29 Famous Actors Starring in Their Own Netflix Series

Netflix has become home to a growing number of original series headlined by big-name celebrities. Let’s look at 29 major actors leading their own shows on the streaming giant.

LOS ANGELES – MAR 2: Kevin Spacey, Glenn Close, Jamie Foxx, Corinne Bishop at the 86th Academy Awards at Dolby Theater, Hollywood & Highland on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

1. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Oscar winner Kevin Spacey played Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood on the binge-worthy political drama House of Cards before being fired over misconduct allegations.

2. Jon Bernthal – The Punisher

Jon Bernthal brought gritty intensity starring as vigilante antihero The Punisher, spinning off his Daredevil role into his own brutal series.

3. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Respected actress Edie Falco earned acclaim playing the title role of Nurse Jackie, a troubled ER nurse leading a double life.

4. Ricky Gervais – After Life

Comedic provocateur Ricky Gervais created, directs and stars in After Life, playing a depressed widower trying to restart his life.

5. Aziz Ansari – Master of None

Comedian Aziz Ansari co-created and stars in Master of None, earning praise for the show’s fresh take on modern romance.

6. Ellen Page – The Umbrella Academy

Oscar nominee Ellen Page heads the family superhero series The Umbrella Academy as Vanya Hargreeves, a violinist with hidden powers.

7. Katherine Langford – Cursed

After breaking out in 13 Reasons Why, Australian actress Katherine Langford now leads the medieval fantasy series Cursed.

8. Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter brings streetwise attitude starring as tough private investigator Jessica Jones in the gritty Marvel show.

9. Emma Roberts – Scream Queens

Emma Roberts plays the head mean girl in Ryan Murphy anthology horror comedy Scream Queens.

LOS ANGELES – DEC 05: ASHTON KUTCHER arriving to “New Year’s Eve” World Premiere on December 5, 2011 in Hollywood, CA

10. Ashton Kutcher – The Ranch

Ashton Kutcher stars in the multi-cam sitcom The Ranch as a failed semi-pro football player who returns home to manage the family business.

11. Penn Badgley – You

Penn Badgley terrifies as bookstore manager Joe Goldberg, an obsessive stalker and serial killer in psychological thriller series You.

12. Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown shot to fame as gifted psychokinetic Eleven on Stranger Things, fighting monsters in 1980s Indiana.

13. Anna Konkle & Maya Erskine – PEN15

Creators and stars Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine play their 13-year-old selves in the cringe comedy series PEN15.

14. Nick Kroll – Big Mouth

Comedian Nick Kroll co-created and lends his voice to Big Mouth, an R-rated animated comedy about puberty.

15. Paul Rudd – Living With Yourself

Paul Rudd pulls double duty playing a burned-out man and his cloned replacement in existential comedy drama Living With Yourself.

16. Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Christina Applegate produces and stars in pitch-black comedy Dead to Me as a grieving widow with a darkly humorous secret.

17. Linda Cardellini – Dead to Me

Linda Cardellini co-stars opposite Applegate on Dead to Me as a hot mess realtor guarding her own shocking revelations.

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18. Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne co-created, directs and stars in Russian Doll as a New Yorker caught in a surreal time loop.

19. Miley Cyrus – Black Mirror

Pop icon Miley Cyrus stunned critics playing a lonely outsider in Black Mirror’s dark episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.

20. John Stamos – Fuller House

John Stamos revisited his Full House character Uncle Jesse as a father in the nostalgic sequel series Fuller House.

21. Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Winona Ryder made her major TV comeback as Joyce Byers, the mother of a missing boy in 80s sci-fi phenom Stranger Things.

22. Jonah Hill – Maniac

Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill plays a troubled man seeking meaning in mindbending limited series Maniac.

23. Emma Stone – Maniac

Oscar winner Emma Stone reunites with Hill as an addict joining a pharmaceutical trial in psychological drama Maniac.

24. John Cho – Cowboy Bebop

John Cho leads the live-action version of acclaimed anime Cowboy Bebop as hip bounty hunter Spike Spiegel.

25. Queen Latifah – The Equalizer

Queen Latifah stars as an ex-CIA agent turned vigilante in The Equalizer, based on the Denzel Washington action films.

26. Rob Lowe – The Grinder

Rob Lowe parodied his heartthrob status as an actor who joins his lawyer brother’s firm despite no legal experience in The Grinder.

27. Drew Barrymore – Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore produces and stars opposite Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet as suburban wife turned zombie Sheila Hammond.

28. Timothy Olyphant – Santa Clarita Diet

Timothy Olyphant plays hapless husband Joel Hammond opposite zombie wife Sheila in gory horror comedy Santa Clarita Diet.

29. Martin Freeman – Breeders

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman juggles parenting pressures in Breeders, a comedy about raising two young children.

Hollywood Icons Head to the Small Screen

Netflix has succeeded in providing a platform for these A-listers and respected talents to create buzzworthy shows, marking a major shift from film to prestige TV projects. The streaming service offers them valuable creative freedom and marketing reach to bring compelling original stories to life.

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