Young Actors & Actresses of Color

by mirrormera92 | created - 20 May 2012 | updated - 19 Jun 2013 | Public

I realized lately that the majority of my celeb crushes were Caucasian. I wondered why that was and realized that it's because I haven't seen too many actors of color that were young. So this is my attempt to make a list of actors and actresses 25 and younger of mixed or non-Caucasian ethnicity. I'll add more every time I get on! Tell me others in the comments! (I've only been adding actors who have worked since 2010.)

1. Roshon Fegan

Actor | Spider-Man 2

Music man and entertainer Ro Shon Fegan began his claim to fame here in Los Angeles at the age of 18 months. His first creative moments of his career was actually a national soda commercial where he collaborated with the musical classic group Boyz II Men. And his momentum for the creative industry ...

Love him. He's half Filipino and half African American.

2. Zendaya

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona, was born in Oakland, California. She now lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and her dog, named "Midnight". She was a part of the California Shakespearian Theatre, where her mom worked as a House Manager. She would help ...

This gorgeous young teen is half African American and half Dutch.

3. China Anne McClain

Actress | Descendants 2

China Anne McClain comes from an artistic family. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer, vocalist, writer and sound engineer. His first production was on Beyonce's younger sister, Solange Knowles (Solo Star CD - track no.16 entitled Sky Away). China Anne's mother, Shontell, is also a ...

4. Carlon Jeffery

4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Jeffery was born in Houston, Texas and has been performing since the age of 8. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing in numerous community venues. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2005 so he could pursue a career his music and acting. He is a rapper under the stage name of "Lil-c Note...

5. Sierra Aylina McClain

Actress | Daddy's Little Girls

Sierra Aylina McClain was born on March 16, 1994. She is known for her work on Daddy's Little Girls (2007), Shrink (2009) and The Gospel (2005).

6. Lauryn Alisa McClain

Actress | Daddy's Little Girls

Lauryn Alisa McClain was born on January 9, 1997. She is known for her work on Daddy's Little Girls (2007), Haunt and Superstition: The Rule of 3's.

7. Jordan Francis

Actor | The Save-Ums!

Jordan Francis is an actor, known for The Save-Ums! (2003), Camp Rock (2008) and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010).

8. Jasmine Richards

Actress | Camp Rock

Jasmine Richards was born on June 28, 1990 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for Camp Rock (2008), Overruled! (2009) and Picture Day (2012).

Part African American, part Irish

9. Matthew 'Mdot' Finley

Actor | Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Matthew 'Mdot' Finley was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010), Soul of a Juggernaut (2004) and Cast of Camp Rock 2: It's On (2010).

10. Camille Winbush

Actress | Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Camille Winbush was born on February 9, 1990 in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA as Camille Simoine Winbush. She is an actress, known for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Bernie Mac Show (2001) and Eraser (1996).

11. Naya Rivera

Actress | Glee

Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, USA as Naya Marie Rivera. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Royal Family (1991) and The Master of Disguise (2002). She has been married to Ryan Dorsey since July 19, 2014. They have one child.

Gorgeous. Naya is 25. She's half Puerto Rican, a fourth German, and a fourth African.

12. Raven Goodwin

Actress | Lovely & Amazing

Raven Goodwin was born on June 24, 1992 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Raven Tyshanna Goodwin. She is an actress, known for Lovely & Amazing (2001), The Station Agent (2003) and Being Mary Jane (2013).

13. Titus Makin Jr.

Actor | Star-Crossed

Born on June 10, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Titus always knew in his heart that he was meant to be in show business. Throughout his childhood, he was frequently relocated due to his father's military service, but being able to travel so much had an advantage as Titus was exposed to all forms of ...

14. Tyler James Williams

Actor | Dear White People

Tyler James Williams is an American actor, known for Dear White People (2014), most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine (2012). He became known for ...

15. Trevor Jackson

Actor | Burning Sands

Trevor Jackson is an actor and director, known for Burning Sands (2017), Grown-ish (2018) and Black-ish (2014).

16. Coco Jones

Actress | Good Luck Charlie

Coco Jones was born on January 4, 1998 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as Courtney Jones. She is an actress, known for Good Luck Charlie (2010), Flock of Four (2017) and Grandma's House (2016).

17. Brandon Mychal Smith

Actor | Dirty Grandpa

Brandon Smith started acting at the tender age of 8 years old. Soon, he booked his first national commercial for Nike with Tiger Woods.

Brandon Smith has garnered a legion of loyal fans for playing the iconic role of super-suave Nico Harris on the Disney Channel series "So Random" ("Sonny with a ...

18. Michael B. Jordan

Actor | Creed

Michael B. Jordan, middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey by Donna (Davis), and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name Bakari means "noble promise" in Swahili.

Jordan has starred in three of the most critically acclaimed television dramas of the past...

19. Leon Thomas III

Actor | August Rush

Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Los Angeles, California, and now resides there.

At age 10 he made his Broadway debut in 2003 as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King (1994). In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner'...

20. Cymphonique Miller

Actress | Phineas and Ferb

Cymphonique Miller, is an actress, singer, dancer and writer. This Los Angeles native, is one of Hollywood's biggest teen phenomena and the star of the hit TV show How To Rock. Cymphonique has made a name for herself and built a diverse R&B, Pop and Hip Hop fan base through the Internet before ...

