Actors to watch

by ekowdaniels | created - 21 Jan 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

1. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Actor | Mary Poppins Returns

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an actor, known for Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Paddington 2 (2017) and Doctor Strange (2016).

2. Gilbert Owuor

Actor | Mute

Gilbert Owuor is an actor, known for Mute (2018), Goliath (2016) and True Blood (2008).

3. Thomas F. Wilson

Actor | Back to the Future Part III

Tom Wilson is a creative artist whose professional career has explored almost every imaginable artistic discipline, blending them into a unique and very individual declaration of a life in the arts. A man of fervent but private faith his whole life, the last few years have been interesting, with ...

4. Crispin Glover

Actor | Back to the Future

While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.

The son of actress and...

5. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...

6. Olivia Cooke

Actress | Ready Player One

Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary ...

7. Maggie Siff

Actress | Push

Maggie Siff (born June 21, 1974) is an American actress. Her television roles have included department store heiress Rachel Menken Katz on the AMC drama Mad Men, Tara Knowles on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, and psychiatrist Wendy Rhoades on the Showtime series Billions. She has had roles in the ...

8. 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, ...

9. David Costabile

Actor | Lincoln

David Costabile is an actor, known for Lincoln (2012), Billions (2016) and Breaking Bad (2008). He has been married to Eliza Baldi since June 25, 2012. They have two children.

10. Michael Esper

Actor | The Outsider

Michael Esper was born on December 1, 1976 in New York, New York, USA as Michael James Esper. He is an actor, known for The Outsider (2020), Ben Is Back (2018) and Trust (2018).

11. Ben Foster

Actor | Hell or High Water

Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in ...

12. Robert Powell

Actor | Atlanta

Robert Powell is an actor and writer, known for Atlanta (2016), Laff Mobb's We Got Next (2014) and Comic Edge (2016).

13. Taylour Paige

Actress | Jean of the Joneses

Taylour Paige was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Paige started her career at a young age training at the Westside Ballet Academy, and spent two summers at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. In 2001, she became a student of the choreographer, director, executive producer, and ...

14. Adjoa Andoh

Actress | Invictus

Adjoa Andoh was born on January 14, 1963 in Bristol, England as Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh. She is an actress and writer, known for Invictus (2009), National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016) and Horizon Zero Dawn (2017). She has been married to Howard Cunnell since March 2001. They have ...

15. Laurence Fishburne

Actor | The Matrix

One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.

His ...

16. Damon Herriman

Actor | 100 Bloody Acres

Damon Herriman was born on March 31, 1970 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. He is an actor and writer, known for 100 Bloody Acres (2012).

17. Garret Dillahunt

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He performed on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he also began pursuing film and television roles. A self described workaholic, he enjoys a ...

18. Rami Malek

Actor | Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor. He won a Critics' Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors ...

19. Ashton Sanders

Actor | Moonlight

Ashton Sanders was born on October 24, 1995 in Carson, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Moonlight (2016), The Retrieval (2013) and The Equalizer 2 (2018).

20. Numan Acar

Actor | Homeland

Numan Acar is a Turkish-born German actor, film producer, writer and director. Acar was born in Kozoglu, Kelkit District, and lived until his eighth year in Erzincan in Turkey. In 1982, he emigrated to Germany where he become a civil engineer. After completion of his studies he started an acting ...

21. Eriq Ebouaney

Actor | 3 Days to Kill

Eriq Ebouaney was born on October 3, 1967 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France. He is an actor, known for 3 Days to Kill (2014), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Hitman (2007).

22. Jimmy Jean-Louis

Actor | Hollywood Homicide

Jimmy Jean-Louis led a simple Life in the slums of Haiti until the age of 12, when he moved to Paris.

Jimmy worked for 3 years in a musical theater in Spain "La Belle Époque" before embarking on a successful modeling career in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England.

He moved to Los Angeles in...

23. Claire Foy

Actress | First Man

Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied acting at the Liverpool John Moores University and the Oxford School of Drama and made her screen debut in the pilot of the supernatural comedy series Being Human, in 2008. Following her professional stage debut at the ...

