Top 10 Stars of 2018

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

As the year comes to a close, we present the Top 10 Stars of 2018 on IMDb. Here's how we arrived at our list: We looked at the 10 stars who consistently ranked the highest on IMDbPro's weekly STARmeter chart throughout 2018. STARmeter rankings are based on the actual pageviews of IMDb's more than 250 million unique monthly visitors.

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Tessa Thompson at an event for Sorry to Bother You (2018)

10. Tessa Thompson (Previous Year: Unranked)

In 2018, Tessa Thompson cemented her status as one of the most adventurous actresses in Hollywood. This year alone, she starred in Boots Riley's absurdist dark comedy Sorry to Bother You, the sci-fi drama Annihilation, Janelle Monáe's collection of music video shorts, HBO's "Westworld," and the box-office hit Creed 2. It doesn't look like she'll be slowing down anytime soon, either, teaming up once again with Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black International, and voicing Lady in the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp.

Josh Brolin

9. Josh Brolin (Previous Year: Unranked)

Josh Brolin had a killer year, playing the villain in not one, but two of 2018's biggest movies. He earned icon status as the evil titan Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, then followed that role with a turn as the time-traveling cyborg Cable in Deadpool 2. He'll reprise both those roles in 2019, with Thanos facing the leftover Avengers in May's Avengers: Endgame, and Cable re-appearing — this time to partner up with Deadpool — in X-Force.

Hannah John-Kamen

8. Hannah John-Kamen (Previous Year: Unranked)

Having earned her own cult following as leader of the "Killjoys," Hannah John-Kamen truly crossed over into the mainstream this year, first with a supporting role in Ready Player One, then as Ghost, the supposed supervillain in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Turns out, HJ-K might have a role in saving the world from Thanos (if Avengers fan theories are correct), and with "Killjoys" heading into its final season, we're thinking she's found a new home in the MCU.

Jessica Barden at an event for The New Romantic (2018)

7. Jessica Barden (Previous Year: Unranked)

Moviegoers may recognize Jessica Barden from small roles in The Lobster and Hanna, but it was her breakout role in "The End of the F***ing World" that propelled her up the STARmeter chart in 2018. As foul-mouthed Alyssa, she basically stole every scene she was in, and fans clearly wanted to know more. She also shined in the comedy The New Romantic, and the stage seems set for a very big 2019.

Lily James at an event for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

6. Lily James (Previous Year: 48)

It was an eclectic year for Lily James, previously best known for her performances in Cinderella and Baby Driver. She starred in the British period drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, lent her distinctive voice to the dark comedy Sorry to Bother You, and featured in the indie drama Little Woods. But it was her role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, playing the young version of Meryl Streep's character, that put her over the top. She'll be in another music-themed movie in 2019, with a role in the as-yet-Untitled Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis Project.

Rebecca Ferguson

5. Rebecca Ferguson (Previous Year: 78)

While we wait for the right creator to come forward with a franchise for Rebecca Ferguson to lead, we can continue to enjoy her penchant for picking crowd-pleasing roles, as she did this year with a supporting turn in The Greatest Showman and a second tangle with Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Widening her range in the upcoming year, Ferguson has already wrapped The Kid Who Would Be King, Men in Black International, and Doctor Sleep. And soon we will learn if she will indeed play Lady Jessica in Denis Villeneuve's take on Dune.

Tom Hardy

4. Tom Hardy (Previous Year: 2)

Another year, another Top 10 Stars spot for IMDb fan favorite Tom Hardy. This year marked his return to the superhero genre, starring as Eddie Brock in Venom. Although critically panned, fans flocked to the film, which passed the $800-million mark worldwide in November, making it the second-highest grossing superhero origin movie worldwide behind Black Panther. Although it might be some time before we get an inevitable Venom sequel, you'll be able to catch Hardy back on the small screen in the recently confirmed Season 2 of "Taboo."

Alicia Vikander

3. Alicia Vikander (Previous Year: 17)

In 2018, she took over the Tomb Raider mantle, and while the reboot wasn't a huge hit here in the states, it brought home more than $215 million globally — proof of Vikander's worldwide appeal. Playing Lara Croft also proved that she's willing to branch out beyond the smaller indie roles that had been her calling card (Ava in Ex Machina, her Oscar-winning turn as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl), suggesting even bigger and better things to come.

Bryce Dallas Howard at an event for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

2. Bryce Dallas Howard (Previous Year: 83)

After a relatively quiet 2017, Bryce Dallas Howard had a monster year as the star of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Reprising her role as Claire Dearing, the sequel to Jurassic World took in more than $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office and catapulted the daughter of actor/director Ron Howard back up the charts. The actress will next be seen in a biopic of another chart-topper, Rocketman, the story of Elton John.

Karen Gillan at an event for The Party's Just Beginning (2018)

1. Karen Gillan (Previous Year: 11)

In addition to appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, the highest-grossing MCU film of all time, Karen Gillan added "feature-film director" to her list of achievements in 2018, writing, directing, and starring in the coming-of-age drama The Party’s Just Beginning. Expect to see Gillian back on this list in 2019 as she reprises two of her best-known roles as Nebula in Avengers: Endgame and Martha in the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.