The Ones to Watch

by TheSmartOne97 | created - 22 Apr 2014 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

1. Abbey Lee

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Abbey Lee is known for her work as a model and actress. In 2015 Abbey made her feature film debut alongside Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in George Miller's post-apocalyptic film "Mad Max: Fury Road". Abbey has since appeared in numerous feature films in both America and Australia. She has starred ...

2. Marque Richardson

Actor | Dear White People

Marque Richardson was born on October 23, 1985 in San Diego, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Antebellum (2020) and True Blood (2008).

3. Victor Rasuk

Actor | Lords of Dogtown

Victor Rasuk was born on January 15, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Lords of Dogtown (2005), Godzilla (2014) and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).

4. Antonia Thomas

Actress | The Good Doctor

Antonia Thomas is an English actress. She is best known for her work in the TV series Misfits, Lovesick and the The Good Doctor.

She studied for a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009, and then joined the National Youth Theatre.

Her acting debut was in ...

5. J. Mallory McCree

Actor | Good Trouble

J. Mallory McCree is known for Good Trouble (2019), Homeland (2011) and Quantico (2015).

6. Chris Rustin

Actor | The Long Short

Chris was born in Willingboro, New Jersey.

At the age of ten, he moved to New York City. Chris began acting at age thirteen after being cast in "Running Man"-- an Obie award-winning and a Pulitzer Prize nominated play. After the successful run of "Running Man", he received a scholarship to attend ...

7. Zaraah Abrahams

Actress | Payback Season

Zaraah Abrahams was born on January 7, 1987 in Lambeth, London, England, UK. She is an actress, known for Payback Season (2012), Coronation Street (1960) and Waterloo Road (2006).

8. Kent Moran

Actor | The Challenger

Kent Moran is an award-winning actor, singer, screenwriter, and filmmaker.

As an Actor, Kent is best known for his starring roles in movies like the award-winning "The Challenger" (Michael Clarke Duncan, Kent Moran, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartley, Rob Morgan), "Redemption in Cherry Springs" (...

9. Addison Timlin

Actress | Odd Thomas

Addison Timlin began her career with the 2000-01 National Tour of "Annie". She performed every orphan role before taking over the role of Annie when she was 9 years old. Her love of stage continued to several productions of Annie including Papermill Playhouse and the Theater of The Stars Tour ...

10. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), before attaining international recognition for his work ...

11. Thom Green

Actor | Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Thom began his professional career at the age of 16 with his first role in the Network Ten telemovie "Emerald Falls" alongside actors Vince Colosimo, Georgie Parker and Catherine McClements. Through his early teen years he also starred in four Australian short films "Vafadar" and "The Ground ...

12. Kylie Bunbury

Actress | When They See Us

Bunbury was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to Kristi Novak and Alex Bunbury, a footballer. Her father is Guyanese-Canadian, and her mother is American, of Polish and Swedish descent. She spent her childhood in Europe (England for two years, and seven years on the island of Madeira, Portugal) ...

13. Dane DeHaan

Actor | Chronicle

Dane DeHaan recently wrapped production on Amazon Studio's international cocaine drama Zero Zero Zero, in which he stars.

On the silver screen DeHaan was last seen as Billy the Kid in The Kid opposite Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt. He played the title character in Luc Besson's Valerian and The City of...

15. Stephen Tyrone Williams

Actor | Tobacco Burn

Stephen Tyrone Williams is known for Tobacco Burn (2014), Person of Interest (2011) and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014).

16. Jessica Lucas

Actress | The Covenant

Jessica Lucas (born September 24th, 1985) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place (1992) and Cult, and in the films The Covenant (2006), Cloverfield (2008) and 2013's Evil Dead (2013). She also starred in the music video for ...

17. Julian Elijah Martinez

Actor | Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Julian Elijah Martinez is a New York based actor who holds a B.F.A from Elon University and a M.F.A from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Raised in Howard County Maryland, Elijah has also performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally throughout the country. Elijah is a founding member...

18. Amari Cheatom

Actor | Night Catches Us

Amari Cheatom is known for Night Catches Us (2010), Detroit (2017) and Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017).

