actor, actress
noun
ADJECTIVE
accomplished, brilliant, consummate, experienced, fine, good, great, talented, wonderful

He's a brilliant actor!

I just signed a talented young actor.

celebrated, famous, leading, principal, star, veteran, well-known
successful
Oscar-winning

Marlon Brando, the two-times Oscar-winning actor

A-list, B-list, etc.
main
bit-part, struggling, unknown
amateur, non-professional
professional
serious, trained
aspiring, wannabe, would-be

The college is offering aspiring actors the opportunity to work with a professional cast.

out-of-work, unemployed (esp. BrE)
character, classical, comedy (esp. BrE), comic, dramatic, Shakespearean, straight

Olivier was hailed as the leading classical actor of his generation.

film (esp. BrE), Hollywood, movie (esp. AmE), screen
television, TV
stage, theatre/theater
child
supporting

the award for best supporting actor

VERB + ACTOR/ACTRESS
hire
audition, cast
ACTOR/ACTRESS + VERB
act (sth), perform (sth), play (sb/sth), portray sb/sth

The same actor plays three different parts in the movie.

rehearse (sth)
audition

He was one of many actors who auditioned for the part of Hamlet.


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