It’s definitely been a busy year for television! With so many hit new shows, the increase in streaming sites hosting exclusive content, and more, 2015 had something for everyone. But while a lot of the talk has been about the shows, the storylines, and the behind-the-scenes info, there’s been surprisingly little about the stars who made the shows so successful. And with that in mind, here are our top picks for six of the biggest TV stars of 2015.

  • Emma Roberts: The first season of Scream Queens just came to a close and there likely wouldn’t be any talk of Scream Queens season 2 were it not for Emma Roberts. Her lead performance as Chanel Oberlin is a large part of what made the show so successful.
  • Grant Gustin: While you may not think that the Flash’s costume transfers well from the comics to live action, Grant Gustin, who plays the titular character on the new show The Flash, actually makes it work. The fastest man alive could see a speedy rise to the top of the list of Hollywood’s big names in 2016. If you’re interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, The Flash season 2 returns from its mid-season break on January 19.
  • Gina Rodriguez: The star of Jane the Virgin just got nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical—the same award she won last year! Even if she doesn’t score two wins in a row (although there’s a good chance she’ll take it home again) the second straight nomination will open up a lot of opportunities for this actress. Following Jane the Virgin season 2, Rodriguez already has three movies lined up for 2016 (the comedy Sharon 1.2.3., the family drama Sticky Notes, and the thriller Deepwater Horizon) and even one for 2017 (a sci-fi thriller called Annihilation).
  • Lady Gaga: Celebs from other industries making guest appearances on a show is common, but Lady Gaga commanded an entire season of American Horror Story, and did an excellent job! Her role as The Countess will likely lead to other acting gigs, though it’s unlikely she’ll be giving up her successful music career anytime soon.
  • Eliza Taylor: The 100 seems to have flown under a lot of people’s radars as its second season aired early in the year, but it’s no fault of leading star Eliza Taylor. Here’s hoping that The CW’s The 100 season 3 shines a light on this rising star!
  • Steven Yeun: Yeun’s character, Glenn, on The Walking Dead has so far avoided the fate of his comic book counterpart (spoilers!) and that may be in part because of how good a job Yeun has done in the role. And let’s face it, 2015 was a year where diversity and political correctness in the media were hot button topics, a fact that Yeun may use to get Glenn some additional screen time.

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