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20 Underrated Actors Who Deserve Some Emmy Love

"I always say Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black, but the Academy woke up this year and FINALLY nominated her!!!"

We asked followers of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which underrated actors deserve an Emmy nomination. Here are the performers they championed.

1. Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf)

For SURE, no QUESTION, Dylan O'Brien. His acting is way beyond the standard you expect from MTV. He's raw, emotional, hilarious, sincere, and just about amazing at everything he does on the show — fight scenes, crying scenes, witty scenes, dark/twisted/villain-y. He has so much depth.

—Carlee Lynn Cecilia, Facebook

2. Eva Green (Penny Dreadful)

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While the entire cast is incredibly strong and performs amazingly, Eva is basically in the role she was born to play. That show lives and dies by Eva's ability to make you care for Vanessa — and *damn* if she isn't amazing at it.

—Lindsey Cepak, Facebook

3. and 4. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural)

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Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki deliver consistent, moving, and downright fantastic performances on the long-running Supernatural, season after season.

—Brittney Carden, Facebook

5. Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)

The CW

She deserves it more than anything. She's hard working. Also, she has been playing more then one character, and she never signed up for that, but took it like a champ. Her acting is amazing and a kick-ass women.

—Kristen Santiago, Facebook

6. Noel Fisher (Shameless)


Consistently amazing, thought-provoking, powerful performance as Mickey Milkovich. Watch Shameless, people.

—Jessica Stevermer, Facebook

7. Alison Wright (The Americans)

She does so much with so little!!! And maybe just anyone from that show. And maybe just someone watch that show so it doesn't get cancelled.

—Alison Christine Smith, Facebook

8. Colin O'Donoghue (Once Upon a Time)

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He's really incredible. He gave a fairy-tale character a new dimension! He's capable of getting in you with his interpretation without even saying a word by his eyes and expressivity. I wish that someday the Emmys start to appreciate sci-fi actors.

—Fari EL Tayeh, Facebook

9. Eden Sher (The Middle)

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For the love ... how has she not been nominated? The Middle is constantly overlooked. Anyone who watches would know Sue Heck is one of the most original characters on television.

—Madison Boynton, Facebook

10. and 11. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)

Several cast members of Hannibal are especially deserving (and may be nominated next year since Season 3 just ended). Hugh Dancy's transformation over the three seasons was seamless and brilliant. Season 3's culmination of his transformation was astounding. And of course, Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal himself was the reason to watch. And I could go on and on and on. How that show has never been nominated baffles me.

—Joy Ann Wrona, Facebook

12. Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)


It baffles me how she never ever got a nomination for playing Meredith Grey. Meredith is such a complex character who has shown such incredible character development, mostly due to Ellen's performance! How Katherine Heigl won the Emmy and Ellen wasn't even nominated will always baffle me to no end!


13. Jack Falahee (How to Get Away With Murder)

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He managed to take a pretty unlikable character and make him human, make him somebody you actually care about and root for.

—Matty Cormier, Facebook

14. Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time)

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She's played Regina so well and given life to such a multi-faceted character! No matter what she does, you're always able to see things from her point of view.


15. Chris Messina (The Mindy Project)

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Messina is absolutely brilliant in that show — consistently funny, relatable, and heartbreaking when he needs to be. Plus, he stripped on the show, OK?! If that doesn't deserve an award, I don't know what does! (Of course, that show deserves more Emmy/awards show love in general.)

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16. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men)


Sally Draper showed the most emotional maturity out of any of the show's characters in the finale episode. Sally dealt with all of her parents BS with astounding grace and even humor sometimes.


17. Stephen Amell (Arrow)

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He portrays each facet of his character with such nuance and conviction, it is remarkable. He should be nominated for the emotions he portrays with his eyes alone. It can't be easy helming a superhero show (that tends to sprout more superhero shows), but Captain Amell does a fine job of it. All hail the Green Arrow!


18. Bellamy Young (Scandal)

She constantly delivers Emmy-quality work in every episode of Scandal. She should have at least two Emmys by now. Her work is genius.


19. Sam Heughan (Outlander)

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He had an intense scene in the first season finale and let me tell you, it was probably the hardest scene I've ever watched in TV and movies combined. He acted the scene out with such intensity and it was amazing. I was blown away. I thought for sure he was going to be nominated.


20. Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)

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Andrew Lincoln has been and continues to be such a commanding and powerful presence on the show. I couldn't imagine anyone else as Rick Grimes!


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