I've chosen 77 brunette actresses and ranked them according to an intuitive assessment of an actress's talents, current level of success, potential for future success, depth of popularity, career longevity, etc.
America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence, is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook
. Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch)...
“ She is the "it" girl of 2012 and for the foreseeable future, as the nation eagerly await to root for her in the sequels to the Hunger Games. Her future beyond those films is wide open, and she has enough acting versatility to not get typecast. She should easily be able to move between action movies and romantic comedies/dramas as she matures as actress. ” - JeremyHowe171
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Has proven that she can play more than just disney princesses come to life. Even though she's nearing 40 years of age, she's got a very youthful look and personality, and looks great. I think she'll be an A list actress for another decade or so. Can't wait to see her and Clint Eastwood in "Trouble With the Curve." ” - JeremyHowe171
Natalie Portman is the first millennial to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan
). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ Got to be a part of the Star Wars universe. Won an Oscar. Graduated from Harvard. Still looks like she could be in college. Hard to believe she's 31 years old. ” - JeremyHowe171
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. Starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn
(née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight
Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart
and Jules Stewart
, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith
. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe
, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Young Victoria
and The Devil Wears Prada
. Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of Joanna Mackie
, a former actress and teacher, and Oliver Simon Peter Blunt...
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and distant Sephardic Jewish...
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. She is of German, French, English, Irish, and some Choctaw ancestry. Biel was raised in Boulder...
Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey
, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck"...
“ **** immense potential for superstardom; the key will be the development of her acting abilities, and how quickly and well she develops a clear and mature identity as an actor. ” - JeremyHowe171
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden
. Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother...
Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, Iowa. She is the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Sharon (Hamel), who ran a day care center, and Robert L. Monaghan, a factory worker and farmer. She is of mostly Irish and German descent. After graduating from high school in Iowa...
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed
, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
Megan Denise Fox was born in Rockwood, Tennessee, to Gloria Darlene (Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer. Megan began her training in drama and dance at age 5 and, at age 10, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she continued her training and finished school. Megan began acting and modeling...
Lena Headey is a British actress. She was born in Bermuda to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter John Headey, a police officer, and his wife Sue. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones
(2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley
and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald
. An older brother, Caleb Knightley
, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith
guitarist, Rick Dufay
, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in junior high school...
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston
and Nancy Dow
. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was nine...
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...
Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0...
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias
, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to earn money for school...
Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model, went from sharing a cramped flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin to starring as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig
. She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, Marina Alyabysheva...
Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high school...
Victoria Dawn Justice, born February 19, 1993, is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series, including the Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101
. She has made appearances in several theatrical releases...
Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses.
Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano
is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano
is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring dancer...
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
Madeleine Stowe was born in Los Angeles, California, to Mireya Maria (Mora Steinvorth) and Robert Alfred Stowe, a civil engineer. Her mother was a from a prominent political family in Costa Rica. Stowe grew up in Eagle Rock, a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. At age ten she started practicing for a career as a concert pianist and trained every day for hours...
Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu in Paris, France, to Simone (Morisset), a shop assistant, and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver. She grew up far from the studio spotlights. When she was 14 she was living in the Paris suburb of Gentilly with her father. She learned from friends that director Claude Pinoteau
was looking for new faces for a movie about teenagers called The Party
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
Claire Forlani was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in London. Educated at Arts Educational School, she moved to the United States with her parents Pier Luigi and Barbara Forlani when she was 19 and began starring in films. Claire has had leading roles in such films as Meet Joe Black
Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus
and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has 5 siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope, given to her by her parents who hoped she would achieve greatness...
As a child, Brooke Langton lived in Illinois, Texas, and Japan. She settled down in California, where she studied marine biology and screen-writing. She also studied at Second City improv. Her first acting job was Budweiser's "Ginger or Mary Ann?" directed by David Fincher
, which aired during Super Bowl XXVII...
Jenna Dewan Tatum
Jenna Dewan is an actress, former model, and dancer. She was born on December 3, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Nancy (Bursch) and Darryll Dewan. Her father is of half Syrian Lebanese and half Polish descent, and her mother has German and English ancestry. Jenna grew up in Grapevine, Texas and discovered a love for dancing at the age of five...
Amanda Righetti is a Utah-born, Nevada-raised actor/producer and Best Actress Award winner by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Righetti began her career at 14, as a young model, but made waves as the trust-fund squandering, world-traveling black sheep, "Hailey Nichol", on Fox's The O.C.
Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Arvida Middle School in Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated in 2000 after studying music theater. Whilst at Carnegie Mellon she appeared in several theater productions, including "Indiscretions"...
“ ** - strong potential to become a star. She's already quickly become a Disney star on her t.v. show in just one year. The key to her potential success is that she could very easily star in mainstream movies with white, black, Asian, Latino male leads. And she sings, too. ” - JeremyHowe171
Olga Fonda is a model and actress. At age 14, she left her hometown for a year to be an exchange student in the United States. After returning home, she continued her education by studying Business-Economics at a university in Moscow. The brainy beauty began modeling after she returned to the States and was quickly signed by Ford Models when they recognized her star-potential...
