My Top Favorite Breakthrough Actresses of 2018

by tlev-06565 | created - 30 Apr 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Elsie Fisher

Actress | Despicable Me 2

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 ...

Eighth Grade

2. KiKi Layne

Actress | If Beale Street Could Talk

KiKi Layne is an actress, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Native Son (2019) and The Old Guard.

If Beale Street Could Talk

3. Rachelle Vinberg

Actress | Skate Kitchen

Rachelle Vinberg is an actress, known for Skate Kitchen (2018), Good Girl Jane (2017) and La Petite Mort.

Skate Kitchen

4. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Deadpool 2

Zazie Olivia Beetz is an actress. Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (New York City) speaking both German and English at home. She performed in community theaters and local stages from a young age. She is known for Atlanta (2016), ...

Deadpool 2/Soller's Point

5. Thomasin McKenzie

Actress | Leave No Trace

Thomasin McKenzie was born in July 2000 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Leave No Trace (2018), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) and Lost Girls (2019).

Leave No Trace

6. 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...

The Commuter/Black Panther/Ready Player One/Avengers: Infinity War

7. Andi Matichak

Actress | Halloween

Andi Matichak is an American actress. She has appeared in such television series as 666 Park Avenue, Orange Is the New Black and Blue Bloods. She stars as Allyson Nelson in the horror film Halloween (2018), a direct sequel to the 1978 original film of the same name. Matichak was born in Framingham,...

Halloween

8. Quinn Shephard

Actress | Blame

Quinn Shephard is a writer, director and actress based out of the New York area, with a career spanning two decades. At age 15, Shephard began writing her debut feature Blame Blame (2017), inspired by playing Abigail Williams in a New Jersey regional production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. She ...

Blame/Midnight Sun/The Miseducation of Cameron Post

9. Ekaterina Samsonov

Actress | You Were Never Really Here

Ekaterina Samsonov is a model and actress. She is known for the film You Were Never Really Here (2017).

Ekaterina was born in New York, of Russian descent. In 2014, she appeared in a episode of Mozart in the Jungle called "You Go to My Head." She also had smaller roles in the films Anesthesia (2015)...

You Were Never Really Here

10. Geraldine Viswanathan

Actress | Blockers

Geraldine Viswanathan was born as Geraldine Indira Viswanathan. She is an actress, known for Blockers (2018), Emo the Musical (2016) and Janet King (2014).

Blockers/The Package

11. Ella Hunt

Actress | Anna and the Apocalypse

Ella Hunt (born 29 April 1998) is an English actress, known for Intruders (2011), Les Misérables (2012), Robot Overlords (2014), and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017). From 2016 until 2018, she played the role of Ellie Marsden in the ITV comedy series Cold Feet. In 2017, she appeared as Emma Carr in ...

Anna & The Apocalypse

12. Isabella Sermon

Actress | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Isabella Sermon is an actress, known for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

13. Hari Nef

Actress | Assassination Nation

Hari Nef is an actress, known for Assassination Nation (2018), You (2018) and Transparent (2014).

Assassination Nation

14. Michelle La

Actress | Searching

Michelle La (neé Kang) was born in Orange County and raised in Glendale, California. She attended Biola University and studied biochemistry, pursuing a brief career working at a lab for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. The job involved testing treated wastewater before it was discharged...

Searching

15. Abra

Actress | Assassination Nation

Abra was born as Gabrielle Olivia Mirville. She is an actress, known for Assassination Nation (2018) and Last Call with Carson Daly (2002).

Assassination Nation

16. Madelyn Deutch

Actress | The Year of Spectacular Men

Madelyn Deutch is a writer, actor, director, and musician from Los Angeles, California.

Beginning as a singer, she spent a large part of her childhood performing on stage in charity events. This prompted her admission into the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she began writing her ...

The Year of Spectacular Man

17. Odessa Young

Actress | The Daughter

Odessa Young is an actress, known for The Daughter (2015), High Life (2017) and Looking for Grace (2015).

Assassination Nation

18. Lex Scott Davis

Actress | Superfly

Alexis "Lex Scott" Davis was born February 26, 1991. She is an actress from Baltimore, Maryland and has been dancing and acting since she was 3 years old. Davis attended Drexel University as a Dance Physical Therapy major before she moved to New York City in 2013. She continued her studies at the ...

Superfly/The First Purge

19. Ardelia Lovelace

Actress | Skate Kitchen

Ardelia Lovelace is an actress, known for Skate Kitchen (2018) and That One Day (2016).

