Rising Stars- Ones to Watch 2020 / 2021 (up-and-coming actors)

by syd_reeses_pieces | created - 24 Sep 2020 | updated - 28 Oct 2020 | Public

*Under Construction* < Want it to be a long thorough list > < Listed Male's First, Females Section Starts at # > < I also would just like to add a little side-note about diversity that I realised when making this list, 3 years ago when I first created this type of list I actually struggled to make the list diverse and this time I generally didn't have to think about diversity once, I actually think a lot has changed with casting in an extremely short period of time

1. Josha Stradowski

Actor | The Wheel of Time

Josha Stradowski started acting as a kid in musicals like The Sound of Music and Ciske de Rat and began playing roles in television as a teenager. He graduated from the AHK theatre school in Amsterdam and worked on multiple plays such as Oedipus directed by Robert Icke at Ivo van Hove's theater ...

(The Wheel of Time- Rand Al'Thor)

2. Barney Harris

Actor | The Wheel of Time

Barney Harris is an actor, known for The Wheel of Time (2021), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) and Starboy (2019).

(The Wheel of Time- Mat Cauthon)

3. Daryl McCormack

Actor | Vikings

Daryl McCormack is an actor, known for Vikings (2013), Pixie (2020) and The Wheel of Time (2021).

(The Wheel of Time- Aram)

4. Marcus Rutherford

Actor | The Wheel of Time

Marcus Rutherford is an actor, known for The Wheel of Time (2021), County Lines (2019) and Obey (2018).

(The Wheel of Time- Perrin Aybara)

5. Robert Aramayo

Actor | The Empty Man

Robert Aramayo was born on November 6, 1992 in Kingston upon Hull, England. He is an actor, known for The Empty Man (2020), Nocturnal Animals (2016) and Game of Thrones (2011).

(The Lord of the Rings/ The King's Man)

6. Harris Dickinson

Actor | Beach Rats

Harris Dickinson is an actor, writer and director living in London. His passion for performing started at a young age attending Raw Academy. In March 2014, Harris performed Pauline McLynn's 'Angels' at the National Theatre, Southbank. After being funded to write and direct his first short film at a...

(The King's Man)

7. Jonah Hauer-King

Actor | Little Women

Jonah Hauer-King was born and raised in London. He is a dual citizen of the UK and the United States.

Jonah began his career at the Lyric Belfast, in Simon Stephen's 'Punk Rock'. He then went to Cambridge University, but juggled acting roles on stage and screen whilst he was there. His first feature...

(The Little Mermaid- Eric)

8. Sam Strike

Actor | Mindhunter

Sam Strike was born on January 18, 1994 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England as Samuel Harry Strike. He is an actor, known for Mindhunter (2017), Chernobyl (2019) and When the Streetlights Go On (2020).

The Dark Tower- Roland Deschain/ The Dougherty Gang)

9. Simu Liu

Actor | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actor, writer and producer, known for his role as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience (2016).

Immigrating from China at the age of 5, Simu was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business and working at a...

(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings- Shang-Chi)

10. Florian Munteanu

Actor | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Florian Munteanu is an actor, known for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Creed II (2018) and Borderlands (2022).

(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)

11. Ronny Chieng

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Ronny Chieng is a Chinese comedian and actor born in Malaysia and raised in New Hampshire and Singapore. He started performing stand-up in 2009 after graduating with a dual degree in Law and Commerce from The University of Melbourne, Australia. His act caught the attention of the esteemed Montreal ...

(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)

12. Charlie Vickers

Actor | Medici

Charlie Vickers is an actor, known for Medici (2016), The Lord of the Rings (2022) and Death in Shoreditch.

(The Lord of the Rings)

13. Ismael Cruz Cordova

Actor | In the Blood

Ismael Cruz- Córdova is an actor, entrepreneur currently based in New York. Born and raised in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. At age fifteen, Ismael began working locally in commercials, TV and film shortly after joining his High School Drama Club. In 2006 he decided to further pursue his dream and ...

(The Lord of the Rings)

14. Ben Schnetzer

Actor | The Book Thief

Ben Schnetzer was born on February 8 1990 in New York, to actors Stephen Schnetzer and Nancy Snyder. He began acting in his teens, appearing in the TV drama 'Happy Town' but, in his own words wanted to give acting "a proper shot" and moved to London in 2010 to study drama at the Guildhall School of...

