17 17 Photos

17 Celebrities Who Totally Broke Out & Became Big Stars in 2015 (PHOTOS)

Making it big in Hollywood is no easy feat, but for an elite group of celebrities, 2015 ushered them into the public consciousness and made them household names.


Click through for 17 celebs who left their mark on film, TV, and pop culture this year. 

Image via Paul A. Hebert/Press Line/Splash

1Chris Pratt

You can thank 2015's Jurassic World and its upcoming sequel for transforming Chris Pratt from the goofy, overweight sidekick on Parks and Recreation into the hot, leading man of a successful action movie franchise. 

2Amy Schumer

Comedy fans have long been familiar with Amy Schumer's brand of bawdy humor, but it wasn't until Trainwreck, a movie that Amy both wrote and starred in, made its way into theaters in the summer of 2015 that the comedian became a household name. She further cemented her place on the A-list by becoming besties with Jennifer Lawrence, whom she is reportedly co-writing a movie with.

3Alicia Vikander

Don't know Alicia Vikander yet? You will very soon, as the actress was nominated for not one, but two, Golden Globes for her performances in the 2015 films Ex Machina and The Danish Girl. She is also set to appear on the cover of the January issue of Vogue.

5Dakota Johnson

No longer known as just Melanie Griffith's daugther, Dakota Johnson became famous in her own right after landing the coveted leading role of Ana Steele in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which premiered on Valentine's Day in 2015.

6Aziz Ansari

Prior to 2015, Aziz Ansari was best known as a stand-up comedian and character actor in shows such as Parks and Recreation, but his Netflix series Master of None established him as a Golden Globe-nominated leading man.

7Brie Larson

Although she racked up a bevy of supporting credits in movies like Trainwreck and 21 Jump StreetBrie Larson didn't gain recognition as a serious actress until she starred in the 2015 movie Room.

9Jamie Dornan

Not many actors become a heartthrob overnight, but such is the case of Jamie Dornan, who made women swoon in 2015 as Christian Grey in the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey.

10Lily James

Downton Abbey fans may recognize Lily James from her supporting role as Lady Rose, but American audiences and little girls worldwide will better know her as Cinderella. The British actress will continue to capitalize on her success in 2016 with a starring role in the films Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

11Rachel Bloom

A year ago, Crazy Ex Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom was likely just watching the Golden Globes from her TV at home. Thanks to the wild success of her TV show in 2015, she will be attending them in person this coming year.

13Rami Malek

From bit parts in Night at the Museum and Twilight to the big time in 2015 with Mr. RobotRami Malek rose to the top in a short amount of time.

14Hailee Steinfeld

You may remember her as the little girl in 2010's True Grit, but five years later, Hailee Steinfeld shed her child actress image and remade herself into a provocative popstar with chart-topping songs like "I Love Myself."

15Lea Seydoux

Foreign film buffs may recognize Lea Seydoux as one of the stars of the French film Blue Is the Warmest Color, but the actress didn't become known to American audiences until her role as the lead Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond flick Spectre.


More Slideshows