19. Jaclyn Betham

Actress | NCIS: New Orleans

Jaclyn Betham was born on July 4, 1986 in Long Beach, California, USA. Jaclyn is an actor and writer, known for NCIS: New Orleans (2014), The Haves and the Have Nots (2013) and Dear White People (2017). Jaclyn was previously married to Toran Caudell.

20. Jason Hurt

Actor | Cop Out

In 2010, Jason was cast alongside actor Tracey Morgan in Director Kevin Smith's comedy "Cop Out" also starring Bruce Willis and Guillermo Diaz. That same year, Jason booked a lead role in The Hallivis brothers and Lionsgate Entertainment distributed sports drama "Game Time" (Released in the U.K. as...

21. Melanie Chandra

Actress | Code Black

Melanie is an actress and producer passionate about bringing more empathy to this world through her work. In line with that mission, she uses her platforms both on-screen and behind the camera to share powerful and diverse stories about women and minorities. She is best known for her work as Malaya...

22. Adepero Oduye

Actress | Pariah

Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."

Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at ...

23. Sean Boyce Johnson

Actor | For Life

Sean Boyce Johnson is an American actor and voice-over artist who holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. Sean is a recipient of the Lloyd Richards Scholarship for Acting. An only child of a single mother, he was born and raised in Queens, New York. After pursuing a career in Law Enforcement...

24. Nicoye Banks

Actor | Invincible

Nicoye Banks is known for Invincible (2006), Brooklyn's Finest (2009) and Green Zone (2010).

25. Tobias Truvillion

Actor | Brooklyn's Finest

Tobias Truvillion was born on October 1, 1975 in Flushing, New York, USA. Tobias is an actor and producer, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), One Life to Live (1968) and Hitch (2005).

26. James Udom

Actor | The Sandman

James Udom is known for The Sandman (2022), The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

27. Bilal Bishop

Actor | August Rush

Bilal Bishop is known for August Rush (2007) and The Project (2008).

28. LaKeith Stanfield

Actor | Sorry to Bother You

LaKeith Lee Stanfield is an actor and rapper from Victorville, California. At the age of fifteen, LaKeith began attending the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center in Orange County. A few years later, he auditioned for Destin Cretton's then college thesis film Short Term 12 (2008). Later, the ...

29. Brenton Thwaites

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Brenton Thwaites is an Australian actor. He played Luke Gallagher on the Fox8 teen drama series SLiDE (2011) and Stu Henderson on the Australian soap opera hit Home and Away (1988). His films include Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012), Oculus (2013), Maleficent (2014), and The Giver (2014). He ...

30. Jessie T. Usher

Actor | The Boys

Jessie was born in a leap year on 2/29/92. He leap his way through school earning academic excellence from elementary to college as a top honor student. He graduated high school as class salutatorian before moving straight to the Dean's List in college, studying culinary arts and earning the honor ...

31. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

Teyonah Parris was born on September 22, 1987 in Hopkins, South Carolina, USA. Teyonah is an actor and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Chi-Raq (2015) and If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

32. Naomi Scott

Actress | Aladdin

Naomi Scott is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter. She stars as "Jasmine" in Disney's blockbuster live action remake Aladdin (2019), alongside Mena Massoud and Will Smith, directed by Guy Ritchie. Disney released the film in May 2019, and it became one of the biggest films of the year.

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33. Elyse Levesque

Actress | Ready or Not

Elyse Levesque (born Elyse Marie Levesque in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) began acting at the age of 11, when she became part of the repertory company for the acclaimed children's television series, Incredible Story Studio (1997). This was followed by commercial work for both television and radio ...

34. Patrick Duke Conboy

Actor | Ratched

Patrick Duke Conboy is an actor born in Atlanta,GA before he and his family of two sisters and one brother moved to Charlottesville,VA. At 19 he moved to New York City and shortly after began studying at Stella Adler Studio Of Acting. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mickaela, and their two ...

