As TV shows are starting to prove, there’s no such thing as black-and-white. Where once audiences would be given clear cut guidelines as to who they are supposed to support on the show – and who they’re supposed to hate – there is no such hand-holding now.
Much the same as it is in real life, some of the best dramatic TV shows are aware that no one character is truly good or truly evil. Some of our most beloved TV characters have a bad side, whilst even the most evil characters are able to justify their actions.
Let’s take a look at some of the most incredibly actors on TV who are able to turn even the most despicable characters into rounded individuals with a cause and purpose.
Perhaps best known for his turn in the BBC series Sherlock, Scott starred as Moriarty, Sherlock’s arch-nemisis. Described by the actor himself as the “embodiment of evil”, Moriarty was charismatic, psychotic, manipulative and down-right scary.
For anyone who could enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, it would be impossible to see the similarities between the hero and the villain and to not see how closely Sherlock is to his evil counterpart.
Once famous for his comedy role as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston has been hailed as some as one of the best actors working on TV at the moment. Home Wet Bar crowned him as one of the manliest men on television, whilst Cranston himself has told GQ he can understand the actions of Walt in the hit TV show Breaking Bad.
It is for this reason that Walt is such a successful character; all of his actions are justifiable, even if the justification is faint. The character Walter White is one of the most complex personalities to have ever been on TV, and Cranston inhabits the character with complete success.
Famous for her role as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, Lena is able to become a character filled with spite, but also equal amounts of love. In the earlier seasons she is seen as a downtrodden woman stuck in a hateful relationship, but soon reveals herself to be more.
Lena perfectly inhabits the character who will stop at nothing to ensure her children come out on top, even when her children reject her. She is also defeated by her gender and unable to live with the fact that she will never been all powerful, simply because she is a woman.
P.S So awesome that my favourite show Breaking Bad won Best Drama. Totally deserved!!!