Ones to watchby SerinaJane | created - 06 Sep 2015 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
Actors who spark an interest through standout performances & their choice of Roles
Movies & TV
1. Ludi Lin
Actor | Power Rangers
Ludi Lin is a unique actor striding Hollywood and China and one of the most outspoken voices in Asian Representation in Hollywood. Being born in China, he received his education and enculturation in many different countries around the world. Rather than deciding to be an actor, he feels he simply ...
Actor | Unbroken
Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and ...
Actor | The Social Network
Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.
Minghella is a former member ...
5. Iwan Rheon
Actor | Game of Thrones
Iwan Rheon (born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor, singer and musician, best known for portraying Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), Simon Bellamy in the E4 series Misfits (2009) and Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious (2013).
Rheon was born in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. When he...
6. Penn Badgley
Actor | Margin Call
Penn Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynne Murphy Badgley and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and carpenter. Badgley split his childhood years between Richmond, Virginia. and Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, he was involved in the Seattle Children's Theater and did ...
Actor | Tron
Born in Roseau, Minnesota, Garrett John Hedlund is the son of Kristi Anne (Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He has two older siblings, Nathaniel and Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry.
Garrett spent his early years growing up on a farm in a ...
8. Matt Czuchry
Actor | The Resident
Matt Czuchry graduated from College of Charleston with Summa Cum Laude honors, and B.A degrees in the disciplines of both History and Political Science. In his senior year at the College, Matt was presented with The Bishop Robert Smith award. This award is the highest honor given to a graduating ...
Actor | Supernatural
Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...
10. Ansel Elgort
Actor | The Fault in Our Stars
Ansel Elgort is an American actor, known for playing Augustus Waters in the romance The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and the title character in the action thriller Baby Driver (2017). He was born in New York City to photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Holby. His father is of ...
Actor | Inception
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has completed production on the untitled Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman sci-fi film for Netflix in which he stars opposite Jamie Foxx and on the independent thriller, 7500, written and directed by Patrick Vollarth. Among his other projects, he is in development on a variety of ...
Actor | Counterpart
The Canadian actor started out as a national gymnast and diver. He is also fluent in French and German. He received his first break when cast in the starring role of the Nickelodeon movie Spectacular! (2009), opposite Victoria Justice. He is the new celebrity face of Versace, in conjunction with ...
14. Howard Charles
Actor | The Musketeers
Born in London, England, Howard is the son of English and Jamaican Parents. He trained as an actor at the prestigious Drama Centre, having been awarded a much coveted scholarship. Upon graduating, he embarked on an illustrious classical stage career, playing at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), ...
15. 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...
16. James Norton
Actor | Happy Valley
James Norton was born in 1985 to two teachers and has a younger sister who is a doctor. Growing up in North Yorkshire he espoused acting at a very early age - playing Joseph in his primary school nativity play aged five - and, after leaving Ampleforth College he did work experience at the Stephen ...
18. Rupert Friend
Actor | Homeland
Rupert Friend was born on October 1, 1981 in Oxfordshire, England as Rupert William Anthony Friend. He is an actor and writer, known for Homeland (2011), The Death of Stalin (2017) and The Young Victoria (2009). He has been married to Aimee Mullins since May 1, 2016.
19. James McAvoy
Actor | Filth
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...
20. Joseph Morgan
Actor | The Originals
Joseph Morgan was born in London and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales. Morgan moved back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. While there he continued to write and experiment with filmmaking, participating in student films and ...
21. Sam Claflin
Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level ...
22. Jonny Lee Miller
Actor | Mindhunters
Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Jonny dropped out at 17, to pursue ...
23. Caleb McLaughlin
Actor | Stranger Things
Caleb McLaughlin is known for his role as Lucas Sinclair on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things. However, Caleb has worked on several television shows which include: ABC Forever, CBS Unforgettable, NBC Law & Order SVU, HBO Miniseries Show Me a Hero, ABC 20/20 What Would You Do?, HBO's ...
24. Connor Jessup
Actor | American Crime
Connor Jessup was born in Toronto, Canada. An actor since the age of eleven, he is best known for his role as Ben Mason in TNT's sci-fi series Falling Skies (2011) and as Taylor Blaine in the Emmy-winning ABC drama American Crime (2015). Other notable roles include an early stint on the Discovery ...
