Age: 22
Best projects: Notes on a Scandal (2006), Atonement (2007), St. Trinian’s (2007), Dirty Girl (2010), Greenberg (2010), Kaboom (2010), Killer Joe (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

To say that Juno Temple doesn’t have many inhibitions as an actress would be putting it lightly. Since 2010, the petite English firecracker has shown no hesitation when it comes to disrobing for extremely edgy and confrontational projects. Take Kaboom, for instance, in which Temple plays a sex fiend who runs afoul of a bizarre cult. But that’s nothing compared to what she has in store for 2012.

In July, she’ll star in the NC-17-rated Killer Joe, a role that requires Temple to play an under-aged, frequently topless trailer park girl who’s sexually betrothed to a contract killer (a ferocious Matthew McConaughey); four months later, Temple will push her on-screen sexuality and daringness even further in the lesbian horror-romance Jack and Diane.

Through all of her nudity and taboo-smashing, Temple routinely gives multifaceted and haunting performances, a knack that should no doubt add sparks to her biggest film to date, a nondescript superhero sequel called The Dark Knight Rises—perhaps you’ve heard of it?