Underrated Actors and Actresses

by GouramiWatcher | created - 18 Feb 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

Oscar worthy (see War of the Worlds)

2. Siwan Morris

Actress | The Machine

Siwan Morris was born on February 7, 1976 in Glynneath, South Wales, UK. She is an actress, known for The Machine (2013), Skins (2007) and Wolfblood (2012).

3. Clancy Brown

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.

Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert...

4. Lauren Holly

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Lauren grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences that contrasted. She was privy to the shelter of growing up in a rural town and also exposed due to the erudite sophistication of...

5. Pauley Perrette

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as Abby Sciuto, the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS's NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous (2000), The Ring (2002), 24 (2001), CSI: Crime Scene ...

6. Ally Sheedy

Actress | The Breakfast Club

Ally Sheedy was born in New York City, to Charlotte (Baum), a press agent and writer, and John J. Sheedy, Jr., an advertising executive. She is of Russian Jewish (mother) and Irish and German (father) descent. While at New York's Bank Street School, twelve-year old Ally Sheedy wrote about a ...

7. Stephen Lang

Actor | Avatar

A stage actor of great recognition, Stephen Lang has shaped a formidable career on and off the various stages of the United States and abroad. Though he is arguably most well-known for his acclaimed performance in James Cameron's Avatar (2009), Lang began his career in theater. Broadway roles ...

8. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Avatar

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

Oscar worthy (see Avatar)

9. Isabelle Fuhrman

Actress | Orphan

Isabelle was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one older sister, Madeline, and her parents are Elina and Nick Fuhrman. Her career began when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her sister and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. ...

Oscar worthy (see Orphan)

10. James Marsden

Actor | Hairspray

James Paul Marsden, or better known as just James Marsden, was born on September 18, 1973, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Kathleen (Scholz) and James Luther Marsden. His father, a distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University, and his mother, a nutritionist, divorced...

11. Suraj Sharma

Actor | Life of Pi

Suraj was born and raised in New Dehli, India. His mother, Shailaja Sharma, is an economist and his father, Gokul Churai, is a software engineer. He has a brother and sister who are both younger than he. His father is from Thalassery, Kerala and his mother is from Palakkad, Kerala.

Suraj was one of ...

12. 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...

13. Hannah Murray

Actress | God Help the Girl

Hannah Murray is an English actress known for portraying Gilly in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011) and Cassie Ainsworth in the E4 teen drama series Skins (2007), from 2007 to 2008 (and again in 2013). In 2014, Murray starred in God Help the Girl (2014). In 2015, she played Sara in the Danish ...

14. Kathryn Prescott

Actress | Skins

Kathryn Prescott (born 4 June 1991 in London, England) is an English actress best known for her role as Emily Fitch in the double BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins (2007). Prescott was born in Palmers Green, London, and is six minutes older than her twin sister Megan Prescott. Prior to professional ...

15. Lily Loveless

Actress | Skins

Lily Loveless was born on April 16, 1990 in London, England as Lily May Loveless. She is an actress, known for Skins (2007), The Fades (2011) and Sket (2011).

16. Joe Dempsie

Actor | Skins

Joe Dempsie was born on June 22, 1987 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England as Joseph Maxwell Dempsie. He is an actor, known for Skins (2007), Game of Thrones (2011) and Blitz (2011).

17. Jack Gleeson

Actor | Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson was born on May 20, 1992 in Cork, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Batman Begins (2005) and A Shine of Rainbows (2009).

18. Michelle Fairley

Actress | Game of Thrones

Michelle was born in July 1965, the second child of publican Brian and nurse Theresa Fairley. As a teenager she attended the Ulster Youth Theatre before moving to Belfast , where she was a member of Fringe Benefit, a repertory company where she acted alongside Conleth Hill, with whom she would ...

19. Evanna Lynch

Actress | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress. Born in the town of Termonfeckin in Ireland, she is one of four children to Donal and Marguerite Lynch. Her acting career began in 2007 when she competed in an open audition against nearly 15,000 girls, and won the coveted role of Luna Lovegood in the "...

20. Kurtwood Smith

Actor | RoboCop

Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Deep Impact (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...

Emmy worthy (see That '70s Show)

21. Debra Jo Rupp

Actress | That '70s Show

Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New...

Emmy worthy (see That '70s Show)

22. Emilie de Ravin

Actress | Remember Me

Emilie was born on 27th December 1981, and grew up in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. When she was 15, she was accepted at the highly selective Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. However, after only a year, she dropped out and undertook acting courses.

Her first starring role was on the ...

Emmy worthy (see Lost)

23. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

24. Taryn Manning

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, to Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife Sharyn. At two months old, Manning's parents separated, and she moved with her mother and brother to Tucson, Arizona, where she was raised. Manning was active in dance, karate, and acting as a child. At age ...

