2016 Sundance Up and Comers

by jeffvespa | created - 03 Dec 2015 | updated - 04 Jan 2016 | Public

1. Owen Campbell

Actor | As You Are

Owen Campbell is an actor and director, known for As You Are (2016), Super Dark Times (2017) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018).

As You Are

2. Charlie Heaton

Actor | Stranger Things

Charlie Heaton was born on February 6, 1994 in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is an actor, known for Stranger Things (2016), The New Mutants (2020) and Shut In (2016).

As You Are

3. Amandla Stenberg

Actress | The Hate U Give

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg, a businessman. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry).

In the summer and fall of 2010, she shot her ...

As You Are

4. Aja Naomi King

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

King appeared in several short films before landing guest roles on the CBS procedurals Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Her big break came in 2012 when she was cast as new surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson on the CW drama Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled after a single season in 2013. ...

The Birth of a Nation

5. Kim Shaw

Actress | I Just Want My Pants Back

Kim Shaw was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for I Just Want My Pants Back (2012), Animals (2014) and Saving Hope (2012).


6. Sarah Megan Thomas

Actress | Equity

Sarah Megan Thomas is an award-winning actress, producer, and writer.

For her latest feature, "A Call To Spy," Sarah wrote the screenplay, produced, and plays legendary spy Virginia Hall. The film won numerous awards on the festival circuit, including an Audience Choice Award, and the ADL "Stand Up"...


7. Virginia Gardner

Actress | Project Almanac

Virginia Gardner was born Virginia Elizabeth Gardner on April 18, 1995, in Sacramento, California. She attended Sacramento Country Day School until eighth grade. In 2011, she joined online schooling when she moved to Los Angeles and but she chose to take the California High School Proficiency Exam....


8. Ben Schnetzer

Actor | The Book Thief

Ben Schnetzer was born on February 8 1990 in New York, to actors Stephen Schnetzer and Nancy Snyder. He began acting in his teens, appearing in the TV drama 'Happy Town' but, in his own words wanted to give acting "a proper shot" and moved to London in 2010 to study drama at the Guildhall School of...


9. Danny Flaherty

Actor | The Wolf of Wall Street

Daniel Flaherty (Danny) is an American actor who was born and raised in Bergen County NJ. He is the youngest of four children. Danny started acting professionally at the age of 12 when he was signed with Shirley Grant management in Teaneck NJ. He is an avid skateboarder, singer songwriter, and film...


10. Alex Ross Perry

Writer | Her Smell

Alex Ross Perry is a writer and director, known for Her Smell (2018), Golden Exits (2017) and Listen Up Philip (2014).


11. Frankie Shaw

Actress | SMILF

Frankie grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her mother is from South Boston and raised her Jewish. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in English literature. She first gained recognition in the completely improvised Sundance film, The Freebie (a Duplass Brother ...


12. Carla Juri

Actress | Blade Runner 2049

Carla Juri was born in 1985 in Locarno, Switzerland. She is an actress, known for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Wetlands (2013) and Brimstone (2016).

Morris From America

13. Jakub Gierszal

Actor | Sala samobójców

Jakub Gierszal was born on March 20, 1988 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is an actor, known for Suicide Room (2011), Spoor (2017) and Dracula Untold (2014).

Morris From America

14. Markees Christmas

Actor | Morris from America

Markees Christmas is an actor, known for Morris from America (2016), Unicorns (2019) and Markees Saves (2015).

Morris From America

15. Lina Keller

Actress | Morris from America

Lina Keller was born on March 22, 2000 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Morris from America (2016), Blaumacher (2017) and V8 - Die Rache der Nitros (2015).

Morris From America

16. Levin Henning

Actor | Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

Levin Henning was born in 1999 in Germany. He is an actor, known for The White Ribbon (2009), Land of Mine (2015) and Ruby Red (2013).

Morris From America

17. Maude Apatow

Actress | This Is 40

Maude Apatow is an American actress. She is the eldest daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, and is possibly best known for her very popular Twitter page. After minor roles in Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009), as the daughter of Leslie Mann's characters, she had a ...

Other People

18. Tika Sumpter

Actress | Southside with You

Tika Sumpter was born in New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. Sumpter began her career as model, before she landed the role of "Layla Williamson" in ABC's daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) (2005-2010, 2011).

