The 40 Most Beautiful Young Actresses

by miasalieri | created - 13 Apr 2011 | updated - 13 Apr 2011 | Public

1. Nina Dobrev

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nikolina "Nina" Constantinova Dobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Canada at the age of two and has lived in Toronto, Ontario ever since. From a very young age, she showed great enthusiasm and talent for the arts: Dance, Gymnastics, Theatre, Music, Visual arts, and Acting! Modeling ...

2. Leven Rambin

Actress | The Hunger Games

Leven Rambin was born on May 17, 1990 in Houston, Texas, USA as Leven Alice Rambin. She is an actress and director, known for The Hunger Games (2012), The Path (2016) and True Detective (2014). She was previously married to Jim Parrack.

3. Tyler Kain

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Tyler Kain was born on January 20, 1982 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Tyler-Kain Hargis. She is an actress, known for NCIS (2003), Forever Strong (2008) and Cold Case (2003).

4. Kat Graham

Actress | The Vampire Diaries

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a ...

5. Mila Kunis

Actress | Black Swan

Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis 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. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, ...

6. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an ...

7. Genevieve Padalecki

Actress | Hated

Making her television debut as Kris Furillo, Genevieve is an experienced stage actress. She has performed in regional productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Crimes of the Heart" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Genevieve holds a bachelor ...

8. Kayla Ewell

Actress | The Creatress

Kayla Ewell was born on August 27, 1985 in Long Beach, California, USA as Kayla Noelle Ewell. She is an actress and producer, known for The Creatress (2018), The Vampire Diaries (2009) and Freaks and Geeks (1999). She has been married to Tanner Novlan since September 12, 2015.

9. Briana Evigan

Actress | Step Up 2: The Streets

Briana Evigan was born on October 23, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan. She is an actress, known for Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Sorority Row (2009) and S. Darko (2009).

10. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. 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 ...

11. Kim Matula

Actress | LA to Vegas

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Kim Matula has been acting since she was 12 years old and when she turned 15, she sent out her headshots and managed to land an agent. After graduating from high school, Matula studied film at the University of Texas at Arlington, but dropped out because her acting career...

12. Amber Heard

Actress | The Rum Diary

Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige Heard (née Parsons), an internet researcher, and David C. Heard (David Clinton Heard), a contractor. She has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Welsh ancestry.

Heard appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film, North Country (2005), ...

13. Ophelia Lovibond

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Ophelia Lovibond was born on February 19, 1986 in London, England as Ophelia Lucy Lovibond. She is an actress, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) and No Strings Attached (2011).

14. Candice King

Actress | Juno

Candice Rene King (née Accola) (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for portraying the role of Caroline Forbes on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

Candice King was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (Clark), who was an environmental engineer before ...

15. Sophia Bush

Actress | John Tucker Must Die

Sophia Bush has captured film and television audiences, alike, with her range of roles and diverse characters She was born on July 8, 1982, in Pasadena, California. She is an only child. Her father, Charles William Bush, is a renowned advertising and celebrity photographer, and her mother, Maureen ...

16. Katie Cassidy

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her mother, Sherry Williams, was a high fashion model in the early 1970s. Sherry left her career to concentrate on raising her 3 daughters,...

17. Emma Roberts

Actress | We're the Millers

Emma Roberts is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts. She was born in Rhinebeck, New York. Emma was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in ...

18. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Actress | Final Destination 5

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood was born on April 17, 1987 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for Final Destination 5 (2011), Arrow (2012) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).

19. Sara Paxton

Actress | The Innkeepers

Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, California. At a young age she began acting in television commercials.

She was cast in her first film at the age of 8 as a child at school and at the party in Liar Liar (1997). Her first major television series role was on the WB's Greetings from Tucson (2002)....

20. Eliza Dushku

Actress | Bring It On

Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month ...

21. Dianna Agron

Actress | The Family

Dianna Elise Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, to parents Ronald and Mary Agron. She grew up in a middle class family, in Savannah, before moving to Texas, and later, San Francisco, California, due to her father's career as a general manager for Hyatt. Dianna and her brother, Jason, were raised ...

