Breakout Stars of 2011

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Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)...
 
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Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
 
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David Giuntoli
Actor, Grimm
David Czarra Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Mary and David Giuntoli, and is of Italian (father) and Polish-German (mother) descent. 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 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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Beth Behrs
Actress, 2 Broke Girls
Beth Behrs was born on December 26, 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Elizabeth Ann Behrs. Beth spent her early years on the East Coast, first in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then in Lynchburg, Virginia, before moving with her family at the age of 15 to Marin County, just outside San Francisco. She studied drama both at high school and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
 
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Allison Miller
Actress, 17 Again
Allison Miller was born in Rome, Italy, to American parents, Margo and John Winn Miller. She grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father worked as a journalist. The family eventually settled in Tallahassee, Florida, where she studied dance, piano, acting and singing while still at high school before briefly attending the University of Florida at Gainesville...
 
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Ashley Rickards
Actress, Awkward.
Ashley Nicole Rickards is an American actress. She graduated from high school, at age 15, and is currently a member of MENSA. She has been in various films and television shows, portraying a wide variety of characters, most notably Fly Away, in which she portrayed "Mandy", a severely autistic girl...
 
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Beau Mirchoff
Actor, Awkward.
Beau Mirchoff was born on Friday the 13th of January, 1989, in Seattle, Washington. Two days later, he moved to his family's home in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Vancouver Island. His father Bill, is a podiatrist from California and his mother Kelley, is a full-time homemaker from Washington State...
 
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Tania Raymonde
Actress, Lost
Raised in Los Angeles of French-American descent, Tania Raymonde began her career on "Malcolm in the Middle" and is best known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series LOST. She most recently played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature...
 
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P.J. Byrne
P.J. Byrne A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio...
 
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Brett Davern
Actor, Awkward.
Born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. Brett attended Edmonds-Woodway High School. During his summers, he would travel to Stagedoor Manor Theatrical Training Center in upstate New York. After graduating from AMDA in New York he lived and auditioned in the city until landing a lead role in his first film. After completing work on "Beautiful Ohio" he moved to LA where he has been ever since.
 
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Miles Fisher
Actor, Mad Men
Born in Dallas, TX and raised in Washington DC, Fisher attended Harvard University where he was chosen by classmates to deliver the "Harvard Oration" speech for his commencement. After graduating, Fisher moved to Los Angeles where he resides. Fisher first became noticed as an actor after several self-produced videos became viral online...
 
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Damon Wayans Jr.
Actor, Big Hero 6
Damon Wayans Jr. was born at his grandmother's home in Vermont, in November 1982, and was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of Lisa Thorner and actor Damon Wayans. He made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994 film "Blank Man" playing the role of young Kevin. Later, Damon pursued his early passion...
 
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Eliza Coupe
Actress, Happy Endings
Eliza grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School. She has suffered from dyslexia since childhood. In 2003, she toured France playing a soldier in an all-female version of King Lear. She married Randall Whittinghill an Acting Coach in L.A. She performed as...
 
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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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Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper, born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2, 1980, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best-known for her role as "Erin Hannon" in the NBC series, The Office, as well as her supporting roles in the films, Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street). She plays the title role in the Netflix comedy series...
 
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Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza began her career as an intern...
 
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Tyler Posey
Actor, Teen Wolf
Tyler was born in Santa Monica, California and lives in the Los Angeles area. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia and actor John Posey. His heritage is Irish, English (on his father's side) & Mexican (on his mother's side). He developed an early interest in the art and began his acting career performing on stage with his actor/writer dad...
 
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Colton Haynes
Actor, Arrow
American actor and model Colton Lee Haynes was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes. He began modeling at age 15 and his first success came with an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He also modeled for J.C. Penney, Kira Plastinina, and Ralph Lauren. He is best known for his role as Jackson Whittemore on MTV's Teen Wolf...
 
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