25. Jack Rowan
Actor | Born to Kill
Jack began acting at 17, working with the National Youth Theatre's Connections, and had small roles in a couple of television dramas. However it was his superbly chilling portrayal of murderous schoolboy Sam in Channel 4's 'Born to Kill' which brought him deserved notice, especially as he was way ...
26. David Berry
Actor | A Place to Call Home
David Berry grew up in Australia and spent his early years as a singer and violinist, attending school on a music scholarship. After high school he attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 2010. His first acting role in television was in 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries'...
27. Christian Cooke
Actor | Love, Rosie
Christian Louis Cooke was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in a production of Bedazzled at the Bingley Arts Centre. His first television appearance was in a commercial for Birds Eye beef burgers. His career has progressed from ...
28. Nestor Carbonell
Actor | The Dark Knight
He is most often recognized for his integral role in the series "Lost" as Richard Alpert, as well as his turn as Mayor Anthony Garcia opposite Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". He reprised his role as the Mayor in the box-office hit "The Dark Knight Rises".
Nestor can be seen ...
29. Martin Sensmeier
Actor | The Magnificent Seven
Martin Sensmeier is an American actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his tribes. He is also an ambassador for The Native Wellness Institute, as ...
30. Travis Fimmel
Actor | Warcraft
Travis Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia, to Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. He was raised on a 5500-acre farm located between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of seventeen, his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, ...
32. Sam Heughan
Actor | Outlander
Sam Roland Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. An accomplished stage and screen actor best known for his leading roles in Starz TV Series Outlander (2014-2021), A Princess for Christmas (2011), and A Very British Sex Scandal (2007). He attended the ...
33. Michael Malarkey
Actor | The Vampire Diaries
Michael Malarkey (born June 21, 1983) is a British-American actor and singer best known for his role as Enzo in the television series The Vampire Diaries.
Malarkey was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an Irish American father and a British mother of Arab/Italian origin. The family settled in Yellow ...
34. Callum Turner
Actor | War & Peace
Callum was born in London and grew up on a Chelsea estate - he is a huge Chelsea football fan - where, he claimed in a 2014 interview, "I learned more from films than I did through life itself." Six foot two tall, he decided to go into acting at age eighteen taking some courses and working as a ...
35. Shameik Moore
Born in Atlanta of Jamaican descent, Shameik Moore booked his first lead role of Malcolm in Rick Famuyiwa's Dope (2015), produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi. The film, which is narrated by Forest Whitaker, also stars Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, Kimberly Elise and ...
36. Freddie Stroma
Actor | Pitch Perfect
Freddie Stroma was born on January 8, 1987 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). He has been married to Johanna Braddy since December 30, 2016.
37. James Franco
Actor | 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...
39. 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, ...
40. Robert Pattinson
Actor | Twilight
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Richard Pattinson, a car dealer importing vintage cars, and Clare Pattinson (née Charlton), who worked as a booker at a model agency. He grew up in Barnes, southwest London with two older sisters and attended Tower House ...
41. Idris Elba
Actor | Beasts of No Nation
An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...
44. Gaspard Ulliel
Actor | Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Gaspard Ulliel's dream has always been to direct a movie, and after completing his studies at the lycée (French high school), he majored in cinema at the University of Saint-Denis. However, fate had other plans, and he is currently pursuing an acting career. It began when Ulliel was 12 years old ...
45. Manu Bennett
Actor | 30 Days of Night
"Shall We Begin!", the battlecry of The undefeated Gaul Crixus first bought Manu Bennett's voice & acting career to international attention. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) spoke a universal language that slowly but surely captured a massive audience. The the show lost lead actor Andy Whitfield...
46. Reid Scott
Actor | Veep
Born and raised in upstate New York.
Attended Syracuse University, where he was the first undergraduate to receive a combined Directing degree from the Theatre and Film schools.
He is involved with several charitable organizations including Oceana, The Humane Society, and The Creative Coalition.
49. Taylor Kitsch
Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Best known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights (2006), actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens.
Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, ...
