The summer cable season has wrapped up, and despite some major disappointments (True Detective, ahem), there were quite a few worthy shows from the last three months. Within those shows were some very talented cast members. As we reflect upon the summer of TV, let’s take a look at eight actors and actresses who went from mostly unknown to slightly known, with a chance of becoming even more known as audiences catch up to these mostly low-rated but otherwise stellar shows.
Here’s the folks who left the biggest impression over the summer.
8. Gemma Chan, Humans
AMC’s Humans may not have been the summer hit that AMC was hoping for, but it did do well enough to merit a second season, and thanks to the promo department, Gemma Chan got to be the face of the series. Chan has been active in the UK for nearly a decade (she was a model on the first season of the UK’s version of Project Runway), but Humans was her first major exposure in the United States. Thanks to her subtle performance and ability to give us a peek at the humanity beneath her man-made artifice, Chan was able to create sympathy for the synths on Humans, thereby helping to subvert the man vs. machine trope.