Black Actors on the rise

by Jun_E | created - 6 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public

In no particular order

1. Zoë Kravitz

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of half African-American (from her father's mother and her mother's father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father's father and her mother's ...

2. 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 ...

3. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), before attaining international recognition for his work ...

4. 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...

5. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Chinasaokwu O. Erivo. She is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Widows (2018) and Step (2017).

6. 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 ...

7. Naomi Ackie

Actress | Lady Macbeth

Naomi Ackie is an actress, known for Lady Macbeth (2016), The Five (2016) and The Corrupted (2019).

8. Jayden Fowora-Knight

Actor | Ready Player One

Jayden Fowora-Knight is an actor, known for Ready Player One (2018), Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).

9. Justice Smith

Actor | Paper Towns

Justice Smith was born on August 9, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Justice Elio Smith. He is an actor, known for Paper Towns (2015), The Get Down (2016) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

10. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

11. Joivan Wade

Actor | The First Purge

Joivan Wade was born on August 2, 1993 in Lewisham, London, England as Joivan Derek Graham Wade. He is an actor and writer, known for The First Purge (2018), Doctor Who (2005) and The Weekend Movie (2016).

12. 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).

13. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

14. William Nadylam

Actor | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

William Nadylam is an actor and producer, known for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), White Material (2009) and Girl on a Bicycle (2013).

15. Taylor Russell

Actress | Lost in Space

Taylor Russell was born on July 18, 1994 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Lost in Space (2018) and Waves (2019).

16. Vinette Robinson

Actress | Sherlock

Vinette Robinson was born in 1981 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Sherlock (2010), The A Word (2016) and Vera Drake (2004).

17. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

18. Manny Jae

Actor | Bruno

British actor Manny Jae was born and raised in East London. He has trained in Arts Educational Schools London and Identity School of Acting.

When he was younger he actually wanted to become an engineer. But his love for movies kept on growing until one day he auditioned for drama school. He hasn't ...

19. Amandla Stenberg

Actress | The Hate U Give

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg, a businessman. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry).

In the summer and fall of 2010, she shot her ...

20. Arinzé Kene

Actor | The Pass

Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.

Kene was born in Lagos, ...

21. Carmen Ejogo

Actress | Selma

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...

23. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Philomena (2013).

24. Leemore Marrett Jr.

Actor | Survivor

Leemore Marrett Jr. is an actor, known for Survivor (2015), Final Score (2018) and Utopia (2013).

25. Zawe Ashton

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A ...

26. Christine Adams

Actress | Batman Begins

Film and television actress Christine Adams was born in London, United Kingdom.

She starred on several British and American films and television series since early 2000s.

On television, she is known for roles as "Katherine Williams Osgood" on the British miniseries, NY-LON (2004); "Simone Hundin" on ...

27. Ronke Adekoluejo

Actress | Been So Long

Ronke Adekoluejo is an actress, known for Been So Long (2018), Christopher Robin (2018) and Doctor Who (2005).

28. Theo Ogundipe

Actor | Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

Theo Ogundipe is an actor, known for Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (2016), Julius Caesar (2012) and Stud Life (2012).

29. Adrian Derrick-Palmer

Actor | Mary Queen of Scots

Adrian Derrick-Palmer is known for his work on Mary Queen of Scots (2018), This World (2004) and Homeless Ashes.

30. Leslie Odom Jr.

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

Born in New York. Grew up in Philadelphia with his parents and little sister. Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduated and moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003.

31. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and After Earth (2013).

32. Fisayo Akinade

Actor | The Girl with All the Gifts

Fisayo Akinade is an actor, known for The Girl with All the Gifts (2016), The Works (2016) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016).

33. Gloria Obianyo

Actress | Dune

Gloria Obianyo is an actress, known for Dune (2020), High Life (2018) and Antony & Cleopatra (2018).

34. Florence Kasumba

Actress | Captain America: Civil War

Florence Kasumba is a German actress living in Berlin. She has been filming in the English, German and Dutch languages since 2000. She is best known for her work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). ...

35. Eric André

Writer | The Eric Andre Show

Eric André was born as Eric Samuel Andre. He is an actor and writer, known for The Eric Andre Show (2012), The Lion King (2019) and Disenchantment (2018).

36. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

37. Kiersey Clemons

Actress | Dope

An undeniable talent on the rise, actress and musician Kiersey Clemons has quickly become known for the diverse and captivating characters she has brought to life on screen.

It was recently announced that Clemons will be starring as Iris West in the upcoming Warner Bros film THE FLASH, where she ...

38. Jessica Sula

Actress | Split

Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994)[1] is a British actress known for playing the character Grace Blood in the third generation of the British television series Skins and for her role in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed horror film Split (2016).

Sula was born in Swansea to Trinidadian mother Shurla Blades...

39. Kevin Layne

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Kevin Layne was born in London to Allyson Williams MBE, a senior Midwife, and Vernon 'Fellows" Williams, an entrepreneur and pioneer of London's world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. Layne grew up in Wembley, northwest London, and regularly visited his parents' native Trinidad and Tobago. As a ...

40. Isaiah Mustafa

Actor | It Chapter Two

Isaiah Mustafa was born on February 11, 1974 in the USA. He is an actor and director, known for It Chapter Two (2019), Shadowhunters (2016) and Horrible Bosses (2011). He has been married to Lisa Mitchell since May 26, 2018.

41. Chosen Jacobs

Actor | It

Chosen Jacobs is definitely a rising star! Although new to Hollywood, he has always been able to entertain a crowd.

