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Much like the Faces of 2016, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

Here are my predictions for the faces of 2017 (in no particular order):

malachi-kirby

1. Malachi Kirby – The British actor landed the plum role of Kunta Kinte in the History Channel remake of the classic telefilm Roots by author Alex Haley. He will follow that up with roles in the upcoming box office film Fallen based on the book of the same name by author Lauren Kate and he will provide his voice to the video game Squadron 42.

stephan-james

2. Stephan James – Stephan appeared as legendary Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the box office film Race that was released in February of this year. Prior to that he was in the box office films When the Game Stands Tall and Selma; and he had a recurring role in the TV series L.A. Complex and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated FOX event series Shots Fired that will air on FOX during mid-season of 2017.

jacob-tremblay

3. Jacob Tremblay – Jacob is the young Canadian actor who appeared as Jack in the much-buzzed about box office film Room. Prior to that he had a role in the made-for-TV movie My Mother’s Future Husband. He has four box office films coming up in 2017, including Before I Wake with Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth; Burn Your Maps with Vera Farmiga and Virginia Madsen; Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and The Book of Henry with Lee Pace and Naomi Watts.

neel-sethi

4. Neel Sethi – He is the young Indian-American boy who landed the coveted role of Mowgli in the latest live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. This was his first acting role where he was selected out of a “cattle call” of 2,000 children who auditioned for the part.

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5. Elena Kampouris – Elena landed the plum role of Paris, the daughter of Toula and Ian in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. She previously appeared in the short-lived TV series American Odyssey, starring alongside Sarah Wynter and Peter Facinelli. She will next be seen in the box office film Before I Fall based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver.

tori-anderson

6. Tori Anderson – Tori landed the lead role of Evie Covington in the new dramedy No Tomorrow, which debut in October on The CW and while the show will not be continuing beyond its original episode order, Tori is an up-and-comer. She previously had a short recurring role in Killjoys and was one of the regulars in Teen Nick drama Open Heart.

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7. Adria Arjona – Adria will be seen as Dorothy Gale in the January 2017 debut of the much-buzzed about NBC drama Emerald City, which is a dark and twisted adaptation of the legendary Wizard of Oz tale. Prior to that she appeared in season two of True Detective. She will next be seen in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen and Gillian Jacobs.

aulii-cravalho

8. Auli’I Cravalho – Movie goers can hear Auli’I’s voice in the new animated film Moana, which was released in November. She was discovered by an Oahu casting agent who noticed her singing in a charity competition. She won the role of the latest Disney princess from hundreds of women in the pacific islands. In fact, she was the very last girl auditioned.

maddie-bailio

9. Maddie Bailio – Maddie is a talent Texan theatre student who landed the coveted role of Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray Live! which debuted on NBC earlier this month. She beat out over 1,000 other girls for the legendary role. This is her major first acting gig, but she is no stranger to stage work.

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10. Sasha Lane – Sasha is a 19-year-old newcomer to acting who was spotted by writer-director Andrea Arnold among tens of thousands of students on Panama City beach. Arnold convinced Sasha to do an impromptu audition, which led to her being cast as Star in the box office film American Honey. She has three upcoming projects, including The Miseducation of Cameron Post with Chloe Grace Moretz and Shoplifters of the World with Joe Manganiello.

joe-alwyn

11. Joe Alwyn – This British-born actor landed the lead role in Ang Lee’s latest film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which hit theatre screens last month. Joe had never stepped in front of a camera before auditioning for this film. He will next be seen in the film The Sense of an Ending with Downton Abbey and Good Behavior actress Michelle Dockery and will later be seen alongside Gerard Butler in the thriller Keepers.

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12. Millie Bobby Brown – Young actress Millie was born and raised in Spain before her family moved to Florida, and now she is the one of the stars of the much-buzzed-about Netflix fantasy horror drama Stranger Things; she played Eleven. Prior to this she appeared in the BBC series Intruders; she was young Alice in the short-lived TV series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and she had guest roles in NCIS, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy.

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13. Tom Holland – Tom is the latest British actor to take on an iconic American comic book character: Spider-Man. Filmgoers will recognize him from Captain America: Civil War and they will soon see him in the latest adaptation of the Marvel legend in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming and the 2018 Avengers: Infinity War. He also has two other films coming out – The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch and Pilgrimage with Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. His previous work includes In the Heart of the Sea, The Impossible and the mini-series Wolf Hall.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2017? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2016

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Much like the Faces of 2015, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

Here are my predictions for the faces of 2016 (in no particular order):

Sarah Hay

1. Sarah Hay – Sarah was virtually plucked from obscurity for the lead role of Claire Robbins in the Starz ballet drama Flesh and Bone. Sarah began her ballet training at the School of American Ballet at the tender age of 8. She later attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet at the American Ballet Theatre.

