“Character actor” used to be a niche thing, a pigeonhole for your acting résumé. But today, during the Golden Age of Peak TV (or whatever we’re calling it now), character actors are the talented, prolific performers who hold so many great series together. They’re the reason the Supporting and Guest Actor categories are now the toughest Emmy ballots to whittle down. But in the name of choosing the top 20 character actors working in TV today, whittling is just what we’ve done, taking into consideration the number and variety of recent roles, fan devotion, overall range, and more.
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