Biggest Emmy Nominee Physical Transformations of All Time

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 months ago

These Emmy nominees, with the help of talented costume designers and makeup artists, made dramatic physical transformations for their roles. We've paired photos of them in real life with pictures of them in character. — Sara Bibel

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Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson in real life

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Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story (2011)

Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters in "American Horror Story: Asylum"

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Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story (2011)

Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler in "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

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Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story (2011)

Sarah Paulson as Sally McKenna in "American Horror Story: Hotel"

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Sarah Paulson in American Crime Story (2016)

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

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Max von Sydow at an event for The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards (2016)

Max von Sydow in real life

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Max von Sydow in Game of Thrones (2011)

Max von Sydow as Three-Eyed Raven in "Game of Thrones"

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Allison Janney at an event for The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (2015)

Allison Janney in real life

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Allison Janney in Masters of Sex (2013)

Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in "Masters of Sex"

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Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford in real life

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Bradley Whitford in Transparent (2014)

Bradley Whitford as Marcy in "Transparent"

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Jeffrey Tambor at an event for The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (2015)

Jeffrey Tambor in real life

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Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent (2014)

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura in "Transparent"

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Courtney B. Vance at an event for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)

Courtney B. Vance in real life

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Courtney B. Vance in American Crime Story (2016)

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

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Bryan Cranston at an event for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)

Bryan Cranston in real life

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Bryan Cranston in All the Way (2016)

Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way

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Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad"

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Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in the Middle (2000)

Bryan Cranston as Hal in "Malcolm in the Middle"

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Tatiana Maslany at an event for IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con (2016)

Tatiana Maslany in real life

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Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black (2013)

Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"

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Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black (2013)

Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"

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Sterling K. Brown at an event for American Crime Story (2016)

Sterling K. Brown in real life

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Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

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Bokeem Woodbine

Bokeem Woodbine in real life

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Bokeem Woodbine in Fargo (2014)

Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Millligan in "Fargo"

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Lena Headey at an event for The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (2015)

Lena Headey in real life

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Lena Headey in Game of Thrones (2011)

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in "Game of Thrones"

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke in real life

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Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones"

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Kathy Bates at an event for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)

Kathy Bates in real life

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Kathy Bates in American Horror Story (2011)

Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling in "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

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Mark Rylance at an event for The 88th Annual Academy Awards (2016)

Mark Rylance in real life

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Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall (2015)

Mark Rylance in "Wolf Hall"

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Denis O'Hare at an event for 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016)

Denis O'Hare in real life

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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter in real life

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Helena Bonham Carter in Burton and Taylor (2013)

Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor"

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Michael Douglas at an event for The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013)

Michael Douglas in real life

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Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Michael Douglas as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra"

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Al Pacino at an event for The Humbling (2014)

Al Pacino in real life

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Al Pacino in Phil Spector (2013)

Al Pacino in "Phil Spector"

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Julianne Moore at an event for Game Change (2012)

Julianne Moore in real life

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Julianne Moore in Game Change (2012)

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in "Game Change"