After a brief hiatus to attend university, 'That Hot Guy From That Heath Ledger Movie' is back and packing a punch with some serious critically-acclaimed pieces. See him in the Leo DiCaprio blockbuster Inception, and in the starring roles of independent films 500 Days of Summer and Hesher.
2. Saiorse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones)
Rocketing from virtual unknown to one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, at just sixteen Saiorse Ronan is famous for more than just having a weird name (which is more than I can say...)
3. Emma Stone (Zombieland, Easy A)
One of Taylor Swift's best friends Emma Stone has seemingly popped out of nowhere in critically acclaimed teen comedy (that's a change) Easy A, with a Golden Globe nomination to her redhead name.
4. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, My Sister's Keeper)
Also one of the youngest people to be nominated for an Academy Award, Abigail Breslin seems to be born and bred for the screen.
5. Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, Speak, Twilight)
If you've seen any of Kristen Stewart's other work you'll know that yes, she can do so much better than undead vampires.
6. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
The star of many failed sitcoms, unknown theatre actor Jim Parsons was rocketed into fame as the neurotic, obsessive-compulsive genius Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory, which earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe
7. Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Black Swan)
Uber-smart Natalie Portman has broken out of her Star Wars rut and packs a punch in new critically-acclaimed thriller Black Swan.
8. Georgia Groome (London to Brighton; Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging)
Most of us only know her as 'the girl who made that thong movie funny', but Georgia Groome is actually a critically acclaimed child actress from the controversial thriller London to Brighton.)
9. Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker, Wild Child)
Pretty-boy Alex Pettyfer has made a name for himself as the hot man candy in those tacky tween films, but his film resume is apparently taking a darker, more mature turn, starting with Beastly, coming out in March.
10. Ashley Greene (Twilight, and, erm, Twilight)
Easily the prettiest of the Cullen Cast in Twilight, Ashley Greene has a relatively small role in the cult vampire series, but according to critics we should expect to see a lot more of her.
11. Taylor Lautner (Twilight, Cheaper By the Dozen 2)
With those abs to put Robert Pattinson's glittery booze-tum to shame, Taylor Lautner can, apparently, act. So we will, apparently see this in the years to come. Apparently.
12. Lily Collins (The Blind Side)
Lily Collins has signed up for numerous roles coming out soon in an attempt to break away from her 'pretty person with the rich parents' image, including the role of Juliet in an upcoming Romeo and Juliet remake. Let's see if her talents can match her beauty or her coveted fashion sense.