Southern Actors on the RISE!

by bmyers1960 | created - 23 Apr 2011 | updated - 26 Nov 2011 | Public

A random list of southern (southeast US) actors and actresses to keep your eye on... Most have movies coming out this year, so stay tuned!

(List is in no particular order!)

I'll be adding more later...

Stop by and show these terrific young people (well, mostly young!) some support. :)

1. Chandler Riggs

Actor | The Walking Dead

Chandler Riggs was born on June 27, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor, known for The Walking Dead (2010), Get Low (2009) and Mercy (2014).

2. Rachel St. Gelais

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Rachel has spent time on sets ever since she can remember. She always loved learning her older siblings scripts. One of her earliest film roles was with Diana Scarwid in "And Then She Was Gone" filmed in Savannah, Georgia. Her three older siblings are also working actors: Justin St. Gelais, Steven ...

3. Lucas Till

Actor | X: First Class

Lucas Daniel Till was born in Fort Hood, Texas, to Dana Lyn (Brady) and John Mark Till, a lieutenant colonel in the army. He spent most of his childhood growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, Lucas' family quickly noticed that he had an affinity for impersonating voices...

4. Emma Rayne Lyle

Actress | Mr. Mercedes

Emma Rayne Lyle is a stage, television, and film actress.

Emma's first major film was the role of "Emily" in I Don't Know How She Does It, working alongside Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Curtain and Pierce Brosnan. She followed that up with a lead role in "Why Stop Now" playing opposite ...

5. David Topp

Actor | The Shunning

David Topp is an award-winning American actor and filmmaker. He has a love of all aspects of film and likes working behind the camera as much as in front of it. In 2012, he co-founded his own production company, Topp Scot Productions.

In May of 2014, he won Best Actor at the prestigious Young Artist...

6. Sandra Elise Williams

Actress | The Notebook

Sandra Elise Williams was born on October 12, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is known for her work on The Notebook (2004), The Shunning (2011) and Untouched (2017).

7. Jeff Rose

Actor | Night School

During an extended hiatus from the industry in the late 90s due to family illnesses, Jeff decided to relocate from Los Angeles back to his hometown of Marietta, Georgia. At long last, just as his family was recovering from the various maladies and Jeff was making plans to head out west again, his ...

8. Zoe Myers

Actress | Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Zoe Myers born 20 January 1987 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA a singer, actress and model .Zoe and a friend formed an impromptu band called "Stained Pink" to support "Rock-n-Fashion Show" in January 2007, as the opening act for The Jonas Brothers. The event raised over $13,000 for a local ...

9. Sophia Watson

Actress | Nashville

Sophia Watson is an actress and writer, known for Nashville (2012), Sleepy Hollow (2013) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003).

10. Melissa McBride

Actress | The Walking Dead

Melissa McBride was born on May 23, 1965 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Melissa Suzanne McBride. She is an actress and casting director, known for The Walking Dead (2010), The Mist (2007) and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002).

11. Kelly Johns

Actress | The Blind Side

Kelly was born and raised in Canton, GA, where she realized her calling for performing at a young age. After years of community and school theater, she signed with East Coast Talent Agency at age 15. Following her second audition, she booked her first role in the film "The Blind Side." She now ...

12. Jenna Leigh Hall

Actress | Pregnancy Pact

Jenna Leigh Hall was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her passion for acting began on the stage when Jenna performed at local theaters in the Atlanta area. She began her film career at the age of 15 when she played "Iris" in Lifetime's "The Pregnancy Pact". Since then Jenna has relocated to Los...

13. Abby Corrigan

Actress | Rectify

Abby Corrigan is an actress, known for Rectify (2013), A Smile as Big as the Moon (2012) and Headed South for Christmas (2013).

14. Michelle DeFraites

Actress | The Quad

Michelle DeFraites, a Mississippi native, discovered her passion for the arts at an early age. With over ten years of dancing and local theater under her belt, Michelle launched into the chaos of Los Angeles and began tackling her career in entertainment. You can currently find her as Madison on ...

15. Chandler George Brown

Director | Hero

Chandler George Brown was born on September 6, 1996 in the USA. He is an actor and director, known for Hero (2015), Trouble with the Curve (2012) and Blood Done Sign My Name (2010).