24. Adeel Akhtar

Actor | Four Lions

Adeel was born in London on 18th September 1980 to a Pakistani father and a Kenyan mother and attended Cheltenham College throughout the 1990s. His father was keen for him to become a lawyer and he obtained a law degree but was more interested in acting and studied at the Actors' Studio in New York...

25. Neil Maskell

Actor | Kill List

Neil Maskell was born in 1976. From the age of eleven he attended the Anna Scher acting school in Islington in his native London and later studied at the Miskin Theatre at the North West Kent College,subsequently returning there as a director. He began acting as a teenager,making his television ...

26. Paul Ready

Actor | The Terror

Paul Ready is a British actor. He is known principally for his work on stage, but he has also appeared in television, radio and films. He received a commendation at the 2003 Ian Charleson Awards. In 2018, he played the role of Rob MacDonald in the BBC television series Bodyguard.

Ready was born in ...

27. Matt Nable

Actor | Riddick

Matthew "Matty" Nable is a former Rugby League footballer turned actor. After playing in the Winfield Cup Premiership for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs during the 1990s, he wrote and starred in the rugby league-centered drama The Final Winter in 2007. He is a good friend...

28. Kofi Siriboe

Actor | Queen Sugar

Kofi Siriboe (born March 2, 1994) is an American actor whose works have spanned theatre, film, and television. He is most notable for his role as Javy Hall in the Fred Durst directed movie 'The Longshots'. He appeared as James Newton on the CBS veteran show 'CSI' during the thirteenth season in the...

29. Russell Hornsby

Actor | Fences

Russell Hornsby was born on May 15, 1974 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Fences (2016), The Hate U Give (2018) and After the Sunset (2004). He has been married to Denise Walker since August 1, 2008.

30. Ed Begley

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Charismatic character star Edward James Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut of Irish parents and educated at St.Patrick's school. His interest in acting first surfaced at the age of nine, when he performed amateur theatricals at the Hartford Globe Theatre. Determined to make his own way, he ...

31. LaKeith Stanfield

Actor | Sorry to Bother You

Lakeith Lee Stanfield is an actor and rapper from Victorville, CA. At the age of 15, Lakeith attended 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 newer version of ...

32. Tonye Patano

Actress | Weeds

Tonye Patano is an actress and producer, known for Weeds (2005), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Company Men (2010).

33. Lars Mikkelsen

Actor | Headhunter

Lars was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, Denmark as the first child of Bente Christiansen, an occupational health nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk. Lars grew up in Copenhagen, where about one and a half years after him brother Mads was born, who's also an actor now. At first the family ...

34. Kirk Acevedo

Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Born and raised in the Bronx, and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New ...

35. Ray McKinnon

Writer | Rectify

Ray McKinnon is a writer, actor, director and producer. He served from 2012 through 2016 as creator, showrunner, writer and director of the Peabody Award winning, Sundance TV series, "Rectify."

As an actor, McKinnon has created a canon of unforgettable, offbeat and richly textured characters. In a ...

36. 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, ...

37. David Nzinga

Actor | Måste gitt

David Nzinga is born in Angola but raised in Sweden. He is a visionary in the Swedish film industry and founder of the production company DNZ pictures.

He is currently working at Sweden's National Theatre for Children and young people - UNGA KLARA ON TOUR 2019. The tour includes international ...

38. Ben Whishaw

Actor | Cloud Atlas

Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (...

39. Trevante Rhodes

Actor | Moonlight

Trevante Rhodes was born as Trevante Nemour Rhodes. He is an actor, known for Moonlight (2016), The Predator (2018) and Bird Box (2018).

40. Roger Jean Nsengiyumva

Actor | Tomb Raider

Roger Jean Nsengiyumva was born as Jean Roger Nsengiyumva Cadeaux. He is an actor, known for Tomb Raider (2018), Sixteen (2013) and Africa United (2010).

41. Sarah Nicklin

Actress | Missing William

Sarah Nicklin is an American actress and producer. Known for her girl next door sensibility and strong emotional range, Nicklin first gained prominence in 2009 in the independent film scene as the vigilante nun in the action comedy Nun of That (2009), and then as the protective and damaged Delilah ...

42. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

43. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the ...

