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Actors and Actresses to Watch: Spring 2021

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Actors and Actresses to Watch: Spring 2021

By: Jill Robben, Sr. Manager, Celebrity & Influencer

In today’s social media and streaming environment, it only takes one big role for up-and-comers to become overnight sensations.

For Millennials and Gen Zers, this sudden ascent includes watching their social following quickly grow from a few thousand to millions of people anticipating their next posts. TMA tracks social trends, music, film releases, and buzzy shows to predict which new talent will become big names.

Check out some of the new faces currently on our radar.

Emma Corrin

UK actress Emma Corrin had her breakout role as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown. She was nominated and later won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for that role.

KNOWN FOR: Alex’s Dream, Misbehaviour, Pennyworth, The Crown


Jayme Lawson

Jayme Lawson is an actress and graduate of The Juilliard School who was recently cast in the upcoming film The Batman. She will also play a young Michelle Obama in the upcoming television series, The First Lady.

KNOWN FOR: Farewell Armor

UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Batman, The First Lady

Jeremy Rudd

Jeremy Rudd is an American actor who is just getting his start in Hollywood. He landed a role in the Showtime series City on a Hill alongside Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Tucker.

KNOWN FOR: The Cabin House, City on a Hill

Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick is a British Chinese actress who has appeared in several films and played Nymeria Sand in HBO’s Game of Thrones. In 2017, she was listed as one of Variety’s Top Breakout Stars and as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2020 Rising Stars.

KNOWN FOR: Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucas Cage, Underwater, Godzilla vs. Kong

UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Gray Man, The Matrix 4

Simu Liu

Simu is a Canadian actor, writer, and stuntman with some big films on the horizon. He is starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in a dog adventure movie, Arthur the King, and is also set to star as the lead in an upcoming Marvel movie. Simu is in the process of releasing his own book and has been named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 10 rising stars of 2021.

KNOWN FOR: Pacific Rim, Blood and Water, Kim’s Convenience

UPCOMING PROJECTS: Women is Losers, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Arthur the King

Daisy Edgar Jones

Daisy Edgar Jones is a British actress who is known for her role on Normal People, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress this year. She was named as one of British Vogue’s 2020 list of influential women. Most recently, she landed the lead role in the highly anticipated film Where the Crawdads Sing.

KNOWN FOR: Normal People, War of the Worlds, Cold Feet, Pond Life

UPCOMING PROJECTS: Where the Crawdads Sing

Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson is an American writer, producer, comedian, and actress who gained prominence after creating her own series on her Instagram, Girl Who Has Never Been On a Nice Date. She later produced and acted in content BuzzFeed and is in the process of writing a book and writing/starring in a new ABC comedy, Harrity Elementary.

KNOWN FOR: iZombie, Lazor Wulf, A Black Lady Sketch Show

UPCOMING PROJECTS: Harrity Elementary, writing debut book “She Memes Well”

Danny Ramirez

Danny Ramirez is an American actor and graduate of New York’s Tisch School of the Arts who has been cast in the highly anticipated film Top Gun: Maverick alongside Tom Cruise. In 2018, he was presented the Third Annual NYU Stonestreet Granite Award, which was previously given to Miles Teller and Rachel Brosnahan.

KNOWN FOR: The Affair, Blindspot, On My Block, Lost Transmissions

UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Top Gun: Maverick

Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona is a Puerto Rican actress who is set to appear in highly anticipated Spider-Man spinoff Morbius where she will have the lead female role opposite Jared Leto.

KNOWN FOR: 6 Underground, True Detective Emerald City, Triple Frontier, Pacific Rim Uprising, Good Omens

UPCOMING PROJECTS: Morbius, Sweet Girl

Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill became an actor after initially playing collegiate football. He has had several small roles before landing a reoccurring role on Grey’s Anatomy, which we expect will help jumpstart his career with more opportunities.

KNOWN FOR: Scream: The TV Series, Grey’s Anatomy

UPCOMING PROJECTS: The Pipeline, On Site

We’ll be watching as this list of actors continues to gain notoriety and acclaim. Be on the lookout for updates and more up-and-coming faces to watch. Click here to view past lists of emerging talent in music, film, and TV.