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8 Homely TV Characters You Won't Recognize With Makeup in Real Life

The characters in TV shows like "Downton Abbey" and "The Big Bang Theory" has garnered many fans. Most of them look very plain on the screen. However, in real life, these actresses are actually mind-blowing gorgeous. Here are 8 actresses who look strikingly different from their screen characters. Just don't be too surprised!

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1. Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Band Theory"

Amy Farrah Fowler, a brainy scientist on The Big Bang Theory played by Mayim Bialik, looks plain all the way. The character wears minimal makeup and is always in "matchy-matchy" and loose clothes.

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Mayim Bialik In Real Life

Off screen, however, Mayim Bialik looks classy and modest. She is also an outspoken feminist and a proud Jewish woman. Mayim can glam it up with both beauty and brains.

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2. Bernadette Rostenkowski on "The Big Bang Theory"

Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, another scientist on The Big Bang Theory played by Melissa Rauch, may look like a sweet, friendly blonde girl, but she is actually super nerdy.

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Melissa Rauch in Real Life

In real life, however, Melissa Rauch errs more on the side of glam. She looks absolutely gorgeous on the cover of Maxim and is not afraid to show off a little cleavage on the red carpet.

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3. Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones"

Maisie Williams' role as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones is a tomboyish young girl, who wears masculine haircut and muddy brown tunic. The character is often mistaken as a boy.

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Maisie Williams in Real Life

While Arya is a total tomboy in the show, Maisie Williams, in reality, is a gorgeous 22-year-old girl. Having spent most of her early-life pursuing a dancing career, Maisie is pretty adorable and feminine. She also likes to glam it up on the red carpet.

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4. Mrs. Hughes on "Downton Abbey"

"The key to Mrs. Hughes is no make-up, a rather unflattering wig and letting my eyebrows grow. Also high-definition TV is very unforgiving and hones in on every wrinkle," actress Phyllis Logan has said of her Downton Abbey character.

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Phyllis Logan in Real Life

In her life off camera, Scottish actress Phyllis Logan radiates the same warmth and kindness of her TV character. She is also fashionable enough to get glammed up!

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5. Daisy Robinson on "Downton Abbey"

Sophie McShera played a poor kitchen cook named Daisy Robinson on the British period drama Downton Abbey. To get into this character, McShera's face is stripped of any makeup, her air placed in a bonnet, and her petite frame hidden by a potato sack of a dress.

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Sophie McShera In Real Life

But on the red carpet, with her blowout and designer duds, Sophie McShera looks more like a Crawley than a servant. As cute as a button, McShera is surprisingly gorgeous and polished.

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6. Kate McKinnon On Saturday Night Live

On Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon plays many weird characters, and some of them have been downright ugly. She has the ability to play seemingly any character and make it look totally realistic. Just take a look at her spot-on Justin Bieber.

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Kate McKinnon in Real Life

In her downtime off NFL, however, Kate McKinnon is far from ugly. On the red carpet, McKinnon usually rocks dewy makeup and loose, long blonde locks. If you saw her out on the street, you would probably stop and do a double take.

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7. Frankie Heck On "The Middle"

On the TV show The Middle, Patricia Heaton plays a Midwestern mom with a sloppy appearance. The actress once admitted that she goes out of her way to make her character, Frankie, "a little bit frumpy."

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Patricia Heaton in Real Life

Off screen, the 61-year-old lady scrubs up quite well. Patricia Heaton looks elegant and natural with a sweet smile and bright red hair.

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8. Kimmy Schmidt on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

On the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, actress Ellie Kemper plays the title character, who is often in colorful clothes such as a bright yellow sweater and hot pink pants. The costumes perfectly match the character's juvenile personality.

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Ellie Kemper In Real Life

In real life, however, Ellie Kemper's style is much more glamorous and sophisticated. She can pull off almost anything!

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