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Top Ten Famous Actresses Under 30

Updated on February 3, 2013


So a little while ago I wrote an article entitled "Top Ten Actors Under 30". It was a huge hit for me and I decided I would go ahead and write a companion to that article entitled "Top Ten Actresses Under 30". So yeah this one was much harder since a lot of great actresses are over 30... Sophia Bush, Zooey Deschanel, Alexis Bledel... I could go on and on. However, after careful searching and prodding I finally got a list of ten, strong, females in the industry.

The following list is based solely off of my opinion. If you disagree in any way, I'd love to hear it and also hear of other actresses that did not make this list. I watch a lot of movies and I've really noticed how these actresses light up the scene/movie that they're in. These beautiful young women are just awesome at what they do. So, check out my Top Ten Actresses Under 30!

10. Dakota Fanning

Age: 18

Famous For: I Am Sam

Years Active: 1999-Present

Dakota Fanning, what can I say. She is constantly reinventing herself and getting awesome roles in the movie industry. She is the youngest actress on this list and deserves to be on her for awesome consistency in her roles. She's believable, lovable, and just plain good. I've seen her in several films that don't include I Am Sam, such as War of The Worlds, Push, and Coraline. She's just awesome at what she does and I know she's going to be even awesome as she pushes past her teenage years. Give it up for Dakota Fanning. I totally recommend any movie she's in. You won't be disappointed.

9. Mae Whitman

Age: 24

Famous For: Parenthood

Years Active: 1994-present

Mae Whitman was not actually on my list at first. I honestly was short on people, so I asked a friend. Well Mae Whitman is famous for Parenthood that I would love to catch up on one day and she's just a few months older than myself. I'll be twenty-four this October. I actually want to comment Mae for her voice acting. Ever hear of Avatar: The Last Airbender? Apparently she plays Katara!! Who I love as a character in the show and I have to give Mae props for such an awesome job. She's also worked on Johnny Bravo, JAG, Arrested Development and STILL does voice work for Family Guy and Cleveland Show. The girl gets around. Good job Mae! I want to see and hear more of you after finding these things out!! :)

8. Amanda Seyfried

Age: 26

Famous For: Mean Girls

Years Active: 1995-Present

If you don't remember Amanda Seyfried in Mean Girls you're insane. The girl is a good actress!! And I really can't just note the one movie. Amanda Seyfried is an extremely versatile actress and has played in many awesome roles on movies and shows such as Alpha Dog, Mamma Mia!, Red Riding Hood, and Veronica Mars. She's also done work on the famous soaps As The World Turns and All My Children. I'm really rooting for Amanda to have even better roles in the future as she continues to show me her skills as an actress. I can't wait to see more of her!

7. Nina Dobrev

Age: 23

Famous For: The Vampire Diaries

Years Active: 2006-Present

Nina Dobrev is a big surprise. When she first started acted I think people didn't really think highly of her, but she showed them. Nina Dobrev has blown up after three years on The Vampire Diaries. As a fan I really appreciate her acting skills as has been said to have grown over the years, but I didn't see her until last year. In addition to TVD, Nina also played on Digrassi: The Next Generation for two years. I think Nina is going to get even more popular as people discover The Vampire Diaries and in turn discover her. She'll be in Perks of Being A Wallflower with other great young actors and actresses: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. I'm very excited for that. Nina is going to have an awesome 2013!!

6. Hayden Panettiere

Age: 23

Famous For: Heroes

Years Active: 1994-Present

"Save the cheerleader, save the world." Who doesn't forget about Hayden playing the cheerleader Claire on the NBC series Heroes. She was absolutely wonderful through and through, putting a great deal of work and effort into her role. Now the show has been gone for some time now, but Hayden is still acting and doing some great things. In addition to her role on Heroes she also had stints on Malcolm in The Middle, Ally McBeal, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. She's also done lots of voice acting with the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Hayden is a beautiful and talented actress who is on her way to the top. There's just one role keeping her from reaching the top five on this list.

5. Blake Lively

Age: 25

Famous For: Gossip Girl

Years Active: 1998-Present

Now that Gossip Girl has had its last season filmed, one wonders what Blake Lively will do afterwards. I have no worries for Blake since she's always been a strong actress on the big screen and small screen. She's a fan favorite, capturing her audience where she goes. In addition to Gossip Girl, Blake has had roles in other features such as The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, Accepted, New York, I Love You, and Green Lantern. Blake is a star on the rise with her wonderful smile and her determination towards being an awesome actress. She's highly deserving of this #5 spot. Blake, I'm rooting for you!!