Skate Kitchen

20. Jessica Keenan Wynn

Actress | Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Jessica Keenan Wynn is an actress, known for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), The Girl on the Train (2016) and Forever (2014).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

21. Nina Moran

Actress | Skate Kitchen

Nina Moran is an actress, known for Skate Kitchen (2018), That One Day (2016) and Open Late with Peter Rosenberg (2018).

Skate Kitchen

22. Awkwafina

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Awkwafina was born as Nora Lum. She is an actress, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) and Ocean's Eight (2018).

Dude/Ocean's 8

23. Nadia Alexander

Actress | Blame

Nadia Alexander was born in Columbia, SC, before moving to Pittsburgh, PA, at the age of one. She began acting in Pittsburgh regional theater at the age of six and worked in nearly all the Equity theaters in the region, winning several awards for her performances. In 2007, she moved to NYC and was ...

Blame

24. Jules Lorenzo

Actress | Skate Kitchen

Jules Lorenzo is an actress, known for Skate Kitchen (2018) and That One Day (2016).

Skate Kitchen

25. Isabelle Nélisse

Actress | Mama

Isabelle Nélisse was born on December 3, 2003 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for Mama (2013), It (2017) and The Tale (2018).

the Tale

26. Alexa Davies

Actress | Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Alexa Davies is an actress, known for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Absolutely Anything (2015) and A Brilliant Young Mind (2014).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

27. Andrea Londo

Actress | Narcos

Andrea Londo (born November 7, 1992) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Maria Salazar in Narcos (2015) Season 3.

Londo is a border child. She was born in San Diego, CA but lived in Tijuana, Mexico until she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue an acting career . For eighteen years she...

Superfly

28. Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Actress | Maleficent

Eleanor Worthington Cox is a British child actress from Merseyside, most known for portraying Matilda Wormwood in Matilda the Musical for which she has won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, and Janet Hodgson in "The Enfield Haunting", for which she received a British Academy Television ...

Action Point

29. Shuya Sophia Cai

Actress | The Meg

Sophia Cai (also known as ShuYa Cai) was born April 22, 2008, in Shanghai to her Chinese mother and British father. Sophia began her career at the age of two after being cast in a national TV commercial and has subsequently compiled an impressive resume that includes modeling, TV commercials and ...

The Meg

30. Cailee Spaeny

Actress | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Cailee Spaeny is an American actress and singer. Spaeny was born in Springfield, Missouri. Growing up she spent a large amount of time in the Springfield Little Theatre, where she participated in many plays. Some notable SLT alumni include Lucas Grabeel and Kendra Kassebaum. In the 2013-2014 season...

Pacific Rim: Uprising

31. Storm Reid

Actress | A Wrinkle in Time

Storm Reid has known she wanted to be an actress since she was just three years old. She landed her first feature film role opposite Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in the Academy Award winning film " Twelve Years a Slave" (2013) directed by Steve McQueen for Fox ...

A Wrinkle in Time/Happening of Monumental Proportions

32. Lena Hall

Actress | Sex and the City

Lena Hall (Celina Consuela Gabriella Carvajal) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee who will appear opposite Jennifer Connelly in TNT's science fiction epic "Snowpiercer." Following her Tony winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, ...

Becks

33. Barbara Dunkelman

Actress | Red vs. Blue

Barbara Dunkelman grew up in Canada. She became a fan of Rooster Teeth as a teenager and was active in their online community. After Dunkelman graduated from Concordia University in 2011, she moved to Texas and started working for Rooster Teeth as their first community manager. She appeared in ...

Blood Fest

34. Rachel Hilson

Actress | This Is Us

Rachel Hilson is an actress, known for This Is Us (2016), The Americans (2013) and Kings (2017).

Kings

35. Hera Hilmar

Actress | Smáfuglar

Hera Hilmar is an Icelandic actress. She is mostly known, outside of Iceland, for her role as Vanessa in the television series Da Vinci's Demons (2013) (2013-2015), as Varya in Anna Karenina (2012), as Eik in the Icelandic film Life in a Fishbowl (2014), and as Lillie in The Ottoman Lieutenant (...

An Ordinary Man

36. Erin Moriarty

Actress | Blood Father

New York City-born Erin Moriarty launched her acting career in a way many hopefuls dream of: with an awards-recognized project.Erin first appeared on screen in the Emmy-nominated soap opera One Life to Live (1968)in 2010, playing the character Whitney Bennett in six episodes. in 2011 she built on ...

The Miracle Season

37. Jeanté Godlock

Actress | The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Jeanté Godlock is an actress, known for The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar (2018), Daybreak (2019) and Sell Out! (2018).

The Simone Biles Story



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