The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012 People

The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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List Criteria: 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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    Film Producer, Model, Actor

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    Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Richard Ayoade Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter

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    Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Damian Lewis Film Producer, Actor

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    Rebel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Rebel Wilson Spokesperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur

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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

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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

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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

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

    Lily Collins Model, Actor

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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

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    Psy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Psy Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

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    Samantha Barks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Samantha Barks Actor, Singer

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

    Quvenzhané Wallis Child Actor, Actor

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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

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

    Maisie Williams Actor

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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

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    Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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    Dave Franco Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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

    Bérénice Marlohe Actor

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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

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

    Sarah Paulson Actor

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

    Fran Kranz Actor

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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

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    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

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

    Jacob Artist

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

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    Mackenzie Foy Model, Actor

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    Jeremy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Jeremy Jordan Pornographic actor

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    Model, Actor

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    Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

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    Robert Griffin III Athlete, American football player

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    Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

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

    Pierce Gagnon

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    Diego Boneta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012

    Diego Boneta Actor, Singer

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