10 Best Young Female Actors

Sunday, March 20 by Shawn Lealos

Hollywood is always looking for the next big thing and the next best young female actors to break onto the scene and set the world on fire. Many young actresses fizzle out over time, but when they do hit it big, they break out and blaze a trail like no one else. These are the best young female actors under the age of 25.

  1. Ellen Page Ellen Page has done more than almost any of the young female actors on this list. Page impressed with early roles in “Hardy Candy” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” before breaking out in the indie “Juno.” She also starred in one of 2010's best movies, “Inception.”
  2. Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence is a newcomer to Hollywood but earned an Oscar nomination for the 2010 indie breakthrough movie “Winter’s Bone.” She has two high profile movies coming in 2011, Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” and “X-Men: First Class.”
  3. Emma Stone Emma Stone made her film debut in the smart, sweet teen flick “Superbad.” She proved she was one of the best young female actors in Hollywood with her role in the equally smart teen coming-of-age movie “Easy A” in 2010. Next up for Stone is the female lead in the reboot of “Spider-Man.”
  4. Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning began acting at the age of five and impressed in the Sean Penn drama “I Am Sam.” Steven Spielberg once called her the smartest child actor he ever worked with and now, at the age of 16, has built a diverse career as one of the best young female actors in Hollywood.
  5. Chloe Moretz At only 13 years of age, Chloe Moretz has proven to be one of the most daring young female actors working in Hollywood right now. She has been in the sweet indie movie “(500) Days of Summer,” portrayed a foul mouthed killer in “Kick-Ass” and started as a tormented vampire in “Let Me In.”
  6. Anna Kendrick At the age of 25, Anna Kendrick is the oldest young female actor on this list and has shown to have a knack for choosing great roles that showcase her various skills. She earned an Academy Award nomination for “Up in the Air” while earning legion of young fans by appearing in the popular “Twilight” saga.
  7. Emma Watson One of the most popular young female actors, Emma Watson might always be associated with the role of Hermione from the “Harry Potter” film series. Let’s hope that is not true because Emma Watson has grown into a fantastic actress since she first debuted in the series in 1999.
  8. Kat Dennings This fantastic young female actor started her career with a small role on “Sex and the City.” She has since enjoyed numerous supporting roles in movies like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “The House Bunny.” Her biggest role to date was a co-starring role in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”
  9. Abigail Breslin Abigail Breslin appeared in “Signs” at the age of five. Four years later, the entire world discovered her when she earned an Oscar nomination for the indie hit “Little Miss Sunshine.” While she hasn’t enjoyed the same success in the years since, she has continued to build an impressive body of film work.
  10. Hailee Steinfeld Although she has only appeared in one movie in her young career, this young female actor has set the world on fire thanks to her starring role in the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.” The performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards.


  1. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Dakota Fanning is 17, not 16 as stated.

  2. March 20, 2011 1:41 am

    Gabrielle H.

    Great list! I love all these actresses. They’re all quite talented!

  3. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Ellen Page is the best!

  4. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Love Emma Stone

  5. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    I heartily agree with Emma Stone! She’s been great in every part I’ve seen her in.

  6. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Jennifer Lawrence’s other High profile movie coming up is The Hunger Games. I can’t believe that wasn’t mentioned ..

  7. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    now if you replace Anna Kendrick and her knack of choosing “great roles” with Saoirse Ronan, this list could’ve been close to perfect. Also Emma Watson being a better actor than Kat, Abigail and Hailee does not compute.

  8. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    I think this list is in need of some Saoirse Ronan.

  9. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    This list should really have Saoirse Ronan preferably at number 1 :D

    Either way she definitely should be on this list.

  10. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Also forgot to add Mia Wasikowska.

    The list needs to be redone to be honest. Chloe is 14 also.

  11. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Lack of Saoirse Ronan……..ridiculous

  12. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    This list is not very good…… also agree that Saoirse Ronan should be on it and Mia Wasikowska and Rooney Mara

  13. March 20, 2011 1:41 am


    Chloe Moretz is fantastic. My guess is twenty years from now we’ll still be talking about whatever her latest movie is. A star in the making.

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