30 Rising Stars 2014

by mishrust | created - 03 Jul 2014 | updated - 27 Jul 2014 | Public

This list will be updated every season to mark the best rising stars of today. This includes both young rookies making their debut and unheralded actors/actresses breaking out into mainstream success. Please feel free to leave comments as i want this to be the most up to date and accurate list going around

1. Chris Pratt

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Christopher Michael Pratt is an American film and television actor. He came to prominence for his small-screen roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood (2002), Ché in The O.C. (2003), and Andy Dwyer and Parks and Recreation (2009), and notable film roles in Moneyball (2011), The Five-Year ...

So you should recognise this face in about a month, because he will be starring in the last 'Event' movie of the tentpole season 2014. Guradians of the Galaxy ensures Pratt heads the top of the list after doing the voice work for the lead in The Lego Movie. He's been around for a while though, you may have seen him in Parks and Recreation. Late in 2013 he signalled the start of his rise small roles in Delivery Man and Her. The only way from here is up

2. Oscar Isaac

Actor | Ex Machina

Oscar Isaac was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia, and a Cuban father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. Oscar was raised in Miami, Florida. Before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals in his band the Blinking ...

The lead from the Coens bros latest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis and popping up in 2011's Drive Isaac is clearly on the up. Some may say he was a rising star back in 2010 when Robin Hood came out, but he has now stamped his name on bigger future releases which would translate to bona fida star. The Two Faces of January, A Most Violent Year and little known franchise Star Wars are some of the films he's due in. Keep a close eye on him

3. Shailene Woodley

Actress | Divergent

Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. ...

After starring in The Descendants alongside George Clooney, Woodley has become a major star thanks to Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, both films currently sitting in the top 15 at the Domestic 2014 Box Office. With 3 more films from the Divergent series coming out over the next 3 years, expect to see a lot more of her.

4. Dane DeHaan

Actor | Chronicle

Dane DeHaan has made a formidable impression on film and television audiences and is one of the industry's most sought after actors of his generation.

Dane is shooting Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness and will soon begin production starring in Luc Besson's Valerian.

DeHaan has recently finished ...

Arguably the most talented actor on this list, DeHaan has made a massive rise in hollywood. Getting a decent start in the TV show, In Treatment was followed by a breakout hit Chronicle (where he was terrific), small roles in Lawless and Lincoln. But he then rose even higher scoring a major role in the new Spiderman franchise. Life and Tulip Fever are two more films coming out over the next year. Playing the 'weak', frustrated youngster is just the start for this guy, an oscar nomination is on the cards for this guy

5. T.J. Miller

Actor | Silicon Valley

A comedian. Improvisation, sketch and stand-up are his forte.

Todd Joseph Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, to Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney. He went to East High School, and college in Washington, D.C. There, he performed with the group receSs for 4 years, being ...

Likeable comedian and bound for the higher heights. Miller recently starred in the well received Silicon Valley as the egotistical Erlich Bachman. But thats not all, Big Hero 6 and Hell and Back marks Millers return in voice acting, the former possible to be a huge movie. Not to forgot he's already appeared in 2 major films this year in Transformers 4 and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Could he take the mantle of funniest guy in town?

6. Jason Clarke

Actor | Zero Dark Thirty

Jason Clarke was born on July 17, 1969 in Winton, Queensland, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Mudbound (2017) and Everest (2015).

The first of 5 Australians on the list is about to star in the second instalment of the new Planet of the Apes reboot. The definition of breaking out, Clarke has been around for a long time. Just look at his last few films and the ones coming out; Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, White House Down to the apes movie to Knight of Cups, Child 44, Everest and finally Terminator: Genesis as John Connor. If you haven't heard of him now, stand up and take notice.

7. Scoot McNairy

Actor | Argo

During the early 2000s, actor Scoot McNairy quickly came to specialize in portrayals of colorful and individualistic young men with a slightly rebellious edge. McNairy began during the early to mid-2000s, with bit parts in films including Wonderland (2003), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), and Art ...

Another big breakout performer who got his chance from 2010's monsters, which you may of heard of by now. Steadily gaining a good reputation appearing in Argo, Killing Them Softly, Promised Land, 12 Years a Slave and Non-Stop. But he is ready to up the game yet again with promising roles in Gone Girl, Black Sea and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. A good if not great actor

8. 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 ...

Making the top 10 is the plucky young lass from True Grit. Following that were key parts in Enders Game and 3 Days to Kill and signs were there that she is ready to take her game to the next level. The Keeping Room, Barely Lethal, Term Life and Ten Thousand Saints are all going to be showcasing her talent so check em out

9. Michael B. Jordan

Actor | Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan, the middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is the son of Donna (Davis), a high school counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name, Bakari, means "noble promise" in Swahili. (He is not related to, or named after, ...

Many people say The Wire is the greatest TV show of all time, myself included, and thats where Jordan started (or was first noticed), among many others. His performance in Fruitvale Station is right up there with the best from 2013 and he starred alongside Dane DeHaan in the still overlooked Chronicle in 2012. But claiming the role of The Human Torch in the reboot of The Fantastic Four means he is here in the top 10. And more importantly he will play the son of Apollo Creed in the spinoff from the Rocky franchise in Creed, something i am most looking forward to

10. Ben Mendelsohn

Actor | Rogue One

Despite his prominence in Hollywood as a character actor known for playing villains and criminals, Ben Mendelsohn has been a leading man in Australia since starting acting as a teenager.

Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Carole Ann (Ferguson), a nurse, and Frederick ...

He may be known already, but he is about to be a star with lots of nice roles in 2014. Ridley Scotts Exodus: Gods and Kings is certainly the highlight for him. Check out Animal Kingdom where Mendelsohn steals every scene

11. Jai Courtney

Actor | Suicide Squad

Jai Courtney was born on March 15, 1986 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jai Stephen Courtney. He is an actor, known for Suicide Squad (2016), Divergent (2014) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

Courtney, an intimidating figure rose to prominence in the TV show Spartacus: War of the Damned. That lead to a couple of nice roles in Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard. So far so good. And in 2014 he has 4 more roles and 2 more in 2015. Amongst those are the films being helmed by notable actors Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner and another from Angelina Jolie called Unbroken. Oh and he'll be playing Kyle Reese is the next Terminator movie. Not too shabby

12. Shea Whigham

Actor | Take Shelter

Born in Florida, educated at Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). Since then he has racked up impressive credits working with such legendary Hollywood directors as ...

A personal favourite of mine, Whigham seems to be destined for great character roles. After appearing in American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and Non Stop in the last 8 months, he's got Knight of Cups and Term Life coming up this year. Almost forgot to mention Boardwalk Empire. Another one you should keep a closer eye on

13. Liam Hemsworth

Actor | The Hunger Games

Liam Hemsworth was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia, and is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is the son of Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal ...

Hailing from Australia, Liam Hemsworth has appeared in the first two Hunger Games movies, and will most likely get a bigger role in the following Mockingjay movies that will undoubtedly be massive at the Box Office. With The Dressmaker, a comedy/drama/thriller, happening in 2015, he is starting to show his range

14. Jack O'Connell

Actor | Unbroken

Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and ...

15. Tahar Rahim

Actor | Un prophète

Tahar Rahim was born on July 4, 1981 in Belfort, Territoire de Belfort, France. He is an actor, known for A Prophet (2009), The Past (2013) and Day of the Falcon (2011). He has been married to Leïla Bekhti since 2010.

16. Miles Teller

Actor | Fantastic Four

Miles Alexander Teller is an American actor and musician. For his performance in the film The Spectacular Now (2013), he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has appeared in the films Rabbit Hole (2010), Footloose (2011), Project X (2012), That ...

17. Domhnall Gleeson

Actor | Ex Machina

Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor and writer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise (2010-2011), About Time (2013), Ex Machina (2015) and The Revenant (2015).

He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, alongside whom he has appeared in several films and ...

18. Jenny Slate

Actress | Zootopia

Jenny Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts, USA as Jenny Sarah Slate. She is an actress and writer, known for Zootopia (2016), Obvious Child (2014) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016). She was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp.

19. Kit Harington

Actor | Game of Thrones

Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name ...

20. Elle Fanning

Actress | Super 8

Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel ...

Have you have heard of the Fanning sisters? Elle is due to break out thanks to Disney's latest, Maleficent. The Boxtrolls is her next feature later this year but im sure we haven't seen the last of Elle Fanning.

21. Tye Sheridan

Actor | Mud

Having been named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, Tye Sheridan has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents. Most recently, he was seen in the highly anticipated science fiction film Ready Player One (2018) produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, playing the lead ...

22. Maisie Williams

Actress | Game of Thrones

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 ...

23. Sullivan Stapleton

Actor | Animal Kingdom

Sullivan Stapleton was born on June 14, 1977 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for Animal Kingdom (2010), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) and Gangster Squad (2013).

24. Jack Reynor

Actor | Glassland

Jack Reynor was born on 23 January, 1992, in Longmont, Colorado, to an Irish mother. He moved to County Wicklow, Ireland, when he was two, and was raised there. In early 2010, Jack was cast in Kirsten Sheridan's Dollhouse (2012) which debuted at Berlinale 2012. In late 2011 he played the title role...

25. 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 ...

26. Katherine Waterston

Actress | Inherent Vice

Katherine Waterston is an American actress. She is best known for Inherent Vice (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

Waterston made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton (2007). She also had supporting roles in films including Robot & Frank (2012), ...

27. Callan Mulvey

Actor | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Callan Mulvey (born 23 February 1975) is one of Australia's leading actors. Callan is best known for his leading roles in the television series Rush, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Underbelly, as well as Darren Ashton's feature film Thunderstruck. Callan first graced Australian screens in the ...

28. Edgar Ramírez

Actor | Gold

Edgar Ramirez Arellano is a Venezuelan actor, born on March 25, 1977 in the city of San Cristobal (Tachira State, southwest Venezuela). He is the son of Soday Arellano, an attorney, and Filiberto Ramírez, a military officer.

Being the son of a soldier and living abroad with his family, he learned ...

29. Sam Keeley

Actor | Anthropoid

Sam Keeley is an Irish actor who began his acting career in the role of "Killen" in the Irish film "The Other Side of Sleep" directed by Rebecca Daly. He was chosen for this role after attending an open casting in his home town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 2010. Since then he won a role in ...

30. Adèle Exarchopoulos

Actress | La vie d'Adèle

Adèle Exarchopoulos is a French actress with partially Greek roots (her grandfather was Greek). She was born in Paris, France. Her mother, Marina (Niquet), is a nurse, and her father, Didier Exarchopoulos, is a guitarist. At the age of 9 she started acting and watching movies. As she said on the ...



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