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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
    247
    117

    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
  • 2
    The Impossible, Locke
    236
    130

    Age25

    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
  • 3
    Lost in Translation, The Avengers
    193
    101

    Age37

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    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
  • 4
    Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers
    245
    143

    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
  • 5
    Thor, The Avengers
    176
    103

    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
  • 6
    San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6
    158
    92

    Age49

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    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
  • 7
    The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness
    134
    80

    Age45

    BirthplaceLondon, England, UK

    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
  • 8
    Neighbours, About Time
    134
    82

    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
  • 9
    Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married
    171
    120

    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
  • 10
    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained
    136
    89

    Age72

    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
  • 11
    Deadpool, Green Lantern
    143
    96

    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
  • 12
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    185
    139

    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
  • 13
    Big Daddy, The Suite Life on Deck
    120
    82

    Age29

    BirthplaceArezzo, Tuscany, Italy

    Cole Mitchell Sprouse (born August 4, 1992) is an American actor, known for his role as Cody Martin on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and its spinoff The Suite Life on Deck.  ...more
  • 14
    Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five
    114
    85

    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
  • 15
    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club
    95
    66

    Age57

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    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
  • 16
    Thor, The Avengers
    118
    89

    Age40

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, England, UK

    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
  • 17
    Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World
    115
    89

    Age42

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, United States of America

    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
  • 18
    The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    104
    79

    Age31

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    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
  • 19
    Se7en, Iron Man 3
    94
    69

    Age49

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Gwyneth Kate Paltrow () (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, author, and businesswoman. She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and two Screen  ...more
  • 20
    The Office, Away We Go
    82
    60

    Age42

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    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
  • 21
    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
    81
    63

    Age42

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    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
  • 22
    Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover
    105
    90

    Age46

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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
  • 23
    Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect
    87
    72

    Age36

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, United States of America

    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
  • 24
    Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus
    70
    55

    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
  • 25
    The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt
    96
    86

    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