#20 – #16

20. Dakota Fanning (age:16)

She’s one of those actresses that even though she’s so young, she’s been doing it for a while now. In recent years I’ve noticed her trying to make that jump from being the cute child in the family of the film to being a real actress. Even though I’m not going to say she’s proved herself as a solid character actress I do think that based on her performance in The Runaways it’s obvious that she has the talent and can be better than the Hollywood generic machine would prefer her become.

Upcoming Roles: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)

19. Elle Fanning (age:12)

Yes, the younger sister wins. Her performance in Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere is definitely making her win out over her sister and I think what’s even a bigger factor for me is that, unlike Dakota, she hasn’t appeared in any of the Twilight films.

Yes I’m going to hold Twilight against Dakota, get over it.

Upcoming Roles: Twixt Now and Sunrise (2011), Super 8 (2011), We Bought a Zoo (2011), Vivaldi (2011)

18. Sasha Grey (age:22)

I doubt she’s well known for actually acting but I have to say that I like her as an actress, even more when she keeps her clothes on. She has a certain way of moving on screen that keeps your attention and I think it might be between her performance in Entourage as well as The Girlfriend Experience where some may say she didn’t play much of a character but until she breaks that ¬†barrier into being completely horrible I’m going to keep looking forward to her films.

Upcoming Roles: I Melt With You (2011), The Girl From the Naked Eye (2011), Skinny Dip (2011)

17. Lily Cole (age: 22)

She was a supermodel and then Mr. Terry Gilliam picked her up and cast her in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. She played the Doctor’s daughter that the Devil and the Doctor were gambling over. She went from innocent and caring to hurt and troubled as easily as any real person, and that’s what we’re looking for in an actress.

Upcoming Roles: The Moth Diaries, There Be Dragons (2011)

16. Katie Jarvis (age: 19)

It’s said that she isn’t a real actress. The director of Fish Tank saw her arguing with her boyfriend randomly one day and immediately approached her to play this role. To say that she was perfect for the role is an understatement. She was unrelentingly¬†cantankerous and whether it was acting or not it doesn’t stop me from admiring the character that I got to see on screen. I hope she gets cast in something else and is just as convincing, whether it be the same kind of character or something else.

Upcoming Roles: N/A


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  • Interesting list, I'm happy that you included Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan…did you not watch Arrested Development? That's where I first knew Mae Whitman (who her?), who I adore.

    • I've seen some episodes of Arrested Development… didn't realise she was from that show

  • Zeelee

    If Fish Tank had been American, Katie Jarvis would be inundated with roles.
    Good list… Saoirse Ronan would be my number 1 in my book.

    • Nice to see someone else's love for Saoirse, can't wait to see her in Hanna.

      I agree with the Jarvis comment as well. She would be the go to girl, like how Jennifer Lawrence and Rooney Mara are now, if she were American. Going to take a couple more roles for Jarvis to get the attention she deserves.

  • Jayannebulauan

    saoirse ronan must be the no. 1

    • She is fantastic, but not my #1 obviously. Can't wait to see what she does next after seeing her in HANNA this year already.

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  • Mae

    I'm not a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence, though she is a good actress. Emma Watson is my all time favorite actress and would have to be #1 for me.