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Poll: Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we take a look the Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2016 on IMDb, those who have had immense success this past year on the big screen. Which of these breakout stars do you look forward to seeing more of in the coming year?

"Among the select group of stars who charted on IMDb's annual Top 100 list for the first time in their careers in 2016, these 10 stars consistently ranked the highest on the IMDb weekly STARmeter chart throughout the year."IMDb Editors

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    Sofia Boutella

    #10 Sofia Boutella

    After breaking out as the assassin Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) (weren't you kinda rooting for her to walk away the winner of that man's game?), Sofia Boutella landed a vital role in Star Trek Beyond (2016); her character, Taylah, balanced out the franchise's testosterone factor and, of course, she earned a distinct honor for her bravery.

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    Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    #9 Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    On The Good Wife (2009-2016), Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Jason Crouse, the only person to ever intimately eat Doritos with Alicia Florrick.

    Fans called out Crouse's unsatisfying departure from the show; by that time, however, JDM was busy wielding Negan's baseball bat on The Walking Dead (2010-), where he's currently reigning serious season-seven terror. You know "TWD"'s writers won't botch this particular exit.

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    Sam Claflin

    #8 Sam Claflin

    His trident-wielding days as Finnick Odair might be behind him, but Sam Claflin is no post-Hunger Games casualty. This year, Claflin expanded his fan base with Me Before You (2016) opposite Emilia Clarke. The movie met with both success and controversy for the way Claflin's wheel-chair bound character, Will Trainer, was both conceived and portrayed, but it became one of the best-performing romantic dramas in some time.

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    Adam Driver

    #7 Adam Driver

    Adam Driver is so talented and in demand that even his character on Girls (2012-) is now a successful actor. The Method man earned his place on this list for his portrayal of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and fans of the Dark Side are bracing for a face off between Ren and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).

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    Evan Rachel Wood

    #6 Evan Rachel Wood

    This year it felt as though the press finally stopping talking about Evan Rachel Wood's romantic endeavors and focused more on her acting thanks to her part in Westworld (2016-)'s successful first season. Dolores Abernathy might be the oldest host in the park, but she instantly became one of the most talked about new characters on television.

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    Brie Larson

    #5 Brie Larson

    Consider this brief year in review: Brie Larson began 2016 with a deserved Best Actress Oscar win for Room (2015) as she wrapped up production on Kong: Skull Island (2017), prepped for her directorial debut (Unicorn Store (2017)), shot two other movies, and landed the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the MCU.

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    Natalia Dyer

    #4 Natalia Dyer

    Congratulations to this Stranger Things (2016-) supporting cast member for earning a top spot on this list — ahead of any of her male co-stars. Ahead of Barb, too!

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    Tom Holland

    #3 Tom Holland

    One thing Tom Holland is done that is truly amazing: His brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War (2016) as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man has energized the superhero's worldwide audience for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), the web slinger's third iteration in 15 years.

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    Haley Bennett

    #2 Haley Bennett

    The object of Emily Blunt's fascination nearly topped our list this year. Starting with her supporting role in The Equalizer (2014), Haley Bennett has demonstrated a knack for landing spots in blockbusters, sleeper hits, and neo-cult classics alike. An upcoming appearance in Terrence Malick's Weightless (2017) won't hurt her cred either.

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    Millie Bobby Brown

    #1 Millie Bobby Brown

    Eleven is our number one. As the Stranger Things (2016-) character's psychokinetic ways gained full control over our fandom, Millie Bobby Brown's effervescent appearances on talk shows and at events with her co-stars Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo made us all feel happy to see that 2016 was the year of the healthy, insanely talented, and cool-beyond-her-years child star.

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