15 most promising up and coming actors/actresses

by garywinsley | created - 21 Jul 2011 | updated - 21 Jul 2011 | Public

1. Reece Thompson

Actor | Dreamcatcher

Reece Thompson grew up just outside Vancouver, Canada. His mother ran a film society that brought independent movies to town. He expressed an interest in acting at an early age and later attended acting school. It was here that he signed up with an agent and started auditioning. He soon started to ...

2. Zoe Kazan

Actress | Ruby Sparks

Zoe Swicord Kazan was born in Los Angeles, California, to screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. She is the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan. She is of Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German descent.

Kazan received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall ...

3. Mark Rendall

Actor | 30 Days of Night

Mark Rendall was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 10 landed the role of "Spider" in Cameron Macintosh's Touring Musical Production of Oliver, as well as understudy for the character "Oliver".

Since his theatrical debut, he has gone on to perform in a long list of lead and supporting ...

4. Olivia Thirlby

Actress | Juno

Olivia resides in New York City where she was born and raised. She has trained extensively in classical Shakespearian acting in New York at the American Globe Theatre, and in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She began acting professionally in 2003, and plans to pursue a career in both ...

5. Johnny Simmons

Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Jonathan James Simmons was born November 28, 1986 in Montgomery, Alabama, to Cindy and Ben Simmons. He was raised in Dallas, Texas.

His first film in Los Angeles was entitled "My Ambition". When casting notices went out, there was a misprint stating that the production was looking for a lead female ...

6. Zoë Kravitz

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of half African-American (from her father's mother and her mother's father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father's father and her mother's ...

7. Hunter Parrish

Actor | 17 Again

Hunter Parrish was born on May 13, 1987 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is an actor, known for 17 Again (2009), RV (2006) and Sleepover (2004). He has been married to Kathryn Wahl since September 13, 2015.

8. Mehdi Ackerman

Actor | The Eighth Sin

Mehdi Ackerman was born on October 7, 1983 in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, France as Mehdi Francois. He is an actor and writer, known for The Eighth Sin (2015), Weightless (2013) and The Widow's Mark (2014).

9. Lila Collins

Actress | Jim Shoe

Lila Collins is an actress, known for Jim Shoe (2016) and War Eagle, Arkansas (2007).

10. Caleb Jones

Actor | Step Up

Caleb Jones is an actor, known for Step Up (2006).

11. Brit Marling

Actress | Another Earth

Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist.


12. Ashley Bell

Actress | The Last Exorcism

Ashley Bell made her feature film debut in Lionsgate and Strike Entertainment's thriller, The Last Exorcism (2010). Her performance garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and an MTV Movie Award nomination, while the film grossed nearly $70 million, worldwide...

13. Justine Wachsberger

Actress | Insurgent

Justine was born in Los Angeles and raised in Paris, France. She attended high school in Paris, however she came back to Los Angeles her senior year and attended The Lycee Francais of Los Angeles, where she graduated. Justine went on to further her education, attending the prestigious University of...

14. Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Actor | Another Earth

Matthew-Lee Erlbach is an actor and writer, known for Another Earth (2011) and Roger, the Chicken (2013).

15. Jamie Campbell Bower

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds.

Jamie is also the lead singer in a band called "...