John Boyega

2. John Boyega – John can be seen in the role of Finn in the much buzzed about sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens that just came out in the theatres on December 18. His prior credits include 24: Live Another Day and the independent UK film Attack the Block. He will next be seen in the box office film The Circle alongside Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton and Patton Oswalt.

Maika Monroe

3. Maika Monroe – Maika got her big break in the box office film Labor Day alongside Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. She then starred alongside Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens in the 2014 box office film The Guest and followed that up with a role in the horror flick It Follows. Her next roles will be in the sci-fi-themed box office movies The 5th Wave (based on the book of the same name) that stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Justin Hires

4. Justin Hires – In 2007, Justin had a role in the box office film Stomp the Yard and then in 2012, he had a role in the box office adaptation of 21 Jump Street that starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. But it will be his role in the small screen adaptation of Rush Hour that is set to air on CBS at some point in 2016, that will assuredly get his attention.

Chris Wood

5. Chris Woods – Chris has been a mainstay with The CW over the last couple of years, starring in the short-lived The Carrie Diaries and then playing villain Kai Parker on The Vampire Diaries. It will be his turn as Jake Riley in the apocalyptic series Containment, set to air in early 2016, that will, more than likely, turn heads.

Rod Paradot

6. Rod Paradot – Rod, a teen newcomer, who had never acted before in his life, became the first major breakout star of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for the French film La Tete Haute (aka Standing Tall) where he played a deeply troubled 15-year-old from a troubled home and starred alongside legendary French beauty Catherine Deneuve.

Emory Cohen (Getty Image)

7. Emory Cohen – He is turning heads in the much-buzzed-about box office film Brooklyn where he stars with Saoirse Ronan, but some TV viewers may recognize him from his role of Leo Houston in the NBC musical-drama Smash. His other credits include The Place Beyond the Pines and Beneath the Harvest Sky. He has 6 upcoming projects including By Way of Helena with Liam Hemsworth and War Machine with Brad Pitt.

Photo Credit for Emory Cohen: Getty Image

Alex Roe

8. Alex Roe – The British hunk will be seen in the sci-fi-themed box office film The 5th Wave (based on the book) where he will star alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber, but he will also be seen in the long-in-the-waiting, upcoming remake Rings that will also star Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden and Zach Roerig.

Shanice Williams

9. Shanice Williams – This 18-year-old New Jersey native landed the plum role (being selected out of hundreds of applicants in a nationwide audition) of Dorothy Gale in the NBC production of The Wiz Live! that aired on NBC earlier this month. She has co-starred in local productions of West Side Story, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Seussical and Pippin.

Jason Ralph

10. Jason Ralph – In 2016, viewers of the upcoming Syfy series The Magicians – based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman about a secret institution specializing in magic – will see Jason play the lead role of Quentin Coldwater. His prior credits include the David Duchovny series Aquarius and the CBS hit series Madam Secretary.

11. – 15. Cast of Shadownhunters – The ABC Family (soon to be FreeForm) series, based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, is set to debut on January 12. The main cast includes Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario and Alberto Rosende.

Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara will play the lead role of Clary Fray. She has appeared in episodes of Drop Dead Diva, Touch, Unforgettable, Glee and CSI as well as a lead role in the short-lived MTV series Happyland and a short recurring role in The Fosters. She also starred in the box office film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Dominic Sherwood

Dominic Sherwood will play Jace Wayland. He appeared in the box office film Vampire Academy, based on the young-adult paranormal romance novels by author Richelle Mead and he will next be seen in the box office film Take Down with Ed Westwick (Wicked City and Gossip Girl) and Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals)

Emeraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia will play Isabelle Lightwood. This Canadian-born but Texas-raised beauty was selected to participate in the Univision reality show/beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina and has appeared in numerous commercials and ad campaigns as a model. This is her first major TV role.

Matthew Daddario (@rohmanoff)

Matthew Daddario will play Alec Lightwood. He has appeared in the box office films Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn and When the Game Stands Tall with Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis. His older sister is Alexandra Daddario from White Collar, San Andreas and the Percy Jackson films.

Photo Credit for Matthew Daddario: @rohmanoff

Alberto Rosende

Alberto Rosende will play Simon Lewis. Alberto is a South Florida native who is a newcomer to the small screen, having appeared in one episode of Blue Bloods prior to landing this role.

16. to 18. Cast of The Shannara Chronicles – The MTV drama is based on the legendary book series by Terry Brooks that blends magic and primitive technology on an Earth long after civilization was destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust. The three lead roles are played by Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler and Poppy Drayton.

Ivana Baquero

Ivana Baquero will play Eretria. This Spanish beauty has a number of foreign films on her resume as well as appearing in the Guillermo del Toro box office film Pan’s Labyrinth.

Austin Butler

Austin Butler will play Wil Ohmsford. TV viewers will recognize him from his roles in Zoey 101, Ruby & the Rockits, Life Unexpected, Switched at Birth, The Carrie Diaries and Arrow.