51. Jake Robbins
Actor | Tonight It's Me
Jake Robbins was born in Springfield Massachusetts. He received a degree in writing and acting in NY and later studied at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory. Jake starred in the adaption of James Franco's Best Selling Grammy nominated novel, Actors Anonymous alongside Scott Haze (Child of God). ...
52. George MacKay
Actor | Captain Fantastic
George MacKay was born 13 March, 1992 in Hammersmith, London, England, to Kim Baker, a British costume designer, and Paul Christopher MacKay, an Australian stage/lighting manager, from Adelaide. One of his grandmothers is from Cork, Ireland.
At the age of ten, George was scouted to audition for a ...
53. Matt Levett
Actor | Caviar
In 2015 Matt Levett won the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2009. Matt is best known for his work in the television series 'A Place To Call Home' on network Seven and the Matchbox miniseries 'Devils ...
54. 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), Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda insatser (2009) and Arn (2010). He is married to Lisa Linnertorp.
55. Scott Foley
Actor | Scandal
Scott Kellerman Foley (born July 15, 1972) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. Foley is known for roles in television shows such as The Unit, Felicity and Scandal, and in films such as Scream 3. He has also guest starred in series including Dawson's Creek, House, Scrubs and Grey's ...
56. Ed Skrein
Actor | Deadpool
Ed Skrein grew up in North London, graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, and is one of the most highly versatile artists of his generation. He was selected by Screen International as one of their "Stars of Tomorrow" in 2013, which showcases the next generation of talent ...
57. Sam Keeley
Actor | Anthropoid
Sam Keeley is an Irish actor who began his acting career in the role of "Killen" in the Irish film "The Other Side of Sleep" directed by Rebecca Daly. He was chosen for this role after attending an open casting in his home town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 2010. Since then he won a role in ...
58. George Blagden
Actor | Les Misérables
George Blagden is a London-based film and stage actor who is best known for his television roles in the historical dramas Versailles and Vikings, where he plays King Louis XIV and the Anglo-Saxon monk Athelstan respectively.
He also played the role of the cynical revolutionary Grantaire in the award ...
59. Nico Tortorella
Actor | Scream 4
Nico Tortorella is a native of Chicago Illinois. They started out in professional theatre when they were in seventh grade. They were offered a contract with Ford Models when they stopped by an open call in 2007. In 2009 they played the character Razor in Abc Family's "Make It or Break It. They then...
60. Chris Wood
Actor | Containment
Chris Wood was born in Dublin, Ohio. During childhood, Wood spent all of his free time writing plays and putting them on with his sister and their friends. Once he got his first super-8 camera at eleven years old, he began writing and directing short films which he entered into local film festivals...
61. Alexander Ludwig
Actor | Vikings
Alexander Richard Ludwig was born in Vancouver, Canada. After starring in the hugely successful blockbuster, The Hunger Games (2012) (for which he received two awards), Alexander went on to work in films such as Lone Survivor (2013) and The Final Girls (2015) and received critical acclaim for his ...
62. Elliot Knight
Actor | American Gothic
Elliot Knight grew up in the city of Birmingham, UK where he took a keen interest in the arts and drama, soon after, winning awards for his talents, including his school's standout award for Drama Excellence and an additional Regional Acting title from Birmingham City Council for his leading role ...
63. Alexander Vlahos
Actor | Merlin
Alexander Vlahos was born on the 30th of July, 1988 in Swansea, South Wales. His first language is Welsh.
He studied Acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, graduating in 2009.
He his probably best known for his role as Mordred in the hit BBC fantasy show, 'Merlin' where he ...
64. Colin Morgan
Actor | Legend
Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theater and radio actor who attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and ...
65. Theo James
Actor | Divergent
Theo James was born on December 16, 1984 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom as Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis. He is an actor, known for his role as Tobias "Four" Eaton in the films Divergent (2014), Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). He is also known for his roles as ...
67. James Marsden
Actor | Hairspray
James Paul Marsden, or better known as just James Marsden, was born on September 18, 1973, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Kathleen (Scholz) and James Luther Marsden. His father, a distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University, and his mother, a nutritionist, divorced...
Actor | Kick-Ass
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor.
He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas (2002). Aaron is of ...