44. Tracey Ullman

Actress | The Tracey Ullman Show

Tracey Ullman (born Trace Ullman) is a multiple award-winning television, stage and film actress who performs as a comedian, singer, dancer, as well as works as a screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman. She holds dual British and American citizenship.

Ullman's early appearances ...

45. Jason Forbes

Actor | Pompidou

Jason Forbes is a British actor, writer and comedian best known for the CITV series Horrible Science (2015), for playing PC Peasey in the The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (2014) movies on BBC One, and as a member of the award-winning sketch trio 'Daphne'.

He is co-creator, star and ...

46. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

47. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Brotherhood

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

48. Lorraine Burroughs

Actress | Fast Girls

Lorraine Burroughs was born in 1981 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), DCI Banks (2010) and The Glass Man (2011).

49. Dominique Tipper

Actress | The Expanse

Dominique Tipper, who performs as a singer under the name Miss Tipper, is a British actress, singer-songwriter and dancer from Limehouse, East London who plays engineer Naomi Nagata in the science fiction television series The Expanse. She is of British and Dominican origin.

Until 2012, Tipper ...

50. John Magaro

Actor | The Big Short

John Robert Magaro was born in 1983 in Akron, Ohio, to Wendy and James Magaro, and was raised in the local suburb Munroe Falls. He began appearing in local theatre productions in and around Cleveland and Akron.

In film, Magaro has starred in Paramount's Overlord (2018), directed by Julius Avery. He ...

51. Dylan Smith

Actor | I Am the Night

Dylan Smith is an actor, known for I Am the Night (2019), Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) and Into the Badlands (2015).

52. Doc Brown

Actor | Drunk History: UK

Doc Brown is the stage name of Ben Bailey Smith, the younger brother of novelist Zadie Smith. He was born in December 1977 to Jamaican and English parentage and began his professional career as a rapper. Following the release of his short film 'Blighty' he moved into the realm of stand-up comedy, ...

53. Ramon Tikaram

Actor | Jupiter Ascending

Ramon Tikaram was born on May 16, 1967 in Singapore. He is an actor, known for Jupiter Ascending (2015), Vampire Academy (2014) and Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014).

54. Chris Browning

Actor | Bright

Tall and imposing, Nevada native Chris Browning initially intended to be a screenwriter but enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles without realizing it was a school for actors only. Taking to the craft, Browning received one of his first parts in a Dr. Pepper commercial ...

55. Lewis Pullman

Actor | Bad Times at the El Royale

Lewis Pullman was born on January 29, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Them That Follow (2019) and The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018).

56. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Actor | True Detective

Ólafur Darri was born in Connecticut, USA in 1973. He has lived in Iceland for most of his life and works full time as an actor. He does a lot of theatre work as well as films and he is one of the founders of the Vesturport theatre company, which has performed around the world.

57. Amit Shah

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Amit Shah was born in North London in 1981. His parents were originally from Kenya and grandparents from Gujarat in India. His father is an accountant and mother a health-food shop manageress.

He had never acted until he was cast as the lead in his school play at the age of 16.

Amit went on to ...

58. Sion Daniel Young

Actor | Private Peaceful

Sion Daniel Young is an actor, known for Private Peaceful (2012), Another Me (2013) and War Horse (2014).

59. Joseph Mawle

Actor | Game of Thrones

Joseph Daniel Turner Mawle (born 21 March 1974) is an English actor. Mawle is best known for his roles as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine in Ripper Street, Firebrace in Birdsong, Jesus Christ in The Passion and Odysseus in Troy: Fall of a City.

Mawle was born in ...

60. Suzi Quatro

Soundtrack | Van Wilder

Born in Detroit and grew up in the nearby suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Moved to England to pursue music career. Had tremendous success as a rock singer in Britain and worldwide, but only managed one hit in her native America. Was reportedly asked to audition for the part of Happy Days (1974)'...

61. Mahershala Ali

Actor | House of Cards

Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.

This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...

62. Olivia Colman

Actress | The Favourite

Olivia Colman was born on January 30, 1974 in Norwich, Norfolk, England as Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman. She is an actress, known for The Favourite (2018), Tyrannosaur (2011) and The Lobster (2015). She has been married to Ed Sinclair since August 2001. They have three children.



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