Top 10 Most in-Demand Actors In The World

According to the research of an analytics company, list of top 10 most in-demand actors in the world have been released, with Shah Rukh Khan, Allu Arjun, Priyanka Chopra being the top three.
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A new survey found Shah Rukh Khan, Allu Arjun, Priyanka Chopra, Dhanush and Salman Khan are among the most in-demand actors worldwide. According to a content demand analytics company, Indian stars are the most in-demand actors. The analysis concluded that the list of 10 most in-demand stars worldwide is topped by Shah Rukh, followed by Telugu star Allu Arjun. Priyanka takes the third spot and is one of the two actresses on the list.

Allu Arjun feature in world's most in-demand actors list. (Photo: Shah Rukh Khan/Instagram, Priyanka Chopra/Instagram, Allu Arjun/Instagram)
Allu Arjun feature in world's most in-demand actors list. (Photo: Shah Rukh Khan/Instagram, Priyanka Chopra/Instagram, Allu Arjun/Instagram)

According to its press release, the system provides a new way to assess individual actors, musicians, athletes, among others, based on their global or country-specific audience demand. The timeline for the latest survey was one month, July 20, 2021 to August 18, 2021.

Other stars in the list are Dhanush, Tom Hiddleston, Dulquer Salmaan, Salman Khan, Sung Hoon, Kiara Advani and Mahesh Babu. In the US alone, Tom Hiddleston is the most in-demand actor followed by Jennifer Lopez. Also featuring in the list are Marvel stars like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Zendaya.

List of 10 most in-demand actors

1. Shah Rukh Khan

2. Allu Arjun

3. Priyanka Chopra

4. Sung Hoon

5. Dhanush

6. Dulquer Salmaan

7. Salman Khan

8. Mahesh Babu

9. Tom Hiddleston

10. Kiara Advani

Who are top 10 world's most in-demand actors in the world?

1. Shah Rukh Khan – “King Khan” of Bollywood

Photo: The Print
Photo: The Print

Shah Rukh Khan is one of the leading stars of the Indian film industry, who has been ruling the Indian cinematic world for decades. Often referred to as the romantic icon of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh has many nicknames such as ‘Badshah of Bollywood’, King Khan’ and ‘King of Bollywood’.

He was born to Meer Taj Mohammed Khan and Lateef Fatima on 2nd November 1965, in New Delhi, the capital city of India.Khan received his education from the ‘St. Columba’s School’, Delhi, and was an exceptional student. He was also good at sports and was bestowed with the ‘Sword of Honour’, the greatest felicitation given to a student by the institution. In the year 1985, he joined the prestigious ‘Hansraj College’ located in Delhi, to pursue his graduation with specialization in Economics. During this time, he also got trained in acting under the guidance of Barry John, who was a playwright associated with the ‘Theatre Action Group’. He completed his bachelor’s degree in the year 1988, and then joined the ‘Jamia Millia Islamia University’, to pursue his post-graduate studies in Mass Communication. However, he dropped out from the institute and decided to embark on an acting career.

He followed his dream to become an actor and his passion towards his work established him as one of the most renowned actors across the globe. He has been working hard throughout his career and has never given up. He has been through various upheavals in his life like injuries and criticism, but this only added fuel to his enthusiasm. The talented actor made a fresh start every time he was struck by an obstacle. He is also a producer and even owns a cricket team which plays in the ‘Indian Premier League’, a cricket tournament. He is a family man who, in spite of his busy schedule, finds time to be with his family.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is among the richest actors globally, with a net worth of US$750 million. Photo: @iamsrk/Instagram
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is among the richest actors globally, with a net worth of US$750 million. Photo: @iamsrk/Instagram

Although Shah Rukh Khan hasn’t had a release in nearly three years now, he remains one of the busiest actors in the world, and hence unsurprisingly claims the top position on the list. The superstar has three big projects lined up. Currently, he is occupied with his next film Pathan, co-starring John Abraham. SRK also reunites with Deepika Padukone after Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express and Happy New Year.

