Definition of title role in English:

title role

noun

  • The part in a play or film from which the work's title is taken.

    • ‘In 1973 he directed and performed the title role in Nureyev's film Don Quixote.’
    • ‘It is the presence of Keanu Reeves in the title role that will initially make or break this above average film at the box office.’
    • ‘Will they, encouraged by the performance of Dame Judi Dench in the title role, rush out to sample her novels?’
    • ‘After the war the Old Vic returned, with Michael Redgrave in the title role.’
    • ‘However, in The Eddy Duchin Story he plays the title role but fails to convey the essence of the man.’
    • ‘In the title role, Damon again proves that he has the makeup to be a decent action hero.’
    • ‘He also held his own when he played the title role in The Buster Keaton Story.’
    • ‘Before the year is out, he will really test himself with the title role in Oliver Stone's eagerly-awaited epic Alexander.’
    • ‘I recently witnessed Cate Blanchett's flawless performance in the title role of this superb film.’
    • ‘Othello has been given a new lease of life in recent years by the casting of black actors in the title role.’
    • ‘His last stage role was in the title role in Cameron MacIntosh's production of Oliver at the Palladium.’
    • ‘There's one in the pipeline that might just work, and that's Barbarella, with Drew Barrymore in the title role.’
    • ‘In the title role in Chaplin, Downey embodies the slapstick genius's distinctive blend of balletic grace and knockabout farce.’
    • ‘However, plans are now well in hand for an eight month tour of the UK, with actor/singer Paul Nicholas in the title role.’
    • ‘Most of all, Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in the title role flies in the face of expectations.’
    • ‘In the title role, stage great George Hearne makes a menacing yet sympathetic antihero.’
    • ‘Indeed, he manages to strike an incredible balance of the grief and rage in the title role.’
    • ‘Christopher Plummer starred in the title role, for which he won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical.’
    • ‘Other theatre roles include the title role in King Lear at the Almeida.’
    • ‘The cast features Barbara Hershey in the title role, with David Carradine as Big Bill Shelly.’
    leading actor, leading actress, leading performer, leading player, leading lady, leading man, lead, star
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