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Seeing Double? TV and film stars and the real-life people they've played

Sheridan Smith The Moorside, stars
Sheridan Smith (left) as Julie Bushby, leader of the search for missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in real-life dramatisation The Moorside (2017)

Sheridan Smith plays the real life friend of Karen Matthews in BBC1's recreation of the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews. But which other stars have played real people on screen?

Sheridan Smith is about to star as Julie Bushby, real life best friend of Karen Matthews, in BBC1's drama The Moorside, about the hoaxed disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews.

It got us thinking about other stars who have played real people...

 

Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby

Sheridan Smith (left) as Julie Bushby, leader of the search for missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in real-life dramatisation The Moorside (2017)

Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby

Sheridan Smith (left) as Julie Bushby, leader of the search for missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in real-life dramatisation The Moorside (2017)

Dominic West as Fred West

Dominic West (left) as notorious British serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult (2011)

Dominic West as Fred West

Dominic West (left) as notorious British serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult (2011)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. SImpson

Cuba Gooding Jr. (left) as the disgraced US sports star in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. SImpson

Cuba Gooding Jr. (left) as the disgraced US sports star in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)

Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam

Julie Walters (left) as Labour secretary of state Mo Mowlam in Mo (2010)

Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam

Julie Walters (left) as Labour secretary of state Mo Mowlam in Mo (2010)

Michael Douglas as Liberace

Michael Douglas (left) as legendary entertainer Liberace in Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Michael Douglas as Liberace

Michael Douglas (left) as legendary entertainer Liberace in Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Al Pacino as Phil Spector

Al Pacino (left) as notorious record producer in TV movie Phil Spector (2013)

Al Pacino as Phil Spector

Al Pacino (left) as notorious record producer in TV movie Phil Spector (2013)

Claire Foy & Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Claire Foy and Matt Smith (left) as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in The Crown (2016)

Claire Foy & Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Claire Foy and Matt Smith (left) as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in The Crown (2016)

John Lithgow as Winston Churchill

John Lithgow (left) as British Prime MInister Winston Churchill in The Crown (2016)

John Lithgow as Winston Churchill

John Lithgow (left) as British Prime MInister Winston Churchill in The Crown (2016)

David Walliams as Frankie Howerd

David Walliams (left) as the classic British comedian of the title in Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008)

David Walliams as Frankie Howerd

David Walliams (left) as the classic British comedian of the title in Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008)

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West (left) as legendary movie couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Burton and Taylor (2013)

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West (left) as legendary movie couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Burton and Taylor (2013)

Andrea Riseborough as Margaret Thatcher

Andrea Riseborough (left) as the future Prime Minister in her younger days in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)

Andrea Riseborough as Margaret Thatcher

Andrea Riseborough (left) as the future Prime Minister in her younger days in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)

Michael Sheen as Kenneth WIlliams

Michael Sheen (left) as the famous British comic actor in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006)

Michael Sheen as Kenneth WIlliams

Michael Sheen (left) as the famous British comic actor in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006)

Tim Roth as John Christie

Tim Roth (left) as notorious 1940s British serial killer John Christie in Rillington Place (2016)

Tim Roth as John Christie

Tim Roth (left) as notorious 1940s British serial killer John Christie in Rillington Place (2016)

Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones (left) as British film director Alfred Hitchcock in The GIrl (2012)

Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones (left) as British film director Alfred Hitchcock in The GIrl (2012)

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Sheridan Smith (left) as British singer and TV star Cilla Black in Cilla (2014) Watch The Moorside premiere on BBC1 on Tuesday, February 14

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Sheridan Smith (left) as British singer and TV star Cilla Black in Cilla (2014) Watch The Moorside premiere on BBC1 on Tuesday, February 14