Poppy Drayton

Poppy Drayton will play Amberle Elessedil. She appeared in the made-for-TV movie When Calls the Heart (upon which the Hallmark Channel TV series is centered and based on the Janette Oke books) and the beloved PBS drama Downton Abbey.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2016? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2015

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:

Mackenzie Mauzy1. Mackenzie Mauzy – Soap opera fans will be familiar with Mackenzie from her days on The Bold and the Beautiful, but it was her role in the short-lived, but popular ABC series Forever as well as her role as Rapunzel in the box office adaptation of the Broadway play Into the Woods. She will be next seen in the Lifetime movie Manson’s Lost Girls (working title) about the teenaged girls who fell under the spell of Charles Manson.

Taron Egerton

2. Taron Egerton – Taron got his big break in the box office film Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson and he will be appearing in the sequel that is set to air in 2017. He will also be seen in the upcoming movies Legends with Tom Hardy and Eddie the Eagle with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. He will also lend his voice to the animated film Sing with Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey.

Constance Wu

3. Constance Wu – She turned heads at the beginning of this year in her role of Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, the popular ABC comedy that focuses on a Taiwanese family making their way in 1990s America. She will also star in the low budget Kickstarter-based film Low Budget Ethnic Movie. Prior to Fresh Off the Boat, Constance appeared in episodes of One Life to Live, Torchwood and the online series Spooked.

Austin Stowell

4. Austin Stowell – He appeared in the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager before appearing in Dolphin Tale and its sequel. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie A Way Back Home, the box office hit Whiplash and the new TNT drama Public Morals. But it was his role in Bridge of Spies, the much-buzzed about box office film that stars Tom Hanks. He has five new projects in the works for the next two years.

Melissa Benoist

5. Melissa Benoist – Melissa first got TV viewers’ attention on the final two seasons of the FOX musicomedy Glee and she appeared in the box office films Whiplash alongside Miles Tiller and J.K. Simmons, The Longest Ride with Britt Roberson and Scott Eastwood and Danny Collins alongside Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening. But it has been her turn as Kara Danvers in the new fall CBS series Supergirl that has put in her the spotlight.

Thomas Mann

6. Thomas Mann – Thomas has appeared in the box office films Project X, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Beautiful Creatures and It’s Kind of a Funny Story; but it was his role in the indie film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that really turned heads. He has nearly a dozen new projects in the works, including Amityville: The Awakening and Kong: Skull Island.

Johanna Braddy

7. Johanna Braddy – She has had quite a year appearing in the Lifetime drama UnReal and the buzzed about ABC drama Quantico, but she has been working in the industry for over a decade, appearing in episodes of The Riches, Lie to Me, Greek, Southland, CSI: Miami, Leverage, Hit the Floor and Necessary Roughness as well as a role in the box office films Easy A and Paranormal Activity 3.

Yaya Dacosta

8. Yaya DaCosta – She got her big break through America’s Next Top Model, but since appearing in that reality series, Yaya has appeared in All My Children, Ugly Betty, Army Wives, Body of Proof, House and Unforgettable. She then landed the lead role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Whitney, based on the life of the late, great singer. Now she has taken her recurring role of April Sexton from Chicago Fire into a lead role on the spin-off series Chicago Med.

Rhys Matthew Bond

9. Rhys Matthew Bond – The British born actor doesn’t have a long resume of TV or film roles, but he has made an impression with TV viewers appearing in the Good Witch series that is based on the long-running and extremely popular The Good Witch franchise of made-for-TV movies. He also appeared in the first original scripted drama Ties That Bind on the UP Channel; and he had a small role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.

Alycia Debnam-Carey

10. Alycia Debnam-Carey – This Australian beauty first got viewers’ attention as Lexa in the edgy, futuristic drama The 100 on The CW before landing a lead role in the AMC prequel series Fear the Walking Dead. She also appeared in the box office film Into the Storm alongside Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage. She will next be seen in the box office film Friend Request will William Moseley, Connor Paolo and Brit Morgan.

Scott Eastwood

11. Scott Eastwood – Son of the great Clint Eastwood, Scott turned heads in The Longest Ride, the box office adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Prior to that he had small roles in several of his father’s films under the name Scott Reeves as well as appearing in the films The Perfect Wave and Fury. He also had a small role in the TV shows Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. He will also appear in the upcoming films Snowden and Suicide Squad.

Elizabeth Gillies

12. Elizabeth Gillies – She appeared in the popular Nickelodeon series Victorious for four seasons, but it was her role of Gigi in the music-based FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll alongside Denis Leary that has put her on the map. She also appeared in the box office film Vacation and the made-for-TV movie Killing Daddy.

Cody Christian

13. Cody Christian – Cody first came to the attention of television viewers with his role of Mike Montgomery, the younger brother of Aria Montgomery, on Pretty Little Liars before moving on to his role of Theo Raeken in the latest season of Teen Wolf. He will next be seen in the box office movie Killing Animals that will also star James Franco.

