Favorite Actors from The CW

by tbell1826 | created - 12 Aug 2011 | updated - 12 Aug 2011 | Public

In no particular order

1. Leighton Meester

Actress | Gossip Girl

Leighton Marissa Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance Lynn (Haas) and Douglas Jay Meester. Although born in Texas, Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents. There, she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a ...

2. Blake Lively

Actress | The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively, and ...

3. Jared Padalecki

Actor | Supernatural

Jared Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Sherri (Kammer), a teacher of English, and Gerald Padalecki, a tax accountant. He is of Polish (father) and German, English, Scottish, and French (mother) descent. Jared started to take acting lessons when he was 12. Then, he won the "Claim to Fame...

4. Jensen Ackles

Actor | Supernatural

Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...

5. Sophia Bush

Actress | John Tucker Must Die

Sophia Bush has captured film and television audiences, alike, with her range of roles and diverse characters She was born on July 8, 1982, in Pasadena, California. She is an only child. Her father, Charles William Bush, is a renowned advertising and celebrity photographer, and her mother, Maureen ...

6. Bethany Joy Lenz

Actress | Colony

Bethany Joy Lenz was born in Hollywood Florida, an only child of Robert George Lenz (a history teacher and therapist) and Catharine Malcolm Holt Shepard (a personnel manager and entrepreneur). She is best known for her role on - the WB hit One Tree Hill (2003) - as "Haley James Scott", wife to ...

7. Austin Nichols

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Austin Nichols was raised in Austin, Texas until the age of 18, when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2002 with a degree in creative writing. His role in Six Feet Under led to films like The Day After Tomorrow, ...

8. Nina Dobrev

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nikolina "Nina" Constantinova Dobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Canada at the age of two and has lived in Toronto, Ontario ever since. From a very young age, she showed great enthusiasm and talent for the arts: Dance, Gymnastics, Theatre, Music, Visual arts, and Acting! Modeling ...

9. Paul Wesley

Actor | Before I Disappear

Paul was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there.

During his high school years, Paul was actively involved in theater studies, primarily in New York City. He attended Christian ...

10. Ian Somerhalder

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...

11. Ed Westwick

Actor | Gossip Girl

Ed Westwick was born on June 27, 1987 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England as Edward Westwick. He is an actor, known for Gossip Girl (2007), Children of Men (2006) and Chalet Girl (2011).

12. Penn Badgley

Actor | Margin Call

Penn Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynne Murphy Badgley and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and carpenter. Badgley split his childhood years between Richmond, Virginia. and Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, he was involved in the Seattle Children's Theater and did ...

13. Chace Crawford

Actor | The Covenant

Christopher Chace Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Dana (Plott), a teacher, and Chris Wayne Crawford, a dermatologist. He grew up in Plano, Texas, and has a younger sister, Candice Crawford Romo, who studied broadcast journalism and won the Miss Missouri USA title in 2008. Chace ...

14. Jana Kramer

Actress | Prom Night

Jana Kramer was born on December 2, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jana Rae Kramer. She is an actress, known for Prom Night (2008), Footloose (2011) and Click (2006). She has been married to Mike Caussin since May 22, 2015. They have one child. She was previously married to Johnathon Schaech and...

15. Shenae Grimes-Beech

Actress | Scream 4

Shenae Grimes-Beech was born on October 24, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Shenae Sonya Grimes. She is known for her work on Scream 4 (2011), The Cross Road (2008) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001). She has been married to Josh Beech since May 10, 2013.

16. Matt Lanter

Actor | Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Matthew Mackendree Lanter was born April 1, 1983 in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, to Jana Kay (Wincek) and Joseph Hayes Lanter. He has a sister, Kara. When he was eight years old, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his father's family is from. His recent ancestry includes Polish, English, ...

17. Tristan Mack Wilds

Actor | Half Nelson

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 ...

18. AnnaLynne McCord

Actress | Excision

AnnaLynne McCord is an American actress, writer, director and former model. Known for playing vixen-type roles. McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck (2003), and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American ...

19. Kat Graham

Actress | The Vampire Diaries

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009). 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...

20. Michael Trevino

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Michael Trevino (born January 25, 1985) plays Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, he has appeared on the TV series 90210, The Riches, and The Originals.

Michael Trevino was born on January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California and raised in Valencia, California. He was born to Mexican ...

21. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

22. Shane West

Actor | A Walk to Remember

Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith in 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah (Launey), a lawyer, and Don Snaith, a drugstore owner. Shane began to pursue an acting career at the age of fifteen, gaining bit parts on various television shows, but it was not until 1999 when West ...

