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List Rules List only includes non A-List celebrities who have the potential to be the BIGGEST names in entertainment.

There are just some celebrities who should be more famous. Need an example? Think back to the start of 2014. It doesn't seem that long ago, but consider what has since changed. In early 2014 the name "Chris Pratt" did not ring a bell in most circles. Those who were familiar with his work probably knew him as the chubby bumbling Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. Two years later, Chris Pratt starred in Guardians of the Galaxy and is now the biggest name in film - not to mention one of the sexiest men alive. Oh, what a difference a year makes.

You might be wondering what makes a celebrity an A-lister, and which actors are considered B-list celebs. Although Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke star in arguably one of the most popular shows of all time, they are still better known as their character names Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively. B-list actors are also known for playing supporting roles, so many character actors appear on this list. 

This list is for all the celebrities who will soon be A-listers. By A-listers, we're talking actors and actresses who are the most famous of the famous. The best performers who demand the highest salaries and can carry big movie franchises on their backs. Even your favorite celebrity might be here! Although these up and coming celebs may have millions of fans, they are still considered B-list (or below) by Hollywood standards. This list is not for your friend who just got a guest role on the Disney Channel.

Feel free to add your favorites soon to be famous celebrities, but only if you think they'll be so famous your grandmother will know who they are. We all love Alexander Skarsgard, but sadly he's not currently an A-lister. Now speculate away!

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Cara Delevingne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Cara Delevingne age 24

Best Known Roles:
Enchantress in Suicide Squad
Laureline in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Margo Roth Spiegelman in Paper Towns

Upcoming Roles:
Kath Talent in London Fields

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Emilia Clarke age 29

Best Known Roles:
Daeneryes Targaryen on Game of Thrones
Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys
Luisa Clark in Me Before You

Upcoming Roles:
Kira in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
John Boyega age 25

Best Known Roles:
Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Moses in Attack the Block
Melvin Dismukes in Detroit

Upcoming Roles:
Jake Pentecost in Pacific Rim: Uprising

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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Chadwick Boseman age 35

Best Known Roles:
T'Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War
James Brown in Get on Up
Jackie Robinson in 42

Upcoming Roles:
T'Challa in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War

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Liam Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added Chiwetel Ejiofor age 39

Best Known Roles:
Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave
Karl Mondo in Doctor Strange
Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things

Upcoming Roles:
Scar in The Lion King

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Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Zoë Kravitz age 28

Best Known Roles:
Bonnie Carlson on Big Little Lies
Christina in The Divergent Series 
Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class

Upcoming Roles:
Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Wentworth Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
zoe-krainik added Wentworth Miller age 44

Best Known Roles:
Michael Scofield on Prison Break
Leonard Snart on Legends of Tomorrow
Chris Redfield in Resident Evil: Afterlife

Upcoming Roles:
 

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Anthony Mackie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added Anthony Mackie age 38

Best Known Roles:
Sam Wilson in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War)
Sergeant J. T. Sanborn in The Hurt Locker
Papa Doc in 8 Mile

Upcoming Roles:
Sam Wilson in Avengers: Infinity War

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Jason Momoa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jason Momoa age 37

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Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Elle Fanning age 18

Best Known Roles:
Alice Dainard in Super 8
Jesse in The Neon Demon
Aurora in Maleficent

Upcoming Roles:
Mary Shelley in Mary Shelley

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Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Stephen Amell age 35

Best Known Roles:
Oliver Queen on Arrow
Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 
Jason on Hung

Upcoming Roles:
Garrett in Code 8

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Lily James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Lily James age 28

Best Known Roles:
Ella in Cinderella
Debora in Baby Driver 
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Upcoming Roles:
Young Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Adam Driver age 33

Best Known Roles:
Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Adam Sackler in Girls
Father Francisco Garupe in Silence

Upcoming Roles:
Toby Grisoni in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jamie Dornan age 34

Best Known Roles:
Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey series
Paul Spector in The Fall
Jan Kubiš in Anthropoid

Upcoming Roles:
Will Scarlet in Robin Hood

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Alexander Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Alexander Skarsgård age 40

