There are so many movies featuring so many different actors and actresses these days that some really great talent can get lost in the shuffle and just not get the credit they really deserve. I can’t count the amount of times I’m watching a movie or television show and my favorite character on it will be played by someone that isn’t super famous and hasn’t won a bunch of awards, then I see these same people in other movies or shows and they do it again and again and it leaves me baffled as to why more people don’t appreciate the charisma and personality these actors and actresses bring to the screen. Some people on this list will be known pretty well and others will only be known by a small group of fans, these are just my personal picks and by no means meant to be a definitive list.
Joseph William Gilgun or Joe Gilgun was born on March 9, 1984 in Chorley, Lancanshire, England who got his first role at the age of 10 on the TV series Coronation Street where he would stay until the age of 13. Although he would still study theatre he would end up working as a plasterer for awhile before getting back into acting full time when cast as Eli Dingle in Emmerdale from 2006-2010 but the first role he would really shine in would be in the TV series Misfits where he played a character named Rudy who could make an exact copy of himself. although he would come into the series late he would quickly become the best thing about it. The next show he would truly shine in would be the AMC series Preacher where he plays the most likable vampire you’ve ever seen on screen and was once again the best part of the series. He is currently starring in the British comedy series Brassic and I for one hope to see lots more from him in the future.
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Aubrey Christina Plaza was born on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware and would begin her career performing improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade in 2004. She is best known for her roles on Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and the FX series Legion. Although she is pretty well known for her roles and she is a terrific actress it is her off screen personality that really makes her stand out, she makes awkwardness an artform and is one of the most enjoyable people to see interviewed as you never know what she might say next. I absolutely adore her and hope to see her in lots more in the future.
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Diane Guerrero was born on July 21, 1986 and grew up In Boston where she remained after her entire family was deported to Colombia when she was 14 and she is an advocate for immigration reform. Probably best known for her role as Maritza Ramos on Orange Is The New Black but the role that I personally loved her in the most was as Crazy Jane in the TV series Doom Patrol. The show is a decent show regardless but her portrayal as a mentally ill woman with dozens of personalities, each with their own superpowers was leap and bounds above the rest of the cast and I feel she carried this show from mediocrity to something worth watching.
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Alfie Evan Allen was born on September 11, 1986 in Hammersmith, London, England and is best known for his role as Theon Greyjoy on the HBO series Game of Thrones and is little brother to pop singer Lily Allen who even wrote a song about him titled “Alfie”. Although he had lots of roles before Game of Thrones and he has lots of roles in the works right now it will always be his portrayal as Theon Greyjoy that proves what an amazing actor he really is. In my opinion it was one of the greatest performances in TV history where he took us along on a journey of horrific hardships, bad decisions and ultimately redemption, his storyline is what I’ll still remember about the show 10 years from now.
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Ashley Johnson was born on August 9, 1983 is probably best known for her role on the TV series Blindspot and she has done a ton of voice acting but every time I hear her voice I will always think of the video game The Last of Us for which she voiced the character Ellie who was one of two main characters. This game and it’s storyline put most movies to shame and is perhaps the best game of all time in many people’s minds. To evoke emotion simply with your voice the way she does in this game is amazing and beyond talented. With The Last of Us 2 coming out next year I absolutely can’t wait for her to reprise her role as Ellie and to go on another epic adventure with the character.
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