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List Rules Film, TV and/or musicians who had breakout careers in 2012.

The hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012 include a wide variety of actors, actresses, musicians and TV stars who, for whatever reason, became all the rage during the year. Who do you think deserves the honor of biggest breakthrough celebrity of 2012? Time to vote! Be sure to vote down anyone listed here that you don't think really broke through in a major way this past year.

In some cases, an artist made this list because he or she hit it big with a breakout film performance. Examples of this include Quvenzhané Wallis ('Beasts of the Southern Wild'), Ezra Miller ('We Need to Talk About Kevin') or Suraj Sharma ('Life of Pi'). In other cases, the only reason a person is listed here is because he (or she) got super famous for oh, say, they starred in a certain TLC reality show and have the nickname Honey Boo Boo (just for the record, her real name is Alana Thompson).

Reality television stars aren't the only TV stars considered among the hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012. It's hard to argue that Maisie Williams shouldn't be at or near the top of this list for her role as Arya Stark on HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' for example. Damian Lewis is phenomenal as Nicholas Brody on Showtime's 'Homeland' (he also won a 2012 Emmy for the role). And, with emphasis on the word "hottest," shouldn't 'Arrow' star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) also get some votes?

If you know of a celebrity who had a huge breakout year in 2012, be sure to add them here.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch Actor, Voice acting

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Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Richard Ayoade Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter

3
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Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Channing Tatum Film Producer, Model, Actor

4
+ - 72 42
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Damian Lewis Film Producer, Actor

5
+ - 81 54
Rebel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Rebel Wilson Spokesperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur

6
+ - 57 37
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Martin Freeman Actor, Voice acting

7
+ - 62 53
McKayla Maroney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
McKayla Maroney Gymnast

8
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Gotye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Gotye Musician, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist

9
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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Lana Del Rey Fashion Model, Musician, Singer-songwriter

10
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Carly Rae Jepsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Carly Rae Jepsen Singer-songwriter, Music artist

11
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Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Lily Collins Model, Actor

12
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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Kerry Washington Actor, Narrator, Voice acting

13
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Psy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Psy Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

14
+ - 40 41
Samantha Barks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Samantha Barks Actor, Singer

15
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Joe Manganiello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Joe Manganiello Stunt Performer, Actor

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Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Quvenzhané Wallis Child Actor, Actor

18
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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Frank Ocean Songwriter, Rapper, Singer

19
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Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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Taran Killam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Taran Killam Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

21
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Ezra Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Ezra Miller Musician, Actor

22
+ - 32 39
Ben Whishaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Ben Whishaw Actor

23
+ - 13 20
Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Dave Franco Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

24
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Bérénice Marlohe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

25
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Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Andrew Rannells Actor, Voice acting, Singer

26
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Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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+ - 22 35
Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

28
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Fran Kranz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Fran Kranz Actor

29
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Suraj Sharma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Suraj Sharma Actor

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Cher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Cher Lloyd Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Model

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David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
David Oyelowo Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

32
+ - 16 29
Jacob Artist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Jacob Artist

33
+ - 16 29
Jessica Paré is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

34
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Mackenzie Foy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Mackenzie Foy Model, Actor

35
+ - 16 31
Jeremy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Jeremy Jordan Pornographic actor

36
+ - 14 28
Dane DeHaan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Dane DeHaan Actor

37
+ - 17 35
Taylor Kitsch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Taylor Kitsch Model, Actor

38
+ - 12 27
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Robert Griffin III Athlete, American football player

39
+ - 16 37
Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Joey Bada$$ Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

40
+ - 18 46
Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Ryan Lochte Swimmer

41
+ - 7 27
Pierce Gagnon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

42
+ - 9 32
Diego Boneta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Diego Boneta Actor, Singer

43
+ - 5 29
Scoot McNairy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Scoot McNairy Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

44
+ - 23 90
Alana Thompson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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Dwight Henry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012