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The Best Black Actresses Under 25

Updated March 24, 2021 10.0k votes 1.7k voters 75.7k views31 items

List RulesVote up the most successful Black actresses born in 1996 or later.

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. You will definitely recognize the Black child actresses and Black teen actresses on this list. 

Some of these Black female celebrities under 25 have been wow-ing audiences for years, such as child actors who began on the Disney Channel. Storm Reid and Skai Jackson are just a few of the talented young African American actresses. Riele Downs, Eris Baker, and Priah Ferguson are also popular young Black female actresses.

As you scroll through some of the hottest Black actresses under 25, be sure to vote up your favorites. Then watch your favorite Black actresses under 30 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. Marsai Martin of black-ish and Little is another of the Black child actors whose career is blowing up. 

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    Zendaya

    Oakland, California

    CreditsEuphoria, Spiderman: Homecoming, The Greatest Showman, Shake It Up!, KC Undercover

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    China Anne McClain

    Decatur, Georgia

    CreditsDescendants 2 & 3, Black Lightning, ANT Farm, Tyler Perry's House of Payne

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    #97 of 115 The Best Musical Artists From Georgia#243 of 271 The Best Dance-pop Artists

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    Amandla Stenberg

    Los Angeles, California

    CreditsThe Hunger Games, The Hate U Give, The Eddy, Everything, Everything

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    #752 of 831 The Best Actresses In Film History#62 of 94 The Most Influential Women of 2019

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    Storm Reid

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Credits A Wrinkle in Time, When They See Us, Euphoria, Don't Let Go

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    Samantha Logan

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Credits13 Reason Why, All American, The Fosters,

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    Yara Shahidi

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Creditsblack-ish, Grown-ish, The Sun is Also a Star, Smallfoot

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    #285 of 301 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2021, Ranked#20 of 59 The Best Black Actors & Actresses Under 40

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    Marsai Martin

    Plano, Texas

    CreditsLittle, black-ish, DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders

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    Skai Jackson

    New York City, New York

    CreditsBunk'd, Jessie, DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders, Marvel Rising

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    #137 of 223 The Greatest Black Actresses Of All Time#8 of 22 Celebrities Who Turned 18 In 2020

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    Riele Downs

    Toronto, Canada

    CreditsThe Best Man Holiday, Henry Danger, The Adventures of Kid Danger

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    Coco Jones

    Columbia, South Carolina

    CreditsLet It Shine, Good Luck Charlie, Five Points

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    Ajiona Alexus

    Tuskegee, Alabama

    CreditsLight as a Feather, Runaways, 13 Reasons Why, Empire, The Rickey Smiley Show

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    Lauryn McClain

    Decatur, Georgia

    CreditsHaunt, Step Up: High Water, Descendants: Wicked World Daddy's Little Girls

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    Jaylen Barron

    Reno, Nevada

    CreditsShameless, Free Rein, Twelve Forever, Good Luck Charlie

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    Priah Ferguson

    Atlanta, Georgia

    CreditsStranger Things, Atlanta, Cream X Coffee

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    Quvenzhané Wallis

    Houma, Louisiana

    CreditsBeasts of the Southern Wild, Black-ish, Trolls, Annie, Fathers and Daughters

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    Eris Baker

    Not Available

    CreditsThis Is Us, Drunk History, K.C. Undercover

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    Eden Duncan-Smith

    Brooklyn, New York

    CreditsSee You Yesterday, Meadowland, Roxanne Roxanne, Annie

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    Chloe Bailey

    Atlanta, Georgia

    CreditsGrown-ish, Gospel Hill, Last Holiday

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    Halle Bailey

    Atlanta, Georgia

    CreditsGrown-ish, The Little Mermaid, Last Holiday

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    Willow Smith

    Los Angeles, California

    CreditsI Am Legend, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Red Table Talk, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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    Kyal Legend

    Toronto, Canada

    CreditsUtopia Falls, Backstage, The Next Step

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    Shahadi Wright Joseph

    Brooklyn, New York

    CreditsUs, Them, The Lion King, Hairspray Live!

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    Rachel Crow

    Mead, Colorado

    CreditsDeidra & Laney Rob A Train, Schooled, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, Rio 2

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    Bailey Tippen

    Atlanta, Georgia

    CreditsCooking Up Christmas, Underground, Sleepy Hollow, The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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    Faithe Herman

    San Diego, California

    CreditsShazam!, This Is Us, Watchmen