Emma Ishta

14. Emma Ishta – Emma’s big break came in the form of her leading role in the new ABC Family drama Stitchers that has a very unusual premise: A young woman is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders. Prior to this role she appeared in one episode of both short-lived shows Black Box and Manhattan Love Story.

Luke Kleintank

15. Luke Kleintank – Luke has appeared in the TV shows No Ordinary Family, The Young and the Restless, Gossip Girl, Bones, Pretty Little Liars and Person of Interest, but it is his role on the much-buzzed about online series The Man in the High Castle based on the acclaimed novel by Philip K. Dick. He also appeared in the family film Max alongside Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham.

Alexandra Park

16. Alexandra Park – The Elizabeth Hurley look-alike beauty from Australia who plays the former’s daughter in the controversial E! drama The Royals, has also appeared in the Aussie drama The Elephant Princess and the long-running Aussie soap opera Home and Away.

Bren Foster

17. Bren Foster – The handsome Australian actor got his start on Home and Away and then eventually landed a role on the long running soap opera Days of Our Lives. Now he has a role on the TNT apocalyptic drama The Last Ship as Wolf Taylor, a new member of the team.

Priyanka Chopra

18. Priyanka Chopra – Priyanka may be a new face to the US audience, but she is considered the Beyonce of India. She is a beauty queen turned singer-actress, who is a huge Bollywood star. In fact, she is the first Bollywood female actress to land a leading role in a primetime American TV show, being the lead star of the new hit ABC drama Quantico.

Who are some of the new faces from this year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2016

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Much like the Faces of 2014, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

Here are my predictions for the faces of 2015 (in no particular order):

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato – Luke is known for his work on the Australian soap opera Home and Away and small roles in the films Monte Carlo and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Liana has appeared in TV shows like House, Cold Case, CSI: Miami and Sons of Anarchy as well as the films Trespass and Stuck in Love. But, this year they starred in the film The Best of Me, the latest Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation; and Luke appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan in The November Man while Liana also appeared in If I Stay. She will next be seen in the film Dear Eleanor alongside Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas and Isabelle Fuhrman while Luke will next be seen in American Dream with Nick Stahl and Michiel Huisman and the remake of Point Break.

Robin Lord Taylor

Robin Lord Taylor

Robin Lord Taylor – Robin’s first big break came via the film Accepted then he appeared in episodes of Life on Mars, Law & Order, Person of Interest, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead and he also appeared in the films Another Earth. But, it has been his role as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) in the new FOX drama Gotham that has brought him accolades and attention.

Tobey Kebbell

Tobey Kebbell

Toby Kebbell – Toby has appeared in the box office films Alexander, Match Point, RocknRolla, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, War Horse and The Counselor. But it was his role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that put him in front of the public. And now, he has been cast as Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four reboot as well as appearing in the video game adaptation Warcraft and the upcoming Ben Hur remake.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate – This SNL alum has appeared in episodes of Bored to Death, Raising Hope, House of Lies, Parks and Recreation and the FX series Married, but it was her lead role in this year’s hit indie film Obvious Child that garnered her the most attention. She will soon be seen in the box office film The Longest Week alongside Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup as well as the upcoming Digging for Fire that will star Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina and Jake Johnson.

Nolan Sotillo

Nolan Sotillo

Nolan Sotillo – Newcomer Nolan is one of the teen stars of the under-appreciated new FOX medical drama Red Band Society and he appeared in the box office film Prom. Nolan is also a singer-songwriter, who was part of a teen musical group called Invasion.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan – Matt stars as John Constantine in the NBC thriller series Constantine based on the DC Comics character, but he has appeared in episodes of The Tudors, Torchwood and the short-lived spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. He has also appeared in the films Layer Cake, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Flypaper, Armistice and provided his voice to the video game Assassin’s Creed IV.

Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale – Keiynan is an Australian actor, singer and dancer who appeared in the Aussie series Dance Academy who has landed a role in the upcoming film Insurgent (the sequel to Divergent based on the book series by Veronica Roth). He will also appear in the upcoming film The Finest Hours that will also star Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck.

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova – Newcomer Camren is a teen model and dancer who landed a pivotal role on the FOX drama Gotham, playing Selina Kyle (aka the future Catwoman). She guest-starred in an episode of the Disney series Shake It Up and in the foreign dance film Battlefield America.

Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell

Jack O’Connell – British TV viewers will know Jack from the series Skins and he had a role in the box office film 300: Rise of an Empire, but his role in the acclaimed film ’71 and his upcoming role in the Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken that will put him on top of the heap. He will then be seen in next year’s Tulip Fever with Zach Galifianakis and Christoph Waltz and Section 6.

