Age: 19
Best projects: Attack the Block (2011)

OK, so we should confess something here: Putting John Boyega on this list is, shamelessly, a ploy to get more eyes on writer/director Joe Cornish’s stellar sci-fi flick Attack the Block, a 2011 favorite that still has yet to achieve the cult status it truly deserves.

What makes this entry a guiltless endeavor, though, is the fact that Boyega’s performance as the head alien-slayer, Moses, is legitimately brilliant; on the surface, Moses is a steely hoodlum, but Cornish’s script systematically reveals the character’s heart and intriguing intricacies as the E.T. invasion gains momentum, and Boyega, a first-time British-Nigerian actor, nails every scene in a superlative fashion.