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Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s

Updated July 20, 2020 4.3k votes 312 voters 2.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Saoirse Ronan

    Lady Bird, Brooklyn

    Age26

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

    NationalityUnited States of America,Republic of Ireland

    CharactersRhiannon Geraghty, Presenter, Orla Boland

    Saoirse Una Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an Irish and American actress. Primarily noted for... more
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    Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Sophie Turner

    Game of Thrones, Dark Phoenix

    Age24

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    CharactersSansa Stark

    Sophie Turner (born February 21, 1996) is an English actress. Turner is best known for her... more
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    Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Tom Holland

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

    Age24

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, England, London

    NationalityEngland

    CharactersSho

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the... more
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    Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Zendaya

    Euphoria, Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Age24

    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersRocky Blue

    Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (; born September 1, 1996) is an American actress and singer.... more
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    Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Elle Fanning

    Maleficent, The Neon Demon

    Age22

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, United States of America

    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... more
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    Millie Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Millie Bobby Brown

    Stranger Things, Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Age15

    Millie Bobby Brown (born February 19, 2004) is an English actress and model. She rose to... more
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    Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Chloë Grace Moretz

    Let Me In, Kick-Ass

    Age23

    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... more
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    Finn Wolfhard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Finn Wolfhard

    Stranger Things, It
    Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002) is a Canadian actor and voice actor. He is best known... more
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    Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    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... more
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    Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Maisie Williams

    Game of Thrones, Gen: Lock

    Age23

    BirthplaceEngland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    CharactersArya Stark

    Maisie Williams (born April 15, 1997) is an English actress and dancer. She is best known for... more
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    Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Dakota Fanning

    The Alienist, The Runaways

    Age26

    BirthplaceConyers, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersAllie Keys

    Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994) is an American actress. She rose to prominence... more
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    Noah Schnapp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
    Noah Schnapp (born October 3, 2004) is an American actor best known for his role as Will Byers... more
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    Sophia Lillis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Sophia Lillis

    It, Sharp Objects
    Sophia Lillis (born February 13, 2002) is an American actress. She is known for her role as... more
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    Kiernan Shipka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    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... more
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    Dove Cameron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    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... more
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    Jack Dylan Grazer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Jack Dylan Grazer (born September 3, 2003) is an American actor. Grazer rose to prominence in... more
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    Auli'i Cravalho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Auli'i Cravalho

    Moana, Rise
    Auliʻi Cravalho (born November 22, 2000) is an American actress and singer. She made her... more
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    Peyton R. List is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
    Peyton Roi List (born April 6, 1998) is an American actress and model. List appeared in... more
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    Gaten Matarazzo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
    Gaten John Matarazzo III (born September 8, 2002) is an American actor. He began his career on... more
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    Isabela Moner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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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... more
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    Sadie Sink is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
    Sadie Sink (born April 16, 2002) is an American actress, best known for her roles in American... more
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    Katherine McNamara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
    Katherine McNamara is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role... more
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    Joey King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Joey King

    The Act, Life in Pieces

    Age21

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersNora Rowe, Sally, Kelly McKenzie

    Joey Lynn King (born July 30, 1999) is an American actress. She gained recognition portraying... more
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    Ross Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Ross Lynch

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, My Friend Dahmer

    Age24

    BirthplaceLittleton, Colorado, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersAustin Moon

    Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and... more
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    Ansel Elgort is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrating The Best Young Actors Of The 2010s
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    Ansel Elgort

    Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars

    Age26

    BirthplaceUnited States of America

    CharactersTommy Ross

    Ansel Elgort (born March 14, 1994) is an American actor, singer and DJ (under the name... more
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