After she left the soap, Sumpter won a recurring role in the ...

Southside With You

19. Parker Sawyers

Actor | Southside with You

Parker Sawyers is known for his work on Southside with You (2016), Big Game (2014) and The Mummy (2017).

Southside With You

20. Timothy Eulich

Stunts | Tenet

Born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, Timothy never had the opportunity to meet anyone who worked professionally in film and television. He did, however, love creating action films with his parents old cameras. What some called procrastination, others saw as a developing craft. When he got caught ...

Swiss Army Man

21. Evan Jonigkeit

Actor | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Evan Jonigkeit is an actor and producer, known for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) and Easy (2016). He has been married to Zosia Mamet since October 2, 2016.


22. Brian Marc

Actor | Nerve

Brian Marc is an actor, known for Nerve (2016), Luke Cage (2016) and White Girl (2016).

White Girl

23. Bobbi Salvör Menuez

Actress | Under the Silver Lake

Bobbi Salvör Menuez was born on May 8, 1993 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as India Salvör Menuez. She is an actress and writer, known for Under the Silver Lake (2018), Nocturnal Animals (2016) and The Breakup Girl (2015).

White Girl

24. Annabelle Dexter-Jones

Actress | Cecile on the Phone

Annabelle Dexter-Jones was born on October 25, 1986 in London, England. She is an actress and director, known for Cecile on the Phone (2017), Under the Silver Lake (2018) and Holy Motors (2012).

White Girl

25. Andre Hyland

Actor | The 4th

Andre Hyland is a director, actor, writer, comedian, producer, and visual artist.

In 2019 Hyland returned to the Sundance Film Festival with multiple projects. He was a lead in the A24 feature "The Death of Dick Long", and also premiered his third directorial Sundance film "Old Haunt", in which he ...

The 4th

26. Johnny Pemberton

Actor | In the Loop

Johnny Pemberton is known for his work on In the Loop (2009), Ant-Man (2015) and 21 Jump Street (2012).

The 4th

27. Eliza Coupe

Actress | Happy Endings

Eliza grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School.

Coupe first garnered industry attention in 2006 when her hilarious and irreverent one-woman show, The Patriots, performed at UCB/NYC, was selected for HBO's prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Coupe ...

The 4th

28. Yasmine Kittles

Soundtrack | Blue Ruin

Yasmine Kittles is an actress, known for Blue Ruin (2013), All American Orgy (2009) and Video Town (2013).

The 4th

29. Anna Lee Lawson

Actress | Y0142

Anna Lee Lawson is an actress, comedian, writer who also works in as a wide variety of aspects of production (as seen by this IMBD profile). She started as a professional theatre actor in her youth, holds a BS in Screenwriting from Chapman University and went on to train at UCB and IO West. She is ...

The 4th

30. Paul Erling Oyen

Actor | Untitled Andre Hyland Project

Athlete. Musician. Engineer. Performer. Paul Erling Oyen wears many hats. A jack of all trades, but a master of none? Not true. He is a master of science according to the University of Washington in Seattle where he co-authored the paper "Investigation of the Seismic Behavior and Analysis of ...

The 4th

31. Adam Bakri

Actor | Omar

Adam Bakri is an actor, known for Omar (2013), Official Secrets (2019) and Ali and Nino (2016).

Ali & Nino

32. María Valverde

Actress | Exodus: Gods and Kings

She began acting in 2002, when film director Manuel Martin Cuenca chose her from 3000 girls to be the lead actress in his film "The Bolshevik's Weakness". One year later, Maria's work impressed both the audience and the Spanish Film Academy, who awarded her with the Goya for Best Newcomer. Since ...

Ali & Nino

33. Lou de Laâge

Actress | Les innocentes

Lou de Laâge was born on April 27, 1990 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France. She is an actress, known for The Innocents (2016), Breathe (2014) and Jappeloup (2013).

Agnus Dei

34. George MacKay

Actor | Captain Fantastic

George MacKay was born 13 March, 1992 in Hammersmith, London, England, to Kim Baker, a British costume designer, and Paul Christopher MacKay, an Australian stage/lighting manager, from Adelaide. One of his grandmothers is from Cork, Ireland.

At the age of ten, George was scouted to audition for a ...

