B-list celebrities represent those occupying the middle strata of fame. Though not at the apex of superstardom, they maintain successful careers in entertainment and pop culture.
Let’s look at 40 celebrities commonly considered to be B-list stars:
1. Heidi Montag
Reality star Heidi Montag rose to fame on “The Hills” and has stayed in the spotlight through tabloid notoriety.
2. Nev Schulman
Nev Schulman hosted the MTV series “Catfish” investigating online relationships and social media mysteries.
3. Skylar Astin
Skylar Astin established himself acting in the “Pitch Perfect” films and on shows like “Ground Floor.”
4. Jenny Slate
Comedian Jenny Slate had a stint on “Saturday Night Live” before voicing animated hits like “The Secret Life of Pets.
5. Ian Ziering
Ian Ziering played Steve Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210” throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
6. Bridget Marquardt
Alongside Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt gained fame as a girlfriend of Hugh Hefner on “The Girls Next Door.”
7. Haylie Duff
The sister of Hillary Duff, Haylie Duff has appeared in small film roles and hosted cooking shows.
8. Kellie Pickler
“American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler went on to release several country music albums.
9. Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett starred as Aaron Samuels in the cult classic film “Mean Girls.”
10. Jaleel White
Jaleel White remains best known for playing nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel on the sitcom “Family Matters.”
11. Lance Bass
Lance Bass gained fame as a member of the hit 90s boy band *NSYNC.
12. Marcus Scribner
Marcus Scribner plays Andre Jr. on the Emmy-winning ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”
13. Jennette McCurdy
Jennette McCurdy acted on the Nickelodeon shows “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat.”
14. Marcus Samuelsson
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has appeared on shows like “The Taste” and “Chopped.
15. Jonathan Schaech
Jonathan Schaech has appeared in films like “That Thing You Do!” and “Prom Night.”
16. Tom Arnold
Tom Arnold has held supporting comedy roles in dozens of films since rising to fame in the 80s and 90s.
17. Toks Olagundoye
Toks Olagundoye plays Jackie on the reboot sitcom “The Neighborhood.”
18. Matthew Lillard
Matthew Lillard played Shaggy in the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films.
19. Nicole Sullivan
Comedian Nicole Sullivan has voiced characters on hits like “Kim Possible,” “Madagascar,” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.”
20. Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross currently stars as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the popular sitcom “Black-ish.”
21. Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen portrayed Claire Dunphy for 11 seasons on the ensemble mockumentary “Modern Family.
22. Scott Wolf
Scott Wolf played Bailey Salinger on the 90s teen drama “Party of Five.”
23. Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett’s most notable role is as Jess Merriweather on the sitcom “Friday Night Lights.”
24. Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Kimberly Williams-Paisley appeared in popular films like “Father of the Bride” and “We Are Marshall.”
25. Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd plays Dr. Owen Hunt on the long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
26. Noureen DeWulf
Noureen DeWulf garnered fame through roles in “Anger Management,” “The Back-Up Plan” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
27. Lamorne Morris
Quirky comedian Lamorne Morris plays Winston on the hit Fox sitcom “New Girl.”
28. Jorma Taccone
As part of The Lonely Island, Jorma Taccone co-created the popular “SNL” Digital Shorts.
29. Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is best known for playing warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin on “The Office.”
30. Kevin Dillon
Kevin Dillon portrayed Johnny “Drama” Chase on the HBO series “Entourage.”
31. Jay Hernandez
Jay Hernandez has held regular TV roles on shows like “Hostages,” “Gang Related” and “Magnum P.I.”
32. Jenny Mollen
Actress and memoirist Jenny Mollen is married to “American Pie” star Jason Biggs.
33. Jackée Harry
Comedienne Jackée Harry won an Emmy for her scene-stealing role as Sandra Clark on “227.”
34. Alex Borstein
Alex Borstein provides voice work for hits like “Family Guy” while occasionally appearing on shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
35. Mark L. Young
Mark L. Young is best known for portraying troubled teen Zach Dempsey on “13 Reasons Why.”
36. Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker has starred on numerous Tyler Perry productions like “Why Did I Get Married?”
37. Tisha Campbell
Tisha Campbell co-starred as Gina Waters-Payne on the sitcoms “Martin” and “The Payne.”
38. Jack Osbourne
Reality personality Jack Osbourne came to prominence on the MTV show “The Osbournes” alongside his famous family.
39. Kathryn Hahn
Character actress Kathryn Hahn has taken on supporting roles in comedies like “Step Brothers,” “Bad Moms” and “Transparent.”
Singer and songwriter Skylar Grey is best known for co-writing Eminem and Rihanna’s hit “Love the Way You Lie.”
Recognizable Names in Movies and TV
While not necessarily household names, these 40 celebrities have carved out respectable acting, music, reality TV, or hosting careers to achieve B-list fame. They may not top the A-list, but have found success in Hollywood and pop culture.