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  • October17th

    There were not many dry eyes during the Christmas special of Downton Abbey (2012) when Matthew Crawley was sensationally and un-expectantly, killed off. Played by actor Dan Stevens, Matthew had been a major part of the award-winning programme and his death caused uproar within the fans.

    Downton Abbey was Steven’s breakthrough role in 2010. Before that, he had performed on stage in productions such as As You Like It (2004) and Hay Fever (2006) co-starring Judi Dench. His TV career started with The Line of Beauty (2006) co-starring Hayley Atwell.

    Stevens’ departure from Downton Abbey was shocking to most as he left when the programme was at its peak of popularity. He went onto transform his image into a Hollywood bad boy in the critically acclaimed independent film The Guest (2014). He also starred in another crime thriller A Walk Among Tombstones (2014) co-starring Liam Neeson.

    Stevens is one to watch in Hollywood in the next year. His upcoming roles include The Cobbler (2014) co-starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) co-starring an ensemble cast including Robin Williams in one of his last film roles before his death.

    The Guest | A Walk Among Tombstones

  • October17th

    Alicia Vikander is an actress, already very successful in her native Sweden. The 26-year old started her fame in a popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn and in Swedish feature films such as Pure (2010) and The Crown Jewels (2011). Her role in Pure led to Vikander winning the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival and the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    In 2012, Vikander had her fist role in an English-speaking film in Anna Karenina co-starring Kiera Knightley. She also appeared in The Fifth Estate (2013) co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch. She was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013.

    Having become the latest in a wave of Scandinavian talent to break British shores, Vikander has an exciting couple of years ahead.  Firstly is Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun (2014) co-starring Ewan McGregor and then The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015) co-starring Henry Cavill and Hugh Grant. There is also Seventh Son co-starring Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, and Testament of Youth co-starring Kit Harrington.

    Vikander is currently filming Tulip Fever (2015) co-starring Academy-award winner Christoph Waltz. It has also been announced she will be star with Michael Fassbender in The Light Between Oceans for DreamWorks and opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper. Judging by her future projects, Vikander is soon going to be one of the most in-demand actresses in the film industry.

    Son of a Gun | A Testament of Youth | Seventh Son

  • October16th

    James Norton has had something of a turnaround in his career recently. Having made a memorable impact on audiences earlier this year when he played psychopathic kidnapper and killer Tommy Lee Royce in BBC’s Happy Valley, he is currently playing a more angelic role as an Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers in ITV’s Grantchester co-starring Robson Green.

    Norton has been building an impressive resume over the last few years with credits including film, TV and theatre. On stage he has featured in Posh (2010), That Face (2010) and Journey’s End (2011). He has received critical acclaim for his performances. In a review of Journey’s En;, The Independent wrote “James Norton….is stunning”.

    His TV credits have included guest appearances in Doctor Who (2013) co-starring Matt Smith, Blandings (2013) co-starring Jennifer Saunders and Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) co-starring Matthew Rhys.

    Norton’s film credits include the Academy-award nominated An Education (2009) co-starring Carey Mulligan, Rush (2013) co-starring Chris Hemsworth and the upcoming Mr Turner (2014), co-starring Timothy Spall and directed by Bafta-award winner and Academy-award nominated Mike Leigh. The film has been gaining critical acclaim and is in the running to be Academy nominated this year.

    Grantchester | Mr Turner

  • October15th

    Suki Waterhouse is a model who is already dominating the world of fashion.  Her first campaign at aged 19 was lingerie for Marks and Spencer. Since then she has been the campaign “face” for Whistles, French Connection, Coast and Forever 21. Her pinnacle moment came in 2013 when she was made the “face” of Burberry. She has done campaigns for the British designer label including make-up, fragrance and clothes. This has been alongside her good friend and fellow model Cara Delevingne. She also walked the runway and closed their SS15 show.

    However, Waterhouse’s other budding career is as an actress. Her first role was as Mandy in the crime thriller Pusher (2012) co-starring Agyness Deyn. She also stars in the upcoming Love, Rosie (2014) co-starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins. It was announced this year that she had been cast in the upcoming sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015). She is joining an already stellar cast including Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer. Whether she will be modelling or acting Waterhouse has a successful career ahead.

    Twitter | Instagram | Love, Rosie

  • October6th

    Most audiences will recognize Jessica Cave for her memorable role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter series (2009- 11). However this multi-talented actress can also be found on stage, on TV, and behind the scenes as a writer.

