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Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s

Updated December 3, 2020 6.2k votes 499 voters 7.7k views67 items

List RulesVote up the rising stars of the 2010s who made it big before turning 25.

Some of them may not be old enough to drink - or even drive - but the top young actors of the 2010s have managed to accomplish a lot in their short lives thus far.

Millie Bobby Brown is obviously one of the best young actors of the decade - but who are the others? Jacob Tremblay and Kiernan Shipka certainly secure spots on our greatest young actors of the 2010s list. And stars like Zendaya have been blowing up the past 10 years, with star-turning roles in Euphoria, The Greatest Showman, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Vote her up if you believe she deserves to be one of the best young actors of the 2010s.

Marsai Martin is another of the top 10 young actors of the 2010s. By the age of 15, she already had a starring role in Little - for which she was also an executive producer! Read through our picks for best 2010s young actors, and be sure to vote your favorites to the top. 

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    Saoirse Ronan

    Lady Bird, Brooklyn

    Age26

    BirthplaceWoodlawn, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    CharactersRhiannon Geraghty, Presenter, Orla Boland

    Saoirse Una Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an Irish and American actress. Primarily noted for her work in period dramas since a teenager, she has received several awards, including a Golden Globe...  more
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    226
    91

    Tom Holland

    Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Age19

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, England

    NationalityEngland

    CharactersSho

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so far...  more
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    89

    Zendaya

    Euphoria, Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Age24

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersRocky Blue

    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 Rocky...  more
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    78

    Sophie Turner

    Game of Thrones, Dark Phoenix

    Age19

    BirthplaceNorthampton, England

    NationalityEngland

    CharactersSansa Stark

    Sophie Turner (born February 21, 1996) is an English actress. Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, which earned her a Young Artist...  more
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    83

    Millie Bobby Brown

    Stranger Things, Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Age15

    BirthplaceMarbella, Spain

    NationalityEngland

    Millie Bobby Brown (born 19 February 2004) is an English actress and producer. At the age of twelve, she rose to prominence for her role as Jane "Eleven" Ives in the first season of Netflix science...  more
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    128
    60

    Elle Fanning

    Maleficent, The Neon Demon

    Age22

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersTracy Belle, Eden, Molly Walker, Anna Miller, Rochelle Cobbs

    Mary Elle Fanning (born April 9, 1998) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her recent works in a number of independent films, and her portrayal as Aurora in the Maleficent film...  more
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    131
    70

    Finn Wolfhard

    Stranger Things, It
    Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002) is a Canadian actor and voice actor. He is best known for his starring roles as Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things, and Richie Tozier in the...  more
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    104
    48

    Dakota Fanning

    The Alienist, The Runaways

    Age26

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersAllie Keys

    Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994) is an American actress. She rose to prominence at the age of seven for her performance as Lucy Dawson in the drama film I Am Sam (2001), for which she...  more
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    Sadie Sink (born April 16, 2002) is an American actress, best known for her roles in American Odyssey as Suzanne Ballard and in Netflix's Stranger Things as Max. Her other television appearances...  more
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    124
    72

    Chloë Grace Moretz

    Let Me In, Kick-Ass

    Age24

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersKaylie Hooper, Sherri Maltby, Candy Stoker, Furi, Kiki George

    Chloë Grace Moretz (; born February 10, 1997) is an American actress and model. She began acting at age six, with early roles in the supernatural horror film The Amityville Horror (2005), the drama...  more
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    91
    44

    Hailee Steinfeld

    The Edge of Seventeen, True Grit

    Age23

    BirthplaceTarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersJuliet, Mattie Ross, Shayna Matson, Petra Arkanian

    Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress and singer. Her breakthrough role was as Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best...  more
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    105
    59

    Maisie Williams

    Game of Thrones, Gen: Lock

    Age18

    BirthplaceEngland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    CharactersArya Stark

    Maisie Williams (born April 15, 1997) is an English actress and dancer. She is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, which earned her the 2012 Portal...  more
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    Gaten John Matarazzo III (born September 8, 2002) is an American actor. He began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and as Gavroche in Les Misérables. He...  more
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    89
    55

    Sophia Lillis

    It, Sharp Objects
    Sophia Lillis (born February 13, 2002) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Beverly Marsh in the horror film It (2017), the film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same...  more
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    77
    45

    Dove Cameron

    Hairspray Live!, Descendants

    Age24

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersKayla, Liz Larson

    Dove Olivia Cameron (born January 15, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie and for...  more
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    Noah Schnapp (born October 3, 2004) is an American actor best known for his role as Will Byers in the Netflix science fiction series Stranger Things. He voiced Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie and...  more
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    53
    Jack Dylan Grazer (born September 3, 2003) is an American actor. Grazer rose to prominence in 2017 with his portrayal of Eddie Kasprak in the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's It; he also had...  more
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    40

    Joey King

    The Act, Life in Pieces

    Age21

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersNora Rowe, Sally, Kelly McKenzie

    Joey Lynn King (born July 30, 1999) is an American actress. She gained recognition portraying Ramona Quimby in the family comedy film Ramona and Beezus (2010), an adaptation of Beverly Cleary's book...  more
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    Peyton Roi List (born April 6, 1998) is an American actress and model. List appeared in various films and television episodes as a young child and modeled for tween magazines and companies. In 2011,...  more
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    Isabela Moner

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Instant Family
    Isabela Moner (born July 10, 2001) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her lead role as CJ Martin on the Nickelodeon television series 100 Things to Do Before High School, her film...  more
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    56
    40

    Anya Taylor-Joy

    The Witch, Glass
    Anya Taylor-Joy (born April 16, 1996) is an American-born Argentine-British actress. Her breakthrough role was Thomasin in the horror film The Witch. She was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award...  more
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    51
    36

    Ross Lynch

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, My Friend Dahmer

    Age24

    BirthplaceLittleton, Colorado, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersAustin Moon

    Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He was the lead vocalist of the pop rock band R5 and one half of the band The Driver Era, with his...  more
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    Timothée Hal Chalamet (born December 27, 1995) is an American actor. Chalamet started his acting career in short films before appearing in the acclaimed television series Homeland. He made his...  more
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    63
    54

    Kiernan Shipka

    Mad Men, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Age20

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersSally Draper, Jinora

    Kiernan Brennan Shipka (born November 10, 1999) is an American actress known for starring as Sabrina Spellman on the Netflix supernatural horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–present)...  more
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    Katherine McNamara is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Myra Santelli in the Disney Channel original film Girl vs. Monster....  more