You star Penn Badgley looks unrecognisable in first ever acting role in Will & Grace

Penn Badgley is instantly recognisable now to millions, having starred in some of Netflix's most popular series.

The actor is now best known for his portrayal of creepy serial killer Joe Goldberg in hit Netflix series You, with the third season recently being released.

Prior to taking on the role of Joe, Penn was known to many as Dan Humphrey, having shot to fame in hit teen series Gossip Girl.

Many fans presume his acting career started on Gossip Girl, yet he actually first appeared on our screens back in the 90s.

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Having moved to Los Angeles age 11, Penn had bagged his first acting role by the time he was 12.

The Netflix star first appeared on screen in an episode of US sitcom Will & Grace in 1999.

A fresh faced Penn stars in an episode titled 'I Never Promised You An Olive Garden', where he takes on the role of a high school bully.

The storyline begins with main character Karen Walker taking Jack McFarland along to a parenting evening at the school her children attend.

A unique encounter with a boy named John enables Jack to process his upsetting experiences of being bullied, and then a young Penn enters.


Penn portrays a class bully, who along with another pal, gets a telling off from Jack for taunting other children.

The now 34-year-old is unrecognisable as he dons a scruffy school uniform while making fun of one of his fellow school peers.

The star's role in Will & Grace opened many doors for for his acting career, with him going on to star in The Young and the Restless, Do Over, The Bedford Diaries and more.

Penn then landed his first major movie role in 2006, when he starred as Scott Tucker in hit movie John Tucker Must Die.

All of these opportunities led to him landing his breakout role in 2007, when he was asked to star as Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl.

Penn has previously told how he refused to accept the role twice, due to frustration at having been repeatedly cast in similar roles. He eventually accepted the role, and starred in the show until it came to an end in 2012.

Penn has also spoken out previously on his reluctance to accept the role of Joe in Netflix's You.

The creators of the hit series were adamant Penn was the perfect fit for the role, as they felt he could portray Joe's humanity effectively.

After taking all factors into consideration Penn accepted the role, and has ultimately proven the creators' initial predictions to be correct.

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