10 Great Actors I Discovered in 2010

Mostly new and rising actors, but they are at least new to me that I will now be watching for.
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Gemma Arterton
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden. Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother...
“ She was adorable and stunning in "Tamara Drewe", and then she was dark, strong and subtly powerful in "The Disappearance of Alice Creed". She is the next great actress. ” - napierslogs
Andrew Garfield
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 middle class family...
“ Completely captivating and emotionally-strong in "Never Let Me Go", and he was the greatest part of the very good The Social Network. I am in awe of him. ” - napierslogs
Johnny Simmons
Jonathan James Simmons was born November 28, 1986 in Montgomery, Alabama, to Cindy and Ben Simmons. He was raised in Dallas, Texas. His first film in Los Angeles was entitled "My Ambition". When casting notices went out, there was a misprint stating that the production was looking for a lead female to play Julie Walters...
“ In "The Greatest", he was the one that stood out of an all star cast including Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan. ” - napierslogs
Felicity Jones
Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she was brought up with her brother by her mother alone...
“ She was beautifully angelic in "Cemetery Junction". She came across as innocent and independent at the same time, and you just couldn't take your eyes off of her. ” - napierslogs
Christian Cooke
Christian Louis Cooke was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in a production of Bedazzled at the Bingley Arts Centre. His first television appearance was in a commercial for Birds Eye beef burgers. His career has progressed from there...
“ There was a lot of young talent in "Cemetery Junction", but playing the lead character he had to be charismatic, relatable, likable and interesting, and he was all of that. ” - napierslogs
“ The lovable but struggling writer is a very common character in romantic comedies, but he made it his own in "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" by adding a touch of comedy. ” - napierslogs
“ Edward Burns, the writer and director of "Nice Guy Johnny" cast unknown actors to help keep the cost down, but Matt Bush (and co-star Kerry Bishe) had such natural ability that he became his character and I didn't even know I was watching an actor. ” - napierslogs
Dominik García-Lorido
Actress, Wild Card
Dominik García-Lorido was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Maria Victoria "Marivi" Lorido and actor Andy García. She is the eldest of four children, with sisters Daniella, Alessandra, and brother Andrés. Her parents are both of Cuban descent, and her father was born in Havana. She grew up in Los Angeles and began dancing at the age of three.
“ Dominik Garcia-Lorido is Andy Garcia's daughter, so she comes about her talent naturally. It can't be easy playing a stripper as her father's daughter in "City Island" but she did it class, grace, and humour. ” - napierslogs
Timothy Hutton
Actor, Leverage
Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California, to Maryline (Poole), a teacher, and actor Jim Hutton (Dana James Hutton). He set Hollywood ablaze when he burst onto the acting scene in the early 1980s. After only a small number of significant roles in TV movies, he bagged the part of Conrad in the Robert Redford-directed Ordinary People...
“ Although he's been well known for a long time, I just got to know him this year in "Serious Moonlight". He and Meg Ryan played off each other perfectly as a divorcing couple that I couldn't imagine anybody else in that role. ” - napierslogs
Bijou Phillips
Actress, Almost Famous
The multi-talented Bijou Phillips has led an unusual life. She spent her childhood in New York, California and South Africa. She excelled in Equestrienne sport. When she was 13, she became a model to escape boarding school and became one of the youngest people to grace the cover of "Interview" Magazine and "Italian Vogue"...
“ I know very little about her personal life, and I think I'll keep it that way. I only know her as Carys Reitman in "Wake". Although the movie wasn't really a character study, she carried that film as a unique and captivating character beautifully trying to come to an understanding of herself and human nature. ” - napierslogs