Aaron Taylor-Johnson

In less than a decade, actor Aaron Johnson went from well-regarded juvenile performer in his native England to the star of the Hollywood superhero movie "Kick-Ass" (2010). The trip from the UK to America was filled with impressive turns for the actor, who debuted on stage in "Macbeth" at age nine and logged critically acclaimed performances on UK TV, as well as in stateside films such as "Shanghai Knights" (2003) and "The Illusionist" (2006). He gained international attention for his sensitive portrayal of a teenaged John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy" (2009) before pleasing comic-book fans everywhere as a high school vigilante in "Kick-Ass." His casting in the gritty crime film "Savages" (2012) and the lavish "Anna Karenina" (2012) proved that he was a major actor on the rise.