2015 Sundance Up and Comers

by jeffvespa | created - 20 Dec 2014 | updated - 24 Dec 2014 | Public

1. Freya Adams

Actress | Ayesha

Freya Adams is an actress and writer, known for Ayesha (2017) and Advantageous (2015).

2. Haley Lu Richardson

Actress | Five Feet Apart

Haley Lu Richardson was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the only child of creative parents, Valerie (Valiquette), a graphic designer, and Forrest Richardson, a golf course architect. She attended Montessori school, where kids are encouraged to think outside the box and value self-motivation...

The Bronze

3. Sebastian Stan

Actor | Captain America: Civil War

Sebastian Stan was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta, Romania. He moved with his mother to Vienna, Austria, when he was eight, and then to New York when he was twelve. Stan studied at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and spent a year at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

When he went ...

The Bronze

4. Bel Powley

Actress | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley was born on March 7, 1992 in London, England. She is an actress, known for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Carrie Pilby (2016).

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

5. Austin Lyon

Actor | Mortdecai

Austin Lyon is an actor and producer, known for Mortdecai (2015), Divergent (2014) and Monsoon (2018).

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

6. Tony Revolori

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tony Revolori was born Anthony Quinonez in Anaheim, California, and is the younger brother of actor Mario Revolori. He began acting when he was 2 years old. Tony plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar, and sings. He enjoys writing both songs and full-length feature films, as well as produce, direct, ...

Dope

7. 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 ...

Dope

8. Blake Anderson

Actor | Workaholics

Blake Anderson is a comedian and one of the stars and creators of the Comedy Central show Workaholics. Originally from Concord, California, Anderson studied with The Groundlings and with Upright Citizens Brigade. He formed the sketch-comedy group Mail Order Comedy along with Workaholics costars and...

Dope

9. Kiersey Clemons

Actress | Dope

An undeniable talent on the rise, actress and musician Kiersey Clemons has quickly become known for the diverse and captivating characters she has brought to life on screen.

It was recently announced that Clemons will be starring as Iris West in the upcoming Warner Bros film THE FLASH, where she ...

Dope

10. 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 ...

Dope

11. Olivia Cooke

Actress | Ready Player One

Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary ...

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

12. Thomas Mann

Actor | Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Thomas Mann is an American actor. He is best known for Project X (2012), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), Brain on Fire (2016) , and Kong: Skull Island (2017).

Mann also appeared in TV Series like The Middle and Fargo.

His film debut was It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010).

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

13. 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 ...

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

14. Bobb'e J. Thompson

Actor | Role Models

Kicking off an impressive career in front of the camera at the tender age of five, Bobb'e J. Thompson rose to fame as a child actor well before his teens, initially with a small but colorful and energetic supporting role as the pint-sized Tupac in My Baby's Daddy (2003). He subsequently appeared in...

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

15. Matt Bennett

Actor | Bridesmaids

Matt Bennett was born on November 13, 1991 in Massapequa, New York, USA as Matthew H. Bennett. He is an actor, known for Bridesmaids (2011), The Virginity Hit (2010) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015).

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

16. Katherine Hughes

Actress | Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Katherine Hughes is an actress, known for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), Men, Women & Children (2014) and Kingdom (2014).

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

17. 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).

People, Places, Things

18. Stephanie Allynne

Actress | In a World...

Stephanie Allynne was born in 1986. She is an actress and writer, known for In a World... (2013), One Mississippi (2015) and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). She has been married to Tig Notaro since October 24, 2015. They have two children.

People, Places, Things

19. Tishuan Scott

Actor | The Retrieval

Tishuan Scott was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, October 27, 1979 to his mother Angela Scott and father Calvin Johnson. His dreams of becoming an actor were something far-fetched for a young boy growing up in the Copper Road neighborhood of his home town. But three high school teachers: Carol Hicks...

Results

20. Taysha Fuller

Actress | Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Taysha Fuller was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and grew up on Six Nations Reservation. Taysha is a North American Native. Taysha's mother is Cayuga Nation Wolf Clan, and her father is Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan. Taysha attended Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts College in Toronto, ...

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

21. Eleonore Hendricks

Casting_department | Uncut Gems

Eleonore Hendricks is an actress and casting director, known for Uncut Gems (2019), Good Time (2017) and The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008).

Songs My Brother Taught Me

22. John Reddy

Actor | Songs My Brothers Taught Me

John Reddy is an actor, known for Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and Psychic Ills: Baby (2016).

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Songs My Brother Taught Me

24. Travis Lone Hill

Actor | Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Travis Lone Hill is an actor, known for Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015).

Songs My Brother Taught Me

25. Johnny Simmons

Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Jonathan James Simmons was born November 28, 1986 in Montgomery, Alabama, to Cindy and Ben Simmons. He was raised in Dallas, Texas.

