In 2022, the most popular actresses in Hollywood will be… (drumroll please)

There are so many talented actresses out there that it’s hard to choose just 10! But after much deliberation, we have compiled a list of the top 10 famous actresses who made waves in the movie industry this year. Please keep reading to see who made our cut!

#10 Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh in 'Dune: Part 2'

English actress Florence Pugh is quickly rising to the top of the list of most popular actresses. She has starred in films such as “Black Widow” (2021) and “Little Women” (2019), garnering critical acclaim for both performances.

Pugh found international success in 2019 with her roles as professional wrestler Paige in the biographical sports film “Fighting with My Family,” a despondent American woman in the horror film “Midsommar,” and Amy March in the period drama “Little Women.”

In 2021, she played in the MCU superhero film “Black Widow” as Yelena Belova and in the Disney+ miniseries “Hawkeye.”

Her rise to popularity this year can be attributed to her recent roles in “Don’t Worry Darling” (2022) and “The Wonder” (2022) and upcoming roles in “Dune: Part Two” (2023) and “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (2022).

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#9 Joanne Whalley

Joanne Whalley in 'Willow' TV Series

Joanne Whalley is a British actress who has been in the movie business since the 1980s. Joanne’s films include “Paul, Apostle of Christ” and “Navy Seals” and more recent TV series “Tin Star” and “Daredevil.”

She has recently reprised her role as Sorsha in the recent Disney+ TV series “Willow,” which is a continuance of the 1980s movie of the same name. The success of the show has most certainly boosted her popularity this year.

#8 Joy Sunday

Joy Sunday in 'Wednesday'

Joy Sunday is an American actress who has recently become one of the most popular actresses around. She has appeared and was best known up until this year for “The Beta Test,” and “Dear White People.”

Joy also stars in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Wednesday,” and her performance in the show has made Joy one of the most talked about famous actresses this year.

#7 Pom Klementieff

Pom Klementieff in 'Mission Impossible'

French-Canadian actress Pom Klementieff is a rising star who has made an appearance in several films, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

Her presence on the big screen coupled with her upcoming roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (2023) and “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” (2023) have solidified Pom’s place as one of the most popular actresses this year.

#6 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Welsh actress who has been active in the entertainment industry since the early 1990s. Catherine’s films include “The Mask of Zorro” (1998), “Chicago” (2002), and more recently, “Red 2” (2013).

Catherine has also starred in several productions such as Fox’s TV series “Prodigal Son” (2021), and the TV movie “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story” (2017) where Catherine played the titular character.

Her recent role as Morticia Addams in the Netflix TV series “Wednesday” (2022) and impressive range of work make her one of the most popular and famous actresses in Hollywood.

#5 Riki Lindhome

Riki Lindhome in 'Wednesday'

Riki Lindhome is an American actress and comedian who has become one of the biggest stars of 2022. Riki’s films include “My Best Friend’s Girl” (2008), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), and more recently, “Knives Out” (2019).

She also starred in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Wednesday” (2022) where she plays Dr. Valerie Kinbott. Riki’s mysterious and quirky performance on the show is what made her one of the most recognizable actresses this year.

With an impressive list of films and TV shows under her belt, Riki Lindhome is certainly one of the most popular actresses in the world today.

#4 Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie in 'Wednesday'

Gwendoline Christie is a British actress and model best known for her roles as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (2012-2019) and the First Order stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Disney’s “Star Wars” (2015 & 2019).

Her roles in “Wednesday” (2022) as Principal Larissa Weems and “The Sandman” (2022) as Lucifer Morningstar are sure to make Gwendoline Christie one of the most famous actresses of 2022. Gwendoline’s powerful performances and charismatic presence make her one of the most popular actresses this year.

Furthermore, Gwendoline is also a fashion icon, with numerous magazine covers under her belt and a strong presence on social media. Her iconic looks have made Gwendoline Christie one of the most sought-after faces in entertainment today.

#3 Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci in 'Wednesday'

Christina Ricci is an American actress who has been in the entertainment industry since she was 10 years old. Christina’s films include “The Addams Family” (1991), “Casper” (1995), and more recently, the TV series “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (2015-2017).

She also stars in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Wednesday” (2022) as the mysterious and captivating Marilyn Thornhill. Christina’s performance in the show is one of the reasons why she is one of the most popular actresses this year, with fans eager to see what Christina will do next.

With her impressive list of films and TV shows under her belt, Christina Ricci is one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood today.

#2 Emma Myers

Emma Myers

At only 20 years old, Emma Myers is one of the most popular actresses of 2022. Myers began child acting in 2010 with her debut on “The Glades” TV series. She turned professional at 16 and has since appeared in “Southern Gospel” (2020), “A Taste of Christmas” (2020), and most recently, “Girl in the Basement” (2021).

Her skyrocket to stardom came this year in the Netflix series “Wednesday” (2022) where she played Enid Sinclair. With her talent and natural charisma, Emma is sure to have a long and successful career ahead of her.

Her rise to fame has seen her covered by Teen Vogue multiple times last month, which further demonstrates her remarkable talent.

#1 Jenna Ortega

#1 Jenna Ortega - Most Popular Actress of 2022

At just 20 years old, Jenna Ortega has already cemented her place as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young talents. Ortega got her start in the entertainment industry at a young age, landing her first major role as Jane on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” (2014-2019) when she was only 12 years old.

While “Jane the Virgin” put Ortega on the map, it was her starring role in Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle” (2016-2018) that cemented her status as a rising star. Ortega’s breakout performance as Harley Diaz earned her critical acclaim and a devoted fan following, and she went on to win an Imagen Award for Best Young Actress.

#1 Jenna Ortega - Top 10 Most Popular Actresses of 2022

In recent years, Ortega has continued to impress audiences with her range and versatility. She played the role of Ellie Alves in the second season of Netflix’s “You” in 2019 and starred in the 2021 Netflix family film “Yes Day.”

Most recently, Ortega received rave reviews for her performance in the teen drama “The Fallout” (2021). Ortega also starred in the 2022 slasher films, “X” and “Scream,” which only solidified her fame.

#1 Jenna Ortega - Most Famous Actresses of 2022

However, her lead role in the recently released Netflix TV series “Wednesday” (2022) where she stars as Wednesday Addams is responsible for her top spot on this list. And if you haven’t seen her self-choreographed dance moves yet, you should check them out below.

There’s no doubt that Jenna Ortega is one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses, and she is sure to have a long and successful career ahead of her.

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So there you have it! The top 10 most popular actresses of 2022. We hope this list helps you discover some new favorite stars that you can watch and enjoy over the next few years. Who will take the number-one spot in 2023? We can’t wait to find out!

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Jimmy P

Senior Editor, BuddyTV