72. Daniel Sharman
Actor | Medici
Daniel Sharman was born in London. He began working as an actor at The Royal Shakespeare Company before going on to train for three years at The London Academy of Dramatic Art in 2007. After which he performed in many theatrical productions in London and Europe. He lives in Los Angeles and London.
73. Luke Mitchell
Actor | 7 Minutes
Originally wanting to be a professional tennis player, Luke began his acting career in Melbourne, Australia. He trained at the Film & Television Studio International and traveled around Australia with international entertainment company, Sudden Impact Entertainment. In his first professional acting ...
74. Kelvin Taylor
Actor | Hadir and The Deep
Kelvin Taylor was born in Hampton Virginia, along with his fraternal twin sister, Princess Taylor. He is an American actor, model, breakdancer, DJ, presenter, television personality, poet, human rights activist and practician of love. His mother is from Harlem New York and His biological father was...
75. Keith Powers
Actor | Before I Fall
Keith Powers is an up-and-coming leading man set up for a powerful 2018. Keith was most recently seen appearing as a series regular in the Freeform drama, Famous in Love, which premiered in 2017 and has been renewed for a second, set to premiere in April. This role follows Keith's project in the ...
76. Josh Henderson
Actor | Step Up
Josh Henderson was born in Dallas, Texas. Josh grew up with his mother (Sharon) in Oklahoma & Texas. Graduating from Tulsa Memorial Senior High School in May 2000, he returned to Texas after graduation to auditioned for (2001) Popstars (2002) in Dallas. Remembered for "singing like Justin Timberlake...
77. Robert Sheehan
Actor | The Umbrella Academy
Robert Sheehan is an Irish actor. He was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, the son of Joe and Maria Sheehan. His father was a member of the Garda Síochána, the police force of the Republic of Ireland.
As a child, Sheehan was interested in performing music. He learned how to play the banjo, the ...
78. Ben Barnes
British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa while his father is English.
Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's ...
82. Mark Sheppard
Actor | Supernatural
Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on May 30, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor director and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Firefly (2002), Leverage (2008), Doctor Who (2005) In the Name of the Father (1993) and many others. He has been married to Sarah ...
83. Brett Dalton
Actor | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Brett Patrick Dalton (born January 7, 1983) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Grant Ward in ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013). Dalton graduated in 2001 from Westmont High School in Campbell, California, where he became interested in acting after auditioning for a ...
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 ...
86. Evan Williams
Actor | Versailles
Evan Williams was born in Alberta, Canada, and spent most of his childhood in Calgary. He credits his father, an engineer, and his mother, a professional artist, for their generosity in supporting him as he sought out his own creative outlet. He performed first in choir and musical theater ...
87. Jack Lowden
Actor | Dunkirk
Rising star Jack Lowden grew up in the Scottish Borders. He graduated from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2011. He has had enormous success on stage in leading roles, including his performance as Oswald in Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts", for which he won both the Ian Charleson...
90. Larry Bourgeois
Actor | Men in Black: International
Larry Bourgeois is known as the identical twin brother to Laurent Bourgeois and collectively as the world-renowned Les Twins. These French, Hip-Hop dancers have taken the entertainment industry by storm with innovative moves and a gravity-defying new style of dance. Their journey from being the ...
Actor | Men in Black: International
Laurent Bourgeois is known as the identical twin brother to Larry Bourgeois and collectively as the world-renowned Les Twins. These French, Hip-Hop dancers have taken the entertainment industry by storm with innovative moves and a gravity-defying new style of dance. Their journey from being the ...
93. Daniel Kaluuya
Actor | Get Out
Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).
He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".
For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...
94. Chadwick Boseman
Actor | Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (since 2016), particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles in as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall...
96. Beau Mirchoff
Actor | I Am Number Four
Beau Mirchoff was born on Friday the 13th of January, 1989, in Seattle, Washington. Two days later, he moved to his family's home in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Vancouver Island. His father Bill, is a podiatrist from California and his mother Kelley, is a full-time homemaker from ...
97. Graham Phillips
Actor | The Good Wife
Graham Phillips is an American actor, writer, and director. His extensive resume spans theater, television, and film. He can next be seen in Universal's The Pact and the upcoming season of Riverdale. His notable credits include playing 'Zach Florrick' in The Good Wife, and the lead roles in ...