Best child actors for 2012

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Thomas Horn
Thomas Horn won on "Jeopardy!" during Kids Week with an earning of 31,000 after wagering 12,000 during Final Jeopardy. His acting career kicked off when he was cast in the feature film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was based on the 2005 novel by Jonathan S. Foer. This drama received a limited release on December 25, 2011 and was widely released on January 20, 2012.
 
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Kodi Smit-McPhee
Actor, The Road
Kodi was born on June 13, 1996 in Adelaide, Australia, to Sonja Smit and Andy McPhee, who is an actor and professional wrestler. His sister is actress Sianoa Smit-McPhee. In 2014, Kodi starred in Twentieth Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opposite Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman...
 
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Chloë Grace Moretz
Actress, Kick-Ass
Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English. Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian...
 
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Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
 
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Elle Fanning
Actress, Maleficent
Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
 
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Isabella Crovetti
Actress, Joy
Isabella Cramp began her acting career in the fall of 2010. As both her parents have careers in the industry, Isabella is no stranger to the world of film and television. It wasn't long before Isabella was signed with the Osbrink talent agency, one of the top children's talent agencies in Los Angeles...
 
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Hailee Steinfeld
Actress, True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino...
 
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Asa Butterfield
Actor, Hugo
Asa Butterfield was born in Islington, London, England, to Jacqueline Farr and Sam Butterfield. He began acting at the age of 8, after a talent spotting casting director saw him at his local after school drama club, The Young Actors Theatre in Islington. Following on from a couple of small roles in films...
 
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Dakota Goyo
Actor, Real Steel
Dakota Goyo was born in Toronto, Canada, to Debra Goyo, a former model and singer, and David Goyo. His siblings, Devon Goyo and Dallas Goyo, have also acted. He has Italian and Scottish ancestry. Goyo appeared in his first commercial as an infant. His television debut came at the age of 5 in the CBS pilot "Ultra" (2006)...
 
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Bailee Madison
This young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. She won rave reviews and a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her powerful work on the feature film, Brothers, opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal...
 
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Sterling Beaumon
Sterling Beaumon is best known for his starring role as 'Young Ben' on ABC's hit series LOST. Since then the accomplished actor has shown his diverse acting skills seamlessly segueing into characters you'd never expect the sweet, well-mannered young actor portray - teenage serial killers on two of primetime's most popular dramas, Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS)...
 
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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 vocalist and songwriter...
 
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Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens, opposite Emma Roberts...
 
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Allisyn Ashley Arm
Allisyn Arm took an interest in acting and theater at a very young age. She was signed to Buchwald Talent Group at four and a half years old. Since that time she has appeared in over 70 TV commercials and appeared in TV shows such as Friends, Judging Amy, and Still Standing. Her feature film appearances include Mr.Woodcock...
 
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Mackenzie Foy
Actress, Interstellar
Mackenzie Christine Foy was born 10 November, 2000. She began her career as a child model in 2004, working for Garnet Hill, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Guess Kids. She has also modeled in print ads for companies such as Rubbermaid, Jones Apparel Group,The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Target Corporation, Talbots, Guess and Gap...
 
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Jaden Smith
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 Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
 
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Landry Bender
Actress, The Sitter
Landry Bender is an American actress best known for playing the role of Cleo Bernstein in the Disney XD series Crash & Bernstein, and playing Blithe Pedulla in the 2011 film The Sitter. She plays one of the lead roles, Cyd, in the Disney Channel sitcom, Best Friends Whenever along with Lauren Taylor.