His first film in Los Angeles was entitled "My Ambition". When casting notices went out, there was a misprint stating that the production was looking for a lead female ...

The Stanford Prison Experiment

26. Moises Arias

Actor | Ender's Game

Moises Arias was born on April 18, 1994 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Ender's Game (2013), The Kings of Summer (2013) and Despicable Me 2 (2013).

The Stanford Prison Experiment

27. Callan McAuliffe

Actor | Flipped

Callan McAuliffe (24) was educated at The SCOTS College in Sydney, Australia. As a teenager he topped the Trinity College (London) Musical Theatre Exams as well as variety of Drama Scholarships. He studied with The Sydney Theatre Company via Mr Alan Flower and Screenwise. These combined to open the...

The Stanford Prison Experiment

28. Jack Kilmer

Actor | The Nice Guys

Jack Kilmer is an actor, known for The Nice Guys (2016), Palo Alto (2013) and The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015).

The Stanford Prison Experiment

29. James Frecheville

Actor | Black '47

James Frecheville was born on May 3, 1991 in Melbourne, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for Black '47 (2018), Animal Kingdom (2010) and The Drop (2014).

The Stanford Prison Experiment

30. Nicholas Braun

Actor | How to Be Single

Nicholas was born in Bethpage, New York. His parents are actor Craig Braun and Elizabeth Lyle. He made his debut in Disney productions such as Sky High (2005) and Princess Protection Program (2009). He also had a recurring role as Cameron in ABC Family's 2009-2010 series 10 Things I Hate About You ...

The Stanford Prison Experiment

31. Chris Sheffield

Actor | The Maze Runner

Originally from Grapevine, Texas, Chris Sheffield began his career at an early age working as a commercial print model. Realizing his love for performing, Chris started taking acting classes at the young age of 10. Chris then landed his first feature film role in Disney's The Rookie in 2002. ...

The Stanford Prison Experiment

32. Anders Holm

Actor | Workaholics

Anders Holm is an actor and writer, known for Workaholics (2011), The Intern (2015) and Game Over, Man! (2018). He has been married to Emma Nesper Holm since September 2011. They have one child.

Unexpected

33. Gail Bean

Actress | Unexpected

Gail Bean is an actress and writer, known for Unexpected (2015), Insecure (2016) and The Belko Experiment (2016).

Unexpected

34. Anya Taylor-Joy

Actress | The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother is African-Spanish-English and her father is Scottish-Argentinian. She lived her whole life between Argentina and England. Her dad was an international banker but gave it all up to race motorboats. ...

The Witch

35. Kentucker Audley

Actor | V/H/S

Kentucker Audley is a filmmaker and actor who received rave reviews from the New Yorker, Hollywood Reporter, and Indiewire for his lead performance in Amy Seimetz's directorial debut Sun Don't Shine. He has a supporting role in David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints opposite Casey Affleck and ...

Christmas Again

36. Hannah Gross

Actress | Mindhunter

Hannah Gross is an actress, known for Mindhunter (2017), Unless (2016) and Deadwax (2018).

Christmas, Again

37. Jason Shelton

Actor | We Need to Talk About Kevin

Jason Shelton is an actor, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Pan Am (2011).

Christmas Again

38. George Sample III

Actor | Person to Person

George Sample III is an actor and producer, known for Person to Person (2017), The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018) and Cronies (2015).

Cronies

39. Zurich Buckner

Actor | Dear Low Life

Zurich Buckner is an actor, known for Dear Low Life (2016), Cronies (2015) and Roxanne Roxanne (2017).

Cronies

40. Brian Kowalski

Actor | Whole World Blind

Brian Kowalski is an actor, known for Whole World Blind (2014), Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019) and Cronies (2015).

Cronies

41. Rebecca Dayan

Actress | From Paris with Love

Rebecca Dayan grew up in the south of France. When she was 17 she moved to Paris to study art, fashion design and theatre. While studying she also worked as a model. After a few years in Paris she decided to study acting in New York where she now lives and works.

H.

42. Will Janowitz

Actor | Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Will Janowitz was born on May 25, 1980 in the USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005), Pitcher/Catcher and John Sharnhorst (2010).

H.

43. Makenzie Leigh

Actress | Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Makenzie Leigh was born on August 8, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Makenzie Leigh Weinman. She is an actress and director, known for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016), James White (2015) and The Slap (2015).

James White

44. David Call

Actor | The Sinner

David Call is an actor and writer, known for The Sinner (2017), James White (2015) and Tiny Furniture (2010).

James White

45. Sebastián Silva

Director | La Nana

Sebastián Silva was born on April 9, 1979 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a director and writer, known for The Maid (2009), Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) and Magic Magic (2013).