Best Known Roles:
Eric Northman in True Blood
Perry Wright in Big Little Lies 
Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan

Upcoming Roles:
Leo Beiler in Mute

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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
ChloeFletcher added Felicity Jones age 33

Best Known Roles:
Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jane Wilde Hawking in The Theory of Everything 
Anna Gardner in Like Crazy

Upcoming Roles:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex

16 Celebrities Who Were Raised As Scientologists

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy age 41

Best Known Roles:
Will Graham on Hannibal
Cal Roberts in The Path 
Adam in Adam

Upcoming Roles:
 

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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
chantellebelle added Mindy Kaling age 37

Best Known Roles:
Kelly Kapoor in The Office
Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project
Disgust in Inside Out

Upcoming Roles:
Amita in Ocean's 8

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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
joel-micah-harris added Liev Schreiber age 48

Best Known Roles:
Ray Donovan in Ray Donovan
Ross "The Boss" Rhea in Goon
Victor Creed/Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Upcoming Roles:
"Unknown Role" in A Rainy Day in New York

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Jake Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jake Johnson age 37

Best Known Roles:
Nick Miller on New Girl
Lowery Cruthers in Jurassic World
Eddie Garrett in Win It All

Upcoming Roles:
Unknown Role in Tag

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Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Hayley Atwell age 35

Best Known Roles:
Peggy Carter on Agent Carter and in Captain America: The First Avenger
Hayes Morrison on Conviction
Kathy Etchingham in Jimi: All Is by My Side

Upcoming Roles:
Evelyn in Christopher Robin

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Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Michael Peña age 41

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Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Kit Harington age 30

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Ellie Kemper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Ellie Kemper age 36

Best Known Roles:
Kimmy Schmidt on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Erin Hannon on The Office
Becca in Bridesmaids

Upcoming Roles:
 

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Max Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Max Greenfield age 36

Best Known Roles:
Schmidt on New Girl
Leo D'Amato on Veronica Mars
John Fremont in Hello, My Name Is Doris

Upcoming Roles:

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Wes Bentley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
zoe-krainik added Wes Bentley age 38

Best Known Roles:
Various Roles on American Horror Story
Ricky Fitts in American Beauty
Doyle in Interstellar

Upcoming Roles:
Jamie Dutton on Yellowstone

The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Gwendoline Christie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Gwendoline Christie age 39

Best Known Roles:
Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones
Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Miranda Hilmarson on Top of the Lake: China Girl

Upcoming Roles:
Lady Jane in The Darkest Minds

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Dakota Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Dakota Johnson age 27

Best Known Roles:
Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey franchise
Alice Kepley in How to Be Single
Kate Fox on Ben and Kate

Upcoming Roles:
Susie Bannion in Suspiria

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Sebastian Stan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Britt Robertson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Britt Robertson age 26

Best Known Roles:
Casey Newton in Tomorrowland
Sophia Marlowe on Girlboss
Angie McAlister on Under the Dome

Upcoming Roles:
Sandra Bell on For the People

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Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jason Bateman age 48

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Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Sophie Turner age 21

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Tatiana Maslany is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
lyndyloo added Tatiana Maslany age 31

Best Known Roles:
Sarah Manning on Orphan Black
Kit Bailey on Heartland
Erin Hurley in Stronger

Upcoming Roles:
Unknown Role in Destroyer

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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Lena Headey age 43

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Thomas Sangster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Isa Ip added Thomas Sangster age 26

Best Known Roles

Newt on The Maze Runner

Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones

Simon on Nanny Mcphee

Sam on Love Actually

 

 

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Emily VanCamp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Emily VanCamp age 30

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Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
John Cho age 44

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Evangeline Lilly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Zachary Quinto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Djimon Hounsou is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Karen Gillan age 29

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Lee Pace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
TanyaCornett added Lee Pace age 38

Best Known Roles:
Thranduil in The Hobbit Trilogy
Ned on Pushing Daisies
Joe MacMillan on Halt and Catch Fire

Upcoming Roles:
John DeLorean in Driven

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Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Dave Bautista age 46

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Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Clark Gregg age 55