2008 AFTI Media Boy Poll


Although our vote total was somewhat lower than most years, AFTI Media Boy Poll voters once again chose a large field of talented performers. There was consistency as we saw 4 former top 10 winners returning to the winner's circle. There was room for improvement as all 8 returning stars scored the same or better rank than their last appearance. And there was room for brand new faces, as our poll saw two huge debuts in the top 10, and a total of 80 debuting stars out of our 161 choices. And now...the top 10!


Braeden Lemasters

Braeden Lemasters

Braeden scored 5 major prime time network guest roles in 2008, including top shows "Cold Case," "Law and Order: SVU" and "Ghost Whisperer." We’ll see more of him in 2009 with 3 movie roles on the way.



Luke Benward

After taking 2007 off, Luke shot back into the results this year with the comedy adventure "Minutemen." The movie was a ratings winner with Disney Channel and Luke was a poll winner with his first top 10 victory.


Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin

Jake debuted in the top 20 last year and now reaches the top 10 with his growing fan base from "Wizards of Waverly Place." With the success of "Hotel for Dogs" as 2009 begins, we’re sure he’ll do well in the next poll too.


Nathan Gamble

Nathan Gamble

For Nathan’s 3rd year in the poll, he had a piece of the action in two of 2008’s biggest movie hits: "The Dark Knight" and "Marley & Me." We also saw our youngest top 10 finisher in two big TV shows, "House MD" and “Ghost Whisperer."


Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore

How can you top Freddie’s movie career with so many starring roles? How about two starring roles, playing twins in "The Spiderwick Chronicles." How about five years in a row in the AFTI top 10, the longest current winning streak!


Kåre Hedebrant

Kåre Hedebrant

Kåre’s brooding performance helped lead Sweden’s "Let the Right One In" to huge success with critics and audiences. Whatever the future holds for Kåre, he’ll long be remembered for this vampire classic.


Jimmy Bennett

Jimmy Bennett

This is Jimmy’s third year in the top 10, 5th year as an AFTI finalist, and for 2008 it’s his highest ranking yet. After two major films in 2008, we look forward to one of his biggest roles yet, in the new Star Trek movie on the way.



Nat Wolff

The Naked Brothers Band grew from a quirky TV movie to a quirky TV series, and now they have become a real life story too. Nat Wolff led the rockers through a multi city tour with his singing and songwriting talent.


Chase Ellison

Chase Ellison

Chase has been voted into the AFTI poll for 4 years in a row, but this is his first trip to the top 10. He’s been busy in movies like "Towelhead" and "Fireflies in the Garden," and in 2009 he’ll have a big role in "The Tooth Fairy."



Cole Sprouse

Some of our AFTI poll winners weren’t even born when Cole first showed up 12 years ago. Since then, he’s topped the poll once and finished in the top 10 three times. The Suite Life’s move to the high seas has been good.


Emile Berling

Emile Berling

International voters have often put favorites in AFTI’s top 10, and this year for the first time our number 1 goes to a non-English speaker. Emile’s powerful, dramatic performance impressed our French voters in great numbers. Congratulations Emile for a stunning and overwhelming victory!

Emile Berling First Place Award


2008 AFTI Media Boy Poll Top 10


Here's the vote count.  First you'll see this year's rank, then last year's rank, the point total, and the star.  "New" means the performer was not on last year's or 2006's ballot (although he may have been listed in previous years), and "Re-entry" either means the performer was on the ballot but received no votes last year, or was not on last year's ballot but was on 2006's ballot.

