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Stars You Hope Get More Famous In 2019  

Jules Burke
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List Rules Vote up the stars who deserve more recognition and fame in 2019.

Every year B, C, and D list celebrities cross their fingers and hope against hope that they’ll get the recognition they deserve and ascend to the A-list so they can rub elbows with Ben Affleck or one of the many Chrises that Hollywood has to offer. As impossible as this dream might sound, it’s totally possible. Your favorite bubbling under actor or musician can be on the top of the world by the end of next year. Maybe they’ll even date Taylor Swift (every B-lister’s dream). 

What is a B-list celebrity? And why aren't the stars on this list standing on top of the Hollywood sign? While everyone on here is critically acclaimed and maybe even a little famous, they’re either relegated to the sidelines in huge comic book movies, or they’re taking lead roles in indie projects. While that’s cool, it’s not how you end up on the top of the entertainment food chain. 

To put a positive spin on it, the B-list is a cool place to be. It’s full of rappers you've been sleeping on, underrated actors who are due for a break in 2019, singer-songwriters that are on every top 50 list, and they’ve all worked with Donald Glover at some point. The list below includes actors and actresses that deserve more recognition and artists that are about to break out. voe up the folks who should be a bigger deal.

Letitia Wright is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Stars You Hope Get More Famous In 2019
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What you probably missed in 2018

  • You didn't miss Black Panther
  • You also didn't miss Avengers: Infinity War, but neither film allowed her to shine as bright as she can. 

What not to sleep on in 2019


Letitia Michelle Wright (born 31 October 1993) is a Guyanese-born British actress. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, the Doctor Who episode "Face the Raven" and the Black Mirror episode "Black Museum"; for the latter she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts named Wright among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for her role in the award winning film Urban Hymn. In 2018, she achieved global recognition with her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 22

Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

Credits: My Brother The Devil, Random, Victim

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Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stars You Hope Get More Famous In 2019
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What you probably missed in 2018

  • Sorry To Bother You
  • Annihilation
  • Dear White People

What not to sleep on in 2019

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Men In Black International
  • Lady and the Tramp


Tessa Lynn Thompson (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Her breakthrough role was in Tina Mabry's independent film Mississippi Damned (2009). She gained further recognition for her starring roles as Nyla Adrose in the drama film For Colored Girls (2010), civil rights activist Diane Nash in the historical drama film Selma (2014), Bianca Taylor in the sports drama film Creed (2015) and its sequel Creed II (2018), Valkyrie in the superhero films Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), Josie Radek in the science-fiction horror film Annihilation (2018), and Detroit in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You (2018). On television, Thompson ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 32

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Credits: Creed, Dear White People, When a Stranger Calls, Selma

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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Stars You Hope Get More Famous In 2019
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What you probably missed in 2018

  • Annihilation
  • It's possible you've missed the heavily nominated and regularly award winning Jane The Virgin, which she's been starring in since 2014.

What not to sleep on in 2019: 

  • Miss Bala
  • Someone Great, which she's also co-producing.
  • The new animated Carmen Sandiego, as Carmen herself.


Gina Alexis Rodriguez (born July 30, 1984) is an American actress, model, writer, producer, and director. She began her career the stage, she made her screen debut in an episode of Law & Order. Her breakthrough came in 2012, in the independent musical-drama film Filly Brown. In 2014, Rodriguez began starring as Jane Villanueva in The CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin, for which she has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, winning once in 2015. She has gone on to star in the disaster film Deepwater Horizon (2016) and science fiction horror film Annihilation (2018). Rodriguez made her screen debut appearing in an episode ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 33

Credits: Jane the Virgin, Our Family Wedding, Filly Brown, Go For It!, Mommy XXX, + more

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Stars You Hope Get More Famous In 2019
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Constance Wu

What you probably missed in 2018: 

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Fresh off the Boat

What not to sleep on in 2019: 

  • She'll be back for another season of Fresh off the Boat


Constance Tianming Wu (born March 22, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Kathy on the web series EastSiders (2012–present) and as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat (2015–present). In 2017, Wu was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 27

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Credits: Fresh Off the Boat, Sound of My Voice, Stephanie Daley, The Architect, Watching TV with the Red Chinese, + more

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