Ten Actors That Made a Huge Breakthrough in 2013

January 27, 2014

1. Jenna Coleman


Her wide eyed unassuming looks took Doctor Who fans by surprise in 2013. In just 12 episodes of the iconic show she has cemented her place as one of the best companions of the Doctor. In 2013 she went from being an actress with a few credits under her belt, to an iconic face due to her supporting role in the Doctor Who Fiftieth anniversary special. It broke the record with 3.6 million American viewers and 10.2 million in the U.K.

2. Dan Stevens


Despite recently breaking a ton of hearts by leaving Downton Abby, Dan remains a 2013 breakout star with his roles as Ian Katz in the Fifth Estate and Gilbert Evans in Summer In February. He has several movies coming up this year, after the foundation he laid in 2013.

3. Dane DeHaan


Talk about range, this guy has shown in 2013 that he can play just about any character from a teen, to a villain to a psychopath. If there was a top breakthrough for 2013 he would be it.

4. Brie Larson


2013 has been a busy year for Brie Larson, and she was already established before. Last year became the year that proved she had not only range to play outside her typical characters, but stamina to complete several projects and excel at them all.

5. Carey Mulligan


Carey got our attention playing the lead female role with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. While she did not receive any awards for this role, it put her on the map in Hollywood, while she already had a solid career in the U.K.

6. Jessica Chastain


She has made Hollywood her playground in the past two years. In 2013 was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty and she has not showed any signs of slowing down in 2013. With well received leading roles in Mama, Salome and the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Jessica seems to only pick up more momentum with each new movie.

7. Bradley Cooper


He has been in a lot of movies, and the Hangover franchise have certainly put him in the spotlight. 2013 was his year because of his Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, and several other prestigious awards for the same movie. Before 2013 he was in demand, but after 2013 he is officially an A list leading man with award nominations for American Hustle and several 2014 movies planned.

8. Michael B. Jordan


He has won several breakthrough actor awards for his roll as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station. He is set to release at least two movies in the next year and is definitely one to keep an eye on.

9. Jennifer Lawrence


The Hunger Games Trilogy and a painted on blue suit put her on the mapfor sure, but 2013 is the year Jennifer Lawrence proved that she was more than just a pretty face. She won an Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, did several other movies including the acclaimed American Hustle, and is projected to do at least four movies in 2014.

10. Lupita Nyong’o


She came out of nowhere in 2013, and wowed the world in 12 Years a Slave. After her Golden Globe nomination and a Breakthrough Artist win, we will definitely be seeing more of Lupita in 2014.