30 Underrated Actresses 2020

by syd_reeses_pieces | created - 4 months ago | updated - 3 days ago | Public

[They are all amazing talents and get lots of work- but they aren't well known/household names in comparison to some A-Listers]

1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

2. Sarah Gadon

Actress | Enemy

Sarah Gadon was born in a quiet residential area in Toronto, Ontario, to a teacher mother and a psychologist father. She grew up with the support and encouragement of her parents and older brother, James, and with this was inspired to go headlong into acting and dance alike. Sarah spent much of her...

3. Maeve Dermody

Actress | Beautiful Kate

Australian actress Maeve Dermody is the daughter of Susan Murphy Dermody, a film theorist, historian, and director. Her father is a psychologist. Dermody's family encouraged a love of literature and the arts, and supported performing as well - her mother gave the 5-year-old a part in her film ...

4. Sarah Snook

Actress | Predestination

Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Showing promise in performing arts at a young age, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to study drama at Scotch College, Adelaide. After high school, she was accepted in to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and ...

5. Florence Pugh

Actress | The Falling

Florence Pugh is an English actress. She is best known for The Falling (2014), Lady Macbeth (2016), Outlaw King (2018) and Fighting with My Family (2019).

Pugh also appear in the ITV detective series Marcella and starred in the AMC Mini-Series The Little Drummer Girl.

In 2018 she was nominated for a ...

6. Holliday Grainger

Actress | Cinderella

Holliday Grainger was born on March 27, 1988 in Didsbury, Manchester, England as Holliday Clark Grainger. She is an actress, known for Cinderella (2015), My Cousin Rachel (2017) and The Finest Hours (2016).

7. Sarah Greene

Actress | Rosie

Sarah is originally from Cork and trained in Dublin where she graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2006.

Sarah played Helen McCormick (Slippy Helen) opposite Daniel Radcliffe as Billy Claven in Martin McDonaghs's The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Michael Grandage at the Cort Theatre on ...

8. Jessie Buckley

Actress | Beast

Jessie Buckley is an Irish singer and actress, who came in second place in the BBC talent show-themed television series I'd Do Anything, and subsequently played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Most recently, Buckley appeared on three BBC television ...

9. Sophie Rundle

Actress | Peaky Blinders

Sophie Rundle is an English actress. Born on 21 April 1988 to Fiona and Michael Rundle, she has two brothers James and Henry. She attended the Bournemouth School for Girls before going on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 2011 with a BA in Acting. On graduation, she ...

10. Nathalie Emmanuel

Actress | Furious Seven

Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress, known for her role as Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015).

Nathalie was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, to a father of Saint Lucian and English descent and a mother of Dominican origin. Nathalie ...

11. Essie Davis

Actress | The Babadook

Essie Davis was born in 1970 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for The Babadook (2014), Assassin's Creed (2016) and The True History of the Kelly Gang (2019). She has been married to Justin Kurzel since 2002. They have two children.

12. Mia Goth

Actress | Suspiria

Mia Gypsy Mello da Silva Goth was born November 30, 1993 in Southwark, London, England to a Brazilian mother and a Canadian father. Goth moved to Brazil when she was a few weeks old and returned to Britain when she was five. She later briefly relocated to her father's native Canada when she was ten...

13. Perdita Weeks

Actress | As Above, So Below

Perdita Weeks was born on December 25, 1985 in Cardiff, Wales as Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks. She is an actress, known for As Above, So Below (2014), Hamlet (1996) and Spice World (1997).

14. Claudia Jessie

Actress | Vanity Fair

Claudia Jessie is a British actress, born on October 30, 1989 in Moseley Birmingham, in the West Midlands. She grew up in London, but moved back to settle in her home town permanently in her early 20's and after finding her agent. She has worked continuously, appearing in a number of television ...

15. Sydney Sweeney

Actress | Everything Sucks!

Sydney Sweeney (born September 12, 1997) is an American actress best known for her roles as Haley Caren on In The Vault and Emaline Addario on the Netflix series Everything Sucks!. Sweeney is set to star in recurring roles in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams and the Hulu series ...

16. Erin Moriarty

Actress | Blood Father

New York City-born Erin Moriarty launched her acting career in a way many hopefuls dream of: with an awards-recognized project.Erin first appeared on screen in the Emmy-nominated soap opera One Life to Live (1968)in 2010, playing the character Whitney Bennett in six episodes. in 2011 she built on ...

17. Thomasin McKenzie

Actress | Leave No Trace

Thomasin McKenzie was born in July 2000 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Leave No Trace (2018), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) and Lost Girls (2019).

18. Romola Garai

Actress | Atonement

Born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay ...

19. Ellie Bamber

Actress | Les Misérables

Born Eleanor Elizabeth Bamber in the South of England, UK, Bamber has a younger brother, Lucas. She acted on stage from an early age - becoming the youngest ever member of The London Player's Theatre, before playing Young Jenny in Sir Trevor Nunn's "Aspects of Love" at The Menier Chocolate Factory,...

20. Sonoya Mizuno

Actress | Ex Machina

Sonoya Mizuno was born on July 1, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ex Machina (2014), La La Land (2016) and Maniac (2018).

21. Elena Anaya

Actress | La piel que habito

Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in Sex and Lucía (2001).

Elena was born in Palencia, Spain, on July 17th, 1975. An active child, she excelled in karate and mountain climbing. By the time she was 17 Elena knew that she wanted to channel her energy into ...

22. Alexa Davalos

Actress | The Chronicles of Riddick

Alexa Davalos was born in Paris, France, to American parents, Jeff Dunas, a photographer, and Elyssa Davalos, an actress. Her father's family were Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Lithuania). After a quintessentially bohemian childhood that found her straddling New York, Paris, Italy and Los ...

23. Clara Paget

Actress | Furious 6

Clara Paget is an actress, known for Fast & Furious 6 (2013), One Day (2011) and Johnny English Reborn (2011).

24. Bel Powley

Actress | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley was born on March 7, 1992 in London, England. She is an actress, known for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Carrie Pilby (2016).

25. Elizabeth Debicki

Actress | The Great Gatsby

Debicki was born in Paris, to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent, who were both dancers. When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne, where she grew up with two younger siblings. She became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to ...

26. Hannah New

Actress | Maleficent

Born in London, England, Hannah insisted at age 4 to attend ballet school, setting her on a performing path in life. She later turned her focus to acting and joined The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her interest in other cultures led her to travel around the world, including Bolivia ...

27. Doona Bae

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take Care of My ...

28. Julia Garner

Actress | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Julia Garner is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles in Electrick Children (2012), We Are What We Are (2013), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and Grandma (2015).

Garner also starred in the Netflix series Ozark.

She had her ...

29. Kristine Froseth

Actress | Apostle

Kristine Froseth is a Norwegian actress and model. Froseth was born to Norwegian parents and her early life was spent travelling back and forth between the United States and Norway due to her father's work.

Froseth was scouted by IMG Models whilst in New Jersey at a local mall fashion show. She has ...

30. Ashleigh Cummings

Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began

Ashleigh Cummings was born on November 11, 1992. She is an actress, known for Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010), Hounds of Love (2016) and Puberty Blues (2012).



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