Best Actors/Actresses 35 and under

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1.
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and German. The Gosling family moved to Cornwall...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "Blue Valentine"

Upcoming Film: "Crazy, Stupid, Love ” - iwantorlando05
 
2.
James Franco
Actor, 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ Age: 33

Best Performance to Date: "127 Hours"

Upcoming Film: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ” - iwantorlando05
 
3.
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, English, Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish, Welsh, and Scottish...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "Blue Valentine"

Upcoming Film: "Meek's Cutoff," "My Week With Marilyn" ” - iwantorlando05
 
4.
Natalie Portman
Actress, Black Swan
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "Black Swan" ” - iwantorlando05
 
5.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Age: 27

Best Performance to Date: "Black Swan"

Upcoming Film: "Friends With Benefits," "The Muppets" ” - iwantorlando05
 
6.
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ Age: 21

Best Performance to Date: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Upcoming Film: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "My Week With Marilyn," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" ” - iwantorlando05
 
7.
Elle Fanning
Actress, Maleficent
Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. 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 Channel Islander descent...
“ Age: 13

Best Performance to Date: "Somewhere"

Upcoming Film: "We Bought A Zoo" ” - iwantorlando05
 
8.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "500 Days of Summer"

Upcoming Film: "50/50," "The Dark Knight Rises" ” - iwantorlando05
 
9.
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Mulligan is a British actress, born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is Welsh, originally from Llandeilo. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ Age: 26

Best Performance to Date: "An Education"

Upcoming Film: "Drive, " "The Great Gatsby" ” - iwantorlando05
 
10.
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ Age: 26

Best Performance to Date: "The Duchess"

Upcoming Film: "A Dangerous Method" ” - iwantorlando05
 
11.
Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
“ Age: 33

Best Performance to Date: "Avatar"

Upcoming Film: "Columbiana" ” - iwantorlando05
 
12.
Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie is an American actor. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Martha (Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., who owned a business, Mackie Roofing. Anthony has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow...
“ Age: 31

Best Performance to Date: "The Hurt Locker"

Upcoming Film: "Real Steel, " "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" ” - iwantorlando05
 
13.
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne is an English actor, model and singer. Brought up in Westminster, Redmayne attended Eton College and began his professional acting career as a youth in London theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television. He made his feature film debut in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd and went on to appear in films such as Savage Grace (2007)...
“ Age: 29

Best Performance to Date: "Red"

Upcoming Film: "My Week With Marilyn" ” - iwantorlando05
 
14.
Logan Lerman
Logan was born in Beverly Hills, to a Jewish family. His parents are Lisa (Goldman), who works as his manager, and Larry Lerman, an orthotist and businessman. He has two siblings, Lindsey and Lucas, both older. His relatives operate the orthotics and prosthetics company Lerman & Son, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Jacob Lerman...
“ Age: 19

Best Performance to Date: "3:10 to Yuman"

Upcoming Film: "The Three Musketeers," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" ” - iwantorlando05
 
15.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Age: 35

Best Performance to Date: "The Reader"

Upcoming Film: "Contagion" ” - iwantorlando05
 
16.
Jesse Eisenberg
Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or Less...
“ Age: 27

Best Performance to Date: "The Social Network"

Upcoming Film: "30 Minutes or Less" ” - iwantorlando05
 
17.
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. Andrew was raised Jewish. He went to a private school, the City of London Freemen's School...
“ Age: 27

Best Performance to Date: "Never Let Me Go"

Upcoming Film: "The Amazing Spiderman" ” - iwantorlando05
 
18.
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 Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino...
“ Age: 14

Best Performance to Date: "True Grit"

Upcoming Film: "Romeo & Juliet" ” - iwantorlando05
 
19.
Rupert Grint
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
“ Age: 22

Best Performance to Date: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Upcoming Film: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Comrade" ” - iwantorlando05
 
20.
“ Age: 21

Best Performance to Date: "A Single Man"

Upcoming Film: "Jack the Giant Killer" ” - iwantorlando05
 
21.
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ Age: 21

Best Performance to Date: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

Upcoming Film: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "The Woman in Black" ” - iwantorlando05
 
22.
Anna Kendrick
Actress, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever)...
“ Age: 25

Best Performance to Date: "Up in the Air"

Upcoming Film: "50/50" ” - iwantorlando05
 
23.
Jennifer Lawrence
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, and Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp...
“ Age: 20

Best Performance to Date: "Winter's Bone"

Upcoming Film: "The Hunger Games" ” - iwantorlando05
 
24.
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ Age: 24

Best Performance to Date: "Juno"

Upcoming Film: "The Bop Decameron" ” - iwantorlando05
 
25.
Marion Cotillard
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ Age: 35

Best Performance to Date: "La Vie en Rose"

Upcoming Film: "Midnight in Paris," "The Dark Knight Rises" ” - iwantorlando05
 
26.
“ Age: 27

Best Performance to Date: "There Will Be Blood"

Upcoming Film: "Cowboys & Aliens" ” - iwantorlando05
 
27.
Ben Foster
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "The Messenger"

Upcoming Film: "Rampart" ” - iwantorlando05
 
28.
Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon (Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. His siblings are music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica and went on to The New School in New York to study drama...
“ Age: 27

Best Performance to Date: "Cyrus"

Upcoming Film: "Moneyball" ” - iwantorlando05
 
29.
Michael Pitt
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. He is of English and Italian heritage. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000) In 2005...
“ Age: 30

Best Performance to Date: "Boardwalk Empire"

Upcoming Film: "Pinkville" ” - iwantorlando05
 
30.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Actress, Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as Jess Merriweather on the Emmy Award winning TV series, Friday Night Lights (2011). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), Eve's Bayou (1997)...
“ Age: 24

Best Performance to Date: "The Great Debaters" ” - iwantorlando05
 
31.
Mae Whitman
Mae was born in Los Angeles, California to Pat Musick, a voice artist, and Jeffrey Whitman, a personal manager and set construction coordinator. She began her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial. Whitman attended Ribét Academy, a private preparatory school in Los Angeles. She was later transferred to Whitefish Bay High School, where she graduated...
“ Age: 23

Best Performance to Date: "Parenthood"

Upcoming Film: "The Factory" ” - iwantorlando05
 
32.
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. Aaron is of English-Russian Jewish background...
“ Age: 21

Best Performance to Date: "Nowhere Boy"

Upcoming Film: "Albert Nobbs" ” - iwantorlando05
 
33.
“ Age: 32

Best Performance to Date: "Memoirs of a Geisha" ” - iwantorlando05
 
34.
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland (2000). He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) and the American thrillers S.W.A.T...
“ Age: 35

Best Performance to Date: "In Bruges"

Upcoming Film: "Fright Night," "Horrible Bosses" ” - iwantorlando05
 
35.
Anton Yelchin
Actor, Star Trek
Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis, Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy. He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin...
“ Age: 22

Best Performance to Date: "Star Trek"

Upcoming Film: "Fright Night" ” - iwantorlando05
 
36.
Clémence Poésy
Clémence Poésy was born Clémence Guichard in Paris in 1982. She took her mother's maiden name, Poésy, as her stage name. She attended an alternative school for most of her education, but spent her last year at L'École alsacienne. She trained at the "Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique"...
“ Age: 28

Best Performance to Date: "In Bruges"

Upcoming Film: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Lullaby for Pi" ” - iwantorlando05