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The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012  

Tanner Arnold
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List Rules Film, TV and/or musicians who had breakout careers in 2012.

The hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012 include a wide variety of actors, actresses, musicians and TV stars who, for whatever reason, became all the rage during the year. Who do you think deserves the honor of biggest breakthrough celebrity of 2012? Time to vote! Be sure to vote down anyone listed here that you don't think really broke through in a major way this past year.

In some cases, an artist made this list because he or she hit it big with a breakout film performance. Examples of this include Quvenzhané Wallis ('Beasts of the Southern Wild'), Ezra Miller ('We Need to Talk About Kevin') or Suraj Sharma ('Life of Pi'). In other cases, the only reason a person is listed here is because he (or she) got super famous for oh, say, they starred in a certain TLC reality show and have the nickname Honey Boo Boo (just for the record, her real name is Alana Thompson).

Reality television stars aren't the only TV stars considered among the hottest breakthrough celebrities of 2012. It's hard to argue that Maisie Williams shouldn't be at or near the top of this list for her role as Arya Stark on HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' for example. Damian Lewis is phenomenal as Nicholas Brody on Showtime's 'Homeland' (he also won a 2012 Emmy for the role). And, with emphasis on the word "hottest," shouldn't 'Arrow' star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) also get some votes?

If you know of a celebrity who had a huge breakout year in 2012, be sure to add them here.
list ordered by
1
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor, Voice acting
2
Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter
3
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Film Producer, Model, Actor
4
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Film Producer, Actor
5
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor, Voice acting
6
Rebel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Spokesperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur
7
McKayla Maroney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Gymnast
8
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
9
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Fashion Model, Musician, Singer-songwriter
10
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist
11
Carly Rae Jepsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Singer-songwriter, Music artist
12
Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Model, Actor
13
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor, Narrator, Voice acting
14
Joe Manganiello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Stunt Performer, Actor
15
Stephen Amell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
16
Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Child Actor, Actor
17
Samantha Barks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor, Singer
18
Psy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper
19
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Songwriter, Rapper, Singer
20
Ezra Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Musician, Actor
21
Taran Killam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
22
Ben Whishaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor
23
Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
PeteBoyle added Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
24
Bérénice Marlohe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
25
Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest Breakthrough Stars of 2012
Actor, Voice acting, Singer