Wes Chatham

Wes Chatham

Wes Chatham – Wes turned heads in his recurring role on the CBS series The Unit and appeared in the films W. and The Help; but it will be his role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 that will get him noticed. He will also appear in the film Broken Horses with Vincent D’Onofrio and Anton Yelchin and he will be seen in next year’s Syfy drama The Expanse.

Ryan Guzman

Ryan Guzman

Ryan Guzman – Ryan turned heads in several of the Step Up franchise films and his brief recurring role on Pretty Little Liars; but he will appear alongside Jennifer Lopez in the thriller The Boy Next Door and then in the live-film adaptation of Jem and the Holograms as well as That’s What I’m Talking About with Tyler Hoechlin and Zoey Deutch.

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin – He may have made fans of Glee upset with his role of Sebastian Smythe in Glee as well as a recurring role on 90210, but it has been his role in this fall’s small-screen adaptation of The Flash that has put in on the map.

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez – In her role of Jane Villanueva on the charming new CW series Jane the Virgin, Gina is being touted as one of the breakthrough faces of the fall TV season. But this isn’t her first time on the small screen, she has appeared in episodes of Law & Order, Army Wives, The Bold & the Beautiful and Longmire as well as the acclaimed indie film Filly Brown.

Lorenzo Richelmy

Lorenzo Richelmy

Lorenzo Richelmy – Lorenzo is an Italian actor who has appeared in TV and film in European productions, but who has made his American debut in the Netflix drama Marco Polo about the famed explorer’s adventures in 13th Century China.

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot – Film goers may recognize Gal from her role in the Fast & Furious franchise or possible from the small screen in the extremely short-lived series The Beautiful Life, but it is her casting as Wonder Woman in the upcoming film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice that will turn heads. She is also set to appear in the Wonder Woman stand-alone film (there is FINALLY going to be one!!) and the 2017 Justice League film.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2014? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2014

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan – Relative newcomers Caitriona and Sam landed the lead roles in the highly anticipated Outlander series based on the international best-selling novel of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Caitriona got her start as a runway model before landing small roles in the box office films Super 8 and Now You See Me as well as the online series H+. Meanwhile, Sam appeared in the Hallmark Channel movie A Princess for Christmas (with his naturally short blonde hair), the made-for-TV movie Any Human Heart and the British medical soap opera Doctors.

Adele Exarchopoulos

Adele Exarchopoulos

Adele Exarchopoulos – This French actress, who got her start at the tender age of 12, really burst onto the scene in the acclaimed foreign film Blue Is the Warmest Colour, which earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well as being heralded as the best film of 2013 by many critics. She will next be seen in the Sean Penn-directed film The Last Face that is set to star Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Jean Reno.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o – Lupita, of course, won an Oscar this year for her first role (ever) in the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave; and then starred alongside Liam Neeson in the film Non-Stop. Her voice will be featured in next year’s The Jungle Book and she also landed a role in the highly-coveted Star Wars: Episode VII film.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie – Margot was a huge star in her native Australia by starring in the soap opera Neighbours, but she was first noticed by an American audience in the short-lived drama Pan Am and then the film The Wolf of Wall Street. She has a lot of projects coming up including Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams, Focus with Will Smith, Z for Zachariah with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tarzan with Alexandar Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson, The Taliban Shuffle with Tina Fey and The Mountain Between Us with Charlie Hunnam.

Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort – Newcomer Ansel seemed to be all over the place in 2014, appearing in the film adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent, the film adaptation of the John Green book The Fault in Our Stars and the Jason Reitman film Men, Women & Children. He will next be seen in the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Michiel Huisman

Michiel Huisman

Michiel Huisman – Michiel seemed to be everywhere on TV between appearing in episodes of the ABC music-themed drama Nashville, taking over the role of Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones and showing up in the second season of the acclaimed BBC America drama Orphan Black. He has also been appearing in the latest Chanel No. 5 commercials. He will be seen in the films The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively and American Dream with Nick Stahl and Luke Bracey.

Kathryn Alexandre

Kathryn Alexandre

Kathryn Alexandre – No one knows her “real” face, but everyone who has watched just one episode of Orphan Black knows Kathryn’s work. She is the 24-year-old actress who plays alongside Tatiana Maslany as her clone double. She wears the wigs and costumes and plays out the roles of the clones just as well as Tatiana; and deserves to be praised for what she does. Also, viewers who watched closely to the October 16 episode of Reign would have seen Kathryn as Lady Barnard.

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal – Charlotte and Manish appeared in the acclaimed independent film The Hundred-Foot Journey that starred Helen Mirren. Charlotte appeared in the box office movie Yves Saint Laurent and will next be seen The Walk with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale as well as the upcoming film Bastille Day with Idris Elba and Richard Madden. Meanwhile, Manish appeared in episodes of 90210, Rubicon and Switched at Birth.

Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites – The Australian actor appeared in a number of films throughout the year, including The Signal with Laurence Fishburne and Olivia Cooke, Maleficient with Angelina Jolie, The Giver with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep and Son of a Gun with Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander. He will next be seen in Gods of Egypt with Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Geoffrey Rush.

Jacqueline Toboni

Jacqueline Toboni

Jacqueline Toboni – Virtually fresh out of college with a degree in theatre, Jacqueline landed a recurring role in the NBC fairytale drama Grimm, appearing as Theresa Rubel – aka Trubel – a new “Grimm” who arrives in Portland not knowing or really understanding her gift until she meets Detective Nick Burkhardt.

Nicola Peltz

Nicola Peltz

Nicola Peltz – Back in 2010, Nicola starred in the much-maligned film The Last Airbender, but three years later she landed a role in the FX drama Bates Motel and then she landed a role in the latest Transformers franchise film alongside Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.

Jamie Blackley

Jamie Blackley

Jamie Blackley – Two years ago, Jamie starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, but it was his roles in this year’s The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens and David Thewlis as well as his lead role in the film adaptation of If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz, that got him noticed. He will next be seen in the as-yet untitled Woody Allen film that will star Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey.

Alex Saxon

Alex Saxon

Alex Saxon – Alex is a relative newcomer, who landed a recurring role on the ABC Family drama The Fosters; a role that became a fan favorite. And then not that much later he landed a recurring role on the MTV family drama Finding Carter where his character, once again, became a fan favorite.

Arden Cho

Arden Cho

Arden Cho – Arden joined the cast of the MTV thriller Teen Wolf during the latter half of the third season and became a series regular for the show’s fourth season that aired this summer, playing Kira Yukimura. Previously, she appeared in episodes of Castle, Pretty Little Liars, Rizzoli & Isles and CSI: NY. She will next be seen alongside Giancarlo Esposito in the film Stuck.

Who are some of the new faces from this year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2015

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Every fall when the new TV season starts on the major networks, there are always new faces to look out for in the primetime line-up, familiar faces to welcome back to TV and also interesting faces appearing in recurring roles on returning series.

The following list are the faces for which I think viewers should be on the look-out for:

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova (Gotham) – She will play Selina Kyle, who grows up to be Catwoman. In this gritty version of the city that would become the stomping grounds of a man dressed as a bat, Selina is a 14-year-old orphan who is a pickpocket living on the streets; and in this telling she witnesses the brutal slaying of Bruce Wayne’s parents.

Camren is a newcomer to television with this being her first big break.

Gina Rodriquez

Gina Rodriquez

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) – She plays Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her imminent marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her by mistake during a checkup.

Gina has the lead role in the box office film Filly Brown and has appeared in episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, Longmire, Army Wives, The Bold and the Beautiful and Law & Order.

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin (The Flash) – He stars as Barry Allen, a Central City Police Department forensic scientist, who is struck by lightning during an explosion of a particle accelerator. When he awakens from a 9-month-long coma, he learns he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds, becoming The Flash.

Grant appeared in a recurring role on 90210 and Glee before appearing as Barry Allen in two episodes of Arrow.

Red Band Society Kids (Left to Right: Nolan, Griffin, Zoe, Charlie, Ciara and Astro)

Red Band Society Kids (Left to Right: Nolan, Griffin, Zoe, Charlie, Ciara and Astro)

Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Brian Bradley aka Astro, Ciara Bravo and Zoe Levin (Red Band Society) – They star as the patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Gluck) is in a coma; “new kid” Jordi Palacios (Sotillo), a 16-year-old who comes to California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital; Leo Roth (Rowe), the 16-year-old, charming and independent “leader” of the group; Dash Hosney (Bradley/Astro), a 16-year-old “rebel” with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life; 15-year-old “know-it-all” Emma Chota (Bravo), Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder; and Kara Souders (Levin), a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie and has a failing heart.

Griffin guest-starred in Private Practice, United States of Tara and Back in the Game; Nolan appeared in the box office film Prom; Charlie appeared in the made-for-TV movie Neverland and the box office film Pirate Radio; Astro was a contestant on The X-Factor and the box office film Earth to Echo; Ciara appeared in the Disney series Big Time Rush; and Zoe appeared in the box office film The Way Way Back.

Jack Falahee

Jack Falahee

Jack Falahee (How to Get Away With Murder) – He stars as Connor Walsh, who believes he is the smartest person in the room. He is a sexy, sly heartbreaker who is used to getting any prize he lays his eyes on.

Jack had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC Family drama Twisted and the made-for-TV movie Escape from Polygamy.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan (Constantine) – He plays the lead role in the DC Comics-based series about a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, who is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit.

Matt appeared in the short-lived Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, a couple episodes of The Tudors and the box office films Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Flypaper.

Then there are the familiar faces to welcome back to the small screen:

Tea Leoni

Tea Leoni

Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary) – She stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

Téa starred in the comedy The Naked Truth, the short-lived comedy Flying Blind and the box office films Deep Impact, Spanglish, Fun with Dick and Jane and Tower Heist.

