What do you call a character that acts as a prop in a film? In my understanding, prop is used for objects, but is there a word for human characters acting as props?

  • I would call them a prop.
    – Joe Kerr
    Nov 22, 2020 at 17:53

1 Answer 1


A person used as a prop in the movie world is an extra. Lexico has


1.2 A person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play.

the film used an army of extras

The Wikipedia definition is

A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background

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