Meet The Most Gifted Black Actresses Under 30

The movie industry has evolved significantly in inclusivity, as seeing Black actresses on the big or silver screen is no longer rare.

While living legends like Halle Berry and Angela Bassett remain, there’s an upcoming generation of Black actresses.

These actresses are diverse, have charisma, and have the drive to make it in a cut-throat industry.

So, let’s check out the most gifted Black actresses under 30!

Kiersey Clemons

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Kiersey Clemons is a gifted actress who starred in 2015’s cult hit ‘Dope.’

Since the film came out, the 29-year-old has featured in movies like 2017’s ‘Flatliners’ and 2023’s ‘The Flash.’

However, my favorite flick is 2019’s ‘Sweetheart.’

This is a monster movie about Clemons’ character who washes up on a deserted island and soon discovers an underwater monster hunting on the island.

Clemons is still underrated, but she’s among the most gifted Black actresses under 30 working in Hollywood today.

Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi’s career launched when she appeared in ‘Blackish,’ but really kicked off when she starred in its spin-off, ‘Grownish.’

The 23-year-old is among the busiest Black actresses under 30, starring in a slew of other films and TV shows, including:

Alex Cross
The Sun Is Also a Star

Zendaya Coleman

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Multi-talented Zendaya is among the world’s most influential Black actresses.

Zendaya has become one of the world’s biggest superstars since her early Disney days.

The 27-year-old was a prominent part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mary Jane, Spider-Man’s love interest.

She’s also starred in the HBO show ‘Euphoria.’

Amandla Stenberg

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25-year-old Amandla Stenberg made her film debut in 2011’s Zoe Saldana-starring Colombiana.

Since then, she’s featured in a slew of films like:

The Hunger Games franchise
Rio 2
As You Are
The Hate U Give

Storm Reid

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The 20-year-old became interested in acting when she was 9 after her family moved to LA.

However, she had to bide her time before landing a significant acting role.

The role came in 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Since then, Reid has made the most of her career.

She has since starred in:

The Invisible Man
Don’t Let Go
The Nun II
The Suicide Squad

Halle Bailey

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Where to start with multi-talented Halle Bailey?

The 23-year-old is part of the award-winning duo Chloe x Halle with sister Chloe Bailey.

She’s also released a Grammy-nominated solo single, ‘Angel.’

But Halle is also a gifted actress, starring in ‘Grownish’ and the hit Disney film ‘The Little Mermaid.’