Complete Results

This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
1New47Emile Berling
21133Cole Sprouse
31429Chase Ellison
4528Nat Wolff
5727Jimmy Bennett
6New26Kåre Hedebrant
6626Freddie Highmore
82424Nathan Gamble
91820Jake T. Austin
10Re-entry18Luke Benward
103618Braeden Lemasters
12New17Joey Luthman
125017Dylan Sprouse
147216Bill Milner
152415Cayden Boyd
16714Josh Hutcherson
17New13Johann Hillmann
184312Nathan Kress
18Re-entry12Jean Senéjoux
201511Logan Lerman
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
215410Devon Gearhart
21New10Tommy Knight
21New10Gonzalo Sánchez Salas
213610Thomas Sangster
25New9Leo Bear Creek
2549Alexander Gould
25289Dominic Scott Kay
25New9Joel Slater
29New8Fabian Haldig
29New8Kiril Kulish
291258Will Poulter
29New8George Sampson
33Re-entry7Jean-Luc Bilodeau
33New7Asa Butterfield
33327Mark Indelicato
33Re-entry7Martin Jobert
33Re-entry7Alex Pettyfer
38New6Eddie Alderson
38New6Preston Bailey
38New6David Dorfman
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
38366Chip Hormess
38New6Robbie Kay
38226Léo Legrand
38226K'Sun Ray
45165Nash Aguas
45New5Moises Arias
45435Bobby Coleman
45635Soren Fulton
45545Noah Gray-Cabey
45New5Zane Huett
45435Dominic Janes
45New5Robert Madge
45New5Damian McGinty
45725Ryutaro Morimoto
4595Slade Pearce
451465Tanner Richie
45285Corey Snide
451255Vincent Valladon
45725Matthew Werkmeister
451465Austin Williams
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
45365Alex Wolff
45435Ryosuke Yamada
63724Basty Alcances
63New4Anton Balekdjian
63184Paul Butcher
63New4Chandler Canterbury
63New4Julian De La Celle
63184Jason Dolley
63994Skyler Gisondo
63New4Mick Hazen
6394Miles Heizer
631254Carter Jenkins
63994Nick Jonas
63New4Thiago Da Silva Mariz
63364Aidan Mitchell
63New4Octavio Ocaña
63New4Chin-Yu Pang
631464Connor Paolo
63New4Ross Perrelli
63New4Tanner Pflueger
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
63364Graham Phillips
63724Ed Sanders
63New4Jack Scanlon
63New4Jason Spevack
63New4Junio Valverde
63New4Jonathan Williams
87New3Léo Bardinet
87993Carl John Barrameda
871803Ridge Canipe
87New3Alan Chávez
87993Daniel Chalfa
87New3Marc Cortes
87543Tom Cully
87Re-entry3Thomas Doucet
87Re-entry3Shane Haboucha
871253Michel Joelsas
87New3Brandon Killham
87723Rhys Kosakowski
871253Nathan Lazarus
87Re-entry3Scotty Leavenworth
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
87New3Zack Lockett
87243Zach Mills
871253Zack Shada
87New3Troye Sivan
87New3Trent Sullivan
87New3Charlie Tahan
871463Luke Ward-Wilkinson
871253Jack Weber
109New2Yonathan Alster
109New2Asher Axe
109632David Birgé-Cotte
109New2Spencer Breslin
109New2Al Calderon
109New2Field Cate
109New2Ryan Conway
1091462Trevor Gagnon
109New2Laurence Jeffcoate
109New2Inowaki Kai
109Re-entry2Raphaël Katz
109New2Skandar Keynes
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
109New2David Kross
109New2Thomas Law
109New2Carmen LoPorto
109New2Eli Machover
109New2Ryan Malgarini
109992Jiro Manio
109New2Thomas Millet
109New2Miguel Pérez
109New2Jérémie Quaegebeur
109New2Conner Rayburn
1091462Tequan Richmond
109New2Lucas Till
109New2Damian Ul
109New2Bergþór Þorvaldsson
135New1Beans Balawi
135721Cameron Bright
135New1Austin Robert Butler
1351461Christian Byers
135New1Jordan Chemama
135New1Lewis Cope
This Year's RankLast Year's RankNumber of PointsPerformer
135New1Oliver Davis
135New1Dave Dekker
135New1Tyger Drew-Honey
135New1Élie Dupuis
135431Declan Galbraith
135New1Aidan Gould
135New1Nate Hartley
135New1Eddie Heffernan
135New1Simon Iteanu
135New1Hampus Johansson
135541Aaron Johnson
135Re-entry1Nathan Lopez
135New1Tanner Maguire
1351461Graham Patrick Martin
135New1Ross McCormack
135New1Emil Reinke
135New1Patrik Rydmark
135New1Brandon Soo Hoo
1351801Harry Stott
135501Tyler James Williams


Thanks to everyone who voted, and to those who participated in this year's AFTI Media Boy Poll Committee: Duncan, Chris, Mark, Mediajock, and Zabladowski.

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