Elizabeth Gillies, Dynasty, TV Double Duty

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In last week's episode, Dynasty pulled the most Dynasty twist to have ever been pulled. 

After Nicolette Sheridan exited the series in March for a family matter, it was a major question of who would replace her as the iconic Alexis Carrington. Alexis was conveniently pushed into a fire a few episodes ago, and required plastic surgery to fix her face. That plastic surgery also ended up turning her into Elizabeth Gillies, who already plays her daughter Fallon. Gillies will now play both mother and daughter...for now. 

Showrunner Sallie Patrick told TVLine they "went for the biggest twist possible as an homage to the double castings and doppelgangers they had on the original series," and that the move was made because they didn't want to "compromise the integrity of the casting process." 

"We have an amazing cast and wanted to add someone of their caliber to that role. We wanted to take our time with that," Patrick said. "This is a momentary storyline to fill the gap." 

While this is a uniquely Dynasty situation where one actor was replaced by another who was already on the show, it's certainly not the first time one actor has played multiple characters on one show. It's happened probably hundreds of times, from an actor being cast on a procedural multiple times to one person playing twins or clones. 

In honor of Alexis' new face, we're taking a look at some of the most memorable double roles in recent TV memory, which you can see below. 

Eliza Taylor as Clarke, The 100

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Elizabeth Gillies, Dynasty, TV Double Duty

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Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, TV Double Duty


Yael Grobglas, Jane the Virgin, TV Double Duty

The CW

Alexandra Chando, The Lying Game, TV Double Duty

ABC Family

Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars, TV Double Duty


Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black, TV Double Duty

BBC America

Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries, TV Double Duty

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ringer, TV Double Duty

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Patton Oswalt, Agents of Shield, TV Double Duty


Lisa Kudrow, Friends, TV Double Duty

Warner Bros.

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld, TV Double Duty


Jeffrey Tambor, Arrested Development, TV Double Duty


Anna Torv, Fringe, TV Double Duty


Maisie Richardson Sellers, Legends of Tomorrow, TV Double Duty

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Dynasty airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW. 

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