Top 10 Breakout Actors/Actresses 2010 - New and (some) old faces who caught audiences' attention in 2010 and who look set for an even bigger 2011

by comicbookfilmfan | created - 16 Dec 2010 | updated - 16 Dec 2010 | Public

1. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

If Hit Girl didn't make an impact I don't what other young female character did in 2010. Followed by Let Me In and the upcoming The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Chloe looks set for another big year. Says she would love to play Katniss in the Hunger Games film adapt - a bit young for the role but with her acting skills, she could certainly pull it off

2. Logan Lerman

Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

One of today's leading talents across both independent and mainstream film, Logan Lerman is an immensely talented actor who takes on challenging roles and brings dynamic characters to life on screen.

Logan was born in Beverly Hills, to a Jewish family. His parents are Lisa (Goldman), who worked as ...

His ever-increasing no of teen fans know him as Percy Jackson but Lerman's had better performances and meatier roles in films like 3:10 to Yuma, My One and Only, & The Butterfly Effect. In 2011 he returns to cinemas as the latest incarnation of D'Artagnan and as Charlie in Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's a chance to show his versatility and to prove that you can be a popular and low-key celeb at the same time

3. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, ...

A possible Oscar nom for a riveting performance in Winter's Bone. She goes Hollywood Tentpole next in X-Men First Class. Did we mention that she also looks great and sophisticated in recent fashion shoots.

4. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

Alice in Wonderland introduced her to a global audience and The Kids Are Allright showed off her range. Next year she takes on the classic role of Jane Eyre and we could not be more excited for that performance

5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Actor | Kick-Ass

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor.

He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas (2002). Aaron is of ...

Talk about breaking out and also breaking taboos - as the titular Kick-Ass and a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, Johnson is one of the best 20 something young actors right now. While in consideration for major productions like Jack the Giant Killer, I personally would like to see Johnson tackle gritty young adult roles simply because he has depth to do these characters justice. Never mind the relationship with Sam Taylor-Wood. He's happy, they're happy and if he's a better actor for it then great

6. Armie Hammer

Actor | The Social Network

Armand Douglas Hammer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Dru Ann (Mobley) and Michael Armand Hammer, a businessman. His great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, was a prominent tycoon and philanthropist who ran the company Occidental Petroleum for many decades. Armie's ancestry includes ...

Ok Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake had the bigger profile roles in The Social Network but one certainly cannot overlook Armie Hammer's breakout performance as the Winklevoss Twins - totally convincing. Up next is a role in a Leo di Caprio movie. If they're looking for a young Superman, cast Hammer now.

7. Lesley Manville

Actress | Another Year

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996). Lesley...

Lesley Manville a journeywoman actress who's paid her dues in UK series and films, comes to Hollywood's attention via Mike Leigh's masterful (and for me the best film of the year) Another Year. She delivers a complex and disarming performance. Here's hoping more directors take notice and that she gets a richly-deserved Oscar Nom

8. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

Gritty and mature performance in the Coen Brothers' True Grit Remake. Too bad the movie isn't in wide release yet and has been seen by only a handful of audiences. Steinfeld can act way beyond her years and looks set for more dramatic roles ahead

9. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

A real journeyman actor. He's been slugging it out in many a supporting role for as long as I can remember. But in Machete he turns in a truly entertaining performance. I say let's have more of Danny onscreen in 2011

10. Andrew Garfield

Actor | The Social Network

Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. He is of English and Polish-Jewish heritage. Andrew was raised in a ...

This is slot is actually a tie between Garfield and Brenda Soong his pyromaniac girlfriend in The Social Network - While I found Garfield's TSN performance a bit on the hammy side, his turn in Never Let Me Go shows his deft handling of dramatic roles. He won't be onscreen until the Spiderman Reboot in 2012 but the wait should be worth it.

Soong otherwise known as the Paris Hilton-type airhead on Disney's Suite Life of Zack and Cody, showed her real acting potential in TSN. Hope she gets more challenging roles in 2011