Hollywood Mom Blogs 30 Best Child Actors 2012 (FILM)

by HollywoodMomBlog | created - 04 Feb 2013 | updated - 18 May 2017 | Public

The 30 Best Professional Child Actors of 2012 (in FILM) as compiled by Hollywood Mom Blog Editors. This list is not in any particular order or ranking, just a compilation of notable film performances by actors 18 and under.

1. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

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 ...

Carolyn Stoddard in Dark Shadows

2. Thomas Barbusca

Actor | The Mick

East Coaster Thomas Barbusca followed his older sister Brielle's footsteps in to acting when he was just a toddler. At 6 the industry brought Thomas to Los Angeles, when his sister Brielle, booked a series regular role on the hit USA series The Starter Wife.

In Los Angeles, ginger haired Thomas ...

The Mick

3. Joey King

Actress | The Kissing Booth

Joey King started acting professionally when she was four years old. A national spot for Life Cereal was Joey's first commercial. It has been said that Joey inherited the love of acting from her grandmother, who used to perform in live theater.

She has appeared in several television shows and movies...

Young Miranda in The Dark Knight Rises

4. Jacob Tremblay

Actor | Room

Jacob Tremblay is a Canadian actor. He made his film debut for the live-action animated film The Smurfs 2 (2013). His breakout performance was in Room (2015), for which he received critical acclaim. In 2016, Tremblay played a supporting role in the comedy film Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: ...

5. Millie Bobby Brown

Actress | Stranger Things

Millie Brown was born in Spain, to British parents. They moved to Orlando, Florida in 2011, where Millie went to acting workshops to pass the time on a Saturday, and it was there that a top Hollywood talent scout called and told Millie's parents that "she has instincts you cannot teach." She ...

11 in Stranger Things

6. Kiernan Shipka

Actress | Carriers

Kiernan Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and his wife, Erin Ann, a one-time queen of Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade. The family relocated to Los Angeles when she was six to support her acting career. Kiernan got her black belt in taekwondo in ...

Juliet in The Empty Room

7. Garrett Backstrom

Actor | Hello Herman

Garrett is a full-time film student at the renowned Loyola Marymount University, majoring is film and television production, and is also an aspiring writer, director and producer. Garrett is a serious student of the dramatic arts, and along with his film studies, is focusing on various acting ...

Hello Herman

8. Megan Charpentier

Actress | It

Actress Megan Charpentier has starred alongside Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Universal's widely successful Guillermo del Toro horror film, Mama (2013). Megan will showcase her captivating skills on the big screen once again, in Disney's highly anticipated feature film, The Games ...

Mama

9. Maude Apatow

Actress | This Is 40

Maude Apatow is an American actress. She is the eldest daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, and is possibly best known for her very popular Twitter page. After minor roles in Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009), as the daughter of Leslie Mann's characters, she had a ...

This is 40

10. Yara Shahidi

Actress | Salt

Yara Shahidi was born on February 10, 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Yara Sayeh Shahidi. She is an actress, known for Salt (2010), Black-ish (2014) and Alex Cross (2012).

Black-ish

11. Rowan Blanchard

Actress | A World Away

Rowan Blanchard was born on October 14, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Rowan Eleanor Blanchard. She is known for her work on A World Away (2019), Girl Meets World (2014) and The Goldbergs (2013).

Girl Meets World

12. 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,...

Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2

13. Bailee Madison

Actress | Bridge to Terabithia

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 (2009), opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake ...

Parental Guidance

14. Atticus Shaffer

Actor | The Unborn

Atticus Ronald Shaffer was born on June 19, 1998 to Ron and Debbie Shaffer, with whom he resides in Acton, California. Atticus was discovered by his manager in 2006 and soon landed a guest starring role in the series The Class (2006). That role led him to the role of Brick in the original ABC pilot,...

Brick in The Middle

15. Victoria Leigh

Actress | Sinister

Victoria, or Tori for short, was born in Walnut Creek, CA and moved with her family to Brooklyn, NY in 2008. Tori attends Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and is a creative spirit, voracious reader and imaginative performer. She has appeared on "Wonder Pets", "Team Umi Zoomi", "...

Stephanie in Sinister

16. CJ Adams

Actor | The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Cameron John "CJ" Adams, was born and raised in Rhode Island on April 6, 2000, to Donna and Matt Adams. His father is an author, golf expert and host of a show on SiriusXM satellite radio. CJ is best known for his role as Timothy Green in the 2012 film The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which earned ...

Timothy in The Odd Life of Timothy Green

17. Khamani Griffin

Actor | Daddy Day Care

Khamani Griffin was born on August 1, 1998 in Oakland, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Daddy Day Care (2003), Rise of the Guardians (2012) and Norbit (2007).

Caleb in Rise of The Guardians

18. Zachary Gordon

Actor | Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Zachary Gordon was born on February 15, 1998 in Oak Park, California, USA as Zachary Adam Gordon. He is an actor and director, known for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) and Georgia Rule (2007).

Greg Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

19. Daniel DiMaggio

Actor | Supergirl

Daniel DiMaggio is an actor, known for Supergirl (2015), Burn Notice (2007) and American Housewife (2016).

Oliver Otto in American Housewife

20. Amandla Stenberg

Actress | The Hate U Give

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg, a businessman. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry).

In the summer and fall of 2010, she shot her ...

Rue in The Hunger Games

21. Isabelle Fuhrman

Actress | Orphan

Isabelle was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one older sister, Madeline, and her parents are Elina and Nick Fuhrman. Her career began when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her sister and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. ...

Clove in The Hunger Games

22. Michael Hall D'Addario

Actor | People Like Us

Michael hails from Long Island, New York. While he started acting at age 6, music has always been Michael's first love. He has played drums since age 4 and started writing his own music and playing guitar around 12. Michael and his brother, Brian D'Addario, started a band at the ages of 6 and 8, ...

Josh in People Like Us Trevor in Sinister

23. Julia Butters

Actress | American Housewife

Julia Butters is an actress, known for American Housewife (2016), Transparent (2014) and Criminal Minds (2005).

Anna Kat Otto in American Housewife

24. Hudson Yang

Actor | Fresh Off the Boat

Hudson Yang was born as Hudson David Yang. He is an actor, known for Fresh Off the Boat (2015), The Sisterhood of Night (2014) and Hum (2017).

Fresh off the Boat



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