacks with Regina as a young woman, and by Rose McGowan as a late-teens or early-twenties woman (Dawson Casting, as McGowan was in her late thirties at the time) in a few episodes with flashback sections to her early life.
    • In the last scene of Season 6, and the whole of Season 7, Adult Henry is played by Andrew J. West. Jared S. Gilmore reprises his role of Young Henry in a handfule of Storybrooke scenes.
  • In a non-time example, Orange Is the New Black has transgender character Sophia played transgender actress Laverne Cox, and by Cox's twin brother M Lamar as her pre-transition self.
  • Our Miss Brooks: "The Dream" features older versions of Mr. Conklin, Walter Denton, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Boynton and Mrs. Boynton nee Brooks played by series regulars Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan, Robert Rockwell and Eve Arden respectively.
  • The Pretender:
    • The series features frequent flashbacks to Jarod's childhood, so most of the main characters have a secondary actor who plays them in flashbacks. Jarod has two, one who plays him as a young child and one who plays him as a teen. And they spun young Jarod off as a clone. Averted with Jarod's mother, whose appearances are mostly in flashbacks and dream sequences; for her few present-day appearances, she's played by the same actor, aged up.
    • In the episode "Collateral Damage", Jarod investigates an incident during the Vietnam War, and interviews a Vietnamese immigrant who witnessed the incident as a child. In a variation from the "Young/Old Character" crediting convention, the child actor who plays him in the flashbacks is credited as "Le Xuan Duc", while the actor playing his adult self is credited as "Lenny Duc", the Naturalized Name he adopted after immigrating.
  • Every episode of Psych also begins with a flashback, with younger actors playing Shawn and Gus. However, Corbin Bernsen, who plays Shawn's father, just wears makeup and a hairpiece to make him look younger. We get a Lampshade Hanging, of course.
  • In Pushing Daisies, two of the main characters are Ned (played by Lee Pace) and Chuck (played by Anna Friel). However, every episode opens with a flashback to Ned's childhood, where Ned and Chuck are played by Field Cate and Sammi Hanratty, respectively. Olive ( Kristin Chenoweth), Emerson (Chi McBride) and Lily (Swoosie Kurtz)also got a flashback each in season 2, in which they were played by Samantha Bailey, Stephen Wash, Jr. and Mackenzie Brooke Smith, respectively.
  • All the major non-AI characters of Red Dwarf have have had childhood versions of themselves played by different actors.
    • Adult Rimmer is played by Chris Barrie. Young Rimmer appeared in three episodes, played by Simon Gaffney. A teenage Rimmer in the series X episode, "The Beginning", was played by Philip Labey.
    • (Initially) 20-something Lister is played by Craig Charles. Lister has appeared as a teenager (played by Charles' younger brother Emile), and as a baby (played by Danny John-Jules' real-life nephew Alexander).
    • Lister, Cat and Kochanski have all appeared as young children when briefly de-aged, played respectively by an uncredited actor, Perri Michael and Holly Earl. Lister has also been turned into an old man, also played by an uncredited actor.
  • In the 1996 Mini Series Rhodes, Cecil Rhodes was played by Martin Shaw and "Young Cecil Rhodes" was played by Shaw's son, Joe Shaw.
  • In Rome, Gaius Octavian is played by Max Pirkis as a teenager and Simon Woods as an adult. The change happens while he goes to war. Upon seeing the adult Octavian for the first time, his mother makes a remarks about military rations having made an effect on him. The trope is bizarrely averted, however, with Vorenus' children, who should be in their thirties by the final episode. One is played by the same actress who played her as a fourteen-year-old, the other two are played by actors who are at most twelve.
  • The mini-series Roots cast LeVar Burton as teenaged Kunta Kinte and John Amos as an adult. For most other characters, heavy makeup was used to show them aging.
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures, Rani Chandra is played by Anjli Mohindra as a teen, and Souad Faress as the Mad Old Woman of Bannerman Road in a Bad Future in the story "The Mad Woman in the Attic".
  • Smallville:
    • Tom Welling is the regular actor for Clark Kent but Jackson Warris plays the young version of him.
    • Michael Rosenbaum is the regular actor for Lex Luthor but his younger actoe is played by Matthew Munn.
    • Miranda Cosgrove plays the the young Lana Lang, who is regularly played by Kristin Kreuk.
    • Allison Mack plays Chloe Sullivan in a regular basis but is played by Victoria Duffield as a kid.
  • St. Elsewhere: The two-part story "Time Heals" features younger versions of several main and recurring characters: the 1935 and 1945 versions of Donald Westphall are played by Joshua Harris and Michael Sharrett respectively, the 1945 versions of Daniel Auschlander and his future wife Katherine Wellingham are played by James Stephens and Devon Ericson and the 1965 version of Luther Hawkins is played by Sean Williams.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • In "1969", General George Hammond is normally played by the late Don S. Davis. After traveling back in time, they meet Lieutenant George Hammond played by Aaron Pearl.
    • In "Fragile Balance", Jack's teenage clone is portrayed by Michael Welch.
