2016’s Most Popular Actors List Revealed

Compiling two very different but relevant lists in the world of cinema, the website IMDb has just released the 10 most popular breakout actors searched for online as well as the most popular overall. Females dominate their male counterparts, with one star of the hit Netflix television series Stranger Things making both top 10s.

Popularity can be read any number of ways but one common denominator is that these actors are all incredibly busy with big budget productions on the small and big screen. 5 years ago many of these performers were nobodies, a stark contrast to who they are today.

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Margot Robbie Peter Rabbit

Taking the overall honors for 2016 is Australia's own Margot Robbie. Coming fresh off her stellar performance as Harley Quinn in DC's Suicide Squad after roles in The Legend of Tarzan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Focus and Z for Zachariah, the 26-year old can clearly be considered a superstar within her industry.

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke follows suit in second while Tom Hardy is the highest ranking male in 4th spot in front of Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot. Leonardo DiCaprio rounds out the top 10 with the Academy Award winner being prominent this year via The Revenant and the climate change documentary Before the Flood.

Top 10 most searched actors:

  • 1 Margot Robbie
  • 2 Emilia Clarke
  • 3 Millie Bobby Brown
  • 4 Tom Hardy
  • 5 Morena Baccarin
  • 6 Gal Gadot
  • 7 Alicia Vikander
  • 8 Daisy Ridley
  • 9 Haley Bennett
  • 10 Leonardo DiCaprio

MBB Sweeps All Before Her

Millie Bobby Brown Stranger Things

It is hard to comprehend a 12-year old topping not only the biggest breakout stars searched online, but coming in at 3rd overall. English actress Millie Bobby Brown is yet to become a teenager and is already one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood with her role in Stranger Things, while Spider-Man: Homecoming's Tom Holland and Star Wars: The Force Awakens own Adam Driver making the other top 10 list.

Top 10 most searched breakout stars:

  • 1 Millie Bobby Brown
  • 2 Haley Bennett
  • 3 Tom Holland
  • 4 Natalia Dyer
  • 5 Brie Larson
  • 6 Evan Rachel Wood
  • 7 Adam Driver
  • 8 Sam Claflin
  • 9 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • 10 Sofia Boutella


Keep tabs on Brie Larson, whose star will rise when she takes the role of Captain Marvel come 2019.

Source: NME