Once upon a time, Hollywood was dominated by Caucasian actors. But in the last two decades, it has started to recognize men and women from different ethnic backgrounds. In last decade, Halley Berry became the first black woman to win the Academy Award. Today, let us talk about the top black actors under the age of 40.
British actor Idris Elba first came into prominence for his portrayal of DCI Luther John in the hit TV series Luther. He also got a lot of acclaim for his work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom where he donned the role of Nelson Mandela. Elba was honored with Order of the British Empire for the services rendered to the field in 2016. He was named as one of the sexiest men alive by the People magazine in 2013.
We have seen Anthony Mackie in movies like the Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain America. He won the Black Reel Award for his role in She Hates Me. As a part of the Marvel Universe, we have seen Mackie in many of the franchise movies.
Christopher Brian Bridges aka Ludacris is one of the most well-known actors and musicians of his generation. He has earned a great reputation for his music and acting skills. He has won Screen Actors Guild Award, Critic’s Choice Award, MTV, and Grammy Awards. His role in the Fast and furious franchise has made him one of the most popular black actors. Apart from movies, he has also taken up roles in a few television series and even lent his voice to videos games such as Def Jam Vendetta and Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.
Tyrese Gibson is a multi-talented professional. He is a singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and more. His most popular role is as Roman Pearce in the Fast and Furious franchise. His first role in the franchise was in the ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’, along with his best friend Paul Walker. He was also seen in the role of Sergeant Robert Epps in the Transformer franchise. He was nominated for the Black Reel award and the Image Award.
Brandon T. Jackson
You have seen Brandon T. Jackson in movies like the Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Tropic Thunder, and Roll Bounce. A multi-talented personality, Brandon is a rapper, actor, and a writer. His first known appearance in movies dates back to Eminem’s famous movie 8 Mile. Apart from the movies, he was worked in TV series like Deadbeat, Californication, BoJack Horseman and Mr. Robinson. He was also briefly seen in the first Fast & Furious movie.
There is it, some of the top black actors under 40. There are a dozen others not mentioned in the article. And a lot more who are waiting for the right movie or series to give them a chance to show their talent.