Emmy worthy (see Orange is the New Black)

25. Michelle Hurst

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Michelle Hurst, born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, has an extensive career in theater, film and television. On stage, her roles have ranged from Euripides' MEDEA to a ghostly African-American slave in In This Place... to Sheila in Tough Titty. Her film roles cover everything from the very serious (...

Emmy worthy (see Orange is the New Black)

26. Annie Golden

Actress | Hair

Annie Golden was born on October 19, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Hair (1979), Orange Is the New Black (2013) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009).

27. Yael Stone

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

In 2013, Australian New York City resident Yael Stone portrayed inmate 'Lorna Morello' in Orange Is the New Black.

Yael graduated from NIDA. From a young age, Yael has been lucky enough to work with Australia's premiere storytellers, luminaries of performance and visionaries behind the scenes in ...

28. Patricia Squire

Actress | The Drop

Patricia Squire is an actress, known for The Drop (2014), John Wick (2014) and Bridge of Spies (2015).

29. Marie Avgeropoulos

Actress | The 100

Marie Avgeropoulos currently stars as "Octavia Blake" in the CW's post-apocalyptic drama series, The 100 (2014). The Emmy- nominated series chronicles the surviving population living on a space station, called the ARK, who send a group of 100 delinquents down to earth. THE 100 set out to see if ...

30. Richard Armitage

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. He took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from ...

31. Lori Petty

Actress | Tank Girl

After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from the norm with the mini-movie Bates Motel (1987). This rather inauspicious beginning would also set Lori Petty off on a career as a fighter and a misfit,...

32. Emily Deschanel

Actress | Bones

Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005.

Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel ...

33. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

34. Michaela Conlin

Actress | Bones

Michaela Conlin was born on June 9, 1978 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for Bones (2005), Baby, Baby, Baby (2015) and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).

35. Michele Selene Ang

Actress | 13 Reasons Why

Michele Selene Ang is an actress, known for 13 Reasons Why (2017), Elementary (2012) and A Celebrity's Guide to Giving (2018).

36. Sofia Boutella

Actress | Star Trek Beyond

Sofia Boutella is an Algerian actress, dancer and model. She was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers in Algeria, the daughter of composer and jazz musician Safy Boutella, and an architect mother. She started classical dance education when she was five years old. In 1992, at age 10, she left...

37. Rose McIver

Actress | The Lovely Bones

Rose McIver is an actress from New Zealand. She is the daughter of John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver and Ann "Annie" Coney. Her father is a professional photographer, while her mother is an artist. Rose has an older brother, musician Paul McIver.

When only 2-years-old, McIver started appearing in ...

Emmy worthy (see iZombie)

38. Cree Summer

Actress | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Cree Summer was born on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Cree Summer Francks. She is known for her work on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016). She is married to Angelo Pullens. They have two children.

39. Dylan Minnette

Actor | Prisoners

Dylan Christopher Minnette was born December 29, 1996 in Evansville, Indiana, to Robyn and Craig Minnette. Scouted by an agent in Chicago, Dylan began work on commercial modeling and acting at the age of seven. He later relocated to Los Angeles, CA to continue his acting career.

Dylan scored his ...

Emmy worthy (see 13 Reasons Why)

40. Dale Soules

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Dale Soules was born on October 2, 1946 in New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Messenger (2009) and Prism (1971).

41. Henny Russell

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

A Chicago native, Henny Russell was born to a Norwegian mother and an American father. She graduated with honors from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (BFA) and received her MFA from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre. She has been married to actor R. Ward Duffy since 2004.

42. Tara Strong

Actress | Batman: The Killing Joke

Tara Strong began her acting career at the age of 13 in Toronto, Canada. She landed several TV, film, and musical theater roles as well as her first lead in an animated series as the title role of "Hello Kitty." After a short run at Toronto's Second City theater company, she moved to Los Angeles ...

43. Skylar Radzion

Actress | Supernatural

Skylar is an actor, singer, writer, and sometime model of Métis and Belarus descent, born in Edmonton, Canada. Her first major role was for late, great, horror cult classic Director Ulli Lommel. She was just 16 years old, and was cast as the lead for "Boogeyman: Reincarnation", out of 100s of ...

44. Raymond J. Barry

Actor | Just Married

Raymond J. Barry was born in New York, and attended Brown University, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. While there, he earned his degree in Philosophy and as a senior, was cast in the stage production of "Picnic," where he played a football player. He then entered the...

Emmy Worthy (See 13 Reasons Why)

45. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

46. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

47. Paul Gleason

Actor | Die Hard

Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New ...



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