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When Spocks collide

Meeting someone for the first time can be fraught with awkwardness. Once you've covered the weather and your mutual disappointment over The Bourne Legacy, things often dry up.

But if you're an actor, once in a blue moon you get to utter the words "didn't we play the same person that one time?" To celebrate these moments, we have 25 instances of actors who've played the same character captured on camera.

(Images: Getty, All Star, Rex Features)

  • When Spocks collide

    Nimoy and Quinto

    Character: Spock

    Played by Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek TV (1966) to Star Trek (2009)

    Played by Zachary Quinto in Star Trek (2009)

  • When Spocks collide 1

    Dench and Blunt

    Character: Queen Victoria

    Played by Judi Dench in Mrs Brown (1997)

    Played by Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009)

  • When Spocks collide 2

    Norton and Ruffalo

    Character: Bruce Banner/The Hulk

    Played by Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk (2008)

    Played by Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers (2012)

  • When Spocks collide 3

    Connery and Brosnan

    Character: James Bond

    Played by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962) to You Only Live Twice (1967)

    Played by Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye (1995) to Die Another Day (2002)

  • When Spocks collide 4

    Cumberbatch and Lee Miller

    Character: Sherlock Holmes

    Played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock TV (2010-present)

    Played by Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary TV (2012)

  • When Spocks collide 5

    Heston and Smith

    Character: Robert Neville

    Played by Charlton Heston in The Omega Man (1971)

    Played by Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007)

  • When Spocks collide 6

    Sheen and Gruffudd

    Character: Tony Blair

    Played by Michael Sheen in The Queen (2006)

    Played by Ioan Gruffudd in W (2008)

  • When Spocks collide 7

    Law and Freeman

    Character: John Watson

    Played by Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes (2009)

    Played by Martin Freeman in Sherlock TV (2010-present)

  • When Spocks collide 8

    Dallas Howard and Stone

    Character: Gwen Stacy

    Played by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3 (2007)

    Played by Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

  • When Spocks collide 9

    Branagh and Tennant

    Character: Hamlet

    Played by Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet (1996)

    Played by David Tennant in Hamlet TV (2009)

  • When Spocks collide 10

    Moore and Craig

    Character: James Bond

    Played by Roger Moore in Live And Let Die (1973) to A View To A Kill (1985)

    Played by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006) to Skyfall (2012)

  • When Spocks collide 11

    Tennant and Smith

    Character: Doctor Who

    Played by David Tennant in Doctor Who TV (2005-2010)

    Played by Matt Smith in Doctor Who TV (2010-present)

  • When Spocks collide 12

    Pfeiffer and Berry

    Character: Catwoman

    Played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992)

    Played by Halle Berry in Catwoman (2004)

  • When Spocks collide 13

    Ford and Affleck

    Character: Jack Ryan

    Played by Harrison Ford in Patriot Games (1992) to Clear and Present Danger (1994)

    Played by Ben Affleck in The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

  • When Spocks collide 14

    Caine and Law

    Character: Alfie

    Played by Michael Caine in Alfie (1966)

    Played by Jude Law in Alfie (2004)

  • When Spocks collide 15

    Brolin and Lee Jones

    Character: Agent K

    Played by Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black (1997) - Men In Black 3 (2012)

    Played by Josh Brolin in Men In Black 3 (2012)

  • When Spocks collide 16

    Foster and Moore

    Character: Clarice Starling

    Played by Jodie Foster in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

    Played by Julianne Moore in Hannibal (2001)

  • When Spocks collide 17

    Cain and Routh

    Character: Clark Kent/Superman

    Played by Dean Cain in The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)

    Played by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns (2006)

  • When Spocks collide 18

    Stewart and McAvoy

    Character: Professor Xavier

    Played by Patrick Stewart in X-Men (2000) - X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

    Played by James McAvoy in X-Men: First Class (2011)

  • When Spocks collide 19

    Winslet and Dench

    Character: Iris Murdoch

    Played by Kate Winslet in Iris (2001)

    Played by Judi Dench in Iris (2001)

  • When Spocks collide 20

    Takei and Cho

    Character: Hikaru Sulu

    Played by George Takei in Star Trek TV (1966) to Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

    Played by John Cho in Star Trek (2009)

  • When Spocks collide 21

    Roundtree and Jackson

    Character: John Shaft

    Played by Richard Roundtree in Shaft (1971) - Shaft TV (1974)

    Played by Samuel L Jackson in Shaft (2000)

  • When Spocks collide 22

    Ford and Phoenix

    Character: Indiana Jones

    Played by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980) - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

    Played by River Phoenix in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)

  • When Spocks collide 23

    O'Donnell and Krakowski

    Character: Betty Rubble

    Played by Rosie O'Donnell in The Flintstones (1994)

    Played by Jane Krakowski in The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

  • When Spocks collide 24

    Fey and Moore

    Character: Sarah Palin

    Played by Tina Fey in Saturday Night Live (2008-2001)

    Played by Julianne Moore in Game Change (2012)

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