Actor who plays an unknown character and is not credited: should the character name be "Unknown" or blank

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I'm correcting the credit order for episodes of The Forsyte Saga (1967). For several of the later episodes, Sarah Lisemore is listed in the IMDB credits, with character name "Unknown". Since she does not appear in the on-screen credits, she should clearly have a "uncredited" attribute, but should the character name be blank or the word "Unknown"? I can't see anything that covers this situation in https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/filmography-credits/characters/GKLQVXKH7U8DATWX#

I'm assuming that the person who submitted the credits recognised her, and therefore that she does actually appear, albeit with no credit or identifiable character name/role.



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Hi Martin -

A cast member should never be listed with the character "unknown" (unless they were credited as such), as mentioned in the following guide: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/filmography-credits/cast-acting-credits-guidelines/GH3JZC... (section F, Character Names), if you don't know what is the on-screen character name or one isn't listed, the character name should reflect the name that the individual is referred to on-screen, or if there is no name referenced the character name should be a description, for example:

Man with Dog
Security Guard
Woman at the Cafe
Cab Driver

Lastly, if Ms. Lisemore isn't credited on-screen for this title the credit will need to be listed with the "uncredited" attribute, please go ahead and submit a credit correction for this entry, in addition to adding the applicable character name or description, you will also need to include the "uncredited" attribute.
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Hi, Martin. Well, the description "Unknown" (rather than name "Unknown") is not a befitting one because it fails to describe. If the character is actually known as "Unknown", then it is okay, otherwise it should be changed to "Woman", "Girl", "Mysterious Woman", "Mysterious Girl", "Mysterious Figure" or something like that, or the filmography item removed entirely. Can we gather any more information about the part played by the particular actress?
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Looking at the actress's other credits, it seems that almost all of them are "Unknown" (without an uncredited attribute). I think she may be a "professional background artist". Tragic that her husband, a TV producer, was killed in a car crash in the 1970s, so maybe she's earning a bit of money doing walk-on parts.

As to what part she played - it's anyone's guess. It was in 1967, and I wouldn't know what she looked like to be able to identify her in the episodes that IMDB records her in, to describe what part she plays - about the most anonymous of uncredited appearances :-(  I've removed the "Unknown" character name and added the uncredited attribute for all except the last two episodes 1.25 and 1.26 - I'm waiting until those have been uploaded to Youtube to look at the credits, on the off-chance that she *is* actually credited for one of her appearances.
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I would say that if the character is difficult

to identify from the screen (sometimes the case where only the actor’s name is listed in the end credits - and you don’t really know the actor), I would probably just use ”Woman” or ”Man”. Can’t really go all that wrong with those (unless there are children on screen). I’ve also seen cases where the character field is left blank (could be safer).
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The interface will not allow it to be left blank, if the attribute uncredited is in place.