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Buffy, Act Your Age

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Having watched some of the earlier episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer for the first time in many years, I was amazed to find out just how old everyone looked. Despite the fact they were made to look younger, there was no denying they were not 16 years old.

Now, TV shows tend to have casts that contain actors who are older than the characters they are portraying and there is probably a debate to had as to whether that effects a young person’s body image, but this isn’t going anywhere near that.

Instead, here is a list of the main characters in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the ages of their actors from the first season. It is pretty remarkable how far some of these are from their character’s age.

Character: Buffy Summers

Played By: Sarah Michelle Gellar

TV Age: 16

Actual Age: 20

Difference: 4 years

Character: Xander Harris

Played By: Nicholas Brendon

TV Age: 16

Actual Age: 25

Difference: 9 years

Character: Willow Rosenberg

Played By: Alyson Hannigan

TV Age: 16

Actual Age: 23

Difference: 7 years

Character: Giles

Played By: Anthony Stewart Head

TV Age: 42 (approx)

Actual Age: 43

Difference: 1 year

Character: Cordelia Chase

Played By: Charisma Carpenter

TV Age: 16

Actual Age: 27

Difference: 11 years

Character: Angel

Played By: David Boreanez

TV Age: 242

Actual Age: 28

Difference: 212 years

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