Making a list of ten best lesser known young actors isn’t easy when the actors are lesser known. It’s a lot easier to talk about actors when people know who they are. Still, more than a few of the actors on this list are sure to become recognizable names soon enough.

  1. Andrew Garfield. Once named to Variety magazine’s “10 Actor’s to Watch” list, this American-British thespian is well versed on stage and screen. Born in 1983 his resume is full of stage, television and film work. Most recognized for his work in “The Social Network,” he will soon take the world stage in a new film version of the “Spiderman” franchise.

  2. Juno Temple. Born in 1989, this actress may be best known in America for her role as Eema in the movie “Year One,” that starred Jack Black and Michael Sera. She delivered a tantalizing performance in the 2010 film “Dirty Girl” and displayed wayward innocence is 2011’s “Little Bird’s.” The daughter of British film/video director Julien Temple, she will impress for some time. 

  3. Zoe Kravitz. The daughter of rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, she was born in 1988. Her father’s song “Flowers for Zoe” was a ballad in her honor. She has modeled for Vera Wang and appeared in the films “Twelve,” and “The Brave One,” among others. She carries the lead in the movie “Yelling to the Sky.”

  4. Elizabeth Olsen. The younger sibling to the famous Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, she was born in 1989. As a child she guested in her older sisters’ direct-to-video movies. She’s come into her as an actress however with a stirring performance in the 2011 Sundance favorite, “ Martha Marcy May Marlene.

  5. Jennifer Lawrence. She is among one of the more lesser known actresses destined to become a star. Her performance in 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Prior to that, she was most known for the little seen “The Burning Plan.” Born in 1990, her future amazingly bright.

  6. Armie Hammer. The great grandson of billionaire oil man, Armand Hammer, he has worked in television and film. His highest profile outing is in the 2011 film, “The Social Network.” He is expected to play a featured role in a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover but let’s face it; he doesn’t need the money.

  7. Journey Smollett. This young actress of mixed African-American and Jewish decent has been working since the age of five. Born in 1986, she has racked up a steady stream of television appearances and made her feature film splash in the critically acclaimed “Eve’s Bayou.” She was featured in the film “The Great Debater’s” and is most known for her role on TV’s “Friday Night Lights.”

  8. Michael B. Jordan. This young African-American actor first began working on Soap Opera’s when just a teen. Born in 1987, he has worked steadily in supporting roles in television. He is most known for his work as Wallace on HBO’s “The Wire,” and as quarterback Vince Howard on television’s “Friday Night Lights.” 

  9. Alex Pettyfour. Born in 1990, this young British former model, turned actor is set to enter movie stardom in the 2011 movie “I Am Number Four.” Follow-up roles are lining up for him and it is certain he will be a fixture on the Hollywood scene well into his thirties.

  10. Mia Wasikowska. At the old age of 21, this actress shot to international recognition as Alice in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Just prior to that film, however, she was most known for her work on HBO’s“In Treatment.”  She received rave reviews for her work in “The Kid’s Are All Right” and has her slate packed with future films.