Actors to watch

by actorsmouth | created - 06 May 2018 | updated - 15 Jun 2018 | Public

Black young Actors to keep an eye out in the years to come

1. 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 (...

2. Denzel Whitaker

Actor | The Great Debaters

Denzel Whitaker was born on June 15, 1990 in Torrance, California, USA as Denzel Dominique Whitaker. He is known for his work on The Great Debaters (2007), Black Panther (2018) and Training Day (2001).

3. 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, ...

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. 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 ...

6. Brandon T. Jackson

Actor | Tropic Thunder

Brandon Timothy Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Beverly Yvonne (Bozeman) and Wayne Timothy Jackson. His parents are both pastors, and his maternal grandfather was a Pentecostal child preacher. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the ...

7. Samira Wiley

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Samira Wiley was born as Samira Denise Wiley. She is an actress and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Sitter (2011) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017). She has been married to Lauren Morelli since March 25, 2017.

8. Jessica Lucas

Actress | Cloverfield

Jessica Lucas (born September 24th, 1985) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place (1992) and Cult, and in the films The Covenant (2006), Cloverfield (2008) and 2013's Evil Dead (2013). She also starred in the music video for ...

9. 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 ...

10. Adepero Oduye

Actress | Pariah

Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."

Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at ...

11. Candice Patton

Actress | The Flash

Raised in Plano, Texas, Candice continued her childhood dream of becoming an actress by attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Theatre. It was here that she was scouted by The Young and the Restless for a CBS Soap Star Contest and flew ...

13. Yaya DaCosta

Actress | The Butler

Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows ...

14. Paige Hurd

Actress | A Girl Like Grace

Paige Hurd is a well-known actress born and raised on 20th July 1992, in Dallas, Texas. She was born to African American, Puerto Rican mother and an African American father. She is best known for her magnificent role as Tasha Clarkson on the American hit sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005). Some of...

15. Alfred Enoch

Actor | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Alfred Lewis Enoch was born December 2, 1988 in Westminster, London, England, the son of English actor William Russell (William Russell Enoch) and Brazilian doctor Balbina Gutierrez. He is an actor, known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (2001), Harry ...

16. Tristan Mack Wilds

Actor | Half Nelson

Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater ...

17. 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 ...

18. 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 ...

19. Lucien Laviscount

Actor | The Bye Bye Man

Lucien Laviscount was born on June 9, 1992 in Ribble Valley, Lancashire, England as Lucien Leon Laviscount. He is an actor, known for The Bye Bye Man (2017), Supernatural (2005) and Coronation Street (1960).

20. 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 ...

21. Tessa Thompson

Actress | Creed

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of ...

22. 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 ...

23. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as 'Noah' in the WGN hit series "Underground," starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. "...

24. 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).

25. Jharrel Jerome

Actor | Moonlight

Jharrel Jerome is known for his work on Moonlight (2016), When They See Us (2019) and Mr. Mercedes (2017).

26. 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 ...

27. RJ Cyler

Actor | Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

RJ Cyler, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was born Ronald Cyler II, the youngest of three boys. RJ has always been an entertainer in some way or form. At the age of 12, he started a dance team with his older brother. In January 2012, RJ heard a commercial for open auditions in the Jacksonville ...

28. 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 '...

29. Caleb McLaughlin

Actor | Stranger Things

Caleb McLaughlin is known for his role as Lucas Sinclair on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things. However, Caleb has worked on several television shows which include: ABC Forever, CBS Unforgettable, NBC Law & Order SVU, HBO Miniseries Show Me a Hero, ABC 20/20 What Would You Do?, HBO's ...

30. Jessica Williams

Actress | The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams was born on July 31, 1989 in California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Booksmart (2019) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).

31. 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 ...

32. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Sense8 (2015).

33. Ashley Madekwe

Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

Madekwe was born in South ...

34. Lenora Crichlow

Actress | Fast Girls

Lenora Crichlow was born on January 4, 1985 in Westminster, London, England as Lenora Isabella Crichlow. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), Sugar Rush (2005) and Being Human (2008).

35. Nathalie Emmanuel

Actress | Furious Seven

Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress, known for her role as Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015).

Nathalie was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, to a father of Saint Lucian and English descent and a mother of Dominican origin. Nathalie ...

