Definition of title role in US English:

title role


  • The part in a play, movie, television show, etc., from which the work's title is taken.

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

/ˈtīdl rōl/