Breakout Celebrities: 8 TV Stars Predicted to Rise to the Top in 2014
We all have our own favorite actors and actresses whom we look forward to seeing year after year, but there is always new talent making its way onto the Hollywood scene. This year is no exception, and there are a few talented people who are expected to become the next big thing. Here’s who you should watch for in 2014.
1. Hamish Linklater
An actor on CBS’s The Crazy Ones, Linklater isn’t a stranger to the big screen. He’s previously appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as The Newsroom. According to Cinema Blend, Linklater is able to create both depth and layers, and “that acute sense of emotional range and control is what makes him such a standout on The Crazy Ones, which, considering the cast involved (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, and adorable-as-a-puppy/’not great, Bob!’ James Wolk) is no small feat. The CBS show has moments of heightened hilarity (thanks to Williams and Wolk), but the heart of the whole thing lies with Linklater’s Andrew Keanelly.”
His keen acting skills, which mix great restraint and an understanding of where and when to push himself, will cause him to rise to the top in 2014.
2. Nazanin Boniadi
The 31-year-old actress plays an Iranian CIA analyst named Fara Sherazi on Showtime’s Homeland. Boniadi was named a breakout TV star by Elle due to the way she’s able to keep viewers second-guessing while playing her role as Saul Berenson’s (Mandy Patinkin) latest recruit.
3. Harry Treadaway
He will play the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (pictured above, second from right) in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which premieres May 11. The show is a psychological thriller that weaves together horror stories into one adult drama. According to The Huffington Post, he’s also in in the horror thriller Honeymoon, in which he plays the role of Paul, a newlywed husband who starts to discover some disturbing things about his bride’s past.
4. Dylan O’Brien
Fans of MTV series Teen Wolf are well aware of the talented Dylan O’Brien, but for those who haven’t watched the supernatural drama series, they’ll now have a chance to appreciate O’Brien’s talents on the big screen. Viewers can watch him in theaters in the fall with a leading role in The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dasher’s popular novel.
5. Chloe Bennet
Known as Skye in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bennett, 22, will lead the way for actresses in 2014, Elle says. She is able to bring a fun cleverness to Skye, who is a superhero-obsessed, civilian hacker-turned-government asset on the show.
6. Mackenzie Davis
She is poised to play a leading role in Halt and Catch Fire, an upcoming period drama by AMC. The series will premiere June 1 and takes a look at the early days of personal computing in the early 1980s. Davis began 2014 by starring in That Awkward Moment with Michael B. Jordon and Jack Efron; her Canadian Screen Award-nominated performance in The F Word will also be seen by U.S. audiences this year.
7. Nelsan Ellis
He plays Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s vampire series True Blood, and now everyone will have an opportunity to see his scene-stealing abilities in his role as Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic Get on Up, Yahoo reports. Does he look sort of familiar but you’re not sure where to place the face? Ellis also played a small role in The Help.
8. Addison Timlin
The 22-year-old Philadelphia native is likely already known by fans of Showtime’s Californication. In the show, she plays an actress working with David Duchovny’s Hank Moody, and she has continued to push her character to new levels throughout the series.
In 2014, you can expect to see her career take off with solid parts in movies such as That Awkward Moment, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and the lead in Scott Hicks’ Fallen.