Movie Stars: Popular Hollywood Actors in 2016 per IMDb

The most popular Hollywood stars of 2016 according to IMDb were Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke and child actress Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix’s Stranger Things, who also was the site’s No. 1 breakout star of the year.

The Amazon-owned entertainment site bases its annual rankings on page views of actors’ profiles from more than 250 million monthly unique visitors worldwide. IMDb doesn’t release actual numbers of views.

Margot Robbie

Top-viewed Australian Robbie drew attention this year for her turn as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” and she also played Jane Clayton in “The Legend of Tarzan” and Tanya Vanderpoel in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

In 2014, she was IMDb’s top breakout star of the year, and ranked No. 3 on its 2015 Top Stars lists.

Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke took the second spot. In addition to playing the Mother of Dragons in HBO’s hit series she appeared on the big screen in romantic drama Me Before You alongside Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” movies), who charted on IMDb’s top 10 newcomers list.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bob Brown

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” launched several new stars this year. In addition to Brown, who plays telekinetically-powered Eleven in the show, Natalia Dyer hit the No. 4 spot on IMDb’s breakout stars list. Haley Bennett (“The Girl on the Train,” “The Magnificent Seven”) also charted for the first time in 2016 on both the IMDb top 10 breakout stars list (at No. 2) and the IMDb top 10 stars list (at No. 9).

IMDb’s overall popularity ranking is female-heavy, with Tom Hardy and perennial DiCaprio the only two male actors on the list this year:

  1. Margot Robbie
  2. Emilia Clarke
  3. Millie Bobby Brown
  4. Tom Hardy
  5. Morena Baccarin
  6. Gal Gadot
  7. Alicia Vikander
  8. Daisy Ridley
  9. Haley Bennett
  10. Leonardo DiCaprio

In addition to overall rankings, IMDb tracks actors who charted on its annual top 100 list for the first time in their careers in 2016.

Its top 10 breakout stars of 2016 ranked highest on the IMDb weekly STARmeter chart based on page views:

  1. Millie Bobby Brown
  2. Haley Bennett
  3. Tom Holland
  4. Natalia Dyer
  5. Brie Larson
  6. Evan Rachel Wood
  7. Adam Driver
  8. Sam Claflin
  9. Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  10. Sofia Boutella