Unsung heroes of the screen!by ewanmcf93 | created - 05 Mar 2017 | updated - 21 Mar 2018 | Public
Underrated actors and actresses of film and TV (in alphabetical order)
Actor | Lost
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...
2. Nina Arianda
Actress | Midnight in Paris
Nina Arianda made her break-out debut in the 2010 off-Broadway production of Venus in Fur just months after graduating from NYU's Tisch graduate acting program. Her performance garnered the attention of the entire New York theater community. Following her off-Broadway acclaim, Nina procured roles ...
Actress | BlacKkKlansman
Ashlie Atkinson is an award-winning theatre, film, and television actress. A 2003 graduate of the Neightborhood Playhouse, in 2005 she received the Theatre World Award for Breakthrough Performance for originating the role of Helen in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig"(opposite Jeremy Piven) - which also ...
5. Taj Atwal
Actress | Line of Duty
Taj Atwal is a British actress born in Norwich in 1989.
She is best known for playing the role of Jasminder in the Ruth Jones BAFTA Cymru award winning comedy "Stella" aired on Sky1.
Her most recent regular role is that of "Jasmin" in the new Kay Mellor British drama comedy "In The Club" broadcast on...
Actor | Fantastic Four
Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....
10. Sarah Clarke
Actress | Bosch
Actress Sarah Clarke was born and raised in Missouri, the middle child of Carolyn and Ernest Clarke, an engineer. She has an older and younger brother. She was educated at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to Indiana University to study Fine Arts and Italian. During Clarke's...
19. Gregory Itzin
Actor | 24
Gregory Itzin, accomplished stage, film and television actor is perhaps best known for his Emmy Award-nominated performance for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as 'President Charles Logan' in 24. Born in Washington, D.C. to parents Evelyn Loretta Itzin and Martin Joseph Itzin, ...
20. Suranne Jones
Actress | Doctor Foster
Suranne Jones was born on August 27, 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Anne Jones. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Foster (2015), Coronation Street (1960) and Scott & Bailey (2011). She has been married to Laurence Akers since August 4, 2015. They have one ...
21. Jane Kaczmarek
Actress | Pleasantville
Jane grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother, Evelyn, was a school teacher. Her father, Edward, is a former Defense Department employee. She is the oldest of four children. Her brothers, Jim & Bill, are a teacher and an entrepreneur respectively. Her sister, Mary, works for an Internet company....
22. Daniel Dae Kim
Actor | Lost
Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...
24. John de Lancie
Actor | Crank: High Voltage
John de Lancie was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Kent State University where he won a scholarship to Juilliard. John's father was a professional oboist with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. de Lancie is probably best known for his portrayal as Eugene Bradford on Days of Our ...
25. Lina Leandersson
Actress | Låt den rätte komma in
Lina Leandersson was born in Falun, Sweden She took an interest in performing from an early age, acting in amateur theatre performances, attending drama courses, and performing street- and jazz dance. One of her first roles was in amateur theatre performance, playing the mother of a spoiled girl ...
27. Riki Lindhome
Actress | The Last House on the Left
Riki Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania but grew up primarily in Portville, New York (near Buffalo). Her first break came when Tim Robbins cast her in his hit play, "Embedded", which played at the Public Theater in New York City, Riverside Studios in London and The Actor's Gang Theater ...
30. 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, ...
31. Eddie Mayehoff
Actor | That's My Boy
Baltimore-born Eddie Mayehoff started out as a salesman before finding out that comedy was his real forte. A jack of all trades, he went on to become a bandleader (he attended the Yale School of Music), a radio comedy writer and a television emcee at various stages of his longstanding career. As an...
32. Fred Melamed
Actor | A Serious Man
Highly gifted, heavy-set character actor Fred Melamed was born in New York City, the son of Syma (Krichefsky), an actress, and Louis Melamed. His father was a television producer, having contributed to such watershed comedies as Car 54, Where Are You, and Sargeant Bilko. He received his theatrical ...
36. Tania Raymonde
Actress | Lost
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tania Raymonde began her career on Malcolm in the Middle (2000), and is known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series Lost. She played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret...
39. Mercedes Ruehl
Actress | The Fisher King
Ruehl received her first Academy Award nomination and win for her performance as Anne Napolitano, the emotionally driven girlfriend to fallen radio personality, (played by Jeff Bridges), in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece, The Fisher King (1991). In addition to an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, Ruehl's ...
41. Steve Speirs
Steve Speirs was born on February 22, 1965 in Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales as Steven Roberts. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Eragon (2006). He has been married to Joanna since ...
42. David Threlfall
Actor | Shameless
David Threlfall was born on October 12, 1953 in Burnage, Manchester, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Shameless (2004), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Hot Fuzz (2007). He has been married to Brana Bajic since 1995. They have two children.
43. Tony Todd
Actor | Candyman
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of ...
Actress | Solo: A Star Wars Story
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was born on July 14, 1985 in London, England as Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge. She is an actress and producer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Fleabag (2016) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Conor Woodman.
46. Danielle Walters
Actress | Kill Your Friends
Danielle Isaie is as beautiful as she is talented. Her career blossomed at a young age after being spotted by a children's agent at the renowned drama school Anna Schear. Danielle was quickly invited to play Rochelle in the children's program "The Crust" on BBC1, Candice in "Sugar Rush", a popular ...
48. Annie Wersching
Actress | The Last of Us
Annie Wersching was born on March 28, 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Anne Wersching. She is an actress, known for The Last of Us (2013), 24 (2001) and Runaways (2017). She has been married to Stephen Full since September 6, 2009. They have three children.
49. Mary Wickes
Actress | Sister Act
From the grand old school of wisecracking, loud and lanky Mary Wickes had few peers while forging a career as a salty scene-stealer. Her abrupt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor made her a consistent audience favorite on every medium for over six decades. She was particularly adroit in film parts that ...
50. Necar Zadegan
Actress | 24
Necar began working in the theater at age 16 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has since stayed close to the theater while splitting her time between film and television. In 2011, she played a lead role in the FilmMcQueen production of "Meth Head." She followed that with a role on ...