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  • December3rd

    Kaya Scodelario is a young British actress who first came to fame in the hit E4 TV series Skins (2008-10). Having had no prior acting experience, she played the role of Effy. Effy is the only character to have appeared in the first four series of the programme, starting with minimal speaking lines in the first series, to becoming the central character in the third and fourth.  Scodelario received critical acclaim and nominations for her acting skills, and reprised her role in 2013 when a whole episode was centred on Effy in the seventh and final series.

    Scodelario made her film debut in Moon (2009) which premiered at the Sundance Film festival. Moon co-starred Kevin Spacey and Sam Rockwell , received positive reviews and was nominated for a number of awards including a win at the Bafta’s. Her first leading film role was as Cathy in Wuthering Heights (2010). This also received positive reviews and Scodelario was even hailed as “a heart-wrenching revelation”. In 2012, she starred in the films Now is Good, co-starring Dakota Fanning and in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, co-starring Jessica Biel.

    This year has seen Scodelario star as the female lead in The Maze Runner co-starring Will Poulter. Her upcoming roles include The Moon and the Sun (2015) co-starring Pierce Brosnan and the reprisal of her role as Teresa Agnes in the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

    The Maze Runner | Twitter | Instagram

  • October17th

    Ashley Madekwe is a British actress best known for her role as social climber, Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama Revenge (2011-13). Before she moved to America, Madekwe featured in a variety of well-known British TV programmes including The Bill (1999), Teachers (2001-2) Doctors (2006), Casualty (2006), Prime Suspect (2006) and Trial and Retribution (2008).

    Her breakthrough role was in Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2008-10) where she co-starred alongside Billie Piper. This coincided with a role in the Bafta-winning Wallander (2008) co-starring Kenneth Branagh. Madekwe’s first American role was in The Beautiful Lie (2009) co-starring Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson. In 2011, she starred in Bedlam co-starring Theo James, Lacey Turner and Hugo Speer.

    Nowadays, you can find Madekwe starring in Salem, based on the real Salem witch trials of the 17th century. The programme co-stars Shane West, Tamzin Merchant and Madekwe’s own husband Iddo Goldberg. It has been a huge success with fans and was re-commissioned for a second series next year. She also has a hugely popular fashion blog Ring My Bell.

    Ring My Bell | Twitter | Instagram

  • 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

  • August12th

    Lily James has become a weekly feature in British households with her breakthrough role as free-spirited Lady Rose McClare in Downtown Abbey.

    After a successful run in theatre, James landed roles in Just William (2010)and Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011) co-starring Billie Piper. In 2012, James had her first lead film role in Fast Girls (2012), written and directed by Noel Clark. The same year she also appeared in Wrath of the Titans, co-starring Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson.

     James has just finished filming Cinderella, where she was hand-picked by director Kenneth Branagh to play the lead role. The film will be released in 2015 and also stars Cate Blanchett and Helen Bonham Carter.

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  • July24th

    Jack O’Connell is one of Britain’s best known on-screen bad boys. He is probably mostly recognized for his role as James Cook in the popular teen drama series Skins (2009-2010, 2013), which he won the TV choice award for best actor. He made his film debut in This Is England (2006), directed by Shane Meadows, and then had roles in thriller films such as Eden Lake (2008), co-starring Michael Fassbender and Harry Brown (2009), co-starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.

    His role in the critically acclaimed Starred Up (2013) as young offender Eric was the start of a career-defining year for O’Connell. He also starred in 300: Rise of an Empire alongside Lena Headey and Eva Green. His next big role is in Unbroken, a war drama film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen Brothers. The film co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Domhnall Gleeson and follows the real-life story of plane crash survivor who becomes a Japanese P.O.W. The talented Brit is certainly one to watch.

