Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond The Pines

Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond The Pines

It seems that as an actor being in your thirties really is a prime time as we are currently being treated to some terrific performances by some wonderful actors.

While many people may dread turning thirty it would appear that this is a time when actors really do thrive.

And we take a look at the top seven actors who are doing just that at the moment.

- Ryan Gosling (32)

Ryan Gosling is back on the big screen this week with The Place Beyond The Pines and he really is one of the best actors of his generation.

In recent years he is an actor who has been getting better and better with every performance and has the likes of The Notebook, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine and The Ides of March under his belt.

He already has a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in Half Nelson and it can only be a matter of time before he gets his hands on the most coveted prize in film.

But it is not just in front of the camera that interests Gosling as he is set to make his directorial debut next year with How To Kill A Monster - he has also penned the script.

His performance in The Place Beyond The Pines is already being heavily praised and Only God Forgives looks set to get the same response.

The movie sees Gosling reunite with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and will be released later this year.

Ryan Gosling in Drive

- Bradley Cooper (38)

Bradley Cooper was known more as a comedic actor a couple of years ago but now Hollywood's opinion of him as completely changed.

And that is thanks to his stunning performance in Silver Linings Playbook - a role for which he picked up his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Now he is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and he has a string of exciting projects on the horizon.

He teams up with Gosling for The Place Beyond The Pines this week and it is a great acting partnership as they star together for the first time.

The Hangover Part III and Serena are the other big screen outings for Cooper this year while he is currently working on another David O. Russell film with Jennifer Lawrence.

Cooper is really on an acting high so far this year and long may it continue as he really is a great talent.

Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond The Pines

- Tom Hardy (35)

We really do have some great British actors at the moment and Tom Hardy is one of them with a string of great roles in recent years.

While Brit audiences have been aware of his talent for some time it is only in the last four of five years that he has seen his star really rocket.

Bronson, a movie by Nicolas Winding Refn, really put him on the map and since the he has starred in the likes of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Inception, Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises saw him take on the role of Bane and it went on to be a billion dollar movie last summer.

And he is an actor who is in great demand as he has already finished work on Mad Max: Fury Road and Locke.

He is currently working on Animal Rescue and has been linked to Child 44 and Everest - in which he will take on the role of George Mallory.

We are big fans of Hardy here at FemaleFirst and it is great to see him on the rise.

Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises

- Leonardo DiCaprio (38)

Leonardo DiCaprio may have shot to fame with the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic but it is since he really left the pretty boy tag behind that he has enjoyed huge acting success.

Yes DiCaprio managed to shake off that tag and become a major Hollywood heavyweight, working with some of the industries biggest directors.

And it was his partnership with Martin Scorsese that really helped him change the course of his career.

DiCaprio has picked up three Oscar nominations throughout his career but he is yet to taste success - you do have to think that he will eventually win.

Shutter Island, Inception, J Edgar and Django Unchained have been his most recent projects as he has mixed and matched his roles.

He will be back later this year with The Great Gatsby and he has reunited with Scorsese once again for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

- Christian Bale (39)

Christian Bale was widely regarded as one of the best actors who had never won an Oscar until he finally got his hands on the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in The Fighter.

Bale is known as an actor who goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to his role losing huge amounts of weight for The Machinist, Rescue Dawn and The Fighter.

Along with Christopher Nolan is was also the driving force behind the resurgence of the Batman franchise as he took on the role of Bruce Wayne in three massive blockbuster movies.

The Dark Knight Rises was his last big screen outing but he has a string of exciting projects in the pipeline.

He has completed work on two Terrence Malick movies, Out of the Furnace and is currently working on an untitled David O Russell film with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Christian Bale in The Fighter

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (32)

We all remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt when he teamed up with Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You but he never remained a teen film star.

Instead Levitt has gone on to star in a wide range of movies that has shown him to be an incredibly versatile actor - he really is one to watch over the next few years.

He has tackled big budget projects such as The Dark Knight Rises and Inception as well as much smaller films such as Brick, 50/50 and Premium Rush.

But Levitt is one of the actors who will be making his directorial debut this year with Don Jon - a movie that he also penned and will star in.

Scarlett Johnasson is also on board and the film was premiered - and received well - at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year.

And Levitt has an incredibly exciting project hitting the big screen this year as he is one of the new faces in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Joseph Gordon Levitt in Premium Rush

- Benedict Cumberbatch (36)

This summer is set to see Benedict Cumberbatch's rocket even further as he plays villain John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness.

He is the big addition to the Star Trek cast list second time around and it is promising to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Star Trek Into Darkness is the biggest movie role of Cumberbatch's career to date but there are some big and exciting projects in the pipeline.

He will take on the role of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this Christmas and he has also finished work on August: Osage County and Twelve Years A Slave - the latest movie from Steve McQueen.

He is currently filming The Fifth Estate, where he will play Julian Assange, and he has been added to the cast of Crimson Peak - the latest film from Guillermo del Toro.

Ever since he took on the role of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Cumberbatch has seen his star rocket and he is set to be a huge star by the end of the year.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness

Other honourable mentions include James Franco (34), Jake Gyllenhaal (32) and Tom Hiddleston (32).

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