    • Others include Linea (Bonnie Bartlett as old, Megan Leitch as young), Dr. Ernest Littlefield (Keene Curtis as old, Carson Be... sorry, Paul McGillion as young), Orlin (Sean Patrick Flanery as adult, Cameron Bright as child), Cassandra Frasier (Katie Stuart as child, en Rennison as teenager, Pamela Perry as old)
    • Catherine Langford takes the prize with five actresses. First, there are the two portraying her in the original film (Kelly Vint as a child, Viveca Lindfors as an adult). Then there are the actresses from the show (Nancy Mc Clure as young circa 1945, Glynis Davies as adult in 1969, Elizabeth Hoffman as primary appearance).
    • Because Adria grows from infancy to adulthood in a matter of days, the premiere episode of season 10 has four different actresses play the part first as a newborn, then at ages 4, 7, and 12. Her adult version is played by Morena Baccarin.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • "Firstborn" had a character prove to be a time-travelling older Alexander (Worf's young son), played by James Sloyan. That and Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome results in five different Alexanders (most would say four, but Worf has a photo where Alexander is played by yet a fifth actor, when you'd think it'd have been easy to call up one of the existing ones.)
      • Child versions of Picard, Keiko, Guinan, and Ro appear in "Rascals", though it is not a flashback. The person who played young Guinan also played Whoopi Goldberg's character as a child in Sister Act. The actor who played young Picard earlier played Picard's nephew Rene in "Family".
      • Played straight at first in "Tapestry", as Marcus Nash plays young Picard when he sees himself getting stabbed, but then averted when Patrick Stewart plays young Picard for the rest of the episode.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "The Visitor", which was a Flash Forward episode, had then-teenage Jake Sisko (normally played by Cirroc Lofton) played by Tony Todd.
    • Star Trek: Discovery: Some of these may cross over into The Other Darrin, since only about a decade separates Discovery from The Original Series. In addition, a number of TOS actors have since died.
      • Michael Burnham is played by Sonequa Martin-Green as an adult and by Arista Arhin as a little girl in flashbacks.
      • Spock is played by Ethan Peck (previously portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, and several others) as an adult and by Liam Hughes as a little boy.
      • Harry Mudd was originally played by Roger C. Carmel. A slightly younger version (by 10 years) is played by Rainn Wilson.
  • In an episode of Supernatural with flashbacks to Sam and Dean's pasts, the younger Sam was played first by Alex Ferris and then Colin Ford while Dean was played by Ridge Canipe as a child and by Brock Kelly.
    • In two time-travel episodes the younger John and Mary Winchester were respectively played by Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick rather than Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel Original Series Taken spans three generations of families, with the characters in the families being played, mostly, by age-specific actors.
  • The TV adaptation of The Thirteenth Tale features three.
    • Vida Winter is played by four actresses: Vanessa Redgrave as an old woman, Sophie Turner as a young woman, Madeleine Power as a pre-teen, and Maggie Waller as an even younger child.
    • Emmeline March is played by Antonia Clarke as a young woman and Madeleine Power (again) as a pre-teen.
    • Margaret Lea is played by Olivia Colman as an adult and Isabel Barlow as a child.
  • In Timeless, Agent Denise Christopher (AKA Dhriti Sirivastava) is normally played by Sakina Jaffrey. When the Lifeboat team travels to 1981, they meet Denise as a young policewoman, played by Karen David. Also, a minor bad guy is briefly shown in his late teens, played by Ryan Cargill, before a Time Skip, after which he's played by Teddy Sears.
  • In This Is Us, the Pearson triplets are played by three different sets of actors for each decade: the present day adults, 1990s teenagers, and 1980s children.
  • One set of Top Gear teasers featured (incredibly well-cast) child versions of the three hosts musing about what they'd do when they grew up, as well as commenting on "the new kid" - mini-The Stig driving a red wagon (aww!).
  • In Torchwood, Jack's brother Gray is played by Ethan Brooke as a child and Lachlan Nieboer as an adult.
    • In a flashback in Children of Earth, young Clem MacDonald is played by Gregory Ferguson. As an adult, he's played by Paul Copley.
    • In a Miracle Day flashback, Jack's past lover Angelo is played by Daniele Favili as a young man, and an uncredited actor as an old man the following episode.
    • The Quantum transducer showed flashbacks of several people in the considerable past in "Ghost Machine".
    • In "Random Shoes", Eugene Jones is played by Luke Bromley in 1992 and Paul Chequer in 2007.
    • The memory alterer Adam Smith from "Adam" is mostly played by Bryan Dick. When he forces himself into the memories of Jack's childhood, he's played by Rhys Meyers.
  • In the Russian mini-series Wolf Messing: Seeing through time, the titular character (loosely based on the Real Life self-proclaimed psychic of that name) is played by three actors: Aleksandr Hinkis as a boy, Roman Grechishkin as a young man (voiced by Stanislav Bondarenko), and Yevgeniy Knyazev as an adult (the majority of the series including the Cold Open).
  • This played with a twist in Westworld. William is played by Jimmi Simpson while his older self is The Man in Black himself played by Ed Harris.
  • In the 2017 series of The Worst Witch, the episode "The Best Teacher" sees Rachel Bell portray an older version of main character Mildred Hubble (normally played by Bella Ramsey) after a wisdom spell becomes an aging spell.


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