Hollywood’s Best Young Actors

October 12, 202155310 min

It is possible to become and for all those young teenagers surfing the internet can believe it by looking at the career path of the young stars listed below

It is not easy to succeed in the acting business and become a Leonardo Di Caprio or Robert de Niro. The following actors are not at the top of their art by chance. Each has a unique drive, talent and character perspective that captivates audiences of all ages on the big and small screen. Here is a list of the best actors and actresses.

Timothée Chalamet

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Age: 25
Notable Role: Elio (Call Me by Your Name)

You may try to overlook Timothée Chalamet, because of his “heartthrob” status, but don’t be fooled. This 25-year-old has some serious acting chops. At the time of his Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor, he was the third youngest nominee ever for that category. His success, obviously, hasn’t stopped since. A favorite actor of Greta Gerwig, you’ll find him in both Lady Bird and Little Women as the love interest of real-life friend, and frequent co-star, Saoirse Ronan. He’s also notably in Beautiful Boy and The French Dispatch. If you need a laugh, check out the particularly funny episode of Saturday Night Live that he hosted, which proves that Chalamet doesn’t just brood, he’s also got a pretty wicked sense of humor.


Ashton Sanders

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Age: 25
Notable Role: Chiron (Moonlight)

Ashton Sanders auditioned for his role in the film that would go on to win Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars while he was still attending theater school at DePaul University in Chicago. Despite the initial uncertainty over who won that Oscar—the announcers were given the wrong envelope and read the winner originally as La La Land—what is certain is that Sanders’ career is just getting started. Since Moonlight, he’s gone on to play roles in Captive State, Native Son, and Judas and the Black Messiah. Sanders isn’t just known for his filmography, either. You can also catch him staring in the Hulu original Wu-Tang: An American Saga as hip-hop legend RZA / Bobby Diggs. With such an impressive résumé, it’s clear that Sanders is one to expect even more from in the coming years.



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Age: 25
Notable Role: Rue Bennett (Euphoria)

Most actresses who start out as Disney Channel stars have a very difficult time breaking the mold of “child actor.” They either fizzle out as they age or have a pretty public and rocky transformation, à la Miley Cyrus. It’s also never an assurance that actors who begin their careers as kids are going to continue to grow into successful and serious artists.

Zendaya is the exception to the child star trope. She’s made a seamless transformation from her early days of Shake It Up on Disney to her Emmy Award winning performance of complicated and drug addicted teen Rue Bennett in HBO’s Euphoria. She has an innate ability to hop from children’s movies—The Greatest Showman—to huge blockbusters—Spider-Man: Far from Home—back to more artistic films—Malcolm and Marie. She’s effortless and relatable, making her slot perfectly into every fictional situation.


Letitia Wright

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Age: 27
Notable Role: Shuri (Black Panther and other MCU films)

You’ll probably recognize Letitia Wright from her portrayal of Shuri in Black Panther and other Avengers films, but even outside of playing her recurring role, her career has been prolific. You may have also caught her in Doctor Who, Humans, or Chasing Shadows to name a few. She was even nominated for an Emmy Award for playing Nish in Black Mirror’s episode Black Museum. An Emmy nomination for one episode of a show is pretty incredible, and shows that her performance always packs a punch and stays fresh in viewers’ minds. Wright has several upcoming projects coming down the pipeline such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Aisha, Silent Twins, and Death on the Nile. Keep your eyes out for these release dates and make sure to pay attention to her performance.


Tom Holland

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Age: 25
Notable Role: Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Homecoming and other MCU films)

It’s always a risk entering into the MCU when you’re taking on roles that have been formerly filled by great actors such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but Tom Holland has absolutely taken Marvel by storm with his quirky and endearing portrayal of one of the world’s favorite superheroes. The MCU has kept Holland so busy that he honestly hasn’t had a lot of time to branch out into other roles. Although, he is in the Apple Original Film Cherry and you may recognize his voice in Disney’s Onward when you listen to the protagonist, Ian Lightfoot. Hopefully, he’ll stick around as Spider-Man for many more films, but even after his time comes to an end, he’s sure to move on to equally exciting projects.

Andrea Smadja

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