Black Hollywood’s Rising Stars and Up-and-Coming Talent of 2020

Check out our Top Ten list for Black Hollywood's Rising Stars of 2020, which consist of the most promising up-and-coming African American directors, actors and producers in Hollywood currently establishing themselves and making a name for themselves among Hollywood's elite!

Get to know these names. The new up-and coming black starts of Hollywood! Whether they’re leading tentpole films (Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu, Mulan’s Liu Yifei) or fronting must-see-TV, this batch of Hollywood rising stars are here to stay. They’re who every producer in town is looking to cast and work with. They are producing some of the most talked about new content, they are who every agent is vying to sign and every studio is hoping will agree to lead their next blockbuster film!. From recent big-screen breakouts like The Last Black Man in San Francisco’s Jonathan Majors to some of the hottest new actors, producers, directors and television film stars.

Numa Perrier

The actress and filmmaker cut her teeth directing the 2005 short, Judi: A Series of Memories, later stepping behind the camera for episodes of Yellow and Chef Julian. Now, Perrier has recently wrapped her second feature film Jezebel. And has also directed an episode of Queen Sugar.

Stella Meghie

Meghie has already made waves stepping behind the camera for films like Everything, Everything and The Weekend. Up next for her is The Photograph, a film that features a series of intertwined love stories, starring LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Teyonah Parris, Courtney B. Vance, and Lil Rel Howery.

Naomi Ackie, 29

In 2018, the London actress become coming off a few indie initiatives — Lady Macbeth, Yardie, The Corrupted — when she were given an offer from a galaxy far, a ways away. “When Star Wars got here alongside, it felt so outside my remit because I’ve never visible everyone who seemed like me,” says Ackie. “We’re now not just speakme approximately color — we’re talking approximately a girl who has thick thighs, things that you don’t always see in these action movies.” This December, Ackie may be visible as new individual Jannah, a fighter in the Resistance, in J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, and he or she simply made her go back within the second season of Netflix dramedy The End of the F***ing World.

Jaron Marquis, 35

Making a career shift is hard, especially when you do it in your 30’s, that is what makes the young Hollywood recording artist and producer Jaron Marquis so special. After building a career as a business consultant working for mid-sized companies to Fortune 100 companies such as AIG, he had a moment where he decided to stop making his own excuses and chase his dreams of working in Hollywood.Since he made that decision, he has worked on films such as Straight Outta Compton and even shows such as Scandal. He has since founded the production company, Urban Genius Entertainment, which has already produced 2 seasons of Laugh After Dark now on Amazon Prime and the digital series Q&A, with an exciting slate ahead of both scripted and reality projects.

Ella Balinska, 23

Growing up in London, Ella Balinska is making a huge splash in Hollywood! She is known for starring in the 2019 action comedy film Charlie’s Angels, which is the third film installment within the franchise of the same name along Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott and directed by Elizabeth Banks. Balinska trained at the Guildford School of Acting and acquired her combat skills with the Academy of Performance Combat. She previously attended the Arts Educational Schools in London.

Charlie Barnett, 31

This Florida native was hard to miss in 2019.

Charlie Barnett is an American actor from Sarasota, Florida. He starred as Peter Mills, a firefighter/paramedic on the NBC drama Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2015. Currently, he stars as Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll. He starred as Ben Marshall on the Netflix series Tales of the City. But in the meantime, he’s landed arcs on the final run of The CW’s Arrow and the second season of Netflix’s You.

Kelvin Harrison Jr., 25

Harrison, whose parents are trained musicians, always thought he was predestined for the music business. But then he met Viola Davis when he scored a one-line role in 2013’s Ender’s Game. Her advice to him? Take acting classes. Turns out she was on to something: This year alone Harrison has starred in The Wolf Hour, Luce, Gully, Bolden and awards contender Waves, not to mention Epix series Godfather of Harlem. “My journey has been so natural,” he says.

Lashana Lynch, 31

Lashana Rasheda Lynch is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Rosaline Capulet in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed and fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. Lashana Lynch says creating her No Time to Die character was about working with writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and director Cary Fukunaga to shape a real woman. “I didn’t want someone who was slick. Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London.

Jonathan Majors, 30

“If Gus Van Sant pulls you out of school,” says Majors, “you go.” The Dallas native was in his last semester of his graduate program at the Yale School of Drama when he was cast in limited series When We Rise. Majors was born in California but raised in Texas. His mother is a pastor. Jonathan attended Duncanville High School where he won numerous awards for acting in One Act Play and TFA Tournaments.

Indya Moore, 24

Moore always dreamed of performing but “being trans and a person of color, I just didn’t think that I would be allowed in those spaces,” says the actor, model and activist. That all changed when they broke out on FX’s Pose. They’ve since used the newfound fame to launch a production company that amplifies issues related to transphobia and bullying, in particular against black trans women. Moore can also been seen in Universal’s Queen & Slim and Netflix’s family film A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.

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