The 20 best young actors and actresses

by nawo | created - 21 Apr 2011 | updated - 21 Apr 2011 | Public

1. Jaden Smith

Actor | The Karate Kid

Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will ...

2. Zendaya

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona, was born in Oakland, California. She now lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and her dog, named "Midnight". She was a part of the California Shakespearian Theatre, where her mom worked as a House Manager. She would help ...

3. Keke Palmer

Actress | Grease Live!

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a ...

4. China Anne McClain

Actress | Descendants 2

China Anne McClain comes from an artistic family. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer, vocalist, writer and sound engineer. His first production was on Beyonce's younger sister, Solange Knowles (Solo Star CD - track no.16 entitled Sky Away). China Anne's mother, Shontell, is also a ...

5. Larramie Doc Shaw

Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Doc Shaw was born to Larry and Tamie Shaw, being an only child. His grandparents noticed he had a special gift and gave him the nickname, Doc. Doc's dad got him into a modeling career. He moved through the industry fast, and has appeared in many print ads. A car accident took his father's life in ...

6. Yara Shahidi

Actress | Salt

Yara Shahidi was born on February 10, 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Yara Sayeh Shahidi. She is an actress, known for Salt (2010), Black-ish (2014) and Alex Cross (2012).

7. Madison Pettis

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Audiences still remember Madison as the curly haired ballerina daughter of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in her first film, Disney's box office smash, "The Game Plan". Now 19 years old, Madison has grown up in front of America's eyes, while building an extensive list of credits & a social media ...

8. Larry VanBuren Jr.

Actor | All About the Money

Larry VanBuren Jr. is an actor, known for All About the Money (2017), CSI: Miami (2002) and This Is Us (2016).

9. Tyler James Williams

Actor | Dear White People

Tyler James Williams is an American actor, most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine (2012). He became known for playing the lead role in the show ...

10. Willow Smith

Actress | I Am Legend

Willow Smith was born on October 31, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Willow Camille Reign Smith. She is an actress, known for I Am Legend (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008).

11. Zolee Griggs

Actress | Bride Wars

Zolee Griggs is an actress, known for Bride Wars (2009), Public Disturbance (2017) and Adam Ruins Everything (2015).

12. Alexis Llewellyn

Actress | The Chronicles of Riddick

Alexis Llewellyn was born on May 17, 1996 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) and Edison (2005).

13. Zachary Williams

Actor | Honey

A professional model since the age of 3, Zachary has modeled for such heavyweights as Nike, Mattel, Macy's, Warner Brothers and Disney. At age 4, Zachary starred in a national commercial for Carnation Instant Breakfast and, soon after, appeared in the Oxygen Network original sketch comedy series, "...

he is 16 years old, born 5 octomber 1994.

14. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

15. Joey King

Actress | Independence Day: Resurgence

Joey King started acting professionally when she was four years old. A national spot for Life Cereal was Joey's first commercial. It has been said that Joey inherited the love of acting from her grandmother, who used to perform in live theater.

She has appeared in several television shows and movies...

16. Miranda Cosgrove

Actress | Despicable Me 2

Miranda Taylor Cosgrove was born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, to Christina (Casey) and Tom Cosgrove, who owns a dry-cleaning business. She was discovered at a young age singing and dancing around a table in a restaurant, where an agent saw her talent and quickly signed her. Miranda's ...

17. Selena Gomez

Actress | Spring Breakers

Actress and singer Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother is of part Italian ancestry, and her father is of Mexican descent. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died in 1995.

Her first acting role ...

18. Davis Cleveland

Actor | Shake It Up

Davis Cleveland was born in Houston, Texas. He began his acting career by doing commercial work in Texas. After moving to Los Angeles, he began appearing in national commercials for big name companies. Davis has guest-starred in many shows, and co-stars as Flynn Jones in Disney's hit show "Shake It...

19. Abigail Breslin

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.

Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015)...

20. Roshon Fegan

Actor | Spider-Man 2

Music man and entertainer Ro Shon Fegan began his claim to fame here in Los Angeles at the age of 18 months. His first creative moments of his career was actually a national soda commercial where he collaborated with the musical classic group Boyz II Men. And his momentum for the creative industry ...