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin (The Flash) – He plays Detective Joe West, an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry Allen and dad to daughter Iris. West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother’s slaying and father’s imprisonment.

Jesse appeared in the long-running series Law & Order as well as episodes of Ally McBeal and Smash. He also appeared in the films Rent and Joyful Noise.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl (State of Affairs) – She stars as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a top CIA analyst who assembles the daily briefings for President (of the United States) and nearly ended up as the daughter-in-law of POTUS until the tragic death of her fiancée.

Katherine starred in Grey’s Anatomy as well as Roswell and the box office films Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and New Year’s Eve.

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans) – He will star in the spin-off series as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka King, a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right.

Scott was the star in the fan favorite series Quantum Leap as well as Star Trek: Enterprise, Men of a Certain Age and a small, but pivotal role, in Chuck.

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer (Red Band Society) – She play Nurse Jackson, who runs a pediatric ward at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles where (the aforementioned) Charlie, Jordi, Leo, Dash, Emma and Kara are all patients.

Octavia appeared in episodes of Ugly Betty and Raising the Bar (among countless guest appearances on many other TV shows) as well as her Oscar-winning role in The Help.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) – She plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant, charismatic and seductive criminal law professor and defense attorney who represents the most hardened criminals.

Viola appeared in the short-lived TV dramas Century City and Traveler, the Jesse Stone made-for-TV movie franchise and the box office films The Help, Beautiful Creatures, Ender’s Game and Prisoners.

And, here are the faces of actors who will have a recurring role on just some of the returning dramas this fall, adding some extra spice to the storylines:

Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig

Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig

Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time) – Georgina will appear as Queen Elsa and Lail as Princess Anna, the lead characters from the animated film Frozen who are brought into the town of Storybrooke, Maine.

Georgina appeared in the final season of Fringe, this summer’s CBS drama Reckless and the box office film The Sapphires while Elizabeth is a newcomer, who is getting her big break on the ABC fairytale drama.

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) – He will recur as Nick Hawley, a rugged bounty hunter who will spend a lot of time with Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane – once they both escape the prisons for which they found themselves trapped in the season one finale.

Matt has appeared in One Tree Hill and Harper’s Island, the short-lived Hellcats, the mini-series Hatfields & McCoys and the made-for-TV movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.

Monique Curnen

Monique Curnen

Monique Curnen (Person of Interest) – She will appear as born-and-bred New Yorker, Captain Felicia Moreno, the new boss of Detective Lionel Fusco.

Monique starred in Lie To Me and the short-lived series The Unusuals as well as the box office films The Dark Knight and Contagion.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh (Arrow) – He will recur as Ray Palmer (also known as the DC superhero The Atom), an unparalleled scientist and inventor, who is the new owner of Queen Consolidated and potentially a new love interest for Felicity.

Brandon starred in the box office films Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as well as a recurring role on Chuck and the short-lived comedy Partners.

Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Craig Parker (Reign) – He will recur as Narcisse, a devout Catholic whose death grip on the French Court will be challenged by none other than Catherine de Medici herself.

Craig appeared in Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus: War of the Damned as well as roles in the box office films Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and the first two The Lord of the Rings movies.

Who are you looking forward to seeing on the small screen for fall TV on your favorite shows? Please share.

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Much like the Faces of 2013, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year. With the help of some online research, here are my predictions for the faces of 2014 (in no particular order):

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander

1. Alicia Vikander – The Swedish actress appeared in the Oscar-nominated Danish film A Royal Affair, then she appeared in the Kiera Knightley led film Anna Karenina and, most recently, she had a role in The Fifth Estate. In the new year, she will appear in the fantasy film loosely based on the Joseph Delaney’s novel series The Wardstone Chronicles as well as the Ewan McGregor-lead Son Of A Gun and the big screen remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O’Brien

2. Dylan O’Brien – He may already be a fan favorite with viewers of the MTV thriller Teen Wolf, where he plays Stiles Stilinski, the sarcastic best friend of lead character Scott McCall, but it will be his lead role of Thomas in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the 2009 novel The Maze Runner by author James Dashner that will put him on the map with more than just the fringe TV audience.

Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor

3. Jack Reynor – The American-born but Irish-raised actor had a small role in the made-for-TV Hallmark movie Chasing Leprechauns that starred Adrian Pasdar and the lead role in an Irish film called What Richard Did. He can currently be seen in the Vince Vaughn-led film Delivery Man, but it will be next year’s box-office blockbuster Transformers 4 that will put him firmly in the public eye. He will play Shane opposite Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci.

Luke Arnold

Luke Arnold

4. Luke Arnold – Luke will appear in the much-anticipated Starz pirate adventure Black Sails where he will play legendary (Long) John Silver and he has the lead role of Michael Hutchence, the late lead singer of the band INXS, in the two-part Australian mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story. Prior to these projects, Luke had a small role in the World War II mini-series The Pacific, appeared in the Australian drama Winners & Losers and the independent film Broken Hill with Tim Hutton and Alexa Vega.