    In 2012, Cave had roles in Grandma’s House (2012), co-starring Simon Amstel and Great Expectations (2012), co-starring her former colleagues Helena Bonham-Carter and Ralph Fiennes. Her TV credits include the BAFTA-nominated Cardinal Burns (2014), BBC 3’s Pramface (2013) and Coming Up (2013), for which she received critical praise. She also had two consecutive sell-out shows at Edinburgh festival: Bookworm (2012) and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (2013).

    Cave is currently starring in E4’s hit new series Glue and British comedy Pride (2014), co-starring Bill Nighy. Next year, she can be seen in The Tale of Tales (2015), co-starring Salma Hayek. With a number of new writing projects under her belt as well, Cave is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

    Twitter | Glue | Pride

  • October6th

    British actress, Annabelle Wallis’ resume includes some very impressive TV roles. She played Jane Seymour in the hit Showtime period drama the Tudors (2009-10) co-starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers; featured in Pan Am (2011-12) co-starring Christina Ricci, and Peaky Blinders (2013-) co-starring Cillian Murphy.

    Her film credits are equally remarkable with roles in W.E (2011) directed by Madonna; Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) co-starring Chris Hemsworth and X-Men; First Class (2011) co-starring Michael Fassbender.

    2014 has been a busy year for Wallis as she featured in Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, co-starring Dominic Cooper, BBC’s The Musketeers, series 2 of Peaky Blinders and Annabelle; a spin-off to the hit horror film The Conjuring (2013). She is  currently filming Grimsby (2015) co-starring Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen.

    Twitter | Peaky Blinders | Annabelle

  • September23rd

    Charlie Cox 2 web

    In his first feature-film, The Merchant of Venice, Charlie Cox co-starred alongside Hollywood legends Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons (2004). Over the last couple of years, he appeared in films such as Casanova (2005), co-starring Heath Ledger and on stage in Harold Pinter’s The Collection. His first starring role was as Tristan Thorne in the award-winning Stardust (2007) which featured an all-star cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes and Pete O’Toole.

    Since then, Cox has had a recurring role in HBO’s hit TV series Boardwalk Empire (2011-12) and a guest role in Downton Abbey (2010).This year has been one of his biggest as he stars in the up-coming The Theory of Everything, co-starring Eddie Redmayne, and Dracula Untold, co-starring Luke Evans. It has also been announced that Cox will portray Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel’s up-coming Daredevil TV series (2015).

     

    Watch the trailer for The Theory of Everything and Dracula Untold here:

    The Theory of Everything

    Dracula Untold

  • September23rd

    British actress Gemma Chan has appeared in a variety of popular TV shows such as Dr Who (2009) with David Tenant, award-winning The It Crowd (2010), co-starring Chris O’Dowd, and Bafta-winning Sherlock (2010), co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. She also had a lead role in the final series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011), co-starring Billie Piper.

    Chan’s film career is equally impressive with roles in Shanghai (2010), co-starring John Cusack and the BAFTA-nominated Exam (2009). She also featured in the critically acclaimed Submarine (2011), co-starring Paddy Considine and The Double (2013), co-starring Jessie Eisenberg.

    This year has being a fantastic year for Chan as she co-starred alongside Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), directed by Kenneth Branagh. Later this year, she will star in London Fields, co-starring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard and in the British spy thriller The Game (2014), co-starring Brian Cox.

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  • September19th

    George MacKay’s breakthrough role was aged 10, playing a Lost Boy in the PJ Hogan version of Peter Pan (2003). His next big role was co-starring with Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell in Defiance, (2008) and then co-starring with Clive Owen in The Boys Are Back (2009).

    In 2013, MacKay played Edmond in How I Live Now, opposite Saoirse Ronan and directed by Kevin Macdonald. He then played Davy Henshaw in the critically-acclaimed, British musical film Sunshine on Leith (2014). This year also sees him star in Pride, co-starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton. Pride won the Queer Palm award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. MacKay is a young British star with a great future ahead.

     

    See the trailers for Pride and Sunshine On Leith here:

    Pride

    Sunshine On Leith

  • September15th

    British-born Olivia Cooke, plays Emma Decody in A&E’s hit TV show Bates Motel, co-starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farimga. Having started out in theatre, Cooke got her break in two BBC miniseries; Blackout (2012), co-starring Christopher Eccleson and The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012), co-starring Tom Ellis.

    Her film debut was horror-film, The Quiet Ones (2014), co-starring Sam Claflin. She also starred in The Signal (2014), co-starring Laurence Fishburne. We will see Cooke staring in another horror film, Ouija, at the end of this year. Although hugely successful as a horror-film heroine, Cooke is expanding her horizons and is currently filming Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, co-starring Connie Britton and based on the original book.

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