Nasty Baby

46. Tunde Adebimpe

Actor | Rachel Getting Married

Tunde Adebimpe was born as Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe. He is known for his work on Rachel Getting Married (2008), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Never Back Down (2008).

Nasty Baby

47. Robert Lorie

Actor | The Strongest Man

Robert Lorie is an actor, known for The Strongest Man (2015).

The Strongest Man

48. Ashly Burch

Actress | Life Is Strange

Ashly Burch was born as Ashly Syble Burch. She is an actress and writer, known for Life Is Strange (2015), Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) and Attack on Titan (2013).

The Strongest Man

49. Paul Chamberlain

Actor | Must Come Down

Paul Chamberlain is an actor and producer, known for Must Come Down (2012), The Strongest Man (2015) and A Name Without a Place (2019).

The Strongest Man

50. Logan Miller

Actor | Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Logan Miller was born on February 18, 1992 in Colorado, USA. He is an actor and editor, known for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Love, Simon (2018) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009).

Take Me To The River

51. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez

Actress | Tangerine

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez is an actress, known for Tangerine (2015), 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards (2016) and Made in Hollywood (2005).

Tangerine

52. Mya Taylor

Actress | Tangerine

Mya Jeanette Taylor is an American actor/singer. She is a rising transgender woman in the entertainment business well known for her leading role in Sean Baker's film Tangerine (2015). Her career began its rise when the film became one of the biggest films at the 2015 Sundance Festival. It will be ...

Tangerine

53. Emory Cohen

Actor | Brooklyn

Emory Cohen was born in New York City. He graduated from Elisabeth Irwin High School and started acting at UArts in Philadelphia, receiving a full scholarship.

His first major role was portraying Leo, son of Julia Houston's character (portrayed by Debra Messing) on NBC's Smash (2012). His stand-out ...

Brooklyn

54. Emily Bett Rickards

Actress | Arrow

Canadian actress Emily Bett Rickards was born on July 24, 1991. She attended film school after graduating high school, and also attended Alida Vocal Studio. She plays "Felicity Smoak" on the CW network's Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014), and appears in the upcoming, acclaimed feature film, Brooklyn...

Brooklyn

55. Mickey Sumner

Actress | Frances Ha

Mickey Sumner was born on January 19, 1984 as Brigitte Michael Sumner. She is an actress, known for Frances Ha (2012), American Made (2017) and The End of the Tour (2015). She has been married to Chris Kantrowitz since July 2017.

End of the Tour

56. Avan Jogia

Actor | Twisted

Vancouver native, Avan Jogia landed his first acting role as Danny Araujo on the award-winning TV movie drama A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland. Jogia followed up with a recurring role on the SyFy Channel hit series Caprica (2009) as well as ...

I Am Michael

57. Aml Ameen

Actor | Yardie

Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best ...

Lila & Eve

58. Lola Kirke

Actress | Mistress America

Kirke was born in London, and raised in New York City from the age of five. Her father, Simon Kirke, is the former drummer of the rock bands Bad Company and Free. Her mother, Lorraine (née Dellal) Kirke, owns Geminola, a vintage boutique in New York City that supplied a number of outfits for the ...

Mistress America

59. Heather Lind

Actress | Mistress America

Heather Lind was born on March 22, 1983 in Upland, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Mistress America (2015), Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Demolition (2015).

Mistress America

60. Justin Chon

Actor | Twilight

Justin Chon was born in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, and was raised in Irvine, California. He is the son of Kyung, a pianist, and Sang Chon, a former child actor. Justin is of Korean descent.

His acting career started at 2005. He was in shows such as 'Jack & Bobby' and 'Taki & Luci'. He ...

Seoul Searching

61. Jessika Van

Actress | Battlefield 4

Jessika Van started in music as a classically-trained pianist and singer. As a child, she won dance competition titles and music awards that led to her performing for local Philharmonic Society events and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.

As an actress, Jessika broke onto the Hollywood scene in ...

Seoul Searching

62. Betty Gilpin

Actress | Isn't It Romantic

Betty Gilpin was born on July 21, 1986 in the USA as Elizabeth Folan Gilpin. She is an actress, known for Isn't It Romantic (2019), GLOW (2017) and True Story (2015). She has been married to Cosmo Pfeil since August 6, 2016.

True Story

63. Chloe Rose

Actress | Teenagers

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Chloe is best known for her breakout role as Katie Matlin on Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001). Following Degrassi, Chloe received acclaim for her performance in Teenagers (2014). She has also starred in feature films, including The Lesser Blessed (2012), ...

Hellions

64. Rachel Wilson

Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Rachel Wilson was born on May 12, 1977 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress and producer, known for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), The Glass House (2001) and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010).

Hellions

65. Luke Bilyk

Actor | F*&% the Prom

With numerous roles on television and a feature career on the horizon, Luke Bilyk is a young actor whose star is on the ascent.