(Y: The Last Man- Yorick)

15. Archie Renaux

Actor | Morbius

He is set to star in the Netflix show 'Shadow and Bone' based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse Novels. He'll be playing Malyen "Mal" Oretsev , A solider in the second army of Ravka and an Orphan who grew up with Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) in an Keramzin (An orphanage run by a Duke)

(Shadow and Bone)

16. Sebastian Chacon

Actor | Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Sebastian Chacon was born in New York City on June 18th, 1993. After graduating from NYU with a BFA in Drama, he started acting in the theatre, performing in venues such as The Duke on 42nd, Cherry Lane, and The Public Theater. He got his first TV role as Stevie Boy in The Get Down, where he ...

(Daisy Jones and the Six- Warren Rhodes)

17. Josh Whitehouse

Actor | The Knight Before Christmas

Josh Whitehouse is an actor, known for The Knight Before Christmas (2019), Valley Girl (2020) and Poldark (2015).

(Daisy Jones and the Six- Eddie Roundtree)

18. Will Harrison

Actor | Venefica

Will Harrison is an actor, known for Venefica (2016), Madam Secretary (2014) and The Light Upstate (2022).

(Daisy Jones and the Six- Graham Dunne)

19. Eli Brown

Actor | Run Hide Fight

Eli Brown was born on August 13, 1999 in Oregon, USA. He is an actor, known for Run Hide Fight (2020), Wrath of Man (2021) and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (2019).

([New] Gossip Girl)

20. 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 ...

(Ant-Man 3- Kang The Conqueror)

21. Barry Keoghan

Actor | The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Barry came to prominence in the 2017 film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' with his truly terrifying portrayal of Martin,an American teenager exacting a grisly revenge on drunken surgeon Colin Farrell, but he was not an American nor a teen-ager, born in Dublin on 17th October 1992 and has a brother ...

(The Eternals- Druig/ The Batman- Officer Stanley Merkel)

22. Ma Dong-seok

Actor | Busanhaeng

Ma Dong-seok (born Lee Dong-seok on March 1, 1971), also known as Don Lee is a South Korean-American actor best known for his supporting roles in The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, and The Unjust. He also played leading roles in Norigae, Murderer and One on One. Under his ...

(The Eternals- Gilgamesh)

23. Brian Tyree Henry

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of "The General" in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald ...

(The Eternals- Phastos/ The Women in the Window/ Godzilla vs. Kong)

24. Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Actor | Luce

Kelvin Harrison Jr. was born on July 23, 1994 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Luce (2019), Monsters and Men (2018) and It Comes at Night (2017).


25. O-T Fagbenle

Actor | The Handmaid's Tale

O-T Fagbenle has gone on to be cast as series regular Luke on HULU's The Handmaid's Tale (2017), directed by Reed Morano. This is the second time Fagbenle and Morano worked together. The two first collaborated on HBO's Looking (2016). Earlier, Fagbenle lead a National Theatre cast to an Olivier ...

(Black Widow- Mason)

26. Wyatt Russell

Actor | Overlord

Wyatt Russell was born on July 10, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Wyatt Hawn Russell. He is an actor and producer, known for Overlord (2018), Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) and 22 Jump Street (2014). He has been married to Meredith Hagner since August 31, 2019. They have one child. He was ...

(The Falcon and the Winter Solider- John Walker aka US Agent/ The Women in the Window)

27. Madeleine Madden

Actress | Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Madeleine Madden was born on January 29, 1997 in Australia. She is an actress, known for Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019), Mystery Road (2018) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018).

(The Wheel of Time- Egwene Al'Vere)

28. Zoë Robins

Actress | Power Rangers Ninja Steel

Zoë Robins was born on February 19, 1993 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017), Black Christmas (2019) and The New Tomorrow (2005).

(The Wheel of Time- Nynaeve)

29. Kae Alexander

Actress | Infinite

Kae Alexander is an actress, known for Infinite (2021), Ready Player One (2018) and Game of Thrones (2011).

(The Wheel of Time- Min Farshaw)

30. Sophia Di Martino

Actress | Flowers

Sophia Di Martino was born on November 15, 1983 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. She is an actress and director, known for Flowers (2016), Loki (2021) and Yesterday (2019).


