50 Coolest Up-and-Coming Actors and Actresses in Hollywood

These are the people who are about to make their mark by hitting the big time.
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Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, as well as some German, Irish, and Scottish, ancestry. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14...
 
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Chris Hemsworth
Actor, Thor
Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His uncle, by marriage, was Rod Ansell, the bushman who inspired the film Crocodile Dundee...
 
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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...
 
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Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon and attended Mount Lebanon high school...
 
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Marshall Allman
Marshall Allman, born April 5th, 1984 in Austin, Texas, realized his talent for acting at the age of seventeen when he was given his first role in a summer production of Clive Barker's "The History of the Devil". Giving up his pursuits in art and athletics, he moved to Hollywood weeks after graduating from Austin High School to focus his pursuits in acting...
 
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Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer. She was born Karen Lucille Hale in Memphis, Tennessee, to Julia (Caperton) Knight and John Preston Hale. She started out as a singer, appearing on American Juniors in a search for band members. She successfully won her place in the band. The group disbanded in 2005...
 
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Dan Fogler
Cherubic actor and singer Dan Fogler was born October 20, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York, to Shari, a teacher of English, and Richard Fogler, a surgeon. His brother, Jason, is a clinical psychologist. Fogler established himself with his role of William Barfee in the Broadway musical hit "The 25th Annual...
 
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Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother and a father of Irish and Scottish descent. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Shay began dance lessons at the age of five...
 
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Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia, and is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is the son of Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather)...
 
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Sharni Vinson
Actress, You're Next
Sharni Vinson was born in New South Wales, Australia and grew up in Sydney's southern beach superb of Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire. As a teenager, she trained and competed at a National Level in swimming, holding a total of 4 State records throughout high school. Sharni began singing, dancing and acting at a young age...
 
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Chord Overstreet
Actor, Glee
Chord Overstreet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Julie (Miller), a make-up artist, and Paul Overstreet, a country musician and songwriter whose own father was a pastor. Chord and his five siblings were raised in a creative and music-filled environment, with their father highly involved in the music industry. His brother, Nash Overstreet, is in the band Hot Chelle Rae...
 
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Ashley Fink
Actress, You Again
Ashley Fink was born in Houston, Texas and began acting at a very early age. By the time she reached the age of 2, she was putting on full productions for her parents: she was no dummy, though - she charged them admission. As luck would have it, her family ended up moving to Los Angeles where Ashley began attending a performing arts high school...
 
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Allison Munn
Allison Munn was born and raised in South Carolina, where she spent her childhood taking voice and dance lessons and performing in local theatre productions. After graduating from the College of Charleston, Munn knew she wanted to pursue acting full time and moved to New York to study. She soon joined...
 
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Danielle Panabaker
Actress, The Flash
Danielle Nicole Panabaker (born September 19, 1987) is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and first came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), Sky High (2005) and Read It and Weep (2006), the latter alongside her younger sister Kay Panabaker, and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (2005)...
 
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Kay Panabaker
Stephanie Kay Panabaker is an American actress, who was born on May 2, 1990 in Orange Grove, Texas, USA. She is the daughter of Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. She has an older sister, Danielle Panabaker, who is also an actress. She started acting at various community theaters in Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta...
 
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Odette Annable
Actress, Cloverfield
Odette Annable was born Odette Juliette Yustman on 10 May, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Lydia Yustman née Nodarse, is Cuban, and her father, Victor Oscar Yustman, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, of French and Italian descent. Odette started her career with a minor role in the movie Kindergarten Cop as "Rosa"...
 
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David Walton
Actor, Bad Moms
David Walton was born in Boston, MA. His father is John Hunter Walton Jr and his mother is Carolyn K Walton. He has four sisters (Francie Karlen, Jennifer Burke, Hilary Lehman, and Amanda Walton) and two brothers (Will Hovey and Burr Hovey). He began his acting career playing Petruchio in a 9th grade production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and acted in many productions at St...
 
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Tristan Mack Wilds
Actor, 90210
Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater Company in the workshops Wool and Stockholm Brooklyn as Bryce for the Cherry Lane Theater...
 
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Lucas Neff
Lucas Neff was born in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, IL in 1985. The start of his acting career came about by mistake after he was assigned to the performing arts department at the University of Illinois. It was there that he graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2008....
 
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Jessica Lowndes
Actress, 90210
Jessica Lowndes (pronounced Lounds) stars on the CW's hit drama, 90210, and is working with top music producers across the globe to complete her first album. Lowndes completed her first EP when she was age 16 and living in Vancouver, Canada, where she was discovered by the producers of Showtime's series...
 
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Lizzy Caplan
Actress, Cloverfield
Actress Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan was born in Los Angeles, California, to Barbara (Bragman), a political aide, and Richard Caplan, a lawyer. She has two older siblings, Julie and Benjamin, and was raised in a Jewish household. Her mother was a cousin of publicist Howard Bragman. Caplan was educated at Alexander Hamilton High School...
 
