Unsung heroes of the screen!

by ewanmcf93 | created - 05 Mar 2017 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Underrated actors and actresses of film and TV (in alphabetical order)

1. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

2. Nina Arianda

Actress | Midnight in Paris

Nina Arianda made her break-out debut in the 2010 off-Broadway production of Venus in Fur just months after graduating from NYU's Tisch graduate acting program. Her performance garnered the attention of the entire New York theater community. Following her off-Broadway acclaim, Nina procured roles ...

3. Ashlie Atkinson

Actress | Inside Man

Ashlie Atkinson is an award-winning theatre, film, and television actress. A 2003 graduate of the Neightborhood Playhouse, in 2005 she received the Theatre World Award for Breakthrough Performance for originating the role of Helen in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig"(opposite Jeremy Piven) - which also ...

4. Jayne Atkinson

Actress | House of Cards

Jayne Atkinson was born on February 18, 1959 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. She is an actress and producer, known for House of Cards (2013), Criminal Minds (2005) and Madam Secretary (2014). She has been married to Michel Gill since October 3, 1998. They have one child.

5. Taj Atwal

Actress | Stella

Taj Atwal is a British actress born in Norwich in 1989.

She is best known for playing the role of Jasminder in the Ruth Jones BAFTA Cymru award winning comedy "Stella" aired on Sky1.

Her most recent regular role is that of "Jasmin" in the new Kay Mellor British drama comedy "In The Club" broadcast on...

6. Sally Bretton

Actress | The Office

Sally Bretton was born on April 23, 1980 as Sally Davis. She is an actress, known for The Office (2001), Outlaw (2007) and Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987).

7. Andrew Brooke

Actor | Children of Men

Andrew Brooke is an actor and producer, known for Children of Men (2006), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

8. Raquel Cassidy

Actress | Downton Abbey

Raquel Cassidy was born on January 22, 1968 in Fleet, Hampshire, England as Raquel Josephine Cassidy. She is an actress, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Teachers (2001) and Lead Balloon (2006).

9. Reg E. Cathey

Actor | Fantastic Four

Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....

10. Sarah Clarke

Actress | Bosch

Actress Sarah Clarke was born and raised in Missouri, the middle child of Carolyn and Ernest Clarke, an engineer. She has an older and younger brother. She was educated at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to Indiana University to study Fine Arts and Italian. During Clarke's...

11. Ifan Huw Dafydd

Actor | Alys

Ifan Huw Dafydd is an actor, known for Alys (2011), Holby City (1999) and The Indian Doctor (2010).

12. Julia Davis

Actress | Nighty Night

Julia Davis was born in 1966 in Bath, Somerset, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Nighty Night (2004), Love Actually (2003) and Camping (2016).

13. Lucy Davis

Actress | Wonder Woman

Lucy Davis was born on February 17, 1973 in Solihull, West Midlands, England as Lucy Clare Davis. She is an actress and producer, known for Wonder Woman (2017), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and The Office (2001). She was previously married to Owain Yeoman.

14. Mandeep Dhillon

Actress | 24: Live Another Day

Mandeep Dhillon is an actress, known for 24: Live Another Day (2014), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016) and Comedy Playhouse (1961).

15. Donna Edwards

Actress | Belonging

Donna Edwards was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. She is an actress, known for Belonging (2000), Rebecca's Daughters (1992) and Friday on My Mind (1992).

16. Karina Fernandez

Actress | Happy-Go-Lucky

Karina Fernandez is an actress, known for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010) and Pride (2014).

17. Michelle Forbes

Actress | Kalifornia

Michelle Forbes was born on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas, USA as Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo. She is an actress, known for Kalifornia (1993), True Blood (2008) and Escape from L.A. (1996).

18. Emma-Jane Goodwin

Actress | Stella

Emma-Jane Goodwin is an actress, known for Stella (2012).

19. Gregory Itzin

Actor | 24

Gregory Itzin, accomplished stage, film and television actor is perhaps best known for his Emmy Award-nominated performance for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as 'President Charles Logan' in 24. Born in Washington, D.C. to parents Evelyn Loretta Itzin and Martin Joseph Itzin, ...

20. Suranne Jones

Actress | Doctor Foster

Suranne Jones was born on August 27, 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Anne Jones. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Foster (2015), Scott & Bailey (2011) and Coronation Street (1960). She has been married to Laurence Akers since August 4, 2015. They have one ...

21. Jane Kaczmarek

Actress | Malcolm in the Middle

Jane grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother, Evelyn, was a school teacher. Her father, Edward, is a former Defense Department employee. She is the oldest of four children. Her brothers, Jim & Bill, are a teacher and an entrepreneur respectively. Her sister, Mary, works for an Internet company....

22. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Lost

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

23. Lily Knight

Actress | The Artist

Lily Knight was born on November 30, 1956 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is known for her work on The Artist (2011), Once Upon a Time (2011) and American Crime (2015).

24. John de Lancie

Actor | Crank: High Voltage

John de Lancie was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Kent State University where he won a scholarship to Juilliard. John's father was a professional oboist with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. de Lancie is probably best known for his portrayal as Eugene Bradford on Days of Our ...

25. Lina Leandersson

Actress | Låt den rätte komma in

Lina Leandersson was born in Falun, Sweden She took an interest in performing from an early age, acting in amateur theatre performances, attending drama courses, and performing street- and jazz dance. One of her first roles was in amateur theatre performance, playing the mother of a spoiled girl ...

