5 TV Characters Named After Real-Life People

Where have you heard THAT name before?


Television is filled with many wonderful characters, all of which are unforgettable for a number of reasons. Perhaps they wear bright clothes, or maybe they speak a certain way. Or perhaps they have a unique name. If it's the latter, then you might find that - with such a wide range of series on the air - you'll sometimes recognise the name of one of these characters from elsewhere.

Have you ever tuned into an episode of your favourite show and - when a character introduces themselves - thought "Hey, I know that name"? Well, you're not alone. In fact, this tends to happen quite often. From celebrities, actors, musicians or politicians, television characters have shared their names with some of the world's most famous people.

Whether it be a TV writers way of paying homage to one of their heroes, or a means of tricking the viewer to see if they'll pick up on the joke - or perhaps it's just a freaky coincidence - there have been plenty of fictional characters over the years that have had the same name as someone more famous.

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Stephen Patterson is an experienced writer and reviewer. He's also a TV addict.