Olivia Williams was born July 26, 1968 in Camden Town, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead, North London, followed by Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to study...
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gonzalo moved to Miami, Florida when she was 8 years old. Her first acting role came when she was 20 and she made a few TV appearances during the early 2000s, as well as appearing in some high profile movies (including Freaky Friday
) but her breakthrough role came in 2006 when she won the role of Parker Lee in Veronica Mars
Ashlynn Yennie was born in the small town of Riverton Wyoming. She studied acting at the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Her first feature film credit was when she was cast as Jenny in the cult horror film The Human Centipede. Ashlynn's most recent work is on the Showtime drama series Submission where she plays the lead role of Ashley.
“ ** my Jeremy Lin underdog pick for future success. Don't know much about her, but, she's beautiful, young, different (Asian), and she's got a nice ring to her name. And it's just from her pictures, but she seems to have charisma and a personality in tune with the gen y z or whatever generation. Just a hunch, really. But, we'll see. ” - JeremyHowe171
Elizabeth Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Elizabeth began acting professionally at the age of 12. With a strong background in musical theater, Elizabeth made her Broadway debut at age 15, starring as the character "Lucy" in the original Broadway cast of "13"...
In late 2009, after graduating from Boston University, Jenn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. Only four months later, she landed her first role, the starring role in Vampires Suck
, a big-budget FOX & New Regency movie. She led the film to gross nearly $100 million worldwide and she was awarded Best New Actress by the Beverly Hills Film and TV Festival...
“ * Don't really know why, but I think she can breakthrough, perhaps on television. ” - JeremyHowe171
Though a New Yorker by birth, Alex Sgambati was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she began her acting career in theatre at the age of seven. Her big break came in the fall of 2011 when Craig Ferguson
picked her out of the audience at a taping of his show to be a recurring personality on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Ayelet' left her home country Israel and relocated herself to Los Angeles, CA. Seeking for an acting career, Ayelet' landed her first American TV role on the CW Tv show '90210' More TV work followed and she landed a recurring role on ShowTime series 'Weeds' playing the role of young Arab Beauty, Adara Mahmud...
Mariah Buzolin, youngest child of two, was born on February 3, 1991 in Brazil. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where she began her career as an actress. Mariah Buzolin is best known for her role Maya Mercado in All my Children and for her role Zoe Mendez on Jane by design.
Hazel D'Jan fell in love with acting at a young tender age of six performing and singing in school plays. Keeping it close to her heart, she grew a passion for acting which she never shared with anyone. D'Jan continued attending drama schools and practised the art of acting under guidance from renowned teachers...
Born in Western Australia in 1990, Adelaide Kane had been acting since she was 6 and got her first major role, in 2006, when she won the role of "Lolly Allen" on Neighbours
. She entered a Dolly Magazine Competition and won the role in late 2006. When she got the role, she and her family had to move from Perth to Melbourne...
Kate began her acting career as a recurring guest star in the CW series: One Tree Hill
. as Mia Catalano (35 episodes). Voegele is acting in film, television and stage in Los Angeles and New York. Kate began her career as a professional musician when she signed a record deal with Myspace Records in 2006 and released her debut album...
Jen Kuhn enjoys a career as an actress living in Los Angeles. Her most recent TV appearances are "The Mentalist" as Linda Parfey and "Criminal Minds" in the role of Amy Ellison. Later in 2013, she can be seen in the new Spike Jonze movie, "Her." She grew up in Chatham, NJ; graduated high school at Interlochen Arts Academy; and went on to conservatory at Cleveland Institute of Music...
Actress Jillian Batherson was born in Detroit, Michigan to a Canadian father and an American mother. She grew up in Louisiana and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Her training continued at the British American Drama Academy and at the University of Southern California. While attending USC's prestigious School of Theatre...
Maya officially got into acting when she played Miss Hannigan in her sixth-grade play Annie Jr, however she took first interest in acting when she was six years old. Soon after that her parents signed her up with talent agent Amy Hines of Hines Management, Toronto. She booked her first professional role as Zoe on "Disney Jetix Smash Bumpers"...
Alessia was born in Foligno, Umbria in the center of Italy. From a very young age, she studied dance, acting and music. Her family was very supportive of her, so very soon she moved to Rome to study professionally and embarked on her career in entertainment. Her first big professional job was with the Italian tour of the renowned musical " Jesus Christ Superstar" starring Carl Anderson...
Natasha Blasick was born in the former USSR in the city of Odessa on the Black Sea. Her first language is Russian, She grew up in a Soviet style apartment that housed two families. She made her debut as a lead actress in the film Death of Evil
. She is the oldest daughter of Sergei and Ludmilla and has a younger sister...
Alison trained in musical theater at the Urdang Academy and specialized on the acting course. She has twenty years of gymnastic training and has represented Great Britain in display gymnastics travelling the world attending events. She choreographed the winning Junior Gymnastic Display Team at the British Championships...