You know them: the actor who's really good at what they do, but for whatever reason, doesn't get as much attention as they deserve. Maybe they're on a show that doesn't have a huge audience. Maybe they get less screen time than their costars. Maybe they ought to have won several awards by now and they've never even been nominated. But you love watching them every week, and you just wish everyone else would give them more respect already.
The 2014-2015 TV season has quite a few of those actors, several of whom are poised to break through to bigger story arcs and wider acclaim. Whether they're an elite soldier or a lawyer in distress, they've got what it takes to do some of the best work on TV this season. Read on to find our eight picks for breakout actors on the small screen. David Tennant, Gracepoint (FOX)
We're not saying that nobody knows who David Tennant
is. However, try naming something he's done outside of Doctor Who
. Many people can't, and that's a shame. He's one of the best actors to have come out of the United Kingdom in a long time, maybe ever (see: Blackpool
, his performance of Hamlet
and of course, the original Broadchurch
is Tennant's first starring role in an American TV production, and a chance for network television audiences to see how talented he is on a weekly basis. In fact, the show's kind of an embarrassment of riches, between Tennant, writer Chris Chibnall (Law & Order: UK
) and a post-Breaking Bad
Anna Gunn. Tennant ought to be known by the entire small-screen audience, not just the folks who watch BBC America or remember his supporting role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
. There's no reason he shouldn't be as big a star in the US as he is in the UK.