Bates Motel is back, Mad Men returns next month. Are you a fan of Orange is the New Black or Downton Abbey? If you are watching any of these great shows, you may think some of the actors look familiar but can't quite place where you've seen them before. Well, here's a cheat sheet with some of our own connections - part one in the series.


Carnival Films
Carnival Films

Jim Carter plays Mr. Carson and is Ralph Bashford in Shakespeare in Love.

Maggie Smith plays Dowager Countess and is Lady Gresham in Becoming Jane

Elizabeth McGovern plays Cora Crawley and is Susan in The Wings of the Dove


Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate Television

Taryn Manning plays Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett and is Shyla in Cold Mountain

Jason Biggs plays Larry and is Rafe in Prozac Nation

Natasha Lyonne plays Nicky and is DJ in Everyone Says I Love You, Megan in Scary Movie 2 and Darci in Kate and Leopold

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Mad Men

Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate Television

January Jones plays Betty Draper and is Tracy in Full Frontal

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Jared Harris plays Lane and is Jimmy in Blue in the Face and Benmont in Dead Man


Freddie Highmore plays Norman Bates and is Peter Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland

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Come back soon to read The Miramax Connection: Part Two. It will include actors from Ray Donovan, Game of Thrones, Hannibal and Justified.