Captain Fantastic

35. Erin Moriarty

Actress | The Boys

New York City-born Erin Moriarty launched her acting career in a way many hopefuls dream of: with an awards-recognized project. Erin first appeared on screen in the Emmy-nominated soap opera One Life to Live (1968) in 2010, playing the character Whitney Bennett in six episodes. In 2011 she built on...

Captain Fantastic

36. Lily Gladstone

Actress | Certain Women

Lily Gladstone is known for her work on Certain Women (2016), Billions (2016) and First Cow (2019).

Certain Women

37. Craig Roberts

Actor | Submarine

Craig Roberts is one of the most interesting, diverse and exciting young actors working today. He is known for his breakout role in Submarine, for which he won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actor, the London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year, in addition to being ...

The Fundamentals of Caring

38. Megan Ferguson

Actress | Soundtrack

Megan Ferguson was born in 1983 in the USA as Megan Louise Ferguson. She is an actress, known for Soundtrack (2019), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) and Casual (2015). She has been married to Nico Evers-Swindell since October 29, 2011.

The Fundamentals of Caring

39. Ben Rosenfield

Actor | 6 Years

Ben Rosenfield is an actor, known for 6 Years (2015), Irrational Man (2015) and A Most Violent Year (2014).


40. Noah Robbins

Actor | Grease Live!

Noah Robbins is an actor, known for Grease Live! (2016), Miss Sloane (2016) and Masters of Sex (2013).


41. Theo Taplitz

Actor | Little Men

Theo Taplitz is a director and actor, known for Little Men (2016) and True Places Never Are (2015).

Little Men

42. Michael Barbieri

Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Michael Barbieri is an actor, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), The Dark Tower (2017) and Little Men (2016).

Little Men

43. Xavier Samuel

Actor | Love & Friendship

Xavier Samuel was born on December 10, 1983 in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. He is an actor, known for Love & Friendship (2016), Fury (2014) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).

Love & Friendship

44. Emma Greenwell

Actress | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Emma Greenwell was born in the United States but raised in London. After graduating high school she applied to drama schools and did a play at the Edinburgh Festival. She studied acting at Hurtwood House and LAMDA. After graduating, Emma moved to Los Angeles and booked her first role of Mandy ...

Love and Friendship

45. Lucas Hedges

Actor | Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges is an American actor. He is known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director ...

Manchester by the Sea

46. Lucy Boynton

Actress | Sing Street

Lucy Boynton (born 17 January 1994) is an American-English actress. She made her film debut with a leading role in Miss Potter (2006). Boynton starred in Copperhead (2013), Sing Street (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

Boynton was born in New York City and ...

Sing Street

47. Lucy Fry

Actress | Bright

Lucy Fry was born on March 13, 1992 in Wooloowin, Australia as Lucy Elizabeth Fry. She is an actress, known for Bright (2017), 11.22.63 (2016) and Mr. Church (2016).


48. Daniel Webber

Actor | The Punisher

Daniel (Peter) Webber was born on the 28th of June, 1988 in the city of Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. His mother's name is Vick Webber, his father is Peter Webber, who ran a Tree Removal company for 20 years. He has an older sister Kylie Webber and a younger sister Sarah Webber. Daniel first...


49. Riley Keough

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Actress and model Danielle Riley Keough was born in Santa Monica, California, to musicians Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. She is the eldest grandchild of legendary singer Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. Keough started modeling as a teenager. Her first appearance was on a runway ...

The Girlfriend Experience

50. Kate Lyn Sheil

Actress | Equals

Kate Lyn Sheil was born on June 13, 1985 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Equals (2015), You're Next (2011) and V/H/S (2012).

The Girlfriend Experience

51. Joe Cole

Actor | A Prayer Before Dawn

Joe Cole is an English actor, born in Kingston upon Thames, London. He has four younger siblings, including fellow actor Finn Cole.

Cole was taught acting by the National Youth Theatre. He started his career with theatrical roles. In 2010, he had guest star roles in the police procedural "The Bill" ...

Green Room

52. Callum Turner

Actor | War & Peace

Callum was born in London and grew up on a Chelsea estate - he is a huge Chelsea football fan - where, he claimed in a 2014 interview, "I learned more from films than I did through life itself." Six foot two tall, he decided to go into acting at age eighteen taking some courses and working as a ...

