The 10 Best Breakout TV Performers of 2014

Gina Rodriguez

Television creates stars.

That’s been true since the very beginning of the medium. An actor or an actress can come out of nowhere on a TV show and soon find themselves starring in their own television series or even making the leap to the film. A hit television series can be a testing ground for feature film casting directors. After all, it’s the Hollywood dream to go from being an unknown to a megastar.

The thing that has changed is the way that television is perceived by the general public. It’s no longer an insult to be a “TV actor or actress” because some of the best content is coming out on television… or online streaming services that run original series. Now TV can be the ultimate destination, instead of just a step along the way.

In 2014, a number of actors and actresses stepped up and became major players on television. CraveOnline has assembled a list of ten performers who had breakout roles in the last 12 months. These are the men and women that we expect big things from in 2015 and beyond. We also believe that some of them will headline their own television series or films in the near future.

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