Alicia Vikander The Swedish actress is undeniably 2015's "It" girl, appearing on movie posters, magazine covers and in our hearts with memorable performances in "Ex Machina," "The Danish Girl" and "Burnt."
Daisy Ridley Ridley went from playing small roles on “Mr. Selfridge” and “Youngers” to starring as a lead in the biggest movie of the year -- and perhaps the decade. As Rey, Ridley did an amazing job in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with many praising her display of a strong, independent female character.
Bel Powley Like our other breakout stars, English actress Powley starred in various TV series and movies before getting her role as Minnie in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” for which she received the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress.
Lily James Best known for her role as Lady Rose Aldridge on "Downton Abbey," James was destined to play "Cinderella" with grace and heart -- and she absolutely slayed that dress-transforming twirl.
Rebecca Ferguson British singer/actress Ferguson showed off an amazing body and the badass moves required of a "Mission Impossible" love interest, but also brought a subtle maturity and mystery to "Rogue Nation."
Jason Mitchell Mitchell's previous roles include uncredited castings in “Texas Killing Fields” and “Broken City,” but caught viewers' attention when he starred as Eazy-E in “Straight Outta Compton" -- one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. His upcoming projects include “Kong: Skull Island,” alongside Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.
Mark Rylance Rylance worked on shows including “Great Performances” and TV movie “The Government Inspector,” but 2015 was his year to really break out when he starred opposite Sean Penn in “The Gunman” and with Tom Hanks in “Bridge of Spies.”
Emory Cohen Cohen had a recurring role on the series “Smash” from 2012 to 2013 after starring in Ryan Gosling’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” But in 2015, he landed the male lead opposite Saoirse Ronan in the Golden Globe-nominated period drama, “Brooklyn.”