What captivates us and makes us term a television character as the best varies from one person to another. It’s difficult to describe what makes a television character awesome as we view and analyse these characters from different angles and perspectives. This is further compounded by the fact that the storylines of the series and ability of the actors to manage the plot and interpret the story goes a lot in determining how best the audience terms them to be. However, what captivates the audience about the characters that makes them believable is the ability of the characters to float the dramatic personae appropriately. The audience wants the characters to exude realness while touching their compassionate and realistic side. Well, below is a list of wonderful actors who brought glitz and glamour to the characters they represented thereby creating an exciting and memorable experience for the viewers.
Actor: Kevin Spacey
Show: House of Cards
Kevin Spacey was the man who kept the audience glued to the television screens. The character he portrayed, Frank Underwood, is one we love to hate. He is a ruthless, pragmatic manipulator who believes in doing anything to get what he wants (Ultimately the position of president) even if it requires killing and destroying lifetime relationships to get there. He has the unavowed support of his wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) who assists in getting him the power he desired and ultimately enhanced his acting. Frank Underwood’s southern American accent adds to his appeal as he weaves his way from the US congress to the American Oval office.
Actor: Peter Dinklage
Show: Game of Thrones
Probably the most interesting and complex character in The Game of Thrones television series, Tyrion Lannister is massively endowed with conflicting characters- sad and happy, drunk and sober, bitter and endearing, gentle and rough, weak and strong and most of all, Tyrion is hilarious. This diversity sets Tyrion apart from his family who seem to be more power hungry and not subjected to any moral code which he eschews at times. It is difficult to embody and portray the different conflicting emotions Tyrion’s character presents especially at the same time, Peter Dinklage however presents this in an interesting and endearing manner that despite the mockery hour has to endure as a result of his height and the fact that he crosses the line as the series progress, we can’t help but love and empathise with his character.
Actor: Tom Mison
Show: Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane brings it all to the modern day from the eighteenth century. From weirdness, creepiness, sexiness to an odd sense of dressing. Actor Tom Mison properly and correctly interpretes the role of Ichabod Crane with the edginess and and sweetness he brings to the character. The reenactment scenes of the seventeenth to eighteenth century was properly captured and was aptly captured with the carriage and mannerism of actor Tom Mison. Sleepy Hollow’s most successful move is the portrayal of the awkwardly weird Ichabod Crane from the original “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” short story as a sarcastic Revolutionary soldier who dresses in out dated clothing and gradually learns to adjust to the life and demands of the 21st century.
Actor: Emilia Clarke
Show: Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen otherwise referred to as the mother of dragons is well deserving of an award. The ability of Emilia Clarke to fully portray the raw power her character wields as she comes to realise the enormity of her powers including her ability to control the dragons makes her a joy to watch. She possesses the ability to convince the audience of her compassion while granting mercy while gaining the trust of her advisors but however shows her wild side as she continues to conquer nations and grow her army in anticipation of reclaiming the iron throne. As she continues to grow her army while having the three dragons by her side, the best of the character is yet to come as the sheer power Daenerys Targaryen can wield is yet to be witnessed.