15 Best Actors of 2015 - Hidden Remote


As the year draws to a close, Hidden Remote spotlights television’s 15 best actors of the year. They’re a diverse group, ranging from comedy to drama, cable to network and everything in between. Did your favorite star make the list?

One of the great things about television is the plethora of talent that viewers can check out on a daily basis. It seems like on every other channel (or now online), there’s either a star or a star in the making. So who are the best of the best?

The following list shows just how diverse TV actors really are. It ranges from newcomers like Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Rami Malek of USA’s Mr. Robot to actors who have spent years on television.

There are stars from cable shows, premium cable shows, and Netflix. There’s a lot of drama here, but also some laughs, too.

Along the way, we’ll tell you why each of these performances struck a chord with us and why you should be watching these actors if you aren’t already. (Though be warned that obviously there are spoilers in some of these slides.)

As voted on by the staff of Hidden Remote, click through this slideshow to discover who we consider to be the best 15 actors of the year.

Christian Slater as Mr. Robot/Edward Alderson, Mr. Robot

USA Network

USA Network

The Role: Mr. Robot is a leader and teacher of rebellion to battle self-governed societies. He’s an anarchist and the leader of hacking collective F Society. He recruits Elliot, who deals with social anxiety disorder, delusions and clinical depression. Elliot is a vigilante hacker who is recruited for Mr. Robot’s takedown of one of the largest corporations in the world.

Why It’s One of 2015’s Best: Slater always puts in a level of grade-A beef type of acting into his roles, and taking on the role of Mr. Robot was no different. Slater stood out in his role, mainly because of his range of acting and the story he created for his character. Not to mention portraying a character that is actually a delusion; something that is created in a sick person’s mind is no small feat. Christian Slater can definitely be nominated for an award for this role. Let’s see what he can bring to Mr. Robot in 2016.

–Marc Regen

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot

USA Network

USA Network

The Role: Elliot Alderson is a young, talented hacker in NYC who suffers from near-crippling social anxiety. Recruited by a mystery man who simply goes by “Mr. Robot,” Elliot slowly becomes involved in a conspiracy to take down corporate America. However, throughout the season, Elliot somehow finds himself entwined in something larger and more dangerous in scope.

Why It’s One of 2015’s Best: Rami Malek was one of the breakout stars of 2015. As the not-so-omniscient narrator of Mr. Robot, Malek imbues Elliot with an urgent energy. Elliot suffers from a host of potentially alienating mental health disorders. However, in Malek’s hands, the character introduces us to his personal nightmare and simultaneously addresses the darkness within that we’re all afraid to face. Those very relatable human fears provide an entry point to Elliot’s mind, welcoming viewers into the complex and skeptical world of Mr. Robot with open arms.

Once things get rolling, Elliot finds himself lost in a labyrinth of lies, deceit, and shocking revelations. While the series kept viewers distracted with a big, brash, and topical plot about big business, Elliot’s internal struggle quietly grew into the emotional core of the series. Malek takes Elliot’s strife in an unexpected direction, never demanding attention from viewers. He plays Elliot’s internal beats at the center of the show with a subdued respect and truth. As a result, Malek makes a wild, twisted fairy tale speak to the sense of adventure and discontent in all of us.

–Erin Qualey