Netflix ‘s popularity as a pioneering streaming platform has helped many indie directors and creators who need a distribution platform for their works. From movies, series, to documentaries. Not only for directors and scriptwriters, there are also many actresses and actors who are famous thanks to Netflix. Appearing on a Netflix Original can be a stepping stone for many performers these days. Not only for Hollywood actors, but also other international actors. Some of these actors and actresses can appear in many Netflix projects, while getting bigger opportunities on other platforms and even the main stage in Hollywood. Here’s a list of famous actresses and actors thanks to Netflix.
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1. Millie Bobby Brown
Fans of “Stranger Things” would agree that Millie Bobby Brown is the ‘face’ of the teen supernatural adventure series. Millie arguably gained instant popularity after playing Seven in the series. Not only because Seven is a mysterious and interesting character, Millie also has charisma as a star. Thanks to the success of “Stranger Things”, Millie is often invited along with other actor friends on popular talk shows. And Millie became the most prominent actress among her friends. She also plays “Enola Holmes” on Netflix which will soon return with a new sequel.
2. Finn Wolfhard
Still from the “Stranger Things” cast, Finn Wolfhard as Millie’s co-star also became a famous actor thanks to Netflix. After his success in the platform’s streaming series, Finn also received many offers to play in popular feature films. From “IT” (2017), “The Goldfinch” (2019), “Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), to the latest, When You Finish Saving the World (2022). There are many other non-Netflix movie projects. Apart from Millie and Finn, there are also many other famous actors thanks to Netflix in the series “Stranger Things” which will soon end in the upcoming fifth season.
3. HoYeon Jung
“Squid Game” is the most popular Korean series on Netflix of all time for now. Along with the popularity of the survival death game series, all Korean actors who played in the series were also quite evenly splashed with popularity. Starting from Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo (but both are already famous in the kdrama scene before), as well as HoYeon Jung, where this series is her acting debut. The young starlet, who was previously more active as a model, gained great popularity even on the Hollywood stage. Where she can sit with actresses who are popular through other series in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Roundtable”. She also modeled in The Weeknd’s latest music video, “Out of Time”.
4. Claire Foy
Claire Foy is best known in the mainstream media for her performance as the young Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown” which premiered in 2016. As the lead in the main season of the British royal drama series, Claire Foy’s performance also plays a big role in the foundation of the success of the series which will soon enter its fifth season. Although she has now retired from “The Crown”, she is still actively acting on the big screen. Starting from “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, “Unsane”, “First Man”, “Breath”, and several other upcoming titles.
5. Matt Smith
Claire Foy’s ‘partner’ in The Crown, Matt Smith is also becoming an increasingly popular actor thanks to Netflix. Previously, the British actor was popular through the British series “Doctor Who” in the 2000s. His prestige as an actor seemed to be refreshed after his captivating performance as the young Prince Philip with the characterization of the queen’s sweet but controversial husband. After retiring from “The Crown” as well, Matt also started to gain popularity on the big screen. She played in the movies “Morbius” and “Last Night in Soho”, starring alongside young Netflix sensation Anya Taylor-Joy. Now, Matt Smith is making a comeback as he is currently starring in the most trending fantasy series, “House of the Dragon”. He also plays one of the main characters, Daemon Targaryen. It seems that after this Matt will become even more popular in the wider entertainment scene.
6. Rege-Jean Page
Rege-Jean Page is a well-known actor thanks to Netflix after playing in the period romance series, “Bridgerton” season one. Where he plays the role of the Duke of Hasting, Simon Bassett. Acting with actress Phoebe Dynevor, the two have an interesting chemistry as the main couple. Rege-Jean began to spread her acting wings in movies. He appeared in Netflix’s latest action movie, “The Gray Man” and is one of the main cast members in the upcoming movie, “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (2023).
7. Tom Ellis
The next famous actor thanks to Netflix is Tom Ellis. She was seductive and alluring as the iconic demon from hell in “Lucifer”. Female viewers who are fans of the supernatural genre have a tendency to easily fall in love with even controversial characters like Lucifer. If it wasn’t for Tom Ellis, perhaps “Lucifer” wouldn’t have been successful enough to exist for six seasons.
8. Julia Garner
Julia Garner could soon be joining the a-list of actresses in Hollywood. The talented actress played in various Netflix series as a supporting character. Starting from “Maniac” and “Ozark”, to finally getting the lead role in the true-crime adaptation series, “Inventing Anna” which was trending on Netflix. She has won three Emmy Awards for best supporting actress for “Ozark”, including this year. Julia also played in the quality feature film, “The Assistant”. And has been cast as the lead in “Little Sparrow” as Madonna, which is still in production.
9. Katherine Langford
Katherine Langford also became a famous actor thanks to Netflix, after being the lead in the controversial teen series, “13 Reasons Why” in 2017. She plays Hannah Baker, a teenager who commits suicide after being bullied and leaves a recording to punish everyone responsible for her death. She is back in the Netflix series, “Cursed”. And played in several popular teen movies such as “Love, Simon”, “Spontaneous”, and the phenomenal drama thriller, “Knives Out”.
10. Lana Condor
Another teen actress who rose to fame through her appearance on Netflix, Lana Condor. Her most iconic performance was as the lead in the chick flick, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018). The success of the teen drama film continued into the next two sequels in 2020 and 2021. Lana Condor is still the ‘face’ of the Netflix Original movie and left quite an impactful impression on the teen entertainment scene. He also played in the more brutal teen series, “Deadly Class”. As well as returning to play in this year’s latest Netflix Original, “Boo, Bitch”.
That was a series of famous actresses and actors thanks to Netflix. Which is your favorite actor or actress in this lineup? There are actually many more famous actors thanks to Netflix. This proves that Netflix has become a platform that can be an unexpected first stepping stone for many actresses and actors out there.