Overall, 2018 was a great year of television. With so many new shows and huge stars, it’s hard to choose a handful of the most talented. However, Us Weekly did just that, gathering 13 stars — both new and returning — that stood out this year.
Shipka won Mad Men fans over years ago. However, the 19-year-old stepped into the leading role in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and crushed any thoughts you previously had about who Sabrina Spellman was. Daniel Ezra
In The CW’s football drama All American, the UK actor portrays real-life football player Spencer Paysinger, who lives in South Central L.A. and gets drafted to play football in Beverly Hills. Ezra not only covers his accent perfectly, but he takes on a leading role seamlessly, creating a character that you can’t help but root for.
It’s not easy to stand out among a cast that includes Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. However, newcomer Eliza Scanlen did just that in Sharp Objects, taking on the twisted role of Amma Crellin. Not only did the character have multiple personalities depending who was in the room, she also had secrets that went deep – something Scanlen flawlessly pulled off.
Let’s be honest: the cast of The Haunting of Hill House could have filled this entire gallery. Jackson-Cohen is not new to the industry, but when he transformed into Luke Crain, he turned into something different: an addict with a huge heart.
Starring in one of the most underrated dramas this year, Impulse, Hasson took on the lead role of Henry. In the first episode of the series, Henry has a seizure – the first of many throughout the series – and learns she can teleport. The family drama tackles intense topics and Hasson adjusts.
OK, Skarsgård could technically be placed in this gallery every year. While there’s no easy follow-up to portraying Pennywise, yet, Skarsgård managed to take on a seriously challenging part in Hulu’s Castle Rock. Showing his ability to act without words – portraying dozens of emotions with just his body for multiple episodes – the actor blew us away.