35. Dacre Montgomery

Actor | Stranger Things

Dacre was born in 1994 in Perth, Western Australia. His mother is Australian-Canadian and his father is a New Zealander. At the time of his birth both of his parents were working in the film industry and he spent many hours during his childhood on film sets where he developed a love of acting. ...

36. Logan Browning

Actress | The Perfection

Logan Browning was born on June 9, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress and director, known for The Perfection (2018), Bratz (2007) and Powers (2015).

37. Tatiana Maslany

Actress | Perry Mason

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany was born September 22, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Renate, a translator, and Dan, a woodworker. She graduated from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High school in 2003. She was a well respected student, and participated as often as possible in school productions. She is well known...

38. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Actor | Aquaman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is an American actor. He portrayed David Kane, the Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe Aquaman films and Bobby Seale in the Netflix historical legal drama The Trial of the Chicago 7. For his portrayal of Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen, he won a Primetime Emmy ...

39. Betty Gabriel

Actress | Get Out

Betty Gabriel was born in Washington D.C. and raised in both Pittsburgh and Hyattsville, MD. After graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science/Pre-Vet, she moved to Chicago to become a modern dancer. She also studied acting. After years of performing as a dancer...

40. Rotimi

Actor | Divergent

Rotimi was born on November 30, 1988 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Divergent (2014), Power (2014) and Coming 2 America (2021).

41. Daniel Wu

Actor | San ging chaat goo si

Daniel Wu was born on September 30, 1974 in Berkeley, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for New Police Story (2004), One Nite in Mongkok (2004) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Lisa S. since April 6, 2010. They have one child.

42. Lucy Boynton

Actress | Sing Street

Lucy Boynton (born 17 January 1994) is an American-English actress. She made her film debut with a leading role in Miss Potter (2006). Boynton's credits include Copperhead (2013), Sing Street (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

Boynton was born in New York City ...

43. Elliot Villar

Actor | Mr. Robot

Elliot Villar was born on June 6, 1980 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Mr. Robot (2015), Sneaky Pete (2015) and The Son (2017). He has been married to Emily Dorsch since August 22, 2009.

44. Cassandra Freeman

Actress | Inside Man

Cassandra Freeman was born on October 1, 1978 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Inside Man (2006), Luke Cage (2016) and Atlanta (2016).

45. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

46. Jonas Bloquet

Actor | Elle

Jonas Bloquet was born on July 10, 1992 in Brussels, Belgium. He is an actor and director, known for Elle (2016), The Nun (2018) and 3 Days to Kill (2014).

47. John David Washington

Actor | Tenet

John David Washington is an American actor, producer, and former professional football player. He played college football at Morehouse College and signed with the St. Louis Rams as an Undrafted free agent in 2006. Professionally, Washington spent four years as the running back for the United ...

48. Awkwafina

Actress | Ocean's Eight

Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress and rapper. She has played supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and her leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019) earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress nomination.

She ...

49. Nedra Marie Taylor

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Nedra Marie Taylor, formerly known as Nidra Sous la Terre and Nedra McClyde, was raised in Mitchellville, Maryland by James and Rose McClyde. A former biology major, she studied theater and dance at the University of Richmond and earned an MFA in Acting at the Actors Studio Drama School. As of 2022...

50. Jharrel Jerome

Actor | Moonlight

Jharrel Jerome was born on October 9, 1997 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Moonlight (2016), When They See Us (2019) and Mr. Mercedes (2017).

51. Michael James Shaw

Actor | Avengers: Endgame

Michael James Shaw is an American actor and writer from New York City. He is best known for his recurring role as FBI Agent Daryl/"Mike" in the TV series Limitless. Shaw has also had a recurring role in Constantine as Papa Midnite and had a role in several shorts like Don-o-mite and Today. He also ...

52. Jonathan Majors

Actor | Lovecraft Country

Jonathan graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in acting. Jonathan is a recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) National Drama Competition. Jonathan made his screen debut starring in the ABC miniseries "When We Rise" and has since landed strong roles, cementing ...

53. Anna Diop

Actress | Titans

Anna Diop is a Senegalese-American actress.