21. Chris O'Neal

Actor | Swindle

Chris O'Neal is an actor, known for Swindle (2013), Greenhouse Academy (2017) and Raven's Touch (2015).

22. Tequan Richmond

Actor | Ray

Tequan (Tuh-kwon) Richmond arrived in Los Angeles from his hometown of Burlington, North Carolina a little over a decade ago, but he certainly hasn't sat idle since planting his feet in Los Angeles soil.

He has appeared in a national Spalding basketball commercial with Boston Celtic's Paul Pierce, ...

23. Justin Martin

Actor | Flight

Justin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He started acting at age seven in the drama department in his church. Justin was soon discovered by Atlanta agent Joy Pervis, who had previously discovered many child stars including Dakota Fanning and Kyle Massey. Justin worked for two years in the Atlanta ...

24. Paige Hurd

Actress | A Girl Like Grace

Paige Hurd was born on July 20, 1992 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd. She is known for her work on A Girl Like Grace (2015) and Beauty Shop (2005).

25. Keke Palmer

Actress | Grease Live!

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a ...

26. Larramie Doc Shaw

Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Doc Shaw was born to Larry and Tamie Shaw, being an only child. His grandparents noticed he had a special gift and gave him the nickname, Doc. Doc's dad got him into a modeling career. He moved through the industry fast, and has appeared in many print ads. A car accident took his father's life in ...

27. 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 ...

28. Corbin Bleu

Actor | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Cobin Bleu was born Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Martha (Callari) and David Reivers, an actor. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is Jamaican.

Corbin began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal, ...

29. Jaden Smith

Actor | The Karate Kid

Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will ...

30. Willow Smith

Actress | I Am Legend

Willow Smith was born on October 31, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Willow Camille Reign Smith. She is an actress, known for I Am Legend (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008).

31. Jazz Raycole

Actress | My Wife and Kids

Jazz Raycole is a professionally trained dancer. By four years of age, she was involved in dance competitions, and has trained with many top choreographers. She is currently dancing under the supervision of multi-talented choreographer Debbie Allen.

After deciding to break into acting, Raycole and ...

32. Imani Hakim

Actress | Everybody Hates Chris

Imani Hakim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and by the age of 7 she had already developed a strong passion for acting. She soon began studying acting at Cleveland Ohio's historic Karamu House Theater, where she appeared in many of its stage productions.

In 2005 she landed her first television role as ...

33. Bobb'e J. Thompson

Actor | Role Models

Kicking off an impressive career in front of the camera at the tender age of five, Bobb'e J. Thompson rose to fame as a child actor well before his teens, initially with a small but colorful and energetic supporting role as the pint-sized Tupac in My Baby's Daddy (2003). He subsequently appeared in...

34. Maestro Harrell

Actor | Ali

Maestro Harrell was born on July 29, 1991 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Ali (2001), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) and Bone Tomahawk (2015).

35. Logan Browning

Actress | Bratz

Logan Browning was born on June 9, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Bratz (2007), Powers (2015) and Dear White People (2017).

36. Kyle Massey

Actor | Cory in the House

Kyle Orlando Massey was born on August 28, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. His first acting job was in "The Wizard of Oz," but his big break came after he was cast in the popular Disney sitcom That's So Raven (2003), where he starred as Cory, the mischievous, money-obsessed brother of the main character...

37. Chris Warren

Actor | The Fosters

Chris Warren was born on January 15, 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is an actor, known for The Fosters (2013), Extracurricular Activities (2018) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009).

38. Shad Moss

Actor | The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Shad Gregory Moss was born on March 9, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio to Teresa Rena (Jones) and Alfonso Preston Moss. When Shad was five, he started his rap career using the nickname "Kid Gangsta." One year later, he took front stage during "The Chronic Tour" and impressed rapper Snoop Dogg, who later ...

39. 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 (2006). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), ...

40. Cameron Boyce

Actor | Descendants

Cameron Boyce was born on May 28, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Descendants (2015), Grown Ups (2010) and Jessie (2011).

41. Karan Brar

Actor | Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Best known for his role as 'Ravi Ross' on Disney Channel's hit series "Jessie" and its spinoff, "Bunk'd," Karan Brar is taking Hollywood by storm and seeking to break cultural barriers in the entertainment industry. He stars in "Bunk'd" on Disney Channel and 2018 will be a major year for Karan as ...

42. Skai Jackson

Actress | The Rebound

Skai Jackson stars as the adorable "Zuri Ross" on the Disney Channel sitcoms Jessie (2011), with Debby Ryan, and Bunk'd (2015). Before that, we've seen her in small roles on Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Royal Pains (2009), and even in the film, The Smurfs (2011).

43. Taylor Lautner

Actor | Twilight

Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Deborah, a software company worker, and Daniel Lautner, a pilot for Midwest Airlines. He, and younger sister Makena, were raised in a well-mannered, Roman Catholic household in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is of English, German, Dutch, and ...

of German, French, Dutch, and Native American (specifically Ottawa and Potawatomi) descent