Not only have streaming services changed the way in which people consume movies and television shows, but it has also helped make famous a whole new lot of actors — many of whom are now being seen even more on the big screen and enjoying their stardom rising to new levels thanks to a breakout role they got starring in a Netflix original. Of course, many of the breakout stars on Netflix were regular actors before they worked on a project with the streaming service. So while you may recognize some of these stars from other places, it was the popularity of their Netflix projects that propelled them to new levels of fame and fortune. Even some regular people (non-actors) who have been the subject of Netflix documentaries have also become famous thanks to the streaming company. Here are 10 people who have achieved fame through Netflix.
10. Claire Foy – The Crown
The Crown, about the ascension and early reign of Queen Elizabeth II of England is one of Netflix’s newest shows. But it fast became a critical and fan favourite – recently winning Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series, Drama and Best Actress, Drama for British actress Claire Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the program. It’s a fast rise for Claire Foy, whose biggest previous role had been playing “The Girl” in the 2011 turkey of a movie Season of the Witch, starring Nicolas Cage. She’d also had supporting parts in a number of television shows and mini-series in her native England, but nothing like the exposure she is now getting starring in the The Crown, which is reported to be the most expensive production yet made by Netflix. Foy will next be seen in the big budget romantic movie Breathe, co-starring actor Andrew Garfield.