23. Lyndsy Fonseca

Actress | Kick-Ass

Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, and was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Lyndsy competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for...

24. Robert Buckley

Actor | 666 Park Avenue

Robert Earl Buckley was born on May 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. As a child Robert was on the chubby side and he swam with a t-shirt on. He was also named the most likely to be a superhero by classmates after rescuing four students on horseback. The Southern California native earned an ...

25. Shantel VanSanten

Actress | Shooter

Shantel Yvonne VanSanten is an American model and actress, born July 25, 1985. As a model, she has been featured in the magazines Teen Vogue and Seventeen. VanSanten was born in Luverne, Minnesota. She is of Dutch and one quarter Norwegian descent. VanSanten was raised in Spring, Texas where she ...

26. Jessica Stroup

Actress | The Hills Have Eyes II

Jessica Stroup was born October 23rd 1986, in Anderson, South Carolina, USA. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but turned it down to pursue acting. At only 17, she moved to Los Angeles and immediately took acting classes and received both modeling and...

27. Trevor Donovan

Actor | Texas Rising

Trevor Donovan was born in Mammoth Lakes, California. Trevor grew up skiing and snowboarding and, during his teens, was on the US teen ski team. Trevor is a true renaissance man, aside from being proficient at most sports, he can play guitar, sing, and has a bachelors degree in graphic design. ...

28. Jessica Lowndes

Actress | A Mother's Nightmare

Jessica Lowndes was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1988. She studied at the Pacific Academy in Surrey. Jessica is an actress and an aspiring Singer. She has written 4 known songs: "Never Lonely", "Break", "Fly Away" and "Goodbye". This last one was heard in an episode of the series ...

29. Candice King

Actress | Juno

Candice Rene King (née Accola) (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for portraying the role of Caroline Forbes on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

Candice King was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (Clark), who was an environmental engineer before ...

30. Steven R. McQueen

Actor | Piranha 3D

Steven R. McQueen (born Steven Chadwick McQueen; July 13, 1988) is an American actor who plays Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. He is best known for his role on the TV series Everwood. Steven has also starred in a film called Piranha 3-D as Jake Forester along with stars Elizabeth Shue and ...

31. Lisa Goldstein Kirsch

Actress | One Tree Hill

Lisa Goldstein Kirsch was born on July 30, 1981 in the USA. She is an actress and producer, known for One Tree Hill (2003), Don't Know Yet (2013) and Who Do You Love (2008). She has been married to Brendan Kirsch since April 16, 2011. They have one child.

32. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of half Russian Jewish and half Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local ...

33. Rachel Bilson

Actress | Jumper

Rachel Bilson was born in Los Angeles, to Janice (Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson. Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is of Italian descent. She began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out ...

34. Jaime King

Actress | My Bloody Valentine

Jaime King was born on April 23, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for My Bloody Valentine (2009), Sin City (2005) and Pearl Harbor (2001). She has been married to Kyle Newman since November 23, 2007. They have two children.

35. Britt Robertson

Actress | Tomorrowland

Brittany Leanna Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurateur. She was raised in South Carolina, the oldest of seven children. Her mother's worries about the public school system led to Robertson being home-schooled. She began acting at the ...

36. Thomas Dekker

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Thomas Dekker was born to parents who possess very artistic and theatrical characteristics. His mother is an acting coach, actress, singer and concert pianist, while his father was an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor. His maternal grandfather was famed Welsh radio actor Alun Williams.

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37. Matthew Davis

Actor | Legally Blonde

Matthew W. Davis (born May 8, 1978), also professionally known as Matt Davis, is an American actor who is known for his roles as Adam Hillman on the ABC comedy-drama What About Brian from 2006 to 2007 and Alaric Saltzman on The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries from 2009 to 2012. In 2014, he ...

38. Lee Norris

Actor | Zodiac

Lee Norris was born on September 25, 1981 in Greenville, North Carolina, USA as Lee Michael Norris. He is an actor, known for Zodiac (2007), Gone Girl (2014) and One Tree Hill (2003). He has been married to Andrea Norris since September 10, 2011.

39. Misha Collins

Actor | Supernatural

Misha Collins is an American actor best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the TV series Supernatural (2005). He has had recurring roles on ER and 24, and has guest-starred on NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI, CSI:NY, Monk and Charmed. On the big screen, Misha is most known for his role in a ...

40. Michael Steger

Actor | 90210

Michael Steger was born on May 27, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Mateus Steger. He is an actor and producer, known for 90210 (2008), Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) and True Blood (2008). He has been married to Brandee Steger since November 15, 2008.