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27 TV Actors Who Directed Episodes of Their Hit Shows

The skill of acting requires the vision to project the scene just the way the audiences would want. Moreover, being tv-show-actors and being a part of their cast has perks like learning how it works. And several actors wanted to try their luck at directing. So today, we have collected few examples where the tv-show-actors appeared on the set being on the director’s seat.

1. David Schwimmer, F.R.I.E.N.D.S

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller

In spite of playing a solid character like ‘Ross Geller‘ for 10 straight seasons, he decided to try his luck behind the camera. He directed ten episodes starting with ‘the one on the last night (2006)

2. Neil Patrick Harris, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

Ever wondered why Barney hardly showed up in the episode ‘Jenkins’ ( season 5)? Well, because it was the very first time he appeared as a director while being a cast member.

3. Bryon Cranston, BREAKING BAD.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Along with one of the most exciting episodes, ‘ Blood Money’ (season 5), he has directed many more episodes while playing ‘Walter White’ on the screen.

4. Chandra Wilson, GREY’S ANATOMY

Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey

Including Chandra Wilson, many of the TV-show-actors have had their go-to spin at directing.

5. Ian Somerhalder, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Ian Somerhalder as Damon
Ian Somerhalder as Damon

Damon‘ is one of the most favorite antagonists from The Vampire Diary. However, he not only directed few episodes, even co-produced the 8th season of TVD.

6. Hugh Laurie, HOUSE

Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House

7. Zach Braff, SCRUBS

Zach Braff as J.D.
Zach Braff as J.D.

Braff had already directed the movie before ‘Scrubs.’ ‘My Way Home’ was one of his best.

8. Mindy Kaling, THE OFFICE

Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor
Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor

Apart from playing the role of ‘Kelly Kapoor,’ she has directed two episodes of ‘The Office’.

9. David Duchovny , the X-FILES

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

He directed three episodes, but then he changed his mind and decided not to direct furthermore if it meant he wouldn’t be able to dedicate much as an actor.

10. Shannen Doherty, CHARMED

Shannen Doherty as Prudence Halliwell
Shannen Doherty as Prudence Halliwell

11. Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little LIARS

Troian Avery Bellisario as Spencer
Troian Avery Bellisario as Spencer

12. Mädchen Amick, RIVERDALE

Mädchen as Alice
Mädchen as Alice

13. Freddie Highmore, The Good DOCTOR

Freddie as Dr. Shaun Murphy
Freddie as Dr. Shaun Murphy

14. Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn NINE-NINE

Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz
Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz

15. Melissa Fumero, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Melissa as Amy Santiago
Melissa as Amy Santiago

Fumero is one of those tv-show-actors who experimented and did a great job.

16. Paul Wesley, the vampire DIARIES

Paul as Stefan
Paul as Stefan

17. Julie Bowen, Modern FAMILY

Julie as Claire Dunphy
Julie as Claire Dunphy

She made her directorial debut With the show.

18. Caity Lotz, Legends of TOMORROW

Caita as Sara Lance
Caita as Sara Lance

19. Justin Hartley, This Is Us

Justin Hartley, This Is Us
Justin as Kevin Pearson

20. Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s ANATOMY

Ellen as Meredith Grey
Ellen as Meredith Grey

21. Kevin McKidd, Grey’s ANATOMY

Mckidd as Owen
Mckidd as Owen

22. Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal MINDS

Matthew as Spencer Reid
Matthew as Spencer Reid

23. James Lafferty, one tree HILL

James as Nathan Scott
James as Nathan Scott

24. CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS, THE ORIGINALS

Micheal as Marcel
Micheal as Marcel

We all remember Michael as ‘Marcel’ from the TVD spin-off, The originals. However, he managed to direct the episodes.

25. Lamorne Morris, New GIRL

Lamorne as Winston Bishop
Lamorne as Winston Bishop

26. Richard SCHIFF, the west WING

Richard as Toby Ziegler
Richard as Toby Ziegler

Schiff directed 2 of the episodes.

27. Peter Krause, parenthood

Peter as Adam Braverman
Peter as Adam Braverman

Krause was starring as ‘Peter Braverman’ on parenthood. Besides, he directed three episodes.

 

Written by FandomWire Staff