Chosen was seen on the silver screen in the highly-anticipated horror film "IT", based on Stephen King's novel and directed by Andy Muschietti in 2017. In the film, he portrays the ...

42. Nathan Ives-Moiba

Actor | The Flood

Nathan Ives-Moiba is an actor, known for The Flood (2019), Salting the Battlefield (2014) and National Theatre Live: As You Like It (2016).

44. Deobia Oparei

Actor | Game of Thrones

Deobia Oparei was born in 1971 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Game of Thrones (2011) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

45. O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Actor | Straight Outta Compton

O'Shea Jackson Jr. is an American actor and musician. O'Shea is the son of rapper Ice Cube and he portrayed his father in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), which was his feature film debut.

His older brother Darrell is also a rapper under the name Doughboy, which is the nickname of the ...

46. Laz Alonso

Actor | Avatar

Chosen as one of Variety's "Top Ten Actors to Watch" and part of the new breed of leading men in Hollywood, Laz Alonso is starring in Amazon Prime's series THE BOYS. He can also be seen playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in their new series LA'S FINEST. He previously starred opposite...

47. Jessie T. Usher

Actor | Independence Day: Resurgence

Born a leap year child he excelled academically from elementary through high school as a top honor student. He graduated class salutatorian before moving straight to the Dean's List in college, studying the Art Of Culinary and earning the honor of being a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor ...

48. Kadiff Kirwan

Actor | Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Kadiff Kirwan is a British actor of stage and screen.

Kadiff Paterson Kirwan was born in Plymouth, Montserrat, to parents Matilda and Peter Kirwan. In July 1995, Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano, dormant for centuries, erupted and buried the island's capital, Plymouth, destroying its airport and...

49. Winston Duke

Actor | Black Panther

Winston Duke is an actor and producer, known for Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Person of Interest (2011).

50. Keiynan Lonsdale

Actor | The Flash

Keiynan Lonsdale (born 19 December 1991) is an Australian actor, singer, and dancer. He is known for his role as Wally West aka Kid Flash in CW's 'The Flash' & 'Legends Of Tomorrow', Uriah in Lionsgate's 'The Divergent Series', and most recently Bram in the critically acclaimed FOX feature film '...

51. 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 ...

52. Jermaine Fowler

Actor | Friends of the People

Jermaine Fowler is an actor and producer, known for Friends of the People (2014), Jermaine Fowler: Give Em Hell Kid (2015) and BoJack Horseman (2014).

53. John David Washington

Actor | BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington was born on July 28, 1984 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for BlacKkKlansman (2018), The Book of Eli (2010) and Ballers (2015).

54. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Emmy nominated actor and producer, Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed talents. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a ...

55. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

56. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Actor | Aquaman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was born on July 15, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Aquaman (2018) and The Get Down (2016).

57. Shameik Moore

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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 ...

58. Ray Fisher

Actor | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ray Fisher is an American stage actor, best known for his role in the comedy The Good, the Bad and the Confused. On April 24, 2014, it was announced that Fisher will portray the superhero Victor Stone/Cyborg in the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. and is expected to reprise his ...

59. William Catlett

Actor | Left 4 Dead: Impulse 76 Fan Film

William Catlett is an actor and producer, known for Left 4 Dead: Impulse 76 Fan Film (2011), First (2014) and Giants (2017).

60. Kingsley Ben-Adir

Actor | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Kingsley Ben-Adir is an actor, known for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), Trespass Against Us (2016) and World War Z (2013).

61. Ukweli Roach

Actor | Blindspot

Ukweli was born in 1986. Brought up in Woolwich by an English mother and Guyanese father - his name means 'Truth' in Swahili, he applied for a law course at University but turned it down in favour of acceptance by London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from where he graduated in 2009, almost ...

62. Rochelle Neil

Actress | Terminator: Dark Fate

Rochelle Neil is an actress, known for Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), Anthem (2019) and Episodes (2011).

63. Ella Balinska

Actress | Charlie's Angels

Actress Ella Balinska, known for her leading roles in Charlie's Angels (2019), Run Sweetheart Run, lives between London and Los Angeles. Balinska trained at the Guildford School of Acting and acquired her combat skills with the Academy of Performance Combat. She previously attended the Arts ...

64. Aaron Pierre

Actor | Krypton

Aaron Pierre is an actor, known for Krypton (2018), Britannia (2017) and The A Word (2016).

65. O-T Fagbenle

Actor | The Handmaid's Tale

Named one of backstage magazines 30 actors to watch, this year O-T Fagbenle has gone on to be cast as series regular Luke, opposite Elisabeth Moss, on HULU's The Handmaid's Tale, also starring Joseph Fiennes and directed by Reed Morano. This will be the second time that O-T has worked with Reed, ...

66. Nina Toussaint-White

Actress | GameFace

Nina Toussaint-White was born in 1985 in London, England. She is an actress, known for GameFace (2017), Switch (2012) and Primeval (2007).

67. Babou Ceesay

Actor | Free Fire

Babou Ceesay was born as Baboucarr Alieu Ceesay. He is an actor, known for Free Fire (2016), Eye in the Sky (2015) and '71 (2014).

68. Aml Ameen

Actor | Yardie

Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best ...

69. Lil Rel Howery

Actor | Get Out

Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Lil Rel Howery is a movie star. His role as TSA agent Rod Williams in the Oscar-winning instant classic Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele ushered Howery into superstar status. His keen ability to mesh humor and honor resonated so deeply with ...

70. Chance Perdomo

Actor | Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chance Perdomo is an actor, known for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018), Killed by My Debt (2018) and Midsomer Murders (1997).



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