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'Ugly Betty' Casts Vanessa Williams' Brother, Plus Our Favorite Real-Life TV Siblings

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 8th 2009 3:24PM
Chris WilliamsWilhelmina Slater just can't catch a break.

Not only does she have a conniving daughter, a dead lover and Daniel Meade's ineptitude to deal with, now she's set to discover that she has a long-lost twin ... well, kind of.

The Ausiello Files is reporting that 'Ugly Betty''s resident devil in Prada is in for a shock in early 2010 when she discovers that she's the subject of a drag queen impersonation act, ingeniously named Wilhediva Hater. But that's not even the best part -- Ausiello's sources say that the man behind Willie's fabulous doppelganger is none other than Vanessa Williams' real-life brother, Chris Williams. There's nothing like keeping it in the family.

In light of this fierce casting, we at Inside TV have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite real-life sibling co-stars to have graced the small screen in recent years:Chris WilliamsWilhelmina Slater just can't catch a break.

Not only does she have a conniving daughter, a dead lover and Daniel Meade's ineptitude to deal with, now she's set to discover that she has a long-lost twin ... well, kind of.

The Ausiello Files is reporting that 'Ugly Betty''s resident devil in Prada is in for a shock in early 2010 when she discovers that she's the subject of a drag queen impersonation act, ingeniously named Wilhediva Hater. But that's not even the best part -- Ausiello's sources say that the man behind Willie's fabulous doppelganger is none other than Vanessa Williams' real-life brother, Chris Williams. There's nothing like keeping it in the family.

In light of this fierce casting, we at Inside TV have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite real-life sibling co-stars to have graced the small screen in recent years:

Jason and Justine Bateman
Although well-known in the '80s for her role as Mallory Keaton in 'Family Ties,' Justine Bateman has to take a backseat to brother Jason in terms of visibility these days. Following the dysfunctional family theme, she guest-starred on his tragically-canceled comedy 'Arrested Development' in the season 3 episode titled (what else?) 'Family Ties.' There, she played a prostitute mistakenly thought to be Jason's character's sister. Yikes.

Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez
The Sheen family is pretty well known for their family affairs, and after patriarch Martin made a guest appearance on Charlie's hit sitcom 'Two and a Half Men,' it was only a matter of time before brother Emilio got in on the act, guest-starring as an old friend of Charlie's in the season 6 episode, 'The Devil's Lube.'

Emily and Zooey Deschanel
Perhaps the most timely sibling guest appearance comes from '(500) Days of Summer' star Zooey Deschanel, who will be appearing on sister Emily's hit crime series 'Bones' on Dec. 10. The kooky actress will star as Margaret Whitesell, a distant relative of Emily's character, Dr. Temperance Brennan, who Brennan's father (played by the always affable Ryan O'Neal) invites to spend Christmas with them. The episode, titled 'The Goop on the Girl,' airs this Thursday at 8PM on Fox.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
What kind of on-screen sibling list would be complete without the most famous of them all, mini-moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen? True, the pair originally started out playing the same character in 'Full House,' but after sisterly stints on 'Two of a Kind,' 'So Little Time' and a slew of forgettable movies, there's no disputing their title as the most recognizable sibling team since Donny and Marie.


Did we forget your favorites? Let us know which small-screen sibling stars we missed in the comments below!

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