16. Ben Sabet

Actor | The Hobby Stop

Ben was born August 28, 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently (2013) lives in a small town in South Carolina. He enjoys the simplicity of small town life. Currently he is a senior in high school and plans to attend university to pursue a degree in music. He sings and is a self taught ...

17. Andrew Wilson Williams

Actor | Stranger Things

Andrew Wilson Williams is an actor and director, known for Stranger Things (2016), We Are Marshall (2006) and Season of Miracles (2013).

18. Amber Wallace

Actress | 90210

Amber was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the oldest of four. She has two sisters and one brother. Amber started acting at an early age. Her first role at the age of six was, "Baby", the daughter of Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland in the TV mini-series, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells ...

19. Griffin Roper

Actor | Little Red Wagon

Griffin Roper is an actor, known for Little Red Wagon (2012), Gimme Shelter (2010) and Level Up (2011).

20. Joel Johnson

Actor | Little Britain USA

Joel Johnson is an actor, known for Little Britain USA (2008) and Field of Vision (2011).

21. Lauren Eichner

Actress | My Super Psycho Sweet 16

Lauren Eichner was born on June 15, 1999 in Austin, Texas, USA. She is an actress, known for My Super Psycho Sweet 16 (2009) and A Peacock-Feathered Blue (2009).

22. Claudia Crawford

Actress | Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

Claudia Crawford is known for her work on Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas (2011), Hero (2015) and Anonymous (2011).

23. Mitzi Corrigan

Casting_director | Cabin Fever

Mitzi Corrigan is known for her work on Cabin Fever (2002), The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) and Ashby (2015).

24. Chandler Darby

Actor | Dirty Grandpa

Best known for his role in Dance of the Dead (2008 film) distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. Took time for college and studied acting at the University of Northern Colorado graduating May 2014. Performed his first professional theater role of Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate" in Denver at ...

25. Robert C. Treveiler

Actor | The Mist

Robert C. Treveiler is an actor and director, known for The Mist (2007), The Accountant (2016) and Prisoners (2013).

26. Elizabeth Brewster

Actress | In Dubious Battle

Elizabeth Brewster was born Elizabeth Tucker in an Army Hospital on Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. She spent the first 3 years of her life in Germany. At the age of 5 her father, Maj David Bruce Tucker, was shot and killed in Viet Nam. Her grandfather, Maj General Rueben Henry Tucker, would be ...

27. Ben Winchell

Actor | Feed

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Ben Winchell stars in the lead role, Max McGrath, in the film Max Steel (2016), produced by Dolphin Films and Mattel. He also played Troy in the top-rated Lifetime Network movie Pregnancy Pact (2010), Dixon in season 3 of A.N.T. Farm (2011), on Disney, and Eric in season 2...

29. Stephen Ford

Actor | Teen Wolf

Stephen Lunsford was born in Sacramento, California on November 25, 1989 where he was raised until the age of 6, before relocating with his mother to Orlando, Florida to care for his ailing grandparents. He started acting at the age of 8 because he couldn't stop getting thrown into the principal's ...

30. Annalise Morelli

Actress | All for Liberty

Annalise Morelli is an actress, known for All for Liberty (2009) and My Mother/Agent (2010).

31. Andrew Fortinberry

Actor | The Cure

Andrew Fortinberry is an actor, known for The Cure (2014), Summer Madness and For Honor or Glory (2010).

32. Kelly Washington

Actress | Jurassic World

Kelly Washington was born in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA as Kelly Lynn Washington. She is an actress, known for Jurassic World (2015), Parks and Recreation (2009) and The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010).

33. Joanna Daniel

Actress | The Brak Show

Joanna Daniel is an actress and producer, known for The Brak Show (2000), Parental Guidance (2012) and Golgotha (2008).

34. Angel Maynard

Producer | We Deserve the Right!

Angel Maynard is a producer and actress, known for We Deserve the Right! (2011), Haevn or Hele (2018) and Real Women/Real Sexy with Angel Maynard (2011).

35. Matt Carlson

Actor | Grand Theft Auto V

Matt Carlson is an actor, known for Grand Theft Auto V (2013) and Trinity Goodheart (2011).

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