Most Underrated (and Overlooked) Actors and Actresses on TV

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Jayma Mays
Actress, Glee
Jayma was born Jamia Suzette Mays. She was raised in Grundy, Virginia, with her older brother and sister. Her father was a high school teacher at Grundy Senior High School for 7 years, before spending 25 years working in the coal-mining industry. He is now retired and lives with Jayma's mother in Bristol...
“ Glee ” - tbell1826
 
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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...
“ The Office ” - tbell1826
 
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Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended Orthodox Jewish day schools (including the Columbus Torah Academy) and was raised in Conservative Judaism...
“ How I Met Your Mother ” - tbell1826
 
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Alison Brie
Actress, Community
Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena...
“ Community/Mad Men ” - tbell1826
 
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“ 2 Broke Girls ” - tbell1826
 
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Garret Dillahunt
Garret grew up in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he studied journalism. He received his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He has appeared on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he began pursuing film and television roles. He has two brothers: Brett, a teacher; and Eric, deceased.
“ Raising Hope ” - tbell1826
 
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Katy Mixon
Katy Mixon was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She was one of seven children. She graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Mixon's first acting job came in 2001, playing "Calpurnia" in the Utah Shakespearean Festival's presentation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Mixon moved to Los Angeles...
“ Mike & Molly ” - tbell1826
 
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Cobie Smulders
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
“ How I Met Your Mother ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Breaking Bad ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Cougar Town ” - tbell1826
 
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Simon Helberg
Simon Helberg was born and raised in Los Angeles but despite this, and the fact that his father is the actor Sandy Helberg and his mother the casting director Harriet B. Helberg, his main interest as a young boy was karate. In his teens, though, he discovered acting and went on to study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company...
“ The Big Bang Theory ” - tbell1826
 
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Kunal Nayyar
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as something to fall back on...
“ The Big Bang Theory ” - tbell1826
 
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Sarah Shahi
Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a teenager...
“ Fairly Legal ” - tbell1826
 
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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...
“ The Walking Dead ” - tbell1826
 
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Rich Sommer
Actor, Mad Men
Sommer returned to Cleveland in 2008 to teach a master class at the Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Play House graduate program. He earned an MFA in the program in 2004. Sommer planned his future in improv comedy during his Play House days. He has performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe, but the bulk of his career has been in television and film...
“ Mad Men ” - tbell1826
 
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Anna Gunn
Actress, Breaking Bad
An actress on both stage and screen, Anna Gunn has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career. Anna grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico after her parents transplanted the family from Cleveland, Ohio to the Southwest in the late seventies. She discovered acting in a...
“ Breaking Bad ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Community ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Community ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Breaking Bad ” - tbell1826
 
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Melissa Rauch
Melissa Ivy Rauch was born in Marlboro, New Jersey, to Susan and David Rauch. She has a brother, Ben, and was raised in a Jewish household. Rauch attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, where she received a BFA degree. While going to school, Melissa performed stand-up comedy around Manhattan...
“ The Big Bang Theory ” - tbell1826
 
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Joshua Jackson
Actor, The Affair
Joshua Carter Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. His Irish mother, Fiona Jackson, is a casting director originally from Dublin. His American father, John Carter Jackson, is from Texas. Josh spent the first eight years of his life in California before returning to Canada. At the age of 11...
“ Fringe ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Community ” - tbell1826
 
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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...
“ Grimm ” - tbell1826
 
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“ The Killing ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Raising Hope ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Southland ” - tbell1826
 
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Hannah Simone
Actress, New Girl
Hannah Simone stars on FOX's hit series, New Girl, opposite Zooey Deschanel. Simone hosted HGTV Canada's popular design show, "Space for Living", before moving onto Canada's largest music channel, "MuchMusic". After MuchMusic, Simone moved to Los Angeles, where she hosted two seasons of WCG Ultimate Gamer...
“ New Girl ” - tbell1826
 
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Christa Miller
Christa Miller was introduced to the entertainment world at a very young age. As a toddler, she was photographed by the acclaimed Francesco Scavullo for an Ivory Snow ad with her mother, and, at the age of three, appeared on the cover of "Redbook". Miller was bitten by the acting bug as a child, but couldn't pursue her passion because her parents had other plans for her...
“ Cougar Town ” - tbell1826
 
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Iqbal Theba
Actor, Glee
Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Iqbal Theba came to the US as a college Freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. While in college in Oklahoma, Iqbal studied Civil Engineering and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Management. After realizing his true passion was acting...
“ Glee ” - tbell1826
 
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“ 2 Broke Girls ” - tbell1826