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The most searched for actors of 2022

Will Smith, Millie Bobby Brown, Johnny Depp were among the most searched actors of 2022. (Getty)
Will Smith, Millie Bobby Brown, Johnny Depp were among the most searched actors of 2022. (Getty)

2022 found a number of high profile actors embroiled in real life dramas that were more gripping than their acting roles. Some reputations have been tarnished, while others have been revived and for many actors the craft of acting has taken a backseat in the grand opera that is real life.

Collated from millions of searches on Yahoo, these were the actors you were searching for the most over the past 12 months.

10: Tom Cruise

US actor Tom Cruise poses during a press conference for the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' in Seoul on June 20, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Tom Cruise poses during a press conference for the film Top Gun: Maverick in Seoul. (AFP via Getty Images)

After many Covid-inflicted delays, Tom Cruise finally returned as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick in 2022, the year he turned 60.

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The sequel to his 1986 hit was worth the wait and gave Cruise the biggest hit of his career taking £1.2 billon at the worldwide box office.

9: Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan as Erin in Brassic S4. (Sky)
Michelle Keegan as Erin in Brassic S4. (Sky)

Coronation Street and Our Girl star Michelle Keegan was back as the fiery Erin in the fourth series of Sky's hit comedy series Brassic in 2022. A fifth series has already started filming for release in 2023, while Keegan is also set to star in Ten Pound Poms, a new BBC drama.

8: Millie Bobby Brown

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Millie Bobby Brown attends the world premiere of Netflix's
Millie Bobby Brown attends the world premiere of Netflix's Enola Holmes 2. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Millie Bobby Brown was the unofficial queen of Netflix in 2022, returning as Eleven in the fourth series of the hit 1980s-set sci-fi series Stranger Things, and as Sherlock's younger sister in Enola Holmes 2. Brown also turned 18 in February and celebrated her big day by dressing up as Barbie and Ken with her boyfriend Jake Bongiovi.

7: Emma Watson

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Emma Watson attends the Prada Paradoxe fragrance launch party on October 13, 2022 in London, England.(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Prada)
Emma Watson attends the Prada Paradoxe fragrance launch party, 2022. (Getty Images for Prada)

Emma Watson returned to our screens on New Year's Day 2022, but not in an acting role. She was part of Return To Hogwarts, the Harry Potter reunion special, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Her last acting role came in 2019's Little Women, but Watson remains a favourite online generating headlines when she returned to the pixie haircut look.

6: Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig struts his stuff in a new advert. (Belvedere/YouTube)
Daniel Craig struts his stuff in a new advert. (Belvedere/YouTube)

After leaving James Bond behind for good in 2021, Daniel Craig has simply been living his best life in 2022. He's back as super-sleuth Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery which earned rave reviews on the festival circuit and hits Netflix in time for Christmas, and he also found time to break the internet with his dance moves in a new vodka ad.

5: David Jason

Sir David Jason at Waterstones in London promoting his new memoir, The Twelve Dels of Christmas. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022.
Sir David Jason promoting his new memoir, The Twelve Dels of Christmas. (PA)

Best known for playing Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, 82-year-old David Jason continues to live rent free in the minds of most of the UK population.

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With no major acting roles in 2022 to speak of, a dangerous brush with Covid kept him in the news this year with Jason telling BBC News: 'I got it seriously bad'.

4: Sylvester Stallone

US actor Sylvester Stallone attends the Season 1 premiere of Paramount+ series
Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of Paramount+ series Tulsa King. (AFP via Getty Images)

Sylvester Stallone is in the midst of something of a renaissance. In 2022 he starred in Prime Video's superhero drama Samaritan and he made his premium TV debut leading mobster drama Tulsa King. However, his busy diary came at a cost, and he temporarily split from his wife Jennifer Flavin before they reconciled in September.

3: Will Smith

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Will Smith arrives at the European premiere of
Will Smith arrives at the European premiere of Emancipation. (Nicky J Sims/Getty Images)

Will Smith won his first ever Oscar and has a brand new movie out — Emancipation — but that's not what the Fresh Prince star will be remembered for in 2022. The actor received a ten year ban from the Academy Awards after storming the stage during the Oscars to slap Chris Rock after the comic made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. It was the most shocking moment of the year, and will live long in the memory.

2: Amber Heard

US actress Amber Heard waits before the jury said that they believe she defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp, while announcing split verdicts in favor of both her ex-husband Johnny Depp and Heard on their claim and counter-claim in the Depp v. Heard civil defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on June 1, 2022. - A US jury on Wednesday found Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamed each other, but sided far more strongly with the
Amber Heard waits before the jury. (AFP via Getty Images)

Aquaman star Amber Heard was one half of 2022's most high profile celebrity court case. She was sued by her ex-husband Johnny Depp in a multimillion-dollar US lawsuit which ultimately ruled her 2018 article in the Washington Post — in which she claimed she was a victim of sexual and physical abuse — as defamatory. Following the verdict, the heard said she was 'heartbroken', but “even even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women”.

1: Johnny Depp

TOPSHOT - Johnny Depp performs on stage with Jeff Beck during the Helsinki Blues Festival in Helsinki on June, 19, 2022. - Finland OUT (Photo by Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT (Photo by JUSSI NUKARI/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp performs on stage with Jeff Beck during the Helsinki Blues Festival. (AFP via Getty Images)

Johnny Depp, the other half of the case, was awarded compensatory damages of $10 million (£8 million) and a further five million dollars (£4 million) in punitive damages. His fans have claimed the murky verdict as a moral victory for the actor, who has returned to acting, and has been seen performing on stage with Jeff Beck.

Watch: The fallout from the Depp v Heard case continues