Most Underrated (and Overlooked) Actors and Actresses on TV

by tbell1826 | created - 21 Apr 2012 | updated - 21 Apr 2012 | Public

1. Jayma Mays

Actress | Red Eye

Jamia Suzette Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee, to Susan (Norris) and James Mays, and was raised in Grundy, Virginia with her older brother and sister. Her father was a high school teacher at Grundy Senior High School for seven years, before spending 25 years working in the coal-mining industry....

Glee

2. Ellie Kemper

Actress | Bridesmaids

Ellie Kemper, born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2, 1980, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best-known for her role as "Erin Hannon" in the NBC series The Office (2005), as well as her supporting roles in the films Bridesmaids (2011) and 21 Jump Street (2012)). She plays the ...

The Office

3. Josh Radnor

Actor | Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended ...

How I Met Your Mother

4. Alison Brie

Actress | The Lego Movie

Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in ...

Community/Mad Men

5. Matthew Moy

Actor | Steven Universe

Matthew Moy was born on February 3, 1984 in San Francisco, California, USA as Matthew James Moy. He is an actor and producer, known for Steven Universe (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and New Warriors.

2 Broke Girls

6. Garret Dillahunt

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He performed on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he also began pursuing film and television roles. A self described workaholic, he enjoys a ...

Raising Hope

7. Katy Mixon

Actress | Hell or High Water

Katy Mixon was born and raised in Pensacola, FL, one of seven children. She graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Her first acting job came in 2001, playing "Calpurnia" in the Utah Shakespearean Festival's presentation of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". She moved to Los Angeles...

Mike & Molly

8. Cobie Smulders

Actress | The Avengers

Cobie Smulders was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several ...

How I Met Your Mother

9. Dean Norris

Actor | Breaking Bad

Dean Norris was born on April 8, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as Dean Joseph Norris. He is an actor, known for Breaking Bad (2008), Total Recall (1990) and Under the Dome (2013). He has been married to Bridget Sorenson since April 2001. They have five children.

Breaking Bad

10. Ian Gomez

Actor | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Ian Gomez was born on December 27, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA as Ian Braque Gomez. He is an actor, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), The Drew Carey Show (1995) and Felicity (1998). He was previously married to Nia Vardalos.

Cougar Town

11. Simon Helberg

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Simon Helberg was born and raised in Los Angeles but despite this, and the fact that his father is the actor Sandy Helberg and his mother the casting director Harriet B. Helberg, his main interest as a young boy was karate. In his teens, though, he discovered acting and went on to study at New York...

The Big Bang Theory

12. Kunal Nayyar

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor. He moved from India to the US in 1999. He first moved to Portland, Oregon, to study business. He started acting in plays as a way of making new friends. He took acting classes, but he went on to graduate from the University of Portland with a degree in business, as ...

The Big Bang Theory

13. Sarah Shahi

Actress | Bullet to the Head

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a ...

Fairly Legal

14. Andrew Lincoln

Actor | The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...

The Walking Dead

15. Rich Sommer

Actor | A Crooked Somebody

Sommer returned to Cleveland in 2008 to teach a master class at the Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Play House graduate program. He earned an MFA in the program in 2004.

Sommer planned his future in improv comedy during his Play House days. He has performed with the Upright Citizens ...

Mad Men

16. Anna Gunn

Actress | Breaking Bad

An actress on both stage and screen, Anna Gunn has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career.

Anna grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico after her parents transplanted the family from Cleveland, Ohio to the Southwest in the late seventies. She discovered acting in a ...

Breaking Bad

17. Danny Pudi

Actor | Community

Danny Pudi was born on March 10, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Mark Pudi. He is an actor, known for Community (2009), DuckTales (2017) and Knights of Badassdom (2013). He has been married to Bridget Showalter Pudi since June 5, 2004. They have two children.

Community

18. Gillian Jacobs

Actress | Community

Gillian Jacobs was born on 19 October 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., is an investment banker and her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, is an alumni relations officer at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an alumnus of Mt. Lebanon High School, Pennsylvania, ...

Community

19. Betsy Brandt

Actress | Breaking Bad

Betsy Brandt was born on March 14, 1973 in Bay City, Michigan, USA as Betsy Ann Brandt. She is an actress, known for Breaking Bad (2008), Magic Mike (2012) and No Ordinary Family (2010). She has been married to Grady Olsen since 1996. They have two children.

Breaking Bad

20. Melissa Rauch

Actress | The Big Bang Theory

Melissa Ivy Rauch was born in Marlboro, New Jersey. She attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, where she received a BFA degree. While going to school, Melissa performed stand-up comedy around Manhattan, and soon made a name for herself on the NYC comedy scene. Her one-woman show, "...

The Big Bang Theory

21. Joshua Jackson

Actor | The Affair

Joshua Carter Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. His Irish mother, Fiona Jackson, is a casting director originally from Dublin. His American father, John Carter Jackson, is from Texas. Josh spent the first eight years of his life in California before returning to Canada. At the age of...

Fringe

22. Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress | Community

Yvette Nicole Brown was born on August 12, 1971 in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Community (2009), Repo Men (2010) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Community

23. David Giuntoli

Actor | Grimm

David Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Mary and David Giuntoli. David was educated at St. Louis University High School and moved on to Indiana University Bloomington, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International ...

Grimm

24. Brent Sexton

Actor | Radio

Brent Sexton was born on August 12, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Radio (2003), Flightplan (2005) and The Belko Experiment (2016).

The Killing

25. Gregg Binkley

Actor | Raising Hope

Gregg Binkley was born on March 20, 1963 in Topeka, Kansas, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Raising Hope (2010), My Name Is Earl (2005) and Café Society (2016).

Raising Hope

26. Shawn Hatosy

Actor | Animal Kingdom

Shawn Hatosy was born on December 29, 1975 in Frederick, Maryland, USA as Shawn Wayne Hatosy. He is an actor and director, known for Animal Kingdom (2016), Southland (2009) and Alpha Dog (2006). He has been married to Kelly Albanese since December 2010. They have three children.

Southland

27. Hannah Simone

Actress | New Girl

Hannah Simone stars on FOX's hit series, New Girl (2011), opposite Zooey Deschanel. Simone hosted HGTV Canada's popular design show, "Space for Living", before moving onto Canada's largest music channel, "MuchMusic". After MuchMusic, Simone moved to Los Angeles, where she hosted two seasons of WCG ...

New Girl

28. Christa Miller

Actress | Scrubs

Christa Miller was introduced to the entertainment world at a very young age. As a toddler, she was photographed by the acclaimed Francesco Scavullo for an Ivory Snow ad with her mother, and, at the age of three, appeared on the cover of "Redbook". Miller was bitten by the acting bug as a child, ...

Cougar Town

29. Iqbal Theba

Actor | Glee

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Iqbal Theba came to the US as a college Freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. While in college in Oklahoma, Iqbal studied Civil Engineering and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Management. After realizing ...

Glee

30. Garrett Morris

Actor | Saturday Night Live

Garrett Morris was born on February 1, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Garrett Gonzalez Morris. He is an actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Coneheads (1993) and Ant-Man (2015). He has been married to Freda Morris since September 20, 1996.

2 Broke Girls



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