Green Room

53. LaKeith Stanfield

Actor | Sorry to Bother You

LaKeith Lee Stanfield is an actor and rapper from Victorville, California. At the age of fifteen, LaKeith began attending the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center in Orange County. A few years later, he auditioned for Destin Cretton's then college thesis film Short Term 12 (2008). Later, the ...

Miles Ahead

54. Dylan Gelula

Actress | First Girl I Loved

Dylan Gelula was born on May 7, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for First Girl I Loved (2016), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) and Chasing Life (2014).

First Girl I Loved

55. Brianna Hildebrand

Actress | Deadpool

Brianna Hildebrand was born on August 14, 1996 in College Station, Texas, USA as Brianna Caitlin Hildebrand. She is an actress and producer, known for Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Tragedy Girls (2017).

First Girl I Loved

56. Jennifer Prediger

Actress | Apartment Troubles

The New York Times called her a "busy indie actress". Jennifer is also a busy writer, director and producer now living in Los Angeles.

Prediger's first film role was as an out-of-town guest and temptress in 'Uncle Kent', a film directed by Joe Swanberg that premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was ...

First Girl I Loved

57. Mateo Arias

Actor | Kickin' It

Mateo Arias is an actor, known as Jerry on the Disney series Kickin' It. Other shows include Yours, Mine & Ours and Good Kids.

Mateo was born on October 31, 1995 in New York City, New York, USA, the son of parents from the Paisa region of Colombia. He is the younger brother of actor Moises Arias. ...

First Girl I Loved

58. Royalty Hightower

Actress | The Fits

Royalty Hightower is an actress, known for The Fits (2015), Ruby in Murdertown and And Then I Go (2017).

The Fits

59. Charles Brice

Actor | Homeland

Charles Brice is known for his work on Homeland (2011), The Punisher (2017) and Watchmen (2019).

How To Tell You're A Douchebag

60. DeWanda Wise

Actress | Jurassic World: Dominion

In television, film, theater, writing, and producing, DeWanda Wise has established herself as one of the industry's most exciting talents. In the Netflix adaption of "She's Gotta Have It," created by Spike Lee, Wise appears as the iconic 'Nola Darling.' Based on Lee's 1986 film of the same name, ...

How To Tell You're A Douchebag

61. William Jackson Harper

Actor | Midsommar

William Jackson Harper was born on February 8, 1980 in Dallas, Texas, USA as William Fitzgerald Harper. He is an actor, known for Midsommar (2019), Paterson (2016) and The Good Place (2016).

How To Tell You're A Douchebag

62. Jenna Williams

Actress | The Blacklist

Jenna Williams is an actress, known for The Blacklist (2013), How to Tell You're a Douchebag (2016) and Blue Bloods (2010).

How To Tell You're A Douchebag

63. Camille Rutherford

Actress | La vie d'Adèle

Camille Rutherford is an actress and writer, known for Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013), Holy Motors (2012) and Mary Queen of Scots (2013).

Jacqueline (Argentine)

64. Rafi Gavron

Actor | A Star Is Born

Rafi Gavron was born on May 28, 1989 in Hendon, London, England as Raphael Pichey Gavron. He is known for his work on A Star Is Born (2018), Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) and The Cold Light of Day (2012).

The Land

65. Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Actor | Brigsby Bear

Jorge Lendeborg Jr. is an actor, known for Brigsby Bear (2017), The Land (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

The Land

66. Ezri Walker

Actor | The Land

Ezri Walker was born as Ezri Ma'Lon Walker. He is an actor, known for The Land (2016), Cherish the Day (2020) and Empire (2015).

The Land

67. Matt Johnson

Actor | The Dirties

Matt Johnson is an actor and director, known for The Dirties (2013), Operation Avalanche (2016) and Nirvanna the Band the Show (2016).

Operation Avalanche

68. Lilith Stangenberg

Actress | Wild

Lilith Stangenberg was born on August 14, 1988 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Wild (2016), The People Vs. Fritz Bauer (2015) and Tatort (1970).


69. Clara Wong

Actress | Billions

Clara Wong is known for her work on Billions (2016), Louie (2010) and The Eyes of My Mother (2016).

The Eyes of My Mother

70. Flora Diaz

Actress | Cam

Flora Diaz is known for her work on Cam (2018), The Eyes of My Mother (2016) and Gotham (2014).