Born in North York, Ontario, Canada, Luke's passion for acting began at the early age of five. Following that zeal for creating characters, Luke became best known for his ...

Hellions

66. Bojana Novakovic

Actress | Devil

Novakovic was born on 17 November 1981 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue the performing ...

The Hallow

67. Keir Gilchrist

Actor | It's Kind of a Funny Story

Keir Gilchrist is an English-born Canadian actor. He is known for the films It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) and It Follows (2014), and the Netflix comedy television series Atypical (2017). Gilchrist also starred in Dark Summer (2015), and The Good Neighbor (2016), alongside James Caan. His film ...

It Follows

68. Daniel Zovatto

Actor | Don't Breathe

Daniel Zovatto is a Costa Rican actor. Born 28 June, 1991 in San José, Costa Rica, Zovatto moved to New York City, initially pursuing a career in theater. He was later cast in the short film The Return (2012). He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his feature film debut in the horror movie ...

It Follows

69. Jake Weary

Actor | It Follows

Jake Weary was born on February 14, 1990 in the USA. He is an actor and composer, known for It Follows (2014), Zombeavers (2014) and Altitude (2010).

It Follows

70. Olivia Luccardi

Actress | It Follows

Olivia Luccardi (born May 17, 1989) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Alice Woods in Syfy's horror anthology series Channel Zero: Butcher's Block and as Yara Davis in the supernatural thriller film It Follows. Her other notable roles include the American ...

It Follows

71. Lili Sepe

Actress | It Follows

Lili Sepe was born on January 13, 1997 in Torrance, California, USA. She is an actress, known for It Follows (2014), The Intruder (2019) and Spork (2010).

It Follows

72. Lorenza Izzo

Actress | The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Lorenza Izzo was born on September 19, 1989 in Santiago de Chile, Metropolitan Region, Chile as Lorenza Francesca Izzo Parsons. She is an actress, known for The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018), Life Itself (2018) and Feed the Beast (2016). She has been married to Eli Roth since November 8, ...

Knock Knock

73. Ana de Armas

Actress | Blade Runner 2049

Ana de Armas was born in Cuba on April 30, 1988. At the age of 14, she began her studies at the National Theatre School of Havana, where she graduated after 4 years. At the age of 16, she made her first film, Virgin Rose (2006), directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. A few titles came after until she...

Knock Knock

74. Ignacia Allamand

Actress | The Green Inferno

María Ignacia Allamand Lyon is a Chilean actress who debuted in the movie Se Arrienda. She has also performed as a playwright in charge of the adaptation of Edmond and as the author of The 80s, The Musical. She is the daughter of the former Chilean Minister of Defense and former Presidential ...

Knock Knock

75. Aaron Burns

Actor | Knock Knock

Aaron Burns was born on January 28, 1985 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on Knock Knock (2015), The Green Inferno (2013) and Blacktino (2011).

Knock Knock

76. Tina Ivlev

Actress | Shameless

As the lead in the thriller, "Bound to Vengeance," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Ivlev garnered much praise for her tour de force performance as a young woman who outwits her kidnapper (Richard Tyson) and attempts to rescue his other victims, drawing comparisons to "Winter's ...

Reversal

77. Bianca Malinowski

Actress | Halt and Catch Fire

Bianca Malinowski, daughter of a Polish diplomat and a Puerto Rican school teacher, was born and raised in east Texas. After high school she attended St.Edwards University in Austin, TX, where she initially enrolled as a political science major, but on the first day of classes switched to theatre. ...

Reversal

78. Munro Chambers

Actor | Turbo Kid

Munro Chambers was born on July 29, 1990 in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He has been acting since he was 7. He has a twin brother named Thomas, as well as a younger brother named Michael. He is an actor and is best known for his character, Eli Goldsworthy, on Degrassi and for his role on "The Latest Buzz...

Turbo Kid

79. Laurence Leboeuf

Actress | Turbo Kid

Laurence Leboeuf was born on December 13, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is an actress, known for Turbo Kid (2015) and 19-2 (2014).

Turbo Kid

80. Jeremy Chabriel

Actor | Partisan

Jeremy Chabriel is an actor, known for Partisan (2015).

Partisan

81. Brooke Williams

Actress | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Brooke Williams was born on January 3, 1984 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Spartacus (2010), 12 Monkeys (2015) and Slow West (2015).

Slow West

82. Caren Pistorius

Actress | Slow West

Caren was born and raised in Rustenberg, South Africa with her three older siblings. Her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was 12 where she began acting in high school theatre productions. She went on to study Art and Design at University, majoring in animation and illustration. After ...

Slow West

83. Maddison Brown

Actress | Strangerland

Maddison Brown is an actress, known for Strangerland (2015), The Kettering Incident (2016) and Dynasty (2017).

Strangerland



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