2. Allu Arjun

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Allu Arjun (born 8 April 1983) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. Known for his dancing abilities, he is a recipient five Filmfare Awards South and three Nandi Awards. One of the highest paid actors in India, he has been featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014.

After his debut in Gangotri (2003), Allu appeared in Sukumar-directed Arya (2004) which earned him Nandi Special Jury Award. In the following years, he starred in films such as Bunny (2005), Happy (2006) and Desamuduru (2007).

Allu won his first Filmfare Award as Best Actor for Parugu (2008). His consecutive films, Arya 2 (2009), Vedam (2010), Varudu (2010) and Badrinath (2011), failed to perform at the box office. His role in Rudhramadevi (2015) as Gona Ganna Reddy won him Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and Nandi Award for Best Character Actor.

Films like Race Gurram (2014), Sarrainodu (2016) and Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), brought him back on success track with each grossing more than ₹100 crore. He collaborated with director Trivikram Srinivas thrice for Julayi (2012), S/O Satyamurthy (2015) and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020). All three are successful with the latter grossing over ₹262 crore at the box office.

Personal life

On 6 March 2011, he married Sneha Reddy in Hyderabad.They have two children, a son and a daughter. In 2016, he started a nightclub named 800 Jubilee in collaboration with M Kitchens and Buffalo Wild Wings. In April 2021, he announced that he have been effected with COVID-19. Soon in May 2021, he announced that he have been recovered.

3. Priyanka Chopra – The Rising Star

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress known for her many Bollywood films and for her breakthrough role on the American TV drama 'Quantico.'

Photo: Priyanka Chopra via Instagram
Photo: Priyanka Chopra via Instagram

Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982, in Jamshedpur, India. When she was in high school, Chopra won the Miss India pageant, and she soon followed it by taking the 2000 Miss World pageant as well. On the heels of that international success, Chopra turned her sights to the film world and became a huge star in the Bollywood system. She made a splash on American television with the FBI drama Quantico, which aired from 2015 to 2018, and made headlines with her marriage to singer and actor Nick Jonas in December 2018.

In 2015 Chopra signed on to the cast of Quantico, an American TV show about FBI recruits. With the role, Chopra became the first Indian woman to star in a leading American TV network drama and marked her most visible crossover to date from Bollywood to Hollywood. The show and Chopra's performance received praise from critics and audiences alike, with the actress claiming a number of People's Choice Awards for her work.

Photo: Priyanka Chopra via Instagram
Photo: Priyanka Chopra via Instagram

In May 2018 ABC announced that Quantico would not move forward to a fourth season. Its complex storyline and heavily serialized nature was said to be contributors to its ratings decline.

Chopra's international fame allowed her to star in more prominent Indian films, including Bajirao Mastani (2015), which became one of the biggest box-office hits in India. Her portrayal as a general's wife brought her a slew of awards. The following year she produced and made a brief appearance in the Marathi-language dramedy Ventilator, another critical and commercial success.

Personal Life

The actress and singer-actor Nick Jonas went public with their relationship during the summer of 2018. News of their engagement came in late July, with Jonas reportedly popping the question on Chopra's 36th birthday. The pair married in a multiple-day lavish affair beginning on December 1, 2018.

Priyanka Chopra’s reign only continues to rise as she has her filmography spread across the world. She is currently shooting for Russo Brothers’ Amazon Prime Video series Citadel. Priyanka also has untitled Matrix fourth installment, romantic drama Text for You and Bollywood film Jee Le Zaraa, which she will begin shooting for next year.

4. Sung Hoon

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Sung Hoon is a South Korean actor most popular for different versatile and leading roles he portrayed in various television series. An ace swimmer, specialising in butterfly stroke, Hoon remained a national swim team member for fourteen years and was in nowhere near to the world of acting or modelling. However destiny seemed to have other plans for him. He had to quit the national swim team due to a spinal injury which also posed a problem later when he enlisted into military service.