31. Olivia DeJonge

Actress | The Visit

Olivia DeJonge was born to Robyn and Rob DeJonge on April 30, 1998, in Melbourne, and is the oldest out of two children. In October 2003 she and her family moved to Perth Western Australia where she commenced school at Presbyterian Ladies College in Peppermint Grove, a riverside suburb of Perth. ...

(Untitled Elvis Presley Project- Priscilla Presley)

32. Fala Chen

Actress | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Fala Chen was born in China and raised in Atlanta, GA, USA. A recipient of MFA in Drama from The Juilliard School, Fala's mother tongue is in Mandarin, but she is known to be multilingual, and can speak fluently in English, Cantonese, and Japanese as well. Some of her notable TV and film work ...

(The Undoing/ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings- Leiko Wu)

33. Emily Coates

Actress | Cursed

Emily Coates is an actress, known for Cursed (2020) and Ladhood (2019).

(The Little Mermaid- Vanessa [Ursula's human transformation/ Ariel's love rival])

34. Amber Anderson

Actress | Emma.

Amber Anderson was born on March 5, 1992 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England. She is an actress, known for Emma. (2020), Your Highness (2011) and White Lie (2019).

(The Souvenir: Part II)

35. Jessie Mei Li

Actress | Last Night in Soho

Jessie Mei Li was born on August 27, 1995 in Brighton, United Kingdom. She is an actress, known for Last Night in Soho (2021), Kukeri and Havoc (2022).

(Shadow and Bone)

36. Amita Suman

Actress | Doctor Who

Amita Suman was born on July 19, 1997 in Nepal. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005) and Ackley Bridge (2017).

(Shadow and Bone)

37. Markella Kavenagh

Actress | Romper Stomper

Markella Kavenagh is an actress, known for Romper Stomper (2018), The Lord of the Rings (2022) and My First Summer (2020).

(The Lord of the Rings)

38. Morfydd Clark

Actress | Saint Maud

Morfydd Clark is a Swedish-born Welsh actress. She is best known for Saint Maud (2019) and The Lord of the Rings TV Series.

For her work in Saint Maud she was nominated for Best Actress of the British Independent Film Awards, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

She also appears in The Falling (2014), ...

(The Lord of the Rings)

39. Natasha Liu Bordizzo

Actress | The Voyeurs

Natasha Liu Bordizzo is an Australian actress.

She was born on the 25th of August 1994 in Sydney. Natasha has an academic background, having deferred a law degree to pursue work in film. She also holds a strong background in sports - particularly martial arts, having achieved a black-belt in ...

(The Voyeurs/ Wish Dragon)

40. Nabiyah Be

Actress | Black Panther

Nabiyah Be is an actress, known for Black Panther (2018), White Wedding (2021) and Daisy Jones & The Six.

(Daisy Jones and the Six- Simone Jackson)

41. Emily Alyn Lind

Actress | Revenge

Emily Alyn Lind's body of work would be impressive for any Hollywood actress, but for a rising star of such a young age, it is quite remarkable. Emily will next star alongside Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in the Warner Bros. film Doctor Sleep (2019). Based on the popular Stephen King novel, ...

([New] Gossip Girl/ You Belong to Me)

42. Whitney Peak

Actress | Molly's Game

Whitney Peak is known from Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut film "Molly's Game." She is also known for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Part 3 and 4 as well as the Apple TV Plus series, Home Before Dark. She was born in Kampala, Uganda, where she lived until age 10 when the family moved to Port...

([New] Gossip Girl)

43. Lilly Krug

Actress | The Plane

Lilly Krug was born and raised in Germany and fell in love with acting at a very early age. She is passionate about her craft and loves the opportunity it has given her to explore the emotional depth and circumstances of the various characters she has portrayed.

Krug made her acting debut in the ...

(Swing/ You Belong to Me)

44. Haley Bennett

Actress | The Magnificent Seven

A natural talent with a striking presence, Haley Bennett continues to establish herself as one of Hollywood's most dynamic actresses.

Upcoming, Bennett will star opposite Austin Stowell in Carlo Mirabella-Davis's SWALLOW, on which she also serves as an executive producer. Bennett plays 'Hunter,' a ...

