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List Rules Vote up the B-listers with the most potential to become A-listers.

If pop culture has room enough for multiple A-list Jennifers and Chrises, it has enough time to make some space for certain celebrities who should be more famous. For example, think back to the start of 2014. In early 2014, most people would respond to the name "Chris Pratt" with "who?" Those who were familiar with his work probably knew him as the chubby bumbling Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. Two years after Parks... finished, Chris Pratt starred in Guardians of the Galaxy and joined the rest of the A-list Chrises - and became one of the sexiest men alive. Truly what a difference a year makes.

You may wonder 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 one of the most popular shows of all time, most commoners know them as their character names Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively. B-list actors thrive in supporting roles, yet these are the roles which fully highlight their unique talents and acting styles. 

Below includes a collection of all the celebrities who will soon be A-listers. By A-listers, it means actors and actresses at the height of fame, names and faces any bystander could instantly recognize. This list advocates for B-list actors who deserve the A-list treatment. Although these up and coming celebs boast millions of fans, they are still considered B-list (or below) by Hollywood standards. So no, 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 their name. Everyone loves Alexander Skarsgard, but love isn't what transformed Andy Dwyer into Star-Lord.

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Liam Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Liam Hemsworth age 28

Best Known Roles:
Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games series
Jake Morrison in Independence Day: Resurgence
Josh Taylor on Neighbours

Upcoming Roles:
Blake in Isn't It Romantic

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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Chadwick Boseman age 36

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

Upcoming Roles:
T'Challa in Avengers: Infinity War

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Emilia Clarke age 30

Best Known Roles:
Daenerys 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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Cara Delevingne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Cara Delevingne age 25

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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Cole Sprouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
DuttaDUtta added Cole Sprouse age 25

Actor

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Sebastian Stan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Sebastian Stan age 35

Best Known Roles:
Jeff Gillooly in I, Tonya
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Captain America series
T.J. Hammond in Political Animals

Upcoming Roles:
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in Avengers: Infinity War
Chris in Destroyer

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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
John Boyega age 26

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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294 232
Jason Momoa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jason Momoa age 38

Best Known Roles:
Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones
Declan Harp on Frontier
Aquaman in Justice League

Upcoming Roles:
Aquaman in Aquaman

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Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jason Bateman age 49

Best Known Roles:
Michael Bluth in Arrested Development
Nick Hendricks in the Horrible Bosses series
Nick Wilde (voice of) in Zootopia

Upcoming Roles:
Opposite Jennifer Aniston in Significant Other

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Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Kit Harington age 29

Best Known Roles:
Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
Robert Catesby in Gunpowder

Upcoming Roles:
John F. Donovan in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
akr2907 added Andrew Garfield age 34

Spiderman in The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2

Desmond Doss in Hacksaw RIdge

Eduardo Saverin in the Social Network

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Anthony Mackie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added Anthony Mackie age 39

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

Celebrities Who Adopted Children

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Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Zoë Kravitz age 29

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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Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Elle Fanning age 19

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

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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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added Chiwetel Ejiofor age 40

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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Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Natalie Dormer age 36

Best Known Roles:
Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones
Anne Boleyn in The Tudors
Cressida in Mockingjay: Part I & II

Upcoming Roles:
Eliza Merrett in The Professor and the Madman
Sofia in In Darkness

Celebrities With Problem Children

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Wentworth Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
zoe-krainik added Wentworth Miller age 45

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

 

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Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Sophie Turner age 22

Best Known Roles:
Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones
Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men: Apocalypse

Upcoming Roles:
Josie in Josie
Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jamie Dornan age 35

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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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
chantellebelle added Mindy Kaling age 38

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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Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Maisie Williams age 20

Best Known Roles:
Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Lydia Lamont in The Falling
 

Upcoming Roles:
Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in The New Mutants

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

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Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Cobie Smulders age 35

Best Known Roles:
Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother
Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Upcoming Roles:
Maria Hill in Avengers: Infinity War

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Alexander Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Alexander Skarsgård age 41

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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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Janelle Monae age 32

Best Known Roles:
Mary Jackson in Hidden Figures
Teresa in Moonlight

Upcoming Roles:
GI Julie in The Women of Marwen

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Thomas Sangster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Isa Ip added Thomas Sangster age 27

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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Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Stephen Amell age 36

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

These Big-Name Celebs Have Been Hiding Their Real Names

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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Lena Headey age 42

Best Known Roles:
Cersie Lannister in Game of Thrones
Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Queen Gorgo in 300

Upcoming Roles:
Julia "Sweet Saraya" Bevis in Fighting with My Family

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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Dakota Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Dakota Johnson age 28

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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Lily James is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Michael Peña age 42

Best Known Roles:
Sal Castro in The Walkout
Paco Hernandez in American Hustle
Red in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
César Chávez in César Chávez

Upcoming Roles:
Peter in Extinction
 

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Unitarian

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Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Dave Bautista age 49

Best Known Roles:
Batista in WWE
Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

Upcoming Roles:
Drax in Avengers: Infinity War
Trent DeRosa in Escape Plan 3

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Zachary Quinto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Zachary Quinto age 40

Best Known Roles:
Sylar in Heroes
Spock in Star Trek (2009)
Dr. Oliver Thredson in American Horror Story: Asylum

Upcoming Roles:
Unknown role in Artemis

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Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Karen Gillan age 30

Best Known Roles:
Amy Pond in Doctor Who (2010-2014)
Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and the MCU
Ruby Roundhouse/Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Upcoming Roles:
Nebula in Avengers: Infinity War
Nebula in an untitled Avengers project

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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
ChloeFletcher added Felicity Jones age 34

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

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Jake Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jake Johnson age 39

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

36 Everyday Things That Look Like Pure Evil

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Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy age 42

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

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Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Olivia Munn age 37

Best Known Roles:
Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse
Sloan Sabbith in The Newsroom

Upcoming Roles:
Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
John Cho age 45

Best Known Roles:
Harold Lee in the Harold and Kumar series
Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek (2009)
John/MILF Guy #2 in American Pie 2

Upcoming Roles:
David Kim in Searching
Peter in The Oath

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Ellie Kemper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Ellie Kemper age 37

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

Upcoming Roles:
 

The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

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Evangeline Lilly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Evangeline Lilly age 38

Best Known Roles:
Kate Austen in Lost
Tauriel in the Hobbit series
Hope van Dyne/Wasp in Ant-Man

Upcoming Roles:
Hope van Dyne/Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau age 47

Best Known Roles:
Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones
Clas Greve in Headhunters
Martin Bork in Nightwatch

Upcoming Roles:
Christian in Domino

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Gwendoline Christie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Gwendoline Christie age 40

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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Britt Robertson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Britt Robertson age 27

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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Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Patrick Wilson age 44

Best Known Roles:
Josh Lambert in the Insidious series
Ed Warren in The Conjuring/Annabelle

Upcoming Roles:
Orm Marius/Ocean Master in Aquaman

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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Karl Urban age 45

Best Known Roles:
Éomer in Lord of the Rings II III
Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok
Leonard McCoy in Star Trek (2009)

Upcoming Roles:
Danny Gallagher in Bent

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Max Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Max Greenfield age 37

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

Upcoming Roles:
Chris Miller in A Futile and Stupid Gesture

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Djimon Hounsou is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Djimon Hounsou age 53

Best Known Roles:
Cinqué in Amistad
Mateo in In America
Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond

Upcoming Roles:
Korath in Captain Marvel