Actresses from underrepresented groups still don’t get the same opportunities as white actors, but data suggests that things are improving. Twenty eight of the top 100 movies of 2018 featured an underrepresented lead or co-lead, according to the report. An actor is a professional performer who portrays a character in a film, television show, play, or other form of entertainment. Actors use their talents to bring characters to life and create an emotional connection with their audience. They work with directors, writers, and other performers to develop and refine their performances.