36. Zaraah Abrahams

Actress | Payback Season

Zaraah Abrahams was born in 1987 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Payback Season (2012), Waterloo Road (2006) and Girls in Love (2003).

37. Kat Graham

Actress | How It Ends

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a ...

38. Madeleine Mantock

Actress | Charmed

Madeleine Mantock is a British actress. She is known for her television work on the AMC series Into the Badlands and The CW revival of The Tomorrow People, as well as her film work on Edge of Tomorrow. Madeleine attended Arts Educational Schools, London where she obtained her BA in Musical Theater.

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39. Jasmin Savoy Brown

Actress | The Leftovers

Jasmin Savoy Brown stars as a lead in the new Shonda Rhimes ABC drama series, 'For The People' with Britt Robertson, Wesam Keesh, and Ben Rappaport. Jasmin also recurred on the Judd Apatow Netflix series 'Love.' She is best known as "Evie Murphy" in the critically acclaimed HBO's drama series 'The ...

40. Sophiane Cineus

Actress | You Belong to Me

Sophiane Cineus was born on June 2, 1990 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is an actress, known for You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South (2014), Hallowed Ground (2014) and Shame (2013).

41. Amber Stevens West

Actress | 22 Jump Street

Stevens was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor and radio announcer Shadoe Stevens, and former model Beverly Cunningham. She has a younger sister named Chyna Stevens (Chyna Rose Stevens). She is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. Her father is Caucasian (of Norwegian...

42. Jessica Parker Kennedy

Actress | The Flash

Jessica Parker Kennedy is a Canadian actress of film and television. Born in Calgary, Alberta her first string of screen work began with the television film, Santa Baby (2006), as Lucy the Elf, a role she reprises in the television film sequel, Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009). With a ...

43. Maisie Richardson-Sellers

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Maisie Richardson-Sellers (born 2 March 1992) is an English actress. She is known for her recurring role as Rebekah Mikaelson / Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, as well as her starring roles as King Saul of Israel's daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets and as...

44. Kandyse McClure

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Kandyse McClure is a Canadian actress born on March 22, 1980 in Durban in South Africa. She graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 1998. She is an actress, known for main roles in TV series Battlestar Galactica (2004), Hemlock Grove (2013), and from the movies Carrie (2002) and Seventh ...

45. Keke Palmer

Actress | Hustlers

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Harvey, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago, to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her ...

46. Mehcad Brooks

Actor | Desperate Housewives

Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness (2011), in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular ...

47. Danielle Brooks

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Danielle Brooks was born on September 17, 1989 in Augusta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Clemency (2019).

48. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

49. Meta Golding

Actress | Surrogates

Meta Golding is of Haitian descent but was raised in the United States, India, France and Italy as well as Haiti itself. She competed on ice as an Italian national figure skater, but when an injury ended her skating career she started acting in Italian theatre. Later she returned to the USA to ...

50. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

51. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Deadpool 2

Zazie Olivia Beetz is an actress. Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (New York City) speaking both German and English at home. She performed in community theaters and local stages from a young age. She is known for Atlanta (2016), ...

52. Brian Tyree Henry

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of "The General" in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald ...

53. 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).

54. Skylan Brooks

Actor | The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Skylan Brooks is an American actor born on February 12, 1999 in Torrance, California, USA. His breakthrough role was The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) featuring recording artist and Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson. Skylan can also be seen in the boxing drama Southpaw (...

55. Jaden Smith

Actor | The Karate Kid

Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will ...

56. 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).

57. Seth Carr

Actor | Black Panther

Seth Carr was born August 16, 2007 in Anaheim, California. He started his career when he was just three months old as a baby model. As he got older acting became an interest for him, and it has blossomed into a career. Seth is known for his roles in television shows/films such as Ray Donovan, ...

58. Ashton Tyler

Actor | Black Panther

From a very young age, Ashton Tyler was destined to become an entertainer. Born and raised in the Birmingham Metropolitan area, he began training, modeling and acting regionally at 7-years-old. Soon, he was cast is his first national television role in the TV One series Fatal Attraction.

He would go...

59. Aubrey Joseph

Actor | Cloak & Dagger

Aubrey Joseph is an actor, known for Cloak & Dagger (2018), Run All Night (2015) and Runaways (2017).



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