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Actors and actresses

actor

noun

someone who performs in plays and films, especially as their job

actress

noun

a woman who performs in plays and films, especially as her job. Many women performers prefer to be called actors rather than actresses.

body double

noun

someone whose body is used in a film instead of the body of the real actor, especially in a sex scene

character actor

noun

an actor who plays unusual, strange, or interesting characters instead of being one of the main characters

double

noun

an actor who takes the place of another actor when making difficult or dangerous parts of a film

film star

noun

a very famous film actor

ham

noun

a bad actor who has an artificial style of performing

heart-throb

noun

a man who is very attractive, especially a young film actor or pop singer

lead

noun

the main actor in a play, film, or television programme

leading lady

noun

the main actress in a play, film, or television programme

leading man

noun

the main male actor in a play, film, or television programme

luvvie

noun

an actor, especially one who you think is silly because they think their job is very serious and important

matinee idol

noun

a popular male film actor

megastar

noun

a very successful and famous actor or musician

mime

noun

an actor who performs using mime

movie star

noun

a famous film actor

mummer

noun

an actor in a traditional type of play without words

performer

noun

someone who performs in front of an audience, for example an actor or musician

player

noun

an old word meaning ‘actor’

principal

noun

the main actor, dancer, singer etc in a performance

stand-in

noun

someone who takes the place of an actor in a particular scene of a film, especially a dangerous scene

star

noun

a famous and popular person, especially an actor, entertainer, or sports personality

star

noun

the main actor or performer in a film, play, television programme etc

starlet

noun

a young woman actor who wants to become a star

superstar

noun

someone such as a film actor or pop musician who is extremely famous

talking head

noun

an actor or presenter in a television programme who speaks directly to the audience and who is usually shown only from the shoulders up

thespian

noun

an actor

tragedian

noun

an actor who performs in a tragedy, or someone who writes a tragedy

understudy

noun

an actor whose job is to learn someone else’s part in a play so that they can perform if that person is ill

walk-on

noun

an actor who has a walk-on part

method actor

noun

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