A novice in the field of glamour and entertainment Hoon then landed up essaying lead role in the 2011 South Korean TV series ‘New Tales of Gisaeng’, marking his debut as an actor. It proved a breakthrough role for him that not only earned him accolades, recognition and the New Star Award from 20th SBS Drama Awards but also paved his way for other prominent roles.

Some of his other notable series includes ‘Passionate Love’, ‘Noble, My Love’, ‘Five Enough’ and ‘My Secret Romance’. His only big screen appearance so far was as Tae-Sung in the 2016 flick ‘Come Back to Busan Port’. He is also a gifted musical Disc jockey and has performed under stage name ROI in different countries.

In June 2017 he and his ‘My Secret Romance’ co-star Song Ji-eun attended a fan meeting in Seoul after the series concluded. It was also reported that month that he would endeavour in a Global Fan Meeting Tour and in that pursuit shall travel thirteen countries to hold such fan meetings.

Although the exact dates are not declared yet sources mention that he will start Global Fan Meeting Tour with Thailand and end the tour in Seoul, South Korea while giving stops in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, UAE (Dubai), US and Canada.

5. Dhanush

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
Photo: Dhanush via Instagram

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born 28 July 1983), known professionally as Dhanush, is an Indian actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, dancer and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Starring in 44 films over his career, among Dhanush's awards include 13 SIIMA Awards, nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, four National Film Awards (two as actor and two as producer), and a Filmfare Award. He has been included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list six times, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities.

Dhanush's first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. He achieved further success in Polladhavan (2007) and Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008), both of which were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His role as a rooster fight jockey in Aadukalam (2010) won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.

Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films, and he made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017). His song "Rowdy Baby" from Maari 2 became one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time. It is the only South Indian video song to receive 1 billion views on YouTube. Dhanush won his second National Film Award for Best Actor for Asuran (2019).

6. Dulquer Salmaan

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Dulquer Salmaan is an Indian actor, singer, and entrepreneur who mainly works in the Malayalam Cinema. He is known for playing the role of ‘Charlie’ in the Malayalam Film “Charlie” (2015). He is the son of the famous actor and producer, Mammootty.

Dulquer Salmaan was born on Monday, 28 July 1986 (age 33 years; as in 2019) in Kochi, Kerala. He did his schooling from Kochi’s Toc-H Public School and Chennai’s Sishya School. He attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA to pursue Bachelor of Business Management (BBM). Dulquer had an inclination towards directing since his childhood. He used to make short films when he was 14-15 years old. He often took his father’s camera and play around with it. After completing his graduation, he worked as a Business Manager at a reputed firm in the US. Thereafter, he did an I.T.-related business in Dubai. Dulquer, then, got enrolled himself in the Barry John Acting Studio in Mumbai to pursue a three months acting course.

Dulquer made his acting debut in 2012 with the Malayalam Film “Second Show” in which he played the role of Harilal “Lalu.” The film earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Next, he appeared in Ustad Hotel as Faizal “Faizy.” After the commercial success of ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi and Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, Dulquer stepped into the Tamil Film Industry. He made his Tamil film debut with the romantic comedy “Vaayai Moodi Pesavum.”

Apart from being an actor, he is also a singer and has sung various songs like Johnny Mone Johnny from the Malayalam film ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi (2013). Dulquer is also a philanthropist and has been involved in many social service activities.

7. Salman Khan

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan who is popularly known as Salman Khan is one of the eminent actors of the film industry. Popular among his fans as Sallu and Bhaijan, he is not just an actor but also a producer, television presenter, and a philanthropist.

The eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan, Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), followed by a leading role in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). Khan continued in Bollywood in the 1990s with roles in several productions, including the romantic drama Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), the action comedy Andaz Apna Apna (1994), the action thriller Karan Arjun (1995), the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999), and the family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). After a brief period of decline in the 2000s, Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by playing the lead role in successful action films like Dabangg (2010), Ready (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014), Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).

