While 2021 wasn’t a great year, it was definitely better than 2020 for many. The year also saw some great performances by a lot of actors. But some stood out in terms of their acting skills and for winning the audience’s hearts. Not only did they make headlines but were also determined as the most promising ones.
Here we take a look at 5 actors who are destined to make it big in Hollywood in 2022.
Simu Liu is a Canadian stuntman and actor best known for his role as Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was released in 2021. He also starred as Jung Kim in the award-winning CBC Television sitcom Kim’s Convenience, for which he was nominated for an ACTRA Award and a Canadian Screen Award.
Saniyya Sidney is an actor from the United States. Sidney rose to prominence after performances in indie and short films, especially with the horror series American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016). Fences (2016), a historical drama film for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, was her breakthrough.
Sidney starred in the critically acclaimed biographical drama Hidden Figures (2016) as well as the superhero flick Fast Colour as a superhero (2018). She received plaudits for her roles as Venus Williams in King Richard III and as the protagonist in FOX’s vampire drama The Passage. She won critical praise and multiple awards for her role in King Richard, including nominations for the Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
West has scored a role in Russell T Davies’ Years and Years, a BBC One and HBO series set to premiere in 2019. She also appeared in Davies’ It’s A Sin, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2021. Jill Baxter, a character largely based on one of Davies’ friends, was played by her. Davies dubbed her role “the story’s heart,” while I-Jack D’s King characterised her as the “de facto matriarch.” Many people praised her performance as “outstanding.”
She also appeared as a guest star in the BBC One drama Dracula. Along with Jim Broadbent, she narrated The Wizard of Oz for Audible. She has a feature part in Text for You coming up, as well as a television role in the Apple TV+ series Suspicion.
With her role as Ellie Alves in the Netflix thriller series You (2018–present), Ortega made her move to mainstream film and television. She starred as Dawn in the indie drama Saving Flora (2018), Phoebe in the horror thriller The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020), and Katie in the comedy Yes Day (2021). Her portrayal as Vada in the drama film The Fallout (2021) was praised, and it is considered her breakthrough role. She now portrays Brooklyn in the Netflix animated series Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (2020–present), and she has a number of other projects in the works.
Simone Ashley is an Indian-origin British actress. She is well-known for her parts in Sex Education (2019), Broadchurch (2013), and Pokémon Detective Pikachu, among others (2019). Many people praised her acting performance.