22. Amber Tamblyn

Actress | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Amber Rose Tamblyn was born May 14, 1983 in Santa Monica, California. Amber caught an agent's eye at the age of ten after a performance in "Pippi Longstocking". She has appeared in Live Nude Girls (1995) and Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (1997). In addition, her most popular role has been the role of "...

23. Maggie Grace

Actress | Taken

Most recently, Maggie starred opposite Toby Kebbel in "Category 5", out in January. She starred opposite Scoot McNairy in "Aftermath", produced by Darren Aronofsky. Before that, she co-produced "The Scent of Rain and Lightning", in which she also starred alongside Maika Monroe and Justin Chatwin. ...

24. Alona Tal

Actress | Broken City

Alona Tal, an Israeli-American singer and actress, was born on October 20, 1983 in Herzlia, Israel. She began her career after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Her big break came in 2003 starring in an Israeli film. At the time she also starred in two television series in the country, and ...

25. Shelby Fenner

Actress | The Guardian

Shelby Fenner was born on January 30, 1978 in Petoskey, Michigan, USA as Shelby Ann Fenner. She is an actress, known for The Guardian (2006), Vantage Point (2008) and Gigli (2003). She has been married to Shaun Majumder since December 2012.

26. Rachel Bilson

Actress | Jumper

Rachel Bilson was born in Los Angeles, to Janice (Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson. Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is of Italian descent. She began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out ...

27. Jana Kramer

Actress | Prom Night

Jana Kramer was born on December 2, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jana Rae Kramer. She is an actress, known for Prom Night (2008), Click (2006) and Footloose (2011). She has been married to Mike Caussin since May 22, 2015. They have one child. She was previously married to Johnathon Schaech and...

28. Olivia Wilde

Actress | Tron

Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern day renaissance woman, starring in many of Hollywood's acclaimed productions, while simultaneously giving back to the community.

Wilde was born on March 10, 1984 in New York City. Her parents are Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew ...

29. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

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 ...

30. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

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 ...

31. Hayden Panettiere

Actress | Heroes

Hayden Lesley Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. Her parents are both of half Italian descent, along with German and English. Her mother got her started ...

32. Amanda Schull

Actress | 12 Monkeys

Amanda Schull was born on August 26, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is an actress, known for 12 Monkeys (2015), Suits (2011) and Pretty Little Liars (2010). She has been married to George Wilson since May 28, 2011.

33. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

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 ...

34. Rachel McAdams

Actress | The Notebook

Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...

35. Ali Larter

Actress | Final Destination

A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons (1997). She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity ...

36. Jill Wagner

Actress | Splinter

Jill Wagner was born on January 13, 1979 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as Jill Suzanne Wagner. She is an actress, known for Splinter (2008), Teen Wolf (2011) and Stargate: Atlantis (2004). She has been married to David Lemanowicz since April 8, 2017.

37. Blake Lively

Actress | Gossip Girl

Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively, and ...

38. Cameron Richardson

Actress | Alvin and the Chipmunks

Cameron Richardson is making her move into the industry spotlight. She starred opposite Jason Lee and Jane Lynch in 20th Century-Fox's hit Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and played a mentally-challenged character in the HBO series 12 Miles of Bad Road (2007), opposite Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place.

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39. Bethany Joy Lenz

Actress | Colony

Bethany Joy Lenz was born in Hollywood Florida, an only child of Robert George Lenz (a history teacher and therapist) and Catharine Malcolm Holt Shepard (a personnel manager and entrepreneur). She is best known for her role on - the WB hit One Tree Hill (2003) - as "Haley James Scott", wife to ...

40. Jena Malone

Actress | Contact

Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, to Deborah Malone and Edward Berge. Her grandfather owned a casino, Karl's Silver Club, in Sparks. She was raised by her mother and her mother's partner. Beginning as a child actress, and then stepping up to roles as a young adult, Malone's career path has ...