In addition to his acting career, Khan is a television presenter and promotes humanitarian causes through his charity, Being Human Foundation. Khan's off-screen life is marred by controversy and legal troubles. In 2015 he was convicted of culpable homicide for a negligent driving case in which he ran over five people with his car, killing one, but his conviction was set aside on appeal. On 5 April 2018, Khan was convicted in a blackbuck poaching case and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He is currently out on bail while an appeal is being heard.

8. Mahesh Babu

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu (born 9 August 1975) is an Indian actor, producer, media personality, and philanthropist who works mainly in Telugu cinema. One of the highest paid actors in India, he has appeared in more than 25 films, and won several accolades including, eight Nandi Awards, five Filmfare South Awards, three CineMAA Awards, three South Indian International Movie Awards and one IIFA Utsavam Award. He also owns the production house G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment.

The younger son of veteran Telugu actor Krishna, Babu made his debut as a child artist in a cameo role in Needa (1979), at the age of four, and acted in eight other films as a child artist. He made his debut as a lead actor with Rajakumarudu (1999) which won him Nandi Award for Best Male Debut. Babu achieved his breakthrough with the supernatural drama Murari (2001), and the action film Okkadu (2003). He went on to act in other commercially successful films such as Athadu (2005), Pokiri (2006), Dookudu (2011), Businessman (2012), Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013), 1: Nenokkadine (2014), Srimanthudu (2015), Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), Maharshi (2019), and Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020). Pokiri held the record of being the highest-grossing Telugu film while Sarileru Neekevvaru, his highest grosser, collected over ₹2.6 billion at the box office.

9. Tom Hiddleston

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Laurence Olivier Award, in addition to nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award.

Hiddleston earned a double first in Classics at the University of Cambridge and later proceeded to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At the beginning of his career, he appeared in West End productions of Cymbeline (2007) and Ivanov (2008). He won the Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline and was also nominated for the same award for his role as Cassio in Othello (2008). Hiddleston starred as the title character in a production of Coriolanus (2013–14) winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor and receiving a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best Actor. He made his Broadway debut in a 2019 revival of Betrayal, for which he is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Hiddleston made his film debut in the drama Unrelated (2007). He gained international fame portraying Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), appearing in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and in the Disney+ series Loki (2021). In 2011, he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He has also appeared in Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV and Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). In 2015, he starred in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, Ben Wheatley's High Rise, and played the troubled country music singer Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light. The film Kong: Skull Island (2017) marked his first big-budget leading role outside the MCU.

10. Kiara Advani

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Are At The Top of World’s Most in-Demand Actors
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Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992), known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi films. After making her debut in Fugly (2014), she played the real-life character of Sakshi Rawat, a hotel manager and cricketer M. S. Dhoni's wife, in Neeraj Pandey's critically and commercially successful sports biopic M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016).

She achieved critical acclaim for her performance in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories (2018). She gained further success starring in films like the Telugu political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), the Hindi romance Kabir Singh (2019), Good Newwz (2020), Shershaah (2021).

She has also committed to essay the female lead opposite Kartik Aaryan in Anees Bazmee's standalone sequel of the 2007 supernatural comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Additionally, Advani is reuniting with Dharma Productions and Mehta for the romantic comedy film Jug Jugg Jeeyo, where she is paired opposite Varun Dhawan. She has also signed to play one of the lead opposite Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar in Dharma Productions action comedy film Mr. Lele, directed by Shashank Khaitan. In July 2021, she was announced as the leading lady in an untitled trilingual film in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi directed by S. Shankar co-starring Ram Charan.[48] She has also committed to recollaborate with Kartik Aaryan in Sajid Nadiadwala's epic musical saga, directed by Sameer Vidhwans. Kiara is also going to appear in Ashutosh Gowariker's next Karram Kurram, which will be based on the success of the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad.

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