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The Best Black Actresses Under 25 

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Updated July 9, 2020 3.4k votes 678 voters 27.8k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up the most successful Black actresses who are 24 years old or younger.

When it comes to amazing young Black actresses, Hollywood is full of rising stars. From Black actresses in their 20s and teens to adorable kids who made it to the big screen before middle school, here you'll get a look at some of the best Black actresses under 25. Don't see one of your favorite young Black actresses under 25? Feel free to add them to the list!

As you scroll through some of the hottest Black actresses under 25, be sure to vote up your favorites. Then watch them climb the ranks to see which beautiful Black actresses under 25 will rise to the top and be dubbed one of the top Black actresses under 25.

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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 22

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (; born September 1, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as ...more
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China Anne McClain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 20

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American actress and singer. She is a member of the sister girl group McClain. McClain's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old, acting ...more
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Amandla Stenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 20

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Amandla Stenberg (born October 23, 1998) is an American actress. She portrayed Rue in The Hunger Games (2012), Madeline Whittier in Everything, Everything (2017), and Starr Carter in The Hate U ...more
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Yara Shahidi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 19

Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota

Yara Sayeh Shahidi (born February 10, 2000) is an American actress, model and activist. She gained recognition for her starring role as the oldest daughter Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish ...more
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Storm Reid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 15
Storm Reid (born July 1, 2003) is an American actress. She portrayed one of the lead roles, along with Oprah Winfrey, in the fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
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Marsai Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 14

Birthplace: Plano, Texas

Marsai Martin (born August 14, 2004) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is known for her role as Diane Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. She is set to star and executive ...more
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Skai Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 17

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Skai Jackson (born April 8, 2002) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie.
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Samantha Logan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Samantha Logan Age: Age 22

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Samantha Jade Logan (born October 27, 1996) is an American actress known for playing Nina Jones on 13 Reasons Why (2018) and Olivia Baker on All American (2018-2019). She was a series regular in ...more
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Ajiona Alexus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Ajiona Alexus Age: Age 23

Ajiona Alexus Brown (born March 16, 1996) is an American actress known for her roles in The Rickey Smiley Show, Empire, 13 Reasons Why, Acrimony, and Breaking In. She started her career at the age of 12.

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Lauryn McClain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Lauryn McClain Age: Age 22

Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

Lauryn McClain (born January 9, 1997) is an actress and sister to China Anne McClain, known for playing Laurin on A.N.T. Farm (2012) and Janelle in Step Up: High Water (2018-2019) and for voicing Freddie in Descendants: Wicked World (2016-2017). 

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Coco Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 21

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Columbia

Courtney "Coco" Jones (born January 8, 1998) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and actress. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but raised in Lebanon, ...more
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Quvenzhané Wallis... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 15

Birthplace: Houma, Louisiana, United States of America

Quvenzhané Wallis (born August 28, 2003) is an American actress, model, and singer. She is known for her role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern ...more
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Priah Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Priah Ferguson Age: Age 12

Priah Ferguson (born October 1, 2006) is an actress known for playing Lucas's younger sister Erica on Netflix's Stranger Things (2017-2019).

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Willow Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 18

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000), known mononymously as Willow, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and dancer. She is the daughter of Will Smith and ...more
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Eris Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Eris Baker Age: Age 13

Eris Baker (born August 4, 2005) is an actress known for playing Tess Pearson on This Is Us (2016-2019) and Diane on K.C. Undercover (2017-2018).

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Riele Downs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Riele Downs Age: Age 17

Riele Downs (July 8, 2001) is a Canadian child actress. She is known for her role as Charlotte on the Nickelodeon television series Henry Danger, and for her role as Faith Sullivan in the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday.

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Jaylen Barron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Jaylen Barron Age: Age 20

Jaylen Barron (born August 31, 1998) is an American actress, known for her roles as Dominique in Showtime series Shameless and Zoe Phillips in Netflix drama Free Rein.

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Tati Gabrielle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 23
Tati Gabrielle (born January 25, 1996) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Prudence Blackwood on the Netflix original series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and as Gaia on The ...more
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Eden Duncan-Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Eden Duncan-Smith Age: Age 19

Eden Duncan-Smith (born October 28, 1999) is an actress known for playing teen Denise on Master of None (2017), Alma in Meadowland (2015), and Isabella in Annie (2014).

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Faithe Herman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Faithe Herman Age: Age 10

Faithe Herman (born December 27, 2008) is known for playing Darla Dudley in Shazam! (2019), Annie Pearson on This Is Us (2016-2019), and Young Angela on Watchmen (2019).

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Shahadi Wright Joseph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 14
Shahadi Wright Joseph (born April 30, 2005) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role in the 2019 Jordan Peele horror film Us and as the voice for Young Nala in ...more
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Cymphonique Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 22

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Cymphonique Miller (born August 1, 1996), known professionally as Cymphonique, is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of Percy Robert Miller and the sister of Romeo Miller. She ...more
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Parker McKenna Posey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Parker McKenna Posey Age: Age 23

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

My Wife and Kids is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 to May 17, 2005. The series was produced by Touchstone Television. It starred Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle, the ...more
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Jaz Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Age: Age 24
Jasmine Sinclair Sabino (born July 22, 1994), known professionally as Jaz Sinclair, is an American film and television actress. She is known for playing Angela in Paper Towns (2015), Anna in ...more
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Bailey Tippen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Actresses Under 25
Bailey Tippen Age: Age 15
Bailey Tippen (born January 8, 2004) is an actress known for her roles as Kendra in Sleepy Hollow (2017), Toosie in Underground (2017), and for voicing Astra in DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2018).