20 best young actors under the age of 22

by bwhately | created - 01 Jul 2011 | updated - 26 Aug 2011 | Public

Young actors who have the potential to become great adult actors

1. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

2. 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)...

3. 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 ...

4. Devon Bostick

Actor | Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Devon Bostick was born on November 13, 1991 in Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Okja (2017) and Saw VI (2009).

5. Jimmy Bennett

Actor | Orphan

James 'Jimmy' Bennett was born on February 9, 1996 in Seal Beach, California. He has appeared in guest starring roles on The Guardian (2001), Judging Amy (1999), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and recently Everwood (2002), and has been cast in some of the most successful productions in that ...

6. 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 ...

7. Asa Butterfield

Actor | Hugo

Asa Butterfield was born in Islington, London, England, to Jacqueline Farr and Sam Butterfield. He began acting at the age of 8, after a talent spotting casting director saw him at his local after school drama club, The Young Actors Theatre in Islington. Following on from a couple of small roles in...

8. Elle Fanning

Actress | Super 8

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 ...

9. Will Poulter

Actor | The Maze Runner

Will Poulter is an English actor, recognized for his performances as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (2007), Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), and Kenny Rossmore in We're the Millers (2013). Will was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline (...

10. Joel Courtney

Actor | Super 8

Joel was born in Monterey, California, and raised in Moscow, Idaho. His parents are both school teachers. He is the youngest of four children and has two older brothers (Caleb and Josh) and an older sister (Chantelle). At age 14, Joel went to visit his brother, Caleb, during summer vacation. His ...

11. Liam Aiken

Actor | A Series of Unfortunate Events

Liam Pádraic Aiken was born January 7, 1990 in New York City, to Moya and Bill Aiken, an MTV producer. His mother was born in Ireland, while his father was an American of Irish descent. It was apparent from the beginning that Liam was a natural actor. After securing a small part on Broadway in the ...

12. Ryan Lee

Actor | Super 8

Ryan Lee was born on October 4, 1996 in Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Super 8 (2011), Goosebumps (2015) and This Is 40 (2012).

13. Zachary Gordon

Actor | The Good Doctor

Zachary Gordon was born on February 15, 1998 in Oak Park, California, USA as Zachary Adam Gordon. He is an actor and director, known for The Good Doctor (2017), Dead of Summer (2016) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010).

14. Skandar Keynes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Skandar Amin Casper Keynes (born 5 September 1991) is an English actor best known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the 2005 film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He returned in the role of Edmund in the film's sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...

15. Jacob Kogan

Actor | Joshua

Jacob Kogan was born on May 28, 1995 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Joshua (2007), Star Trek (2009) and The Tomorrow People (2013).

16. Nathan Gamble

Actor | The Mist

Nathan Gamble was born on January 12, 1998 in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for The Mist (2007), The Dark Knight (2008) and Babel (2006).

17. Bobby Coleman

Actor | The Last Song

Bobby Coleman was born on May 5, 1997 in Pasadena, California, USA as Robert Moorhouse Coleman III. He is known for his work on The Last Song (2010), Martian Child (2007) and Must Love Dogs (2005).

18. Peyton List

Actress | 27 Dresses

Peyton is well-known for her roles on the hit Disney series Jessie (2011) and Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) film franchise. List most recently wrapped the teen comedy, The Outcasts (2017), for director Peter Hutchings. Her other feature credits include Fox 2000's 27 Dresses (2008) and Summit's ...

19. Cole Sprouse

Actor | Riverdale

Cole Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the twins shared the role of Patrick Kelly, on ABC's hit series Grace Under Fire (...

20. Munro Chambers

Actor | Turbo Kid

Munro Chambers was born on July 29, 1990 in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He has been acting since he was 7. He has a twin brother named Thomas, as well as a younger brother named Michael. He is an actor and is best known for his character, Eli Goldsworthy, on Degrassi and for his role on "The Latest Buzz...