Will Smith Celebrates 50th Birthday at No. 1 on Top Actors Social Media Ranking

6:45 AM 9/29/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

The chart ranks the most popular actors based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

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A week after losing the lead on The Hollywood Reporter's Top Actors chart to Millie Bobby Brown, Will Smith reclaims the top spot of the Oct. 3-dated list, jumping 4-1.

The Top Actors chart is a ranking of the most popular actors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart's methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended Sept. 25.

Smith has now led the list for four of the last five weeks (and eight weeks in all).

Meanwhile, Sofia Vergara returns to the top 10 for the first time in a year, joined by Jada Pinkett Smith and Robert Downey Jr. as re-entries in the top 10.

See the top 10 below (and for the full 25-position list, pick up the THR issue dated Oct. 3), and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Comedians and Top TV Personalities charts.

  • 10. Tommy Chong

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    Last week: 8

  • 9. Kristen Bell

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    Last week: 5

  • 8. Robert Downey Jr.

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    Last week: -

    Downey leaps back into the top 10 of Top Actors after a viral Sept. 23 tweet comparing him and Marvel Universe co-star Chris Evans to Bambi and Faline from Disney's Bambi. The tweet helped Downey to 359,000 total likes on Twitter.

  • 7. George Takei


    Last week: 6

  • 6. Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Last week: 11

  • 5. Sofia Vergara

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    Last week: -

    A year after her previous Top Actors peak (No. 7), Vergara two-ups herself by re-entering at No. 5, thanks to 3.2 million favorites on Instagram. Much of the activity was owed to posts from Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas residency shows, including a photo of herself with Lopez, Jessica Alba, Alex Rodriguez, Dua Lipa and Becky G.

  • 4. Priyanka Chopra

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    Last week: 3

  • 3. Kevin Hart

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    Last week: 2

  • 2. Millie Bobby Brown

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    Last week: 1

  • 1. Will Smith

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    Last week: 4

    Smith returns to No. 1 on Top Actors thanks to multiple strong-performing Instagram posts, led by one on Sept. 25 with his family celebrating his 50th birthday that ended as the most-favorited post by an actor in the tracking week. In all, Smith scored 10.9 million favorites on Instagram, up 56 percent.