(Cyrano/ Hillbilly Elegy)

45. Lia McHugh

Actress | Eternals

Lia McHugh was born as Lia Ryan McHugh. Lia is an actress, known for Eternals (2021), The Lodge (2019) and American Woman (2018).

(The Eternals- Sprite)

46. Lauren Ridloff

Actress | Eternals

Lauren Ridloff is an American actress and former teacher. She is known as a former Miss Deaf America (2000 - 2002), as Lauren Teruel. She's also known for her 2018 Tony-nominated Broadway performance as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God, and as Connie in the AMC Television series The Walking...

(The Eternals- Makkari)

47. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

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

(WandaVision- Monica Rambeau)

48. Florence Pugh

Actress | Midsommar

Florence Pugh is an English actress. She is known for The Falling (2014), her film debut, Lady Macbeth (2016), Outlaw King (2018), Fighting with My Family (2019), and Midsommar (2019).

Pugh also appear in the ITV detective series Marcella and starred in the AMC Mini-Series The Little Drummer Girl.


(Black Widow- Yelena Belova)

49. Violet McGraw

Actress | The Haunting of Hill House

Violet McGraw was born as Violet Elizabeth McGraw on April 22, 2011 in California, USA. Violet is a Actress who is known for her work in a variety of both television and film. Violet has a passion for acting at a young age, she received her debut credited role in the 2018 in the television series ...

(Black Widow- Young Yelena Belova)

50. Ever Anderson

Actress | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Ever Anderson was born on November 3, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Ever Gabo Anderson. She is an actress, known for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Black Widow (2021) and Peter Pan & Wendy (2022).

(Black Widow- Young Natasha Romanoff/ Peter Pan- Wendy)

51. Jayme Lawson

Actress | The Batman

Jayme Lawson is an actress, known for The Batman (2022), Farewell Amor (2020) and Till (2022).

(The Batman- Bella Reál)

52. Courtney Eaton

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Courtney Eaton is an Australian Actress and Model. She is known for her supporting roles as Cheedo the Fragile in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, and as Zaya in the 2016 film Gods of Egypt. Eaton was born in Bunbury, Western Australia. She studied at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. Her father, ...


53. Sophie Thatcher

Actress | Prospect

Sophie Thatcher was born as Sophie Bathsheba Thatcher. Sophie is an actress, known for Prospect (2018), The Exorcist (2016) and Chicago Med (2015).


54. Jasmin Savoy Brown

Actress | The Leftovers

Jasmin Savoy Brown stars as a lead in the new Shonda Rhimes ABC drama series, 'For The People' with Britt Robertson, Wesam Keesh, and Ben Rappaport. Jasmin also recurred on the Judd Apatow Netflix series 'Love.' She is best known as "Evie Murphy" in the critically acclaimed HBO's drama series 'The ...

(Scream 5/ Yellowjackets)

55. Mikey Madison

Actress | Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood

Mikey Madison was born on March 25, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019).

(Scream 5)

56. Jenna Ortega

Actress | The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Jenna Marie Ortega was born on September 27, 2002, in Coachella Valley, California. Jenna began acting at the age of nine and has portrayed the role of Harley, a creative engineering prodigy navigating life as the middle child in a family of seven children, in "Stuck in the Middle," a Disney ...

(Scream 5/ The Fallout)

57. Melissa Barrera

Actress | In the Heights

Melissa Barrera Martinez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León México. The first of four daughters of Rosana Maria Martinez García and Tomás Gerardo Barrera Tames. She attended the American School Foundation of Monterrey from the ages of 4 to 18 when she graduated high school. It was during her middle ...

(In the Heights/ Scream 5)

58. Laysla De Oliveira

Actress | Locke & Key

De Oliveira was born in Toronto, Ontario, to a family of Brazilian origin. She began a modeling career at the age of 14, but she always knew she wanted to be an actress. She studied drama and dance at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, and once she went to college, she finally acquired an acting ...

(Needle in a Time Stack)

59. Ema Horvath

Actress | What Lies Below

Ema Horvath is known for her work on What Lies Below (2020), The Two Hundred Fifth (2019) and Don't Look Deeper (2020).

(Lord of the Rings)

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 ...


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