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Bridgit Mendler
Bridgit Claire Mendler was born in Washington DC, and lived there until she was eight years old. Her family moved to the west coast, just outside of San Francisco, California. This is when she first expressed an interest in acting and began booking local jobs. In 2004, she landed her first role in the animated film...
 
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Ashley Benson
Ashley Victoria Benson was born on December 18, 1989 in Anaheim Hills, California, to Shannon (Harte) and Jeff Benson. She has Irish, English, and German ancestry. She has been dancing competitively since she was 2 with hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical. She has been singing since she was about 5 and she hopes to pursue that...
 
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Kat Dennings
Actress, 2 Broke Girls
Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly home-schooled...
 
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Aly Michalka
Actress, Easy A
Aly Michalka was born in Torrance, California, to Carrie (Begley), a musician, and Mark Michalka, who owns a contracting company. She has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. Aly began acting at the age of five in stage productions by churches her family attended outside Seattle...
 
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Jerry Trainor
Actor, iCarly
Jerry Trainor was born on January 21, 1977, and is an American television and movie actor. Jerry graduated from the University of San Diego High School, which is now known as Cathedral Catholic High School, and Jerry's mother teaches both pre-calculus and calculus there. It has been said that Jerry used to be Drake Bell's assistant...
 
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Sarah Hyland
Actress, Modern Family
Sarah Hyland was born in New York City to actors Melissa D. Canaday and Edward James Hyland. She began in the business at the age of 4 with commercial work and voice overs. Her first film was Private Parts. She then moved on to The Object of My Affection and then spent time on Another World as "Rain Wolfe", a child found in the park...
 
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Brooklyn Decker
Actress, Battleship
Actress and former model Brooklyn Danielle Decker was born in Kettering, Ohio, the oldest child of Tessa Renee (Moore), a nurse, and Stephen Michael Decker, a pacemaker salesman. She has a younger brother, Jordan. Decker has German, English, and Irish ancestry. When she was a teenager, she was discovered by a talent spotter in a shopping mall in Charlotte...
 
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Elizabeth Gillies
Actress, Victorious
Elizabeth Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Elizabeth began acting professionally at the age of 12. With a strong background in musical theater, Elizabeth made her Broadway debut at age 15, starring as the character "Lucy" in the original Broadway cast of "13"...
 
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David Giuntoli
Actor, Grimm
David Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Mary and David Giuntoli. David was educated at St. Louis University High School and moved on to Indiana University Bloomington, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Finance...
 
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Kat Graham
Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries." Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French and Hebrew - and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At the age of 6...
 
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Daniella Monet
Actress, Victorious
Monet was born in West Hills, California. She has performed on the small screen in numerous television commercials beginning at the age of seven. In 1997, she had a guest appearance in an episode of Pacific Blue. In 2003, she landed recurring roles on the television series American Dreams, The Bernie Mac Show and 8 Simple Rules...
 
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Robbie Amell
Actor, The DUFF
Along with his sister, Robert Patrick Amell started acting when he was just six years old. At sixteen, he started to land theater roles at Lawrence Park Stage in plays such as Louis and Dave, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Importance of Being Earnest. The experience brought Robbie to realize that he wanted to pursue a career in acting...
 
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Dan Byrd
Actor, Easy A
It was over a decade ago when Marietta, Georgia, resident Dan Byrd was first bitten by the acting bug. The then-8-year-old Byrd went to see a live performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and was hooked. Now all grown up and living in Los Angeles, California, Byrd has seen his childhood dream through...
 
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Ariana Grande
Actress, Sing
Ariana is a singer and lyricist. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida, to Joan Grande and Edward Butera, both of whom are of Italian descent. After growing up in Florida, She moved to Los Angeles when she received the role of "Cat Valentine" in Nickelodeon's Victorious, along with Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies...
 
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Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites. She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of Southern California. She rose to worldwide prominence as Spencer in the hit TV series, Pretty Little Liars.
 
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Chelsea Hobbs
Chelsea Hobbs was born in Vancouver, Canada to her father Richard Hobbs who was in the music industry and her mother Dana Hobbs, an entrepreneur. Chelsea's formal training began at the age of 3 with dancing, and she ended up in an arts program in high school, dancing 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Her parents...
 
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Chelsea Kane
Actress, Baby Daddy
Musician and actress Chelsea Kane grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was a member of the Valley Youth Theater. She made a couple of movie appearances before landing a starring role as both actress and musical performer in Bratz, the movie inspired by the popular toys. Since then she has made several appearances in successful TV shows...
 
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Stephen Colletti
Stephen August Colletti was born in Newport Beach, California to Lorilee (Goodall) and Bruce Colletti. He has Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, Swedish, and English ancestry. Growing up in California, Stephen spent much of his time at the beach and playing sports, always on the move and seeking adventures for him and his friends to embark on...