Often, when we are watching the myriad shows we follow, you end up spotting the same faces over and over again. Most of the time this goes in cycles and a few faces will crop up in everything for a time, then they’ll be replaced by a new crop of faces. So it goes in the Hollywood system.
These people are the guest stars who have the goods.
Sometimes these actors are established stars not currently in a series, or ‘character actors’, and invariably, they will end up either as series regulars on new shows, or become recurring characters on that show, having made a large impact. Notable examples of the latter would be: Emma Caulfield as Anya (Buffy), Wayne Knight as Newman (Seinfeld), or Misha Collins as Castiel (Supernatural).
Quite often, you will notice them appearing in quick succession in all the shows shot in Canada, e.g. Flashpoint, Haven, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Alphas, Eureka, Fringe. Sometimes, they will just be the casting agents favourite for a while!
So who has been appearing a lot over the past few years and where?
Well, here’s a smattering of some of the actors that have been seen multiple times:
Kathleen Munroe (Haven, Alphas, Nikita, Stargate: Universe, Supernatural)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Alphas, Caprica, Grimm, Fringe, Longmire)
Summer Glau (Alphas, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy)
Tahmoh Penikett (Haven, Continuum, Castle, Arrow)
Mark Sheppard (Chuck, Warehouse 13, Dr Who, Supernatural, Leverage)
Keenan Connor Tracy (Once Upon a Time, V, Eureka
Callum Keith Rennie (Alphas, Rookie Blue, Californication, Flash Forward)
Rebecca Mader (Fringe, White Collar, Alphas)
Julie McNiven (Fringe, Supernatural, House, Stargate: Universe)
Who else can you think of?
Keep your eyes peeled!