Notable Role: Michonne in The Walking Dead

The actress/playwright has been a rising star, whether you've been paying attention or not, for a few years now. Already Obi Award winner for her work in In The Continuum, she also worked on Broadway in the play Joe Turner's Come and Gone, before becoming the iconic zombie-killing Michonne. 

This year, she appeared in the Sundance film, Mother of George, which earned her and her co-star Isaach De Bankole critical acclaim for their portrayal of a young Nigerian couple trying to have a baby in New York.