4. Emma Stone

Age: 23

Famous For: The Amazing Spider-Man

Years Active: 2004-Present

Emma Stone came later in the game than others on this list, but she's been quickly rising in the ranks as one of Hollywood's breakout actresses. She's been in several awesome movies over the last few years, but not limited to The Amazing Spider-Man, The Help, Crazy, Stupid Love, and Superbad. Emma Stone is just plain awesome, having done awesome work on her roles and creating a fanbase to call her own. My hope is that she only keeps rising and doing as well as she's had. For an actress who's just started, she's been nominated for countless awards and won quite a few. She's not done yet, I don't think. Emma... I think you're only going to rise further!

3. Emma Watson

Age: 22

Famous For: Harry Potter Film Series

Years Active: 2001-Present

So Emma Watson has been getting a lot of work lately since the Harry Potter films are finally over (it only took ten years). She's been on Facebook as the better version of Kristin Stewart, which makes me only happier on the inside. She's a strong actress, able to contort her emotions and facial expressions at the drop of a bag. She's doing awesome!! I really have to give it to her. She's been nominated and won many young actresses awards and I'm sure she'll only continue to win and be nominated. She's going to be in the upcoming film Perks of Being A Wallflower. I'm so excited for this. Emma is a favorite of mine and it made me want her towards the top of this, and I'm also convinced she'll only get better.

2. Ellen Page

Age: 25

Famous For: Juno

Years Active: 1997-Present

Ellen Page. She HAD to be on this list. I've seen her in so many awesome roles and she's done so well with them. Ellen Page is versatile, talented, and by far one of the best rising actresses today. Her role on Juno got her a nomination for Best Actress from the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. She's just that good. Ellen Page has also been in great films such as Hard Candy, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Inception. She has been highly noted because of her acting prowess and is still on the rise. She'll be starring in mystery, The East that premieres next year. I for one, can't wait. If you haven't seen Hard Candy, you should. It's the role that makes her a major star.

1. Anne Hathaway

Age: 29

Famous For: The Princess Diaries

Years Active: 1999-Present

Anne Hathaway is #1!! Yay! She's the oldest on this list as well. She will be thirty later this year and she is the most accomplished of the actresses on this list. Anne Hathaway has time and time again proven that she is among the elite and played in roles that have won her countless awards. She can be seen her strongest is works such as The Princess Diaries, Ella Enchanted, Brokeback Mountain, Rachel Getting Married, and The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway is one of the best young actresses right now and she will be a seasoned veteran at the height of her career. Anne Hathaway! I can't wait to see what you do next. :)

Which One of These Actresses is Your Favorite?

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      4 years ago

      I'm going to pick Anne Hathaway as the best actress among these, but I really like Dakota Fanning and Nina Debrov. Debrov is gorgeous!

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your comment and visit!

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      5 years ago

      very well researched. keep it up.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      :) Thanks! I appreciate it. I love Ellen Page! She's awesome.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Ellen Page is my idol, I'm so happy she's included here on this list! Oh how I thank you! :)

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      :) Thanks a lot! Yeah I posted this before Perks and yeah. That's my favorite movie!! Awesomeness!!

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      5 years ago from Germantown, WI

      Whitman, Watson, and Dobrev were all amazing in Perks! Great hub! I think we'll be seeing these ladies in films for many years to come.

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot! I appreciate it!! :)

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      5 years ago

      So many beautiful and talented actresses! Interesting and informative hub.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Hmm... I've never heard of her unfortunately. I couldn't have put on this list. But after quick research I see she is a rising star. Thanks for the comment!

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      5 years ago

      This list so incomplete with Jennifer Lawrence! And she topples them all cos she has the best career among them.

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      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Angela for the visit and comment. Yeah I tried to select a good variety.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Great choices, only a coupld I did not know, but I had heard of the shows that they are on.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks!! I appreciate that. :)

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great list! There are quite a few of my favorites on your list, as well as some I was not familiar with. I will have to check out some of their movies. I don't watch a lot of tv or movies, sounds like I have some catching up to do. Voting up and sharing! :)

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Terrye! I appreciate that. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great roundup of some awesome talent, crazed! Voted up and shared.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am amazed by how young these ladies are. They have achieved so much at an early age. I vote in the poll for Anne Hathaway :)


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