Who is the Best Child Actor in the World? Top 20 Most Famous Child Actors 2023

Last Updated on March 9, 2023

From Drew Barrymore to Macauley Culkin, they are the iconic faces we have grown up with. But for many of Hollywood’s biggest child actors, the transition to becoming a star in adulthood has not always been an easy one.

While some have stayed in the spotlight, others have disappeared into relative obscurity, either by choice or misfortune. And in some cases, while they were household names at the height of their fame, former child actors are no hardly recognizable at all.

Child actors are kids and adults who started acting in childhood, they’re children who graced our screens with their exceptional acting, which we love and admire.

It might interest you to know that most child actors are no more child actors, they’re adults.

We used to watch Coco Jones and Trevor Jackson back then as kids, mind if I tell you that those two are now grown-ups, doing the things they love doing? Here is a list of the top twenty most popular child actors in 2023.

20. Anthony Ramos Martinez

Anthony Ramos Martinez, is widely known for his portrayal of the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Broadway musical titled ‘Hamilton’.

He was born on November 1, 1991, in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America, and began acting through his debut role in the TV show Younger.

19. Charlie Ross Heaton

Charlie Ross Heaton is best known for his role as Jonathan Byers in the popular Netflix science fiction, Stranger Things. He was being on February 6, 1994, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom and he made his acting career in DCI Banks.

18. Shameik Alti Moore

Shameik Alti Moore made his acting career in the movie House of Payne. The young man isn’t only an actor, he is also a dancer and singer, whose energy burns twice as when he’s acting.

He is mostly known for his roles in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and its upcoming sequels. He equally starred in ‘Dope’ and ‘Cut Throat City, Reed Between the Lines’, ‘Joyful Noise’, and ‘Incredible Crew.’

17. Noah Gregory Centineo

Noah Gregory Centineo is one of my favorite actors, not just simply because he’s a super-talented actor, but also because he is cute.

He was born on May 9, 1996, in Miami, Florida, United States of America, and landed his debut role in the movie The Gold Retrievers. His most notable movies are ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.’

His portrayal of Jesus Adams Foster in the final three seasons of the television show titled ‘The Fosters’, has appeared in projects such as ‘How to Build a Better Boy’ and ‘Swiped’ among others, has made him even more prominent.

16. Noah Cameron Schnapp

Believe it or not, Noah Cameron Schnapp is one of our best child actors in 2023. He became known for his portrayal of Will Byers in Stranger Things and other notable movies like Bridge of Spies.’

15. Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard was born on December 23, 2002, and made his debut role in The 100. He is also a star product of the movie Stranger Things.

14. Gaetano John “Gaten” Matarazzo III

From his debut role in the TV show The Blacklist, Gaetano John “Gaten” Matarazzo III had gone on to prove to us that he indeed is a talented actor in the Netflix science-fiction-horror drama series, titled ‘Stranger Things.’ He is also known for his roles in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Les Miserables’, respectively.

13. Austin Robert Butler

Known for his appearance in television shows such as ‘The Shannara Chronicles’, ‘Switched at Birth’, ‘Ruby & the Rockits’, and ‘The Carrie Diaries’, Austin Robert Butler is also a part of Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed period-drama, titled ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ His roles in Elvis and Box office respectively earned him more positive acclaim.

12. William Jack Poulter

William Jack Poulter was born on January 28, 1993, in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom, and rose to stardom following his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’

Other notable movies include “We’re the Millers’, ‘Detroit’, ‘Glassland’, ‘Midsommar’, and the ‘The Maze Runner’ franchise.

11. Alfred Thomas Highmore

Alfred Thomas Highmore is one of the most experienced actors who started out as a kid in the movie world, whose roles in Psycho and The Good Doctor say it all.

10. Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort got me all teary in The fault in our Stars. Born on March 14, 1994, the young actor made his debut role in Carrie in 2013. He has appeared in other notable movies such as The Divergent Series, Baby Driver, and in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film version of ‘West Side Story.

9. Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage made his debut role in the movie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but that wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning for this outrageously talented actor. He starred in the hit series ‘Young Sheldon’, but he has also appeared on other popular television shows such as ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘Big Little Lies.’

8. Jacob Tremblay

Jacob Tremblay, born on October 5, 2006, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is widely known for his roles in ‘Motive, Room, Good Boys’, ‘Before I Wake’, and ‘Shut In’ among others.

7. John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega

Becoming Human may have paved the way for John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega, but his roles in notable movies like ‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy, amongst others won him a place in our hearts.

John Boyega received two awards in 2016, which were the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also on the list of the Top 100 most influential Africans by the New African magazine in the year 2020.

6. Ezra Matthew Miller

Ezra Matthew Miller is one of our top picks for the year. He was born on September 30, 1992, and made his debut role in After school.

He also played his roles in Cakey! The Cake from Outer Space, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, amongst others.

He was part of DCEU as Flash, a role he had played in Justice League, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Suicide Squad.

5. Jaden Christopher Syre Smith

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen Karate Kid? Then I’m sure you may have stumbled on The pursuit of happiness. Jaden, like his father, is a force to reckon with when it boils down to performance.

Jaden Christopher Syre Smith was born on July 8, 1998, in Malibu, California, United States of America to actor parents Jada Pinkett and Christopher Smith. He started acting with his debut role in All of us. He has also starred in other notable movies, such as The Day the Earth stood still, and lots more.

4. Lucas Hedges

Lucas Hedges can never forget Dan in Real Life, a movie he made his debut role in. After playing supporting roles in ‘Dan in Real Life’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, and ‘Kill the Messenger,” Lucas finally landed lead roles and has been shining bright since.

Other movies he has starred in include; ‘Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, and others.

3. Jharrel Jerome

Jharrel Jerome is an actor and singer who started off with a supporting role in the Award-winning motion picture, titled ‘Moonlight. He has started in other movies such as When They See Us,’ Mr. Mercedes’ and ‘Concrete Cowboy.’

2. Thomas Stanley Holland

Thomas Stanley Holland is one of the most popular and most searched-for child actors in the world. He made his acting debut in the film, Arrietty, and has featured in other hit movies, such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Uncharted, The Impossible, The Devil All the Time, and many more. He has also directed a short film titled Tweet.

1. Timothée Hal Chalamet

Timothée Hal Chalamet is like one of those actors we love to see hanging with Zendaya. He made his acting debut in Law & Order but has starred in other popular movies such as, Call Me by Your Name, Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Little Women, The French Dispatch’ and ‘Don’t Look Up amongst others.


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