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30 A-list Actors Whose Early Roles You’ve Completely Forgotten About

Every A-list actor starts somewhere and their early roles are usually completely forgotten. Maybe you have even watched these actors at the time of their first appearance but until someone points it out, you are not aware that it is the same person.

Some celebrities had to find their own way to the top. But, on the other hand, some celebrities had an easier path because they had super-famous parents. Regardless of how hard the path they had, they all had to start somewhere. Trust us, you will be surprised with most of the names on this list. So, let’s start with the most famous names in the acting business.

1. Nicole Kidman in “Bush Christmas”

Nicole was only 16 years old when she played Helen Thomson in this Australian drama.

2. Chris Evans in “Not Another Teen Movie”

Chris appeared on the screens for the first time playing Jake Wyler in this teen parody of “She’s All That”.

3. Meryl Streep in “Julia”

Way back in 1977, A-list actress Meryl Streep made her debut playing Anne Marrie in this drama.

4. Sigourney Weaver in “Annie Hall”

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Two years before her big break with the movie “Alien”, Sigourney played a small role at the end of this movie where she played Alvy’s date.

5. Ryan Reynolds in “Hillside”

Ryan appeared on TV for the first time playing Billy Simpson in this Canadian teen soap opera.

6. Robert Pattinson in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

This “Twilight” star has played Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movie in 2005.

7. Kristen Stewart in “Panic Room”

Robert’s colleague from “Twilight” had an early role in this exciting thriller alongside Jodie Foster.

8. Leonardo DiCaprio in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”

In this movie from 1993, he played Arnie Grape, alongside Johnny Depp.

9. Sandra Oh in “Bean”

This “Grey’s Anatomy” star played the art gallery PR manager Bernice.

10. Daniel Craig in “Elizabeth”

Daniel played Catholic priest John Ballard alongside Cate Blanchett.

11. Lucy Liu in “The X-Files”

This Charlie’s Angel had a small role in one episode of the famous show in 1996. She played the role of Kim.

12. Julia Roberts in “Satisfaction”

In 1988, Julia played Daryle, a teenage bassist in this comedy-drama.

13. Nicolas Cage in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”

Nicolas played the role of “Brad’s Bud” in this movie from 1982.

14. Angelina Jolie in “Hackers”

In 1995, Angelina made her debut in this crime movie playing the role of Kate Libby, one of the teenage hackers.

15. Jennifer Aniston in “Leprechaun”

Just before she played Rachel Green in “Friends”, Jennifer made her debut in this horror-comedy by playing Tory Redding.

16. Reese Witherspoon in “The Man in the Moon”

She was only 15 when she made her debut playing Dani Trant.

17. Hugh Grant in “Maurice”

Hugh’s early role was in the romantic drama Maurice where he played Clive Durham.

18. Carrie Fisher in “Shampoo”

In this comedy from 1975, Carrie played Lorna, just before she made her big break in Star Wars in 1977.

19. Scarlett Johansson in “North”

She was only 9 years old when she had a small part in this comedy, alongside Elijah Wood.

20. Emily Blunt in “My Summer of Love”

In this movie from 2004, Emily played Tamsin, before she moved to her bigger roles.

21. Amy Adams in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

She played Beth Maclay in season five of the show.

22. Tilda Swinton in “Caravaggio”

In this movie from 1986, she plays Lena, the model.

23. Florence Pugh in “The Falling”

Florence plays a schoolgirl Abbie Mortimer in this movie from 2014.

24. Dev Patel in “Skins”

Dev’s first role was in the teen drama called “Skins”. He played a character named Anwar Kharral.

25. Blake Lively in “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”

Before the “Gossip Girl”, Blake actually appeared in this movie from 2005 in which she played Bridget.

26. Felicity Jones in “Doctor Who”

In one episode called “The Unicorn and the Wasp” of the famous show, Felicity played Lady Robina Redwood.

27. Laura Dern in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

In this movie from 1974, she plays a little girl eating ice cream in the diner.

28. Saoirse Ronan in ” The Clinic”

She was only 9 when she played Rhiannon Geraghty in this Irish drama.

29. John Boyega in “Attack the Block”

This sci-fi comedy from 2011 was John Boyega’s film debut. He played Moses, the orphan gang leader.

30. Letitia Wright in “Top Boy”

The “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright first appeared in the crime drama called “Top Boy” where she played Chantelle, a gang member.