Rising Stars of 2012

In no particular order...these are names you will be hearing a lot of this year!
UK and USA
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Douglas Booth
Douglas John Booth is an English actor. Booth was born in London, England, the son of Vivien (De Cala), an artist, and Simon Booth, who works in shipping for Citigroup. He has appeared on English television as (Christopher and His Kind, Great Expectations), starred in the film Romeo & Juliet, and played Shem, one of the sons of Noah...
 
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Actress, Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as Jess Merriweather on the Emmy Award winning TV series, Friday Night Lights (2011). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), Eve's Bayou (1997)...
 
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AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia Robb was born on the 8th December 1993 in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Janet, an interior designer, and Dave Robb, an architect. She has Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish ancestry. Robb started off life with a dream to act, and began by performing on a church stage in her home town in front of 500 people when she was just 5 years old...
 
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Hannah Ware
Actress, Shame
 
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Max Adler
Actor, Glee
Born in Queens, New York and raised in Scottsdale Arizona, Adler knew from an early age that he wanted to become an actor. Upon graduating from Horizon High School in AZ, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of working in the entertainment industry. After landing a few guest-star roles on "Ghost Whisperer" and "Cold Case" for CBS...
 
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Kurt Finney
Kurt Brian Finney was born in Fountain Valley, CA on October 23. His mother, Kathleen Finney, works as a real estate agent and day trades for the stock market. His father, Gary Finney, selflessly works as a firefighter, and has done so for more than 30 years. Kurt has a younger brother named Kyle who is on his way to becoming a lawyer...
 
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John Boyega
John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block, before attaining international recognition for his work as Finn in the seventh film of the Star Wars series...
 
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Vanessa Kirby
Actress, Me Before You
Born 1989, the daughter of a magazine editor and a surgeon Kirby was turned down by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and took a gap year travelling before studying English at Exeter University. She then turned down her place at LAMDA in London after she was signed up to an agency and met the theatre director...
 
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Tamzin Merchant
Actress, Jane Eyre
Tamzin Merchant was born in the UK, but spent part of her childhood in Dubai. She attended Windlesham School and Brighton College, and had been planning to study at Nottingham University, when she was cast in Pride & Prejudice a year before finishing her A-levels. She deferred entry to university to work on TV projects in the UK...
 
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Daniel Sharman
Actor, Immortals
Daniel Sharman was born in London. He began working as an actor at The Royal Shakespeare Company before going on to train for three years at The London Academy of Dramatic Art in 2007. After which he performed in many theatrical productions in London and Europe. He lives in Los Angeles and London.
 
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Michael Socha
Michael Robert Socha is an actor, known for his role as Tom in Being Human (2008). He was born December 13, 1987 in Derby, Derbyshire, England, to Kathleen (Lyons) and Robert Socha, and has Polish and British ancestry. Socha was a rebellious pupil who often skipped school. At the age of 11, he unsuccessfully auditioned for the lead role in a school musical play...
 
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Christian Cooke
Christian Louis Cooke was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He began his acting career at the age of 10 when he appeared in a production of Bedazzled at the Bingley Arts Centre. His first television appearance was in a commercial for Birds Eye beef burgers. His career has progressed from there...
 
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Julito McCullum
Uriel McCullum was born on December 16, 1990 in Brooklyn, New York. Before his debut into the cinematic world Julito was a dancer for the New York Knicks and Liberty. Born to Colombian and American parents Glynis and Uriel Almanza his mom decided after his fathers murder in a robbery gone bad, to show her child a different life from growing up in the projects...
 
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Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress. Her leading on screen debut was at age 21 in the television film New Town (2009). She is most famous for play Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Leslie also appeared in the film Now Is Good (2012) and in The Last Witch Hunter (2015).
 
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Sami Gayle
Actress, Blue Bloods
Actress Sami Gayle stars as "Nicky Reagan-Boyle" on CBS' cop drama Blue Bloods. Gayle began her acting career as Baby June in the off-Broadway production of "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone. She then reprised her role when the production transferred to Broadway shortly thereafter. Gayle later co-starred...
 
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Ashley Chin
Actor, Starred Up
Ashley Chin grew up in south London with his Jamaican mother and spent his youth mixed up in gang culture. He converted to Islam in 2002. The former rapper has spent the past year touring the country delivering his story "From The Streets 2 Islam" In a unique poetic style, which will leave you inspired and amazed...
 
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