Incredibly talented contemporary actors

by TikaPeucelle | created - 11 Feb 2015 | updated - 15 Feb 2015 | Public

1. Sophia Takal

Actress | Green

Sophia Takal is an actress and producer, known for Green (2011), Always Shine (2016) and V/H/S (2012).

2. Shareeka Epps

Actress | Half Nelson

Shareeka Epps was born on July 11, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Half Nelson (2006), Mother and Child (2009) and My Soul to Take (2010).

3. Sara Forestier

Actress | Le nom des gens

As of her youth, Sara Forestier revealed an artistic temperament, loving to write, to paint, and especially to act. When she was thirteen and half years old, she decided to accompany one of her friends to an audition. She took the audition with brilliance, and her career in the acting started here....

4. Kate Lyn Sheil

Actress | You're Next

Kate Lyn Sheil is an actress and writer, known for You're Next (2011), V/H/S (2012) and The Sacrament (2013).

5. Anaïs Demoustier

Actress | Les neiges du Kilimandjaro

Anaïs Demoustier was born on September 29, 1987. She is an actress, known for Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (2011), L'enfance du mal (2010) and Marguerite et Julien (2015).

6. Gaby Hoffmann

Actress | Field of Dreams

Gabrielle Mary Hoffmann was born in New York City, New York, to actors Anthony Herrera and Viva (née Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann), who was a Warhol superstar. She began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills. Gaby's first film role was as young "Maisy Russell" in 1988's Uncle Buck (...

7. Ellen Page

Actress | Juno

Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning ...

8. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

9. Adèle Haenel

Actress | Les combattants

Adèle Haenel was born on January 1, 1989 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Les combattants (2014), La fille inconnue (2016) and House of Tolerance (2011).

10. Cécile de France

Actress | L'auberge espagnole

Cecile de France was born in Namur in Belgium in 1975 and discovered her vocation at the early age of six. As soon as she was seventeen, she was off to Paris with the ambition of beginning a career on the stage. She studied drama with Jean-Paul Denizon, actor and assistant to Peter Brook, before ...

11. Justin Kirk

Actor | Angels in America

Born in Salem, Oregon, Justin Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington, where he attended grade school on a Native American reservation. Kirk knew from the age of 3 that he wanted to perform, and he made his acting debut at seven in a local college play. At 12, he moved with his mother to ...

12. François Damiens

Actor | La délicatesse

François Damiens was born on January 17, 1973 in Uccle, Belgium as François Georges Henri Marie Ghislain Joseph Damiens. He is an actor and director, known for La délicatesse (2011), L'arnacoeur (2010) and Mon ket (2018).

13. Tahar Rahim

Actor | Un prophète

Tahar Rahim was born on July 4, 1981 in Belfort, Territoire de Belfort, France. He is an actor, known for A Prophet (2009), Le passé (2013) and Day of the Falcon (2011). He has been married to Leïla Bekhti since 2010.

14. Ricardo Darín

Actor | El secreto de sus ojos

Ricardo Darín was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 16, 1957. He works since he was a little boy, and has obtained with the years a remarkable evolution from soap opera gallant and tv comedies to an excellent leading figure of the most importants Argentinian movies. At the age of 10 he ...

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,...

16. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

17. Taryn Manning

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, to Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife Sharyn. At two months old, Manning's parents separated, and she moved with her mother and brother to Tucson, Arizona, where she was raised. Manning was active in dance, karate, and acting as a child. At age ...

18. Dean Norris

Actor | Breaking Bad

Dean Norris was born on April 8, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as Dean Joseph Norris. He is an actor, known for Breaking Bad (2008), Total Recall (1990) and Get the Gringo (2012). He has been married to Bridget Sorenson since April 2001. They have five children.

19. Alex Karpovsky

Actor | Folk Hero & Funny Guy

Alex Karpovsky is an actor and director, known for Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), Girls (2012) and Rubberneck (2012).

20. Aaron Paul

Actor | Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays.

He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron ...

21. Eric Elmosnino

Actor | Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Eric Elmosnino was born on May 2, 1964 in Suresnes, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is an actor, known for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010), La famille Bélier (2014) and Mike (2011).

22. Adam Driver

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Adam Douglas Driver was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana, and his father, Joe Douglas Driver, who has deep roots in the American South, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His ancestry includes...

23. Gael García Bernal

Actor | Mozart in the Jungle

Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When...

24. Jeffrey Tambor

Actor | Transparent

An incisive talent when it comes to playing bent, off-the-wall characters, Jeffrey Tambor has been captivating audiences for nearly four decades.

Tambor was born and raised in San Francisco, to Eileen (Salzberg) and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. His family is Jewish (from Hungary ...

25. Mark Duplass

Actor | Safety Not Guaranteed

Mark Duplass was born on December 7, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Mark David Duplass. He is an actor and producer, known for Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Creep (2014) and The One I Love (2014). He has been married to Katie Aselton since August 26, 2006. They have two children.

26. Mark Ruffalo

Actor | The Avengers

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...

27. Tony Hale

Actor | Arrested Development

Tony Hale was born on September 30, 1970 in West Point, New York, USA as Anthony Russell Hale. He is an actor and producer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Veep (2012) and American Ultra (2015). He has been married to Martel Thompson Hale since May 24, 2003. They have one child.

28. Michael Cera

Actor | Superbad

Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga...

29. Jérémie Elkaïm

Actor | La guerre est déclarée

Jérémie Elkaïm was born on August 29, 1978 in Chatenay-Malabry, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and writer, known for La guerre est déclarée (2011), Come Undone (2000) and Main dans la main (2012).

30. 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 ...

31. Christopher Abbott

Actor | James White

Christopher Abbott is an actor, known for James White (2015), It Comes at Night (2017) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016).

32. Mary-Louise Parker

Actress | Weeds

Southern-bred Mary-Louise Parker was born on August 2, 1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the youngest of four children of Judge John Morgan Parker, and the former Caroline Louise Morell. She is of mostly Swedish, English, and Scottish descent. Her father's occupation took the family both around...

33. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Hours

Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...

35. Claire Danes

Actress | My So-Called Life

New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...

36. Jes Macallan

Actress | Legends of Tomorrow

Jes Macallan's interest in the arts began early. A classically trained dancer, she studied from the age of three for 20 years and still practices today. She later modeled in Miami, New York, and Milan while earning a bachelors degree in International Marketing from the University of Florida with a ...

37. America Ferrera

Actress | How to Train Your Dragon

America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best ...

38. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

39. Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Actor | Girls

Ebon Moss-Bachrach was born on March 19, 1977 in New York, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Girls (2012), The Punisher (2017) and Tokyo Project (2017).

40. Bryan Cranston

Actor | Breaking Bad

Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Irish, German, and Austrian-Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his ...

41. Damian Lewis

Actor | Band of Brothers

Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, ...

42. Julien Courbey

Actor | Seconde B

Julien Courbey was born on March 12, 1976 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Seconde B (1993), Etat sauvage (2012) and Jean de La Fontaine - Le défi (2007).

43. Vincent Cassel

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

44. Joel Kinnaman

Actor | RoboCop

Charles Joel Nordström, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category - and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. He ...

45. Juan Andrés Silva

Actor | Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico

Juan Andrés Silva is an actor, known for Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico (2013) and Old Cats (2010).

46. Agustín Silva

Actor | Magic Magic

Agustín Silva is an actor, known for Magic Magic (2013), The Maid (2009) and Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico (2013).

47. José Miguel Silva

Actor | Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico

José Miguel Silva is an actor, known for Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico (2013).



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