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The Most Influential Actors Of 2019

List RulesVote up the actors who had the biggest impact in 2019.

In 2019, some of the most influential people were those who work in Hollywood. With more films becoming more overtly political and more famous actors realizing they can use their power to inspire others and change things for the better, there are plenty of influential actors and actresses that truly made the public think this year. From breakout stars to veterans of the field, you'll find all the greatest actors of 2019 below!

The push for diversity in film and television, and for supporting women's rights in Hollywood, continues. We're more connected to celebrities than ever and many of them use their powers for good, inspiring and influencing us to do and be better.

Which actors and actresses do you find the most inspiring? Vote up the most influential stars of 2019 below and feel free to add anyone you think is missing!

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  • The Avengers, Iron Man
    230
    110

    Age56

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

    Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular notoriety in his youth, followed by a period of  ...more
  • Lost in Translation, The Avengers
    183
    94

    Age37

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is the world's highest-paid actress, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has made multiple  ...more
  • The Impossible, Locke
    219
    121

    Age25

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so far  ...more
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers
    232
    134

    Age40

    BirthplaceSudbury, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Christopher Robert Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor. Evans is known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic  ...more
  • Thor, The Avengers
    163
    96

    Age38

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07) before leaving to begin a film career in  ...more
  • San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6
    146
    87

    Age49

    BirthplaceHayward, California, USA

    Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for the World  ...more
  • The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness
    125
    74

    Age45

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he  ...more
  • Neighbours, About Time
    124
    76

    Age31

    BirthplaceGold Coast, Australia

    Margot Elise Robbie (born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress and film producer. She has received nominations for an Academy Award and three BAFTA Awards. In 2017, Time magazine named her one of  ...more
  • Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained
    127
    81

    Age73

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have made the  ...more
  • Deadpool, Green Lantern
    133
    89

    Age45

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He began his career starring in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside and had  ...more
  • Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married
    163
    113

    Age39

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a  ...more
  • Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club
    88
    60

    Age58

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma, USA

    William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company,  ...more
  • The Office, Away We Go
    76
    53

    Age42

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, USA

    John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Besides appearing in and making feature films, he is known for his role as Jim Halpert on the  ...more
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    172
    130

    Age31

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress  ...more
  • The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    97
    71

    Age31

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Lawrence  ...more
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus
    68
    49

    Age46

    BirthplaceBenoni, Gauteng, South Africa

    Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an  ...more
  • Thor, The Avengers
    110
    82

    Age40

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor, film producer, and musician. He is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Laurence Olivier Award  ...more
  • Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five
    106
    79

    Age36

    BirthplaceRosh Ha'ayin, Israel

    Gal Gadot Varsano (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor, and  ...more
  • X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
    76
    57

    Age42

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

    James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career  ...more
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World
    106
    83

    Age42

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, USA

    Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for his television roles, particularly as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009–2015), for  ...more
  • Thor, Prometheus
    69
    56

    Age49

    BirthplaceHackney, England, UK

    Idrissa Akuna Elba (; born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, writer, producer, musician, DJ, rapper, and singer. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI  ...more
  • Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect
    80
    67

    Age36

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

    Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway musical  ...more
  • The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt
    92
    80

    Age72

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

    Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents. She has  ...more
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    84
    73

    Age39

    BirthplaceConstanta, Romania

    Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-American actor. On television, he has played Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin in Kings, Jefferson in Once Upon a Time, and T.J.  ...more
  • Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover
    96
    84

    Age47

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy Award  ...more