Hollywood is a world of opportunities, glamour, and talent. Since many actors have made their careers in the industry, it has been a boon for them. But the industry has also forgotten some popular names which are not just underrated actors but also full of talent.

These actors who were once in the glam world gave beautiful acting gifts and impressed movie buffs worldwide. Their outer appearance does not determine an actor, and it is the talent that matters. Many underrated actors have been nominated and even won awards at the Oscars.

But we cannot forget the decent performances by underrated black actors who have been winning hearts and awards at the Academy recently. There were cases where people of color were not appreciated for their talent at prestigious film awards. With gender equality and open-minded thinking, there is no discrimination in the industry.

The filmmakers no longer cast underrated actresses, which is why good cinema is lagging. There are so many underrated actors and artists that are not given any film projects due to no reason.

You may be aware of some of those names, but let’s go deep into the matter and dig the best but underrated actors.

Top Underrated Actors And Actresses: Know The Reasons Behind It

Taron Egerton

  • Popular films: Eddie the Eagle (2016), Rocketman (2019), Kingsman movie series (2014 and 2017), and Legend (2015).
  • Memorable roles: Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Kingsman movie series), Teddy Smith (Legend), Elton John (Rocketman)
  • The Welsh actor featured recently in the Elton John biopic, which was not an easy role. But he took up the challenge, and he was successful.
  • Egerton caught everyone’s attention with his lead role in the Kingsman movie series. Subsequently, he got good movies but is still underappreciated. Even though he is one of the most underrated actors, he has surely won the audience votes!

Helena Bonham Carter

  • Popular films: Enola Holmes (2020), Ocean’s 8 (2018), The King’s Speech (2010), and Fight Club (1999).
  • Memorable roles: Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter movie series), Rose Weil (Ocean’s 8), Queen Elizabeth (The King’s Speech)
  • This actress has been very less adored for her versatility and acting skills. She played the strong personality character of Eudora Holmes in the recent Netflix original ‘Enola Holmes.’
  • While she gained critical acclamation, she is still among the underrated actresses.

Anthony Mackie

  • Popular films: Captain America movies (2014 and 2016), All the Way (2016), The Hate UGive (2018), and Avengers Endgame (2019).
  • Memorable roles: Falcon (Captain America movie series), Martin Luther King Jr. (All the Way), King (The Hate UGive)
  • All the MCU fans love the friendship between Captain America and Falcon. Anthony Mackie impressed a lot of MCU fans with his chemistry with Captain America and Winter Soldier.
  • But Mackie’s film career is not just limited to being Falcon, but he also played serious and intense roles. It makes him a man of surprises.
  • Though he is one of the underrated black actors, fans cannot wait for his upcoming series ‘The Falcon and Winter Soldier.’ Actors like Mackie deserve a ton of appreciation for their skills, enabling him to play any type of role.

Tilda Swinton

  • Popular films: The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons (2008), Orlando (1992), Michael Clayton (2007), The Chronicles of Narnia movie series (2005, 2008, and 2010), and Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Memorable roles: Ancient One (Doctor Strange), White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia movie series), Karen Crowder (Michael Clayton), Marianne Lane (Bigger Splash)
  • The cold-hearted White Witch from Narnia made us all hate her because of her horrendous nature. When Tilda Swinton played the role, she gave the character essence of cruelty and evil nature. She impressed the critics with her roles over the years, but unfortunately, she is not appreciated.
  • Swinton is a wonderful actress but is one of the most underrated actresses. She can nail any movie character!

Djimon Hounsou

  • Popular films: Blood Diamond(2006), Furious 7 (2015), Gladiator (2000), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and Shazam! (, 2019).
  • Memorable roles: Korath the Pursuer (MCU films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel), Shazam (Shazam!), Jakande (Furious 7)
  • With his incredible role in Blood Diamond, he received a lot of praise from the audience. But what was the most hurtful was that he did not win an Oscar for it.
  • The filmmakers overlooked many of his other roles. There has been a question of racial discrimination towards such talented, underrated black actors. He has been doing quite well in the MCU films.

Eddie Marsan

  • Popular films: Filth (2013), V for Vendetta (2006), Sherlock Holmes movie series (2009 and 2011).
  • Memorable roles: Inspector Lestrade (Sherlock Holmes movie series), James (Tyrannosaur)
  • As mentioned above, his portrayal of James was worth watching. His appearance in the Holmes detective adventure was also good.
  • The range of intensity that Marsan can give for a character is very wide, but he is one of the field’s underrated actors. He received a lot of love and appreciation from his fans, but till now, did not win an Academy Award.

Taraji P Henson

  • Popular films: Karate Kid (2010), Hidden Figures (2016), Hustle & Flow (2005), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • Memorable roles: Queenie (The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons), Sherry Parker (Karate Kid), Shug (Hustle & Flow)
  • Being one of Hollywood’s best actresses, Henson is still not recognized well for her cinematic roles. One of the underrated black actors who played all sorts of roles in various movies. She received an Academy nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category in 2009.

Know More About The Underrated Actors In The Industry

Here are some honorable mentions and examples in a BuzzFeed article on underrated actors and actresses:

Even IMDb has come up with a list of underrated actors that have been seen in popular movies!

The Conclusion

Many such underrated actors have existed in Hollywood for a long period. It is time that we notice their contribution to our entertainment sector.

The filmmakers should look at the talent an actor possesses and not the name. We want to see more recognition for underrated black actors like Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya, who are honorable mentions from our side.

Some actors like Lupita Nyongo and Chiwetel Ejiofor were underrated, but they fought their way up. These are examples of how well an actor can establish their career if the makers of good Oscar-worthy films recognize them.


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