Brady Corbet

Brady Corbet

5. Brady Corbet – Brady got his first big break in the scintillating film Thirteen and later appeared in several episodes of season 5 of 24. In more recent years, he has appeared in the independent films Melancholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene, but it will be his appearance alongside The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson in the box office film Paradise Lost as well as his role in the box office film While We’re Young with Amanda Seyfried.

Lily James

Lily James

6. Lily James – Earlier this year, Lily appeared in season four of the international hit mini-series Downton Abbey as Crawley family cousin Rose, and prior to that she appeared in several episodes of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and had a role in the box office film Wrath of the Titans. But, it will be her lead role in the fairytale big screen film Cinderella that will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will star Cate Blanchett as her nasty stepmother.

Marie Avgeropoulos

Marie Avgeropoulos

7. Marie Avgeropoulos – Marie has appeared in episodes of Supernatural, Harper’s Island, Fringe, Human Target and Eureka before landing the lead role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Fugitive at 17 and then starring in the short-lived CW series Cult. But, it will be her turn in the upcoming futuristic CW drama The 100 as well as her starring role alongside Twilight franchise star Taylor Lautner in the 2014 parkour film Tracers that will have people working very hard to pronounce her last name correctly.

Ed Oxenbould

Ed Oxenbould

7. Ed Oxenbould – Disney has cast young Australian newcomer Ed Oxenbould in the title role of Alexander in the big screen adaptation of the Judith Viorst book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day that will follow Alexander through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does. This youngster will star alongside Jennifer Garner, Steve Carrell, Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge.

Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites

8. Brenton Thwaites – The Australian actor got his big break in the long-running Aussie soap opera Home And Away before landed the lead role in the Lifetime made-for-TV remake (of sorts) Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. But it will be his numerous 2014 film roles that will get him the most attention, including The Signal with Laurence Fishburne; Son of a Gun with Ewan McGregor, Maleficent with Angelina Jolie, Ride with Helen Hunt and The Giver with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan

9. Sam Heughan – Prior to landing the much-coveted role of Jamie Fraser in the Starz adaptation of the internationally popular Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, Sam caught the eye of many Hallmark Channel viewers in the holiday film A Princess at Christmas alongside Merlin alum Katie McGrath. He also appeared in the PBS mini-series Any Human Heart, the British medical drama Doctors and the British min-series Island at War.

Ty Simpkins

Ty Simpkins

10. Ty Simpkins – Movie goers who saw Iron Man 3 will recognize young Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener, the young kid who helped Tony Stark out of a bind, but he also appeared in the 2010 horror flick Insidious as well as its 2013 follow-up. But, he will be seen in the long-in-the-works Jurassic Park sequel that will be released in the summer of 2015. Among this now 12 year old’s resume are the box office films War Of The Worlds, Revolutionary Road and Little Children.

Sophie Nelisse

Sophie Nelisse

11. Sophie Nelisse – This 13-year-old Canadian newcomer landed the lead role in the 2013 fall film release The Book Thief, playing Liesel Meminger, an adopted, illiterate girl who is fostered by the Hubermanns (played by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) when her father abandons her family, forcing her mother to give Liesel up for adoption. She learns to read thanks to the Hubermanns. Sophie was chosen over 1,000 other girls for this part and has only appeared in one other film: the 2011 Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language film Monsieur Lazhar.

There will also be two groups of people (from film and TV) that will, assuredly, catch the attention of viewers in the new year, and they include:

Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow

Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow

1. Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing – These two will play the lead roles of Elizabeth Thatcher and Jack Thornton in the new Hallmark Channel weekly series When Calls the Heart that is based on the Janette Oke book series. Daniel was, in fact, part of my faces of 2012 list because of his role in the short-lived ABC drama Last Resort while some TV viewers will recognize Erin from her recurring role on Army Wives.

Divergent Cast Justine Wachsberger, Ansel Elgort and Amy Newbold

Divergent Cast Justine Wachsberger, Ansel Elgort and Amy Newbold

Divergent Cast: Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Divergent Cast: Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Ben Lloyd-Hughes

2. The Cast of Divergent – The recognizable faces among the cast of this adaptation of the Veronica Roth YA novel includes Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Theo James (Golden Boy), Kate Winslet (Titanic), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Ashley Judd (Missing), Maggie Q (Nikita), Miles Teller (Footloose), Zoe Kravitz (singer Lenny Kravitz’s daughter and X-men: First Class) and Mekhi Phifer (ER and Torchwood); but it will be the newer actors/actresses who will be starring alongside these bigger name stars who will be getting a lot of attention once the movie opens. They include Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Ansel Elgort, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold and Justine Wachsberger.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2014? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2013

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