    Watch the trailer for “Starred Up” here

  • July22nd

    One Direction may just have found their twin band, but this time they’re
    girls! The young and beautiful British girl group known as Little Mix got their start just like the boys on the UK version of X Factor where they were crowned winners in December of 2011. Within the next 2 years after the show the spunky girls Perri, Jesy, Jade, and Leigh Anne quickly climbed the ladder of stardom.

    After being the first group to win the competition the girls signed to Simon Cowells record label Syco Records and released their “winners single” which was a cover to the song “Cannonball” by Damien Rice. Little Mix released their first debut album DNA the following year in 2012 which had no hesitation in being a hit sensation with the public. The album charted top five in 8 different countries, and surpassed previous world known girls group Spice Girls’ record of having DNA chart at a higher spot in the U.S then their debut album SPICE. The following year of 2013 got even bigger for the British girls with the release of their second album, Salute. Their single, “Move” off of the Salute album took off and was a major hit throughout major countries once again.

    The best part about these girls is that they don’t have one default sound to their music, they experiment with all different kinds of tones and unique mixes. They dip into trap, old school R&B, a-cappella harmonies, bold emotional lyrics, and fun dance beats. These girls just keep getting hotter and hotter with both their style and music. This year in 2014 Little Mix gears up for their biggest UK tour yet which will hit major cities including the 02 Arena in London. Wishing them the best of luck!

     Curious about what these girls are all about? Check out the groups social media accounts below!

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  • May14th

    English electronic quartet, Rudimental, are still fairly unknown in the United States, but that’s all about to change! Rudimental

    The group rose to prominence in 2012 when their single “Feel the Love”, featuring singer John Newman, which topped the UK Singles Chart, and for which they were also nominated for a BRIT Award in 2013.

    The group was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2013, and won several awards including the Brit Award for Best Single of the Year for Waiting All Night featuring the then unknown singer Ella Eyre, and the Mobo Award for Best Album. Rudimental also received nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act, and Best UK and Ireland act.

    They hung around at illegal raves, listened to pirate radio stations and memorised the cassettes of their older brothers and sisters. There is always soul and bass in their music; it can be both experimental and radio-friendly.

    Rudimental has released further singles, including “Not Giving In” (featuring Newman and Alex Clare) and 2013 single “Waiting All Night” (featuring Ella Eyre) which also topped the chart in the UK. More recently the group released “Right Here” featuring Foxes, “Free” featuring Emeli Sandé and “Powerless” featuring Becky Hill. Rudimental were named by the BBC as the festival band of the summer. In 2013 Rudimental’s album Home debuted at number 1 in the UK albums chart and was also nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.

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  • May6th

    24 year-old English actress Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay made her name playing the much-love Lady Sybil Crawley in period drama Downton Abbey and Emelia Conan-Doyle in the British comedy-drama Albatross.

    When Jessica was a little girl she dreamt of being a famous ballerina, she trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet. At age 15, she was invited to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House for a summer season. Jessica’s determination and spirit could not be dampened for long though and she was soon looking around for new challenges to embrace. Once there, Jessica happened upon acting and then began attending classes herself.

    Brown Findlay was cast in the lead role of Emelia in the film Albatross, directed by Niall MacCormick opposite Hollywood actress Julia Ormond. She was subsequently cast in two episodes of the E4 program Misfits and in Downton Abbey, she played the youngest daughter of the Grantham household for three seasons before subsequently leaving the show to move forward in her career. In 2012, she became the face of Dominic Jones’ jewelry line and was cast in Not Another Happy Ending by John McKay, and in the miniseries Labyrinth, based on the novel of the same name written by Kate Mosse, portraying Alaïs Pelletier. In 2012, she was cast as Beverly Penn in the film adaptation of the novel Winter’s Tale (2014). She will also co-star in Paul McGuigan’s Frankenstein remake.

    She was nomination with the British Independent Film Award (2011) and Evening Standard British Film Awards (2012).

    Being only 24 year-old, Jessica Brown-Findlay has had a wonderful start to what looks like a great and long career.

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