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Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers  

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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. Then, check out who deserves to be a household name in 2019.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 48

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

Upcoming Roles:
Christian in Domino

27
Natalie Dormer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 37

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

28
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 23

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

Upcoming Roles:
Bigwig in Watership Down

29
Alexander Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 42

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

Upcoming Roles:
Sefan Lubert in The Aftermath

30
Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
joel-micah-harris added age 51

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

31
Thomas Sangster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Isa Ip added age 25

Best Known Roles:
Newt in The Maze Runner series
Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones
Simon on Nanny McPhee
Sam on Love Actually

Upcoming Roles:
A voice in Dragon Rider

 

32
Djimon Hounsou is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 54

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

Upcoming Roles:
Korath in Captain Marvel

33
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 35

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
Flip Zimmerman in BlacKkKlansman

Upcoming Roles:
Ronald Peterson in The Dead Don't Die
Kylo Ren in Star Wars: Episode IX

34
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 20

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

Upcoming Roles:
Princess Aurora in Maleficent 2

35
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
chantellebelle added age 39

Best Known Roles:
Kelly Kapoor in The Office
Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project
Disgust in Inside Out
Amita in Ocean's 8

Upcoming Roles:
Molly Patel in Late Night

36
Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 30

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
As the lead in High Fidelity (2019)

37
Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 46

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

Upcoming Roles:
Leonard McCoy in untitled Star Trek project

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

Best Known Roles:
Lucy Wyman in 13 Going on 30
Cheryl Tunt in Archer
Julie Speer in The Descendants
Karen Strode in Halloween (2018)

Upcoming Roles:
Dr. Kurtz in Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

39
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added age 41

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

40
Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 38

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

Upcoming Roles:
Tiffany in The Buddy Games
Barbie in Die in a Gunfight

41
Zachary Quinto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 41

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

Upcoming Roles:
Spock in an untitled Star Trek project

42
Robert Pattinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
ChloeFletcher added age 32

Best Known Roles:
Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga
Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Eric Packer in Cosmopolis

Upcoming Roles:
Roy Laferty in The Devil All The Time

43
Dakota Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 29

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

Upcoming Roles:
Eleanor in The Peanut Butter Falcon

44
Wentworth Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
zoe-krainik added age 46

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

 

45
Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 45

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

Upcoming Roles:
Orm Marius/Ocean Master in Aquaman

46
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 36

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

47
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
ChloeFletcher added age 32

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

48
Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 36

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:
Caroline Mortimer in The Long Song

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

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

50
Benedict Wong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
creed added Age 49