By Haley Crane
Our team of experts has compiled the following up-and-comers to watch based on data and signals from social media. We hope this list sparks new ideas, creativity, and maybe some entertainment recommendations.
You may already recognize a few of these names, but we wanted to document their recent growth, along with some newer names. Here are some of the faces on our radar right now.
KNOWN FOR: Bel Air
TALKING POINTS: Banks has certainly become quite the breakout star with his debut role as Will Smith. While Banks doesn’t have any other projects on the horizon, the success of Bel Air alone proves we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.
KNOWN FOR: Bridgerton, Alex Rider
TALKING POINTS: Chandran is a British actress known for her role as Edwina on season two of Bridgerton. She’s an Oxford graduate that made her television debut in Alex Rider on Amazon Prime.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Pillow Talk
KNOWN FOR: Love, This is 40
TALKING POINTS: Apatow might be known for her famous family, but she’s beginning to forge her own path in the film industry. After starring in a few films as a child such as Knocked Up and This is 40, Apatow will make her mark in the 2022 film The Bubble.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Bubble
KNOWN FOR: 1883, Young Sheldon, Alexa & Katie
TALKING POINTS: May is an American actress who’s had several roles before landing her breakout role as lead protagonist and narrator of 1883. She’s set as the lead in the upcoming film The Moon & Back.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Moon & Back
KNOWN FOR: Ms. Marvel
Vellani is a Canadian actress set to join the Marvel universe in her debut
role in the series Ms. Marvel. Not only will Vellani lead the new show, but she’ll also reprise the same role on the 2023 film The Marvels.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Marvels
KNOWN FOR: The Good Cop
TALKING POINTS: Barbaro is an American actress who’s had several minor roles in various television series. She’s set to appear in the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick as well as films I’m Charlie Walker and At Midnight.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Top Gun: Maverick, At Midnight
KNOWN FOR: Little Women, World on Fire, A Dog’s Way Home
TALKING POINTS: Jonah has appeared in several feature films, with his most notable role as Laurie in the remake of Little Women. He has his biggest role yet starring as Prince Eric in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid set to release in 2023.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Little Mermaid
KNOWN FOR: Mare of Easttown, Spider-Man: No Way Home
TALKING POINTS: Rice is an Australian actress who’s already begun to make her mark with roles in the Spiderman films and Mare of Easttown. She’s stepping into starring roles in Senior Year and Honor Society set to release in 2023.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Senior Year, Honor Society
KNOWN FOR: The White Lotus, Pam & Tommy, Fear Street
TALKING POINTS: Hechinger is an American actor who has notably made his mark throughout 2021 with roles in various films and series. He’ll enter into Sony’s Spiderman Universe with a role in the upcoming film Kraven the Hunter.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Kraven the Hunter, The Butcher’s Crossing
KNOWN FOR: Outer Banks, Roots
TALKING POINTS: Grant is a former pageant queen and Haitian actress who scored her breakout role in season two of Outer Banks. She’ll star in the leading role for Bae Night: The Little Black Book.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Bae Night: The Little Black Book
KNOWN FOR: Shang-Chi: Legend of the 10 Rings
TALKING POINTS: Liu has already gotten his start in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a role in Shang Chi: Legend of the 10 Rings. He’ll star at Prince Nuko in the upcoming live- action film Avatar: The Last Airbender.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Avatar: The Last Airbender
KNOWN FOR: The Gilded Age
TALKING POINTS: Despite her famous mother, Jacobson is forging a path of her own with her breakout role on HBO Max’s The Gilded Age. The show has been renewed for a second season already, but this looks to be just the beginning for Jacobson.
KNOWN FOR: Yellowstone, Cheaper by the Dozen, Home Before Dark
TALKING POINTS: Rogers is an American actress who’s been acting since childhood. She’s appeared in Yellowstone and Cheaper by the Dozen with several more film roles in 2022.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Disappointment Blvd., Landscape with Invisible Hand
KNOWN FOR: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Three Months, Light as a Feather
TALKING POINTS: Tju has most notably appeared in the Netflix series I Know What You Did Last Summer. She’s been dubbed the next ”scream queen” with a growing resume in the horror genre.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Uglies, Unhuman, The Cow
KNOWN FOR: Bridgerton, Dunkirk, Benediction
TALKING POINTS: Lynch is a British actor who got his start in minor roles on various television series. He broke into the spotlight with roles in the British film Benediction and season two of Bridgerton.
KNOWN FOR: Years and Years, Dracula, It’s a Sin
TALKING POINTS: West is a British actress known for her roles in British shows It’s a Sin and Years and Years. She’s currently rumored to be taking on a role in Dr Who.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: It’s All Coming Back to Me, Inside Man, Coffee Wars
Stay tuned for more up and coming actors, actresses, and artists!