THIS year has been a big one for a whole host of exciting new British acting talent; from actress Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) to brothers Luke and Harry Treadaway (Clash of the Titans and The Lone Ranger respectively). But who are the ones to watch out for in 2015? Here’s Vogue‘s crop of homegrown stars set to take the acting world by storm, both here and across the Atlantic.
Morfydd (pronounced Mohr-fith) has already played Camille in and Nancy Wickwire in the BBC’s A Poet in New York. Were this not enough, the 18-year-old was also the supporting lead in The Falling and has secured a leading role in a top-secret major US film, due to shoot later this autumn. Not bad given that she only graduated from the Drama Centre last year.
Last year Olivia played two lead roles at Shakespeare’s Globe – both receiving critical acclaim. She has just been offered the lead in the feature Blowing Louder than the Wind opposite Corinne Masiero. Olivia also starred in the acclaimed feature, Father of My Childrenwhich won the Jury Special Prize at Cannes in 2009.
One of this year’s Screen International Stars of Tomorrow, Aimee-Ffion Edwards caught our attention when she starred in Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem in 2009. If you don’t catch her in on the big screen in Queen and Country, out this winter, you’ll certainly see her on the small one – either in Peaky Blindersopposite Cillian Murphy, or in Wolf Hall opposite Damian Lewis (both on the BBC).
Playing a young Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent is a dream for any actress, yet this, coupled with taking the lead role in Wildlike, topped off an incredible year for 18-year-old Ella Purnell. Next year looks set to propel her to even more dizzying heights when she plays a young Jane in Disney’s Tarzan.
Next year promises to be an exciting one for Kaitlyn. She plays the leading role inMen, Women & Children, which has been accepted into the Toronto Film Festival, and has just wrapped a starring role with Catherine Keener in the indie film The Greens Are Gone.
Osy has spent the year shooting leads opposite Nicholas Hoult and Robert Sheehan in Kill your Friends and Jet Trash respectively. He is currently shooting a grown-up’s version of Tarzan, featuring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, in which Tarzan is called back to his former home in the jungle (scheduled for release in 2016).
It’s no mean feat to rival the charm and flair of Jude Law, however that didn’t stop this bright young thing when he played his rival in Henry V earlier this year at the Noël Coward Theatre. With a leading role in the West End already behind him, Ben can next been seen in the forthcoming BBC series Life in Squares.
This up-and-coming actor has already had a busy 2014. He’s appeared as Bill inQueen and Country and has just finishedFrankenstein alongside James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Look out for him on this side of the pond in Channel 4’sGlue and catch him soon in Jeremy Sauliner’s new American feature Green Room.
Having already been named as a Breakthrough Brit by Bafta, it’s only a matter of time before this 18-year-old becomes a household name. With a role in The Impossible already under his belt, Tom will now take centre stage in the highly anticipated Channel 4 adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, directed by Peter Kosminsky.
Few people could get away with playing a young Mick Jagger, but Dominic Sherwood is one of them, in Not Fade Away. Look out for Dominic’s next feature film Take Down (rebellious students take matters into their own hands when the campus is taken hostage by criminals), alongside Ed Westwick.
First published on Vogue, 19 September 2014