The Eyes of My Mother

71. Will Brill

Actor | The OA

Will Brill is an actor, known for The OA (2016), The Eyes of My Mother (2016) and Not Fade Away (2012).

The Eyes of My Mother

72. Owen Williams

Actor | The Dirties

Owen Williams is an actor, known for The Dirties (2013) and Operation Avalanche (2016).

Operation Avalanche

73. Josh Boles

Writer | Woman in Stall

Josh Boles is an actor and writer, known for Woman in Stall (2018), Operation Avalanche (2016) and The Dirties (2013).

Operation Avalanche

74. Seychelle Gabriel

Actress | The Last Airbender

Seychelle Gabriel is from Burbank, CA and has been acting professionally for over a decade. She began doing background work when she was a child and moved into principle roles towards her later high school years, after performing in the Frank Miller film, The Spirit. She has since then performed in...


75. Jacob Latimore

Actor | Detroit

Hailed by Variety, Indiewire and The Wrap as an exciting breakout star, Jacob Latimore is quickly emerging as one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation.

Recently Latimore drew strong critical acclaim for his star turn as Bo in 2016 Sundance Film Festival favorite SLEIGHT, ...


76. Sasheer Zamata

Actress | Michelle Obama's Breaking Point

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress and writer. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and This American Life. She serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights. She hosts a live variety show called Sasheer Zamata Party Time...


77. Darby Stanchfield

Actress | Scandal

Darby was born and raised in Alaska where her father owned a successful commercial fishing business. She received a Masters in Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Darby is best known for her role as Abby Whelan on ABC's hit show Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes.


Carnage Park

78. Ashley Bell

Actress | The Last Exorcism

Ashley Bell made her feature film debut in Lionsgate and Strike Entertainment's thriller, The Last Exorcism (2010). Her performance garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and an MTV Movie Award nomination, while the film grossed nearly $70 million, worldwide...

Carnage Park

79. Francesca Eastwood

Actress | Wake Up

Francesca Eastwood was born on August 7, 1993 in Redding, California, USA as Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood. She is an actress, known for Awake (2019), M.F.A. (2017) and The Vault (2017). She has been married to Clifton Collins Jr. since January 1, 2017. She was previously married to Jordan ...

Outlaws and Angels

80. Madisen Beaty

Actress | Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Madisen Beaty was born on February 28, 1995 in Centennial, Colorado, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019), The Master (2012) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Outlaws and Angels

81. Angela Trimbur

Actress | The Final Girls

Angela Trimbur was born on July 19, 1981 as Angela Denice Trimbur. She is known for her work on The Final Girls (2015), The Good Place (2016) and Under the Silver Lake (2018).

Under the Shadow

82. Bobby Naderi

Actor | Under the Shadow

Bobby Naderi was born in Tehran during the Iran/Iraq war, his youth consisted of a refugee/gypsy upbringing due to the political unrest in the region. In search of safety and a better life, he and his mother fled to Turkey, after a few years of trying to get asylum Canada finally granted them the ...

Under The Shadow

83. Arash Marandi

Actor | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Arash Marandi is an actor, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Fireflies (2018) and Sunrise (2015).

Under The Shadow

84. Lily-Rose Depp

Actress | Tusk

Lily-Rose Depp was born 27 May, 1999 in Paris, France. Her mother is French singing sensation Vanessa Paradis, and her father is American actor Johnny Depp. Her little brother, John "Jack" Christoper III, joined the clan in 2002. During Lily-Rose's early years, the Depp-Paradis family divided their...

Yoga Hosers

85. Harley Quinn Smith

Actress | Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Harley Quinn Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Jennifer Schwalbach and Kevin Smith. At the age of two, Smith and her family moved to Los Angeles. Smith had intentions to become a professional bass guitarist, but later fell in love with acting.

She has been seen in several films, including ...

Yoga Hosers

86. Austin Butler

Actor | Untitled Elvis Presley Project

Austin Robert Butler was born in Anaheim, California, to Lori Anne (Howell), an aesthetician, and David Butler. He has always enjoyed movies of all types. When he was 13 he was walking around at the Orange County Fair and was approached by a representative from a background-acting management ...

Yoga Hosers

87. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo

Actor | Sing Street

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo was born on October 12, 1999 in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Sing Street (2016), Vikings (2013) and Coda.

Sing Street

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