Breakout Performers – Up and Coming Actors to Watch in 2020 (& late 2019)

by tubuy-46344 | created - 23 Oct 2019 | updated - 23 Oct 2019 | Public

Very young to more mature actors who are highly talented and who we will see a lot more of in the coming years. Most are recent entries but all are rising quickly.

1. Margaret Qualley

Actress | Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood

Sarah Margaret Qualley, known as Margaret Qualley, is an American actress. Qualley was born in Montana and is the daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and former model, Paul Qualley. Margaret grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. She trained as a ballerina and at sixteen she earned an apprenticeship...

"My Salinger Year" with Sigourney Weaver and "The Chain" coming out in 2020-21)

2. Timothée Chalamet

Actor | Call Me by Your Name

Timothée Hal Chalamet was born in Manhattan, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. His mother, who is from New York, is Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His father, who is from Nîmes, France, is of French and English ancestry. ...

"Little Women" with Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and James Norton (December 2019), "Dune" with Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Charlotte Rampling (2020), "The French Dispatch" with Bill Murray, Kate Winslet, Elisabeth Moss, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Christoph Waltz (2020)

3. Kiernan Shipka

Actress | Carriers

Kiernan Brennan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men (2007), B. D. Hyman in the FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan (2017), and voicing Jinora in the Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) spin-off, The Legend of Korra (2012). She stars as ...

"Let It Snow" with Isabela Moner (2019)

4. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

"Hawkeye" Kate Bishop (rumored) with Jeremy Renner (2020-21)

5. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (2019), "Birds of Prey" with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor (2020)

6. Glen Powell

Actor | Hidden Figures

Glen Powell was born on October 21, 1988 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Hidden Figures (2016), Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) and The Expendables 3 (2014).

"Top Gun: Maverick" with Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm (2020)

7. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo. She is an actress and producer, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Harriet (2019) and Widows (2018).

"Chaos Walking" starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen (2020), "Needle in a Timestack" starring Freida Pinto, Orlando Bloom, Laysla De Oliveira (2020)

8. Maisie Williams

Actress | The New Mutants

Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams (born 15 April 1997) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, for which she won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting ...

"The New Mutants" starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Antonio Banderas (2020), "The Owners" with Rita Tushingham, Sylvester McCoy (2020)

9. Jessica Barden

Actress | Hanna

Jessica Barden is an English actress. She is best known for playing Alyssa in Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World, and the film The Lobster (2015).

She also had small roles in Tamara Drewe (2010), Hanna (2011) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015).

In 2016 she played Justine in Penny ...

"Pink Skies Ahead" with Rosa Salazar, Michael McKean (2020), "Holler" with Pamela Adlon (2020)

10. Maya Hawke

Actress | Fear Street: 1994

Maya Ray Thurman Hawke (born July 8, 1998) is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of actors Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. She made her acting debut as Jo March in the 2017 BBC adaptation of Little Women (2017), and starred as Robin in the third season of the Netflix series Stranger ...

"Mainstream" with Colleen Camp, Andrew Garfield (2020)

11. Lana Condor

Actress | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress. She made her film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), portraying Jubilation Lee / Jubilee. Condor was born on May 11, 1997 in Can Tho, Vietnam and was adopted by her American parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and journalist Robert Condor, as an ...

"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" with Noah Centineo, Holland Taylor, Ross Butler (2020), "Girls Night" with Brianna Hildebrand (2020)

12. Camila Morrone

Actress | Death Wish

Camila Morrone is an American model and actress.

Morrone was born in Los Angeles, California to Argentine parents Lucila Solá and Máximo Morrone. Her mother is a former model and was a companion to actor Al Pacino, who is also her stepfather.

Morrone started her career as a model and has appeared on ...

13. Elsie Fisher

Actress | Eighth Grade

Elsie Kate Fisher (born April 3, 2003) is an American actress. She began her career in 2009 with a role in the television series Medium at age 6, before voicing Agnes in the first two Despicable Me films. In 2018, she received critical acclaim for her performance as the socially-struggling teenage ...

"The Shaggs" (2020)

14. 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.


Little Women" with Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and James Norton (December 2019), "Black Widow" starring Robert Downey Jr., David Harbour, Scarlett Johansson, William Hurt, Ray Winstone (2020)

15. Jessie Buckley

Actress | I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Jessie Buckley is an Irish singer and actress, who came in second place in the BBC talent show-themed television series I'd Do Anything, and subsequently played Anne Egermann in the West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Most recently, Buckley played Lyudmilla Ignatenko in the...