26. Norm Lewis

Actor | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Norm Lewis was born on June 2, 1963 in Eatonville, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010), Sex and the City 2 (2010) and Stand by Me (1986).

27. Riki Lindhome

Actress | The Last House on the Left

Riki Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania but grew up primarily in Portville, New York (near Buffalo). Her first break came when Tim Robbins cast her in his hit play, "Embedded", which played at the Public Theater in New York City, Riverside Studios in London and The Actor's Gang Theater ...

28. John W. Love Jr.

Actor | The Rock

John W. Love Jr. was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He is an actor, known for The Rock (1996), Nash Bridges (1996) and Urban Mythology (2000).

29. Mark Margolis

Actor | Pi

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.

30. Eddie Marsan

Actor | Happy-Go-Lucky

Eddie Marsan was born in Stepney, East London, to a lorry driver father and a school employee mother, and raised in Bethnal Green. He served an apprenticeship as a printer before becoming an actor twenty years ago. During this time he has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, ...

31. Eddie Mayehoff

Actor | That's My Boy

Baltimore-born Eddie Mayehoff started out as a salesman before finding out that comedy was his real forte. A jack of all trades, he went on to become a bandleader (he attended the Yale School of Music), a radio comedy writer and a television emcee at various stages of his longstanding career. As an...

(deceased)

32. Fred Melamed

Actor | A Serious Man

Highly gifted, heavy-set character actor Fred Melamed was born in New York City, the son of Syma (Krichefsky), an actress, and Louis Melamed. His father was a television producer, having contributed to such watershed comedies as Car 54, Where Are You, and Sargeant Bilko. He received his theatrical ...

33. Gavin Mitchell

Actor | You Instead

Gavin Mitchell was born on January 13, 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Tonight You're Mine (2011), Monarch of the Glen (2000) and Breaking the Waves (1996).

34. Larry Pine

Actor | The Royal Tenenbaums

Larry Pine was born on March 3, 1945 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He is an actor, known for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Maid in Manhattan (2002).

35. Aled Pugh

Actor | Stella

Aled Pugh is an actor, known for Stella (2012), Ordinary Lies (2015) and Primeval (2007).

36. Tania Raymonde

Actress | Lost

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tania Raymonde began her career on Malcolm in the Middle (2000), and is known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series Lost. She played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret...

37. Steffan Rhodri

Actor | Submarine

Steffan Rhodri was born in 1967 in Morriston, Swansea, Wales. He is an actor, known for Submarine (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Wonder Woman (2017).

38. Sonja Richter

Actress | The Homesman

Sonja Richter was born on January 4, 1974 in Esbjerg, Denmark. She is an actress, known for The Homesman (2014), Cecilie (2007) and Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013).

39. Mercedes Ruehl

Actress | The Fisher King

Mercedes Ruehl lent her craft to many television and film roles before arriving to her most successfully received role: Anne Napolitano, the emotionally driven and flamboyant video-store owner, and girlfriend to a a fallen radio star (played by Jeff Bridges) in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece The ...

40. Michael Smiley

Actor | Kill List

Michael Smiley was born in 1963 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for Kill List (2011), Free Fire (2016) and The Lobster (2015). He is married to Miranda Sawyer. They have one child.

41. Steve Speirs

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Steve Speirs was born on February 22, 1965 in Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales as Steven Roberts. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Eragon (2006). He has been married to Joanna since ...

42. David Threlfall

Actor | Shameless

David Threlfall was born on October 12, 1953 in Burnage, Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Shameless (2004), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). He has been married to Brana Bajic since 1995. They have two children.

43. Tony Todd

Actor | Candyman

Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of ...

44. Mageina Tovah

Actress | The Magicians

Mageina Tovah was born on July 26, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mageina Tovah Begtrup. She is an actress and director, known for The Magicians (2015), Hux (2016) and Spider-Man 2 (2004).

45. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Actress | Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was born on July 14, 1985 in London, England as Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge. She is an actress and writer, known for Fleabag (2016), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Conor Woodman.

46. Danielle Walters

Actress | Kill Your Friends

Danielle Isaie is as beautiful as she is talented. Her career blossomed at a young age after being spotted by a children's agent at the renowned drama school Anna Schear. Danielle was quickly invited to play Rochelle in the children's program "The Crust" on BBC1, Candice in "Sugar Rush", a popular ...

47. Gail Watson

Actress | In Plain Sight

Gail Watson is an actress, known for In Plain Sight (2016), Katie Morag (2013) and Taggart (1985).

48. Annie Wersching

Actress | 24

Annie Wersching was born on March 28, 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Anne Wersching. She is an actress, known for 24 (2001), Bosch (2014) and Castle (2009). She has been married to Stephen Full since September 6, 2009. They have two children.

49. Mary Wickes

Actress | Sister Act

From the grand old school of wisecracking, loud and lanky Mary Wickes had few peers while forging a career as a salty scene-stealer. Her abrupt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor made her a consistent audience favorite on every medium for over six decades. She was particularly adroit in film parts that ...

(deceased)

50. Necar Zadegan

Actress | 24

Necar began working in the theater at age 16 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has since stayed close to the theater while splitting her time between film and television. In 2011, she played a lead role in the FilmMcQueen production of "Meth Head." She followed that with a role on ...



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