Search: Finding characters Problematic when Actor Plays Multiple Characters in a Series

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Another user was unable to find the character Rachel Duncan, one of many characters that Tatiana Maslany plays on Orphan Black (2013– ) . Even though the character page exists for Rachel Duncan (http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0433230/), it does not show up in search results for "All" or "Character".

I provided the following work-around:
I used a Google search to find "Rachel Duncan"

Search box:
site:imdb.com/character "Rachel Duncan"

Link:
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=site:imdb.com%2Fcharacter+%22Rachel+Duncan%22

IMDb Character Page:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0433230/

I suspect that the IMDb search engine is unable to find the character page for Rachel Duncan because Tatiana Maslany plays many different characters on Orphan Black (2013– ).
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http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0433230/
The primary name on that character page is "Young Rachel", so, of course, a character search for that name will find it.

"Rachel Duncan" is one of the alternative names listed on the page.  Perhaps the search engine cannot provide results for alternative names of characters?  That would seem to be a bug?  As we know, the search engine can produce results for alternative names on name pages.  It should be able to do likewise for character pages; but apparently, at least in this instance, it can't?
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Thanks. It works as you stated.
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(I hope that this "problem" thread will not be marked "solved"
until someone from IMDb can explain why the search engine finds only
the primary name but not the alternative names on that character page.)
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Thanks Dan.

I've asked our tech team to look into this further.

-Trevor
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Trevor,

Thanks. I've advised the user that she can find all the credits for an actor for a series by looking at every episode of the series. This is obviously tedious, but it at least accomplishes the original goal of the user.

I verified this works by every episode of Orphan Black (2013– ):
1.1 Natural Selection
Tatiana Maslany ... Sarah Manning / Beth Childs / Katja Obinger

1.2 Instinct
Tatiana Maslany ... Sarah Manning / Katja Obinger / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus

1.3 Variation Under Nature
Tatiana Maslany ... Sarah Manning / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus / Helena

etc.