Top 30 TV Performances of 2017 (assorted shows)

by Onianne | created - 31 Mar 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Best 30 actor/actress performances of the shows I'm currently watching (subject to change)

Keep in mind that I don't watch a lot of TV shows.

1. Bob Odenkirk

Actor | Better Call Saul

Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois ...

Better Call Saul - Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman

2. Michael McKean

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

Michael McKean was born on October 17, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael John McKean. He is an actor, known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Better Call Saul (2015) and Clue (1985). He has been married to Annette O'Toole since March 20, 1999. He was previously married to Susan Russell.

Better Call Saul - Chuck McGill

3. Sheryl Lee

Actress | Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

"Dead, wrapped in plastic" is how Sheryl Lee entered onto the scene as Laura Palmer, the doomed homecoming queen on the cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990).

Lee was born April 27, 1967 in Germany. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, spending much of her youth studying dance before knee injuries ended her...

Twin Peaks - Laura Palmer

4. Rami Malek

Actor | Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor. He won a Critics' Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors ...

Mr. Robot - Elliot Alderson

5. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

Twin Peaks - Janey-E Jones

6. Kyle MacLachlan

Actor | Twin Peaks

The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch.

...

Twin Peaks - Dale Cooper/Mr. C

7. Christian Slater

Actor | True Romance

Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...

Mr. Robot - Mr. Robot

8. Rhea Seehorn

Actress | Better Call Saul

Rhea Seehorn studied painting and drawing from a young age, following in the footsteps of her father and grandmother. Although she continued in the visual arts, she also had a growing passion for the movies and theatre and secretly wanted to become an actor.

Not knowing how to pursue the profession,...

Better Call Saul - Kim Wexler

9. William H. Macy

Actor | Fargo

William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011) and Magnolia (1999). He has been married to Felicity Huffman since September 6, 1997. They have two children.

Shameless - Frank Gallagher

10. Grace Zabriskie

Actress | Inland Empire

"Amazing Grace" Zabriskie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She wrote her own original poetry, then performed at coffee shops and various artist hangouts in Atlanta. She was also a wonderful silk-screen printmaker. She moved to Hollywood and made her acting debut in Norma Rae (1979). She went on ...

Twin Peaks - Sarah Palmer

11. Michael Mando

Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Mando can next be seen starring as fan-favorite, 'Nacho Varga' opposite Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the fifth season of AMC's hit series, Better Call Saul. Like its predecessor, Breaking Bad, the series has received immense critical acclaim and garnered multiple Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' ...

Better Call Saul - Nacho Varga

12. Martin Wallström

Actor | Mr. Robot

Martin Wallström was born on July 7, 1983 in Uddevalla, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Carl Martin Gunnar Wallström Milkéwitz. He is an actor, known for Mr. Robot (2015), Arn (2010) and Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda insatser (2009). He is married to Lisa Linnertorp.

Mr. Robot - Tyrell Wellick

13. Alfie Allen

Actor | John Wick

Alfie Allen was born on September 12, 1986 in Hammersmith, London, England as Alfie Evan Allen. He is an actor, known for John Wick (2014), The Predator (2018) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Game of Thrones - Theon Greyjoy

14. Glenn Howerton

Actor | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Glenn Howerton was born on April 13, 1976 in Japan as Glenn Franklin Howerton III. He is an actor and writer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), The Strangers (2008) and Serenity (2005). He has been married to Jill Latiano since September 8, 2009. They have two children.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Dennis Reynolds

15. Pablo Schreiber

Actor | 13 Hours

Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...

American Gods - Mad Sweeney

16. Jeff Daniels

Actor | The Squid and the Whale

Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and ...

Godless - Frank Griffin

17. Bobby Cannavale

Actor | The Station Agent

In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying money but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite ...

Mr. Robot - Irving

18. Noah Schnapp

Actor | Stranger Things

Noah can be seen in a central role on season 2 of the Award-winning Netflix series "Stranger Things" where he portrays Will Byers opposite Winona Ryder. The series was nominated for various awards in 2016 and 2017, including a Golden Globe for Best Drama Television Series, a SAG Award for ...

Stranger Things - Will Byers

19. Alia Shawkat

Actress | Arrested Development

Alia Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Burke and actor Tony Shawkat. Her maternal grandfather, Paul Burke, was also an actor. Her father is from Baghdad, Iraq, and her mother has Irish, Italian, and Norwegian ancestry. Success arrived early for Alia. Her career began at the young ...

Search Party - Dory Sief

20. Walton Goggins

Actor | Justified

In the past few years, Walton Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marks ...

Vice Principals - Lee Russell

21. Ian McShane

Actor | Deadwood

From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.

A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically ...

American Gods - Mr. Wednesday

22. Michelle Dockery

Actress | Downton Abbey

Michelle Suzanne Dockery born 15 December 1981 is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey (2010-2015), for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She made her ...

Godless - Alice Fletcher

23. Portia Doubleday

Actress | Youth in Revolt

Portia Ann Doubleday (born June 22, 1988) is an American actress. She has appeared in the 2009 film Youth in Revolt as Sheeni Saunders, in the 2011 film Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son as Jasmine Lee and in the 2013 film Carrie as Chris Hargensen. Since 2015, she stars as Angela Moss in the USA ...

Mr. Robot - Angela Moss

24. Michael Dorman

Actor | Daybreakers

Michael Dorman was born on April 26, 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for Daybreakers (2009), Triangle (2009) and Patriot (2015).

Patriot - John Tavner

25. Arturo Castro

Actor | Broad City

Arturo Castro is an actor and writer, known for Broad City (2014), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) and Bushwick (2017).

Narcos - David Rodriguez

26. Grace Gummer

Actress | Frances Ha

Grace Jane Gummer (born May 9, 1986) is an American actress. She received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of Arcadia. Her television work includes recurring roles in The Newsroom (2012) and American Horror Story (2011): Freak Show, and regular roles in Extant and Mr...

Mr. Robot - Dominique DiPierro

27. Lena Headey

Actress | Game of Thrones

Lena Headey is a British actress. She was born in Bermuda to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter John Headey, a police officer, and his wife Sue. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and The Brothers ...

Game of Thrones - Cersei Lannister

28. Cameron Monaghan

Actor | Gotham

Cameron Monaghan was born in Santa Monica, California.

Cameron's debut TV role as "Winthrop Paroo" in The Music Man (2003) was originally played by Ron Howard in The Music Man (1962).

Cameron began his acting career at 5 years old in commercials. At age 7, he began appearing on stage as Stuart Little...

Gotham - Jerome Valeska

29. Jimmy Tatro

Actor | American Vandal

Jimmy Tatro is an actor, writer, director, and creator who began his career on YouTube and has since become one of the most sought-after young talents in comedy. In 2011, Tatro started "TheJimmyTatroChannel," which was later changed to "LifeAccordingToJimmy." The online community-which is dedicated...

American Vandal - Dylan Maxwell

30. Aubrey Plaza

Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...

Legion - Lenny Busker



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