"Dolittle" starring Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Michael Sheen, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes (2020)

16. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Atlanta

Zazie Beetz (born c. 1991) is a German-American actress known for the role of Vanessa on Atlanta (2016), as well as for starring in Deadpool 2 (2018), Applesauce (2015), and Still Here (2020).

Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (...

"Nine Days" with Bill Skarsgård, Tony Hale (2020), "X-Force" starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin (2020)

17. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

"Avengers: Endgame" starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch (2019), "Death on the Nile" starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Kenneth Branagh (2020)

18. Iain Armitage

Actor | Young Sheldon

Iain Armitage is an American child actor. He is best known for Young Sheldon, a prequel to the sitcom The Big Bang Theory and the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.

He also appeared in the films The Glass Castle (2017) and Our Souls at Night (2017).

His acting debut was in an episode of Law & Order: ...

"Young Sheldon" with Zoe Perry, Lance Barber (2019)

19. Noah Jupe

Actor | Honey Boy

Noah Jupe is a British actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Night Manager (2016); the dark comedy film Suburbicon (2017); the drama film Wonder (2017); the horror film A Quiet Place (2018) and its sequel A Quiet Place Part II (2021); the sports drama film Ford v Ferrari (...

"A Quiet Place 2" with Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Djimon Hounsou (2020)

20. Da'Vine Joy Randolph

Actress | Dolemite Is My Name

Da'Vine Joy Randolph made her Broadway and West End debuts starring as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical (2012 Tony Award® Nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical). A Philadelphia native, she received her bachelor's from Temple University in classical vocal performance and transitioned into...

"The Last Shift" with Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Ed O'Neill (2020)

21. Stephan James

Actor | If Beale Street Could Talk

Stephan James was born on December 16, 1993 in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Race (2016) and Selma (2014).

"#Freerayshawn" with Alyshia Ochse, Thomas Blake Jr., Mitch Eakins (2019-)

22. Noah Centineo

Actor | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Noah Centineo is an American actor. He portrayed Jesus Adams Foster in The Fosters (2013), for which he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award. Since then, he has received both critical acclaim and audience adoration for starring in a series of romantic comedy films, beginning with To All the Boys ...

"Charlie's Angels" with Naomi Scott, Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart (2019), "The Diary" with Kevin Kline, Andy Lau (2019), "To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3" with Lana Condor, Janel Parrish (2020)

23. 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).

"The Photograph" starring Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield, Kingsley Ben-Adir (2020), "Covers" with Dakota Johnson, June Diane Raphael, Bill Pullman, Ice Cube (2020)

24. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...

Little Women" with Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and James Norton (December 2019), "Ammonite" starring Kate Winslet, Gemma Jones (2019), "The French Dispatch" with Bill Murray, Kate Winslet, Elisabeth Moss, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Christoph Waltz (2020)

25. Brie Larson

Actress | Room

Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...

"Avengers: Endgame" starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch (2019), "Just Mercy" starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx (2019)

26. J. David Hinze

Actor | The New Pope

An American/German character actor known for his authentic, naturalistic acting style, wide range, magnetic on-screen-presence and his deep, rich voice but he is perhaps best known internationally for his iconic character, the diabolical, dangerous and mysterious eye-patch-donning priest, Leopold ...

"Head Full of Honey" starring Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon, Emily Mortimer (2019), "Guns Akimbo" starring Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe (2019), "The New Pope" (Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino) starring Jude Law, John Malkovich, Sharon Stone, Marilyn Manson (2020)

27. Rob Morgan

Actor | Mudbound

Rob Morgan was born on February 24, 1973 in the United States. He is an actor, known for Mudbound (2017), Stranger Things (2016) and Daredevil (2015).

"The Photograph" starring Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield, Kingsley Ben-Adir (2020), "Greyhound" starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham (2020), "Cut Throat City" starring Eiza González, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes (2020)

28. Tom Holland

Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Thomas Stanley Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, to Nicola Elizabeth (Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland (Dominic Anthony Holland), who is a comedian and author. His paternal grandparents were from the Isle of Man and Ireland, respectively. He lives with his parents and ...

"The Devil All the Time" with Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgård (2020), "Chaos Walking" with Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen (2020)

29. Lucas Hedges

Actor | Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges is an American actor, known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter ...

"Let Them All Talk" starring Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Dianne Wiest (2020), "French Exit" with Michelle Pfeiffer, Tracy Letts (2020)

30. Millie Bobby Brown

Actress | Enola Holmes

Millie Bobby Brown (born 19 February 2004) is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence for her role as Eleven in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things (2016), for which she earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ...

"Godzilla vs. Kong" starring Eiza González, Alexander Skarsgård (2020), "Enola Holmes" with Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter (2020)

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