Diop was born in Senegal, but moved to United States when she was six. In 2006, she made her television debut, appearing on Everybody Hates Chris. In the following years, she guest starred on Lincoln Heights, Whitney, and Touch. In film, Diop had a role ...

54. Alexander Hodge

Actor | Insecure

Alexander Hodge is known for Insecure (2016), Untitled Adele Lim/Lionsgate Comedy Project (2023) and Resort to Love (2021).

55. Kario Marcel

Actor | A Jazzman's Blues

Kario Marcel is known for A Jazzman's Blues (2022), The Brides and Broad City (2014).

56. Vella Lovell

Actress | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Vella can be seen on season three of the critically acclaimed series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. For two seasons, Vella's character Heather has been the fan favorite/ standout comic relief alongside Golden Globe Winner Rachel Bloom. In season three, fans have been in shock when they saw Heather, the ...

57. Brennyn Lark

Actress | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Brennyn Lark was born on December 4, 1992 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress, known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Les Miserables: The Broadway Musical (2014) and Major (2022).

58. Brando Eaton

Actor | Dexter

Brando Eaton was born in Los Angeles, California where he was raised as an only child by a single mother. Bitten by the acting bug early, he started doing plays at the age of five and continued throughout high school.

After graduation he decided to pursue acting as a career, working day jobs until ...

59. Stephan James

Actor | Race

Stephan James has quickly established himself as an incredibly dynamic lead talent in both film and television. James, a native of Canada, has held the honor of portraying several real-life figures in African American history. He starred as Olympics hero Jesse Owens in Race, directed by Stephen ...

60. Sydney Lemmon

Actress | Helstrom

Sydney Lemmon was born in Los Angeles and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She received her Masters at the Yale School of Drama in 2017, where she was the recipient of the Julie Harris Scholarship. Lemmon also studied at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and Boston University. She made her ...

61. Lauren E. Banks

Actress | Plain Fiction

Lauren E. Banks is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Howard University, from which she received her MFA and BFA in acting respectively. In 2017, Lauren was awarded Yale's Carol Finch Dye Award, whose previous recipients include Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep. Banks is most known for ...

62. Grace Porter

Actress | Clock

Grace Porter is known for Clock, Prodigal Son (2019) and Spoiler Alert (2022).

63. Jasmine Batchelor

Actress | The Surrogate

Jasmine is a producer, writer, and actor from Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, Georgia. Her first film role in the 2020 SXSW indie darling 'The Surrogate' garnered her a 2021 Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Actor. She recurs as Dr. Floyd Reynold's sister, Courtney, on NBC's New Amsterdam, and...

64. Sullivan Jones

Actor | The Gilded Age

Sullivan was born and raised in the San Francisco, Bay Area. In college, he played basketball and majored in Theater at Brown University, before transferring to the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Sullivan's breakout came in the 2019 Off-Broadway production of "Slave Play" at New York...

65. Braeden Baade

Actor | Days of Our Lives

Braeden Baade is known for Days of Our Lives (1965), One Under the Sun (2017) and Zombie with a Shotgun (2019).

66. Trai Byers

Actor | Empire

Trai Byers was born on July 19, 1983 in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Empire (2015), The 24th (2020) and Selma (2014). He has been married to Grace Byers since April 14, 2016.

67. Celeste Arias

Actress | Paper Girls

Celeste Arias is known for Paper Girls (2022), The Post (2017) and The Big Sick (2017).

68. Carlson Young

Actress | The Blazing World

Carlson Elizabeth Young is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Susan Young and Marshall Young, a geologist. She attended the University of Southern California, where she studied Creative Writing, before leaving to film the first season of Scream: The TV Series (...

69. Tiffany Mack

Actress | Jessica Jones

Tiffany Mack is known for Jessica Jones (2015), Hap and Leonard (2016) and Timeless (2016).

70. Lorin Doctor

Actress | Too Old to Die Young

Lorin Doctor is known for Too Old to Die Young (2019), The Brawler (2019) and American Crime Story (2016).

71. Anna Uzele

Actress | FBI

Anna Uzele is known for FBI (2018), City on a Hill (2019) and Dear Edward (2023).



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