Top 40 Rising British Stars for 2013

40 of the best up and coming actresses who are tipped for the top this year
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“ I'm not sure that Andrea's star can rise any higher, but I'd really like to see her take the lead in a big Hollywood movie this year. Riseborough is a rare talent, whose performances continue to haunt you long after the credits have rolled. Shadow Dancer was simply phenomenal. ” - Shootforthestars
Felicity Jones
Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she was brought up with her brother by her mother alone...
“ Felicity graduated in 2006with a 2:1 (Second-class Honours, upper division) in English from Wadham College, Oxford, where she'd acted in a few student plays. Since then Felicity has not stopped working, becoming one of Britain's hottest properties. 2013 is the year that I think that she'll really be making big movies. ” - Shootforthestars
“ Considered one of Nylon magazine's top faces in 2010, Claire seems to have dropped off the radar somewhat, but she is a really great actress, who has that rare ability to play a range of ages and characters, as proved in White Heat when she played a girl from 16 to 40. ” - Shootforthestars
Alexandra Roach
Actress, The Iron Lady
Alexandra Roach was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire in Wales and was already a veteran of the Welsh television soap 'Pobol Y Cwm' by her early teens. In 2003 whilst studying for her GCSE exams at the local comprehensive school she learned that she had beaten out players in national soaps to win the award for the best juvenile actor in a soap at the Children in Entertainment Awards...
“ Already doing a great mixture of TV and film, Alexandra has worked with some of the top names in the industry, including the actors' dream that is Meryl Streep. Not bad for a little girl from the valleys! ” - Shootforthestars
Hayley Atwell
Born in London, England, Hayley Elizabeth Atwell has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. An only child, Hayley was named after actress Hayley Mills. Her parents, Alison (Cain) and Grant Atwell, both motivational speakers, met at a London workshop of Dale Carnegie's self-help bible "How to Win Friends and Influence People"...
“ The thinking man's crumpet, Hayley Atwell is sophisticated, mature and intelligent in her performances. It looks as though we'll be seeing a lot more of her on our screens this coming year. ” - Shootforthestars
Romola Garai
Actress, Amazing Grace
Born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay roots in Wiltshire...
“ Romola (whose name I still can't pronounce) seems to give fantastic performance after performance. I feel that she will be one of the greats in years to come, with a longevity of career similar to Maggie Smith or Judi Dench. ” - Shootforthestars
Lily Collins
Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after her parents split up...
“ Daughter of Phil, but a fabulous actress in her own right. Not to mention those brows! Has taken the lead in Snow White, and has several big-budget movies under her belt and coming up, but this will be the year that Lily really makes her name. ” - Shootforthestars
Jessie Cave
Jessie Cave studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, London, and worked backstage in various theatres before deciding to pursue acting. She got a place at RADA to study Stage Management, but after watching some actors in rehearsal rooms she changed her mind and applied to drama school. She was ready to go to The Oxford School of Drama when she got the part in Harry Potter.
“ An oddball by her own admission, Jessie Cave is a great character actress. Had a great little part in Great Expectations, her own stand up show is really very funny. Check out if you haven't before. ” - Shootforthestars
Rebecca Hall
Actress, The Prestige
Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when she was still young...
“ So much more than just part of a theatrical dynasty, Rebecca takes centre stage in everything that she does. She has had some big parts so far, I hope that this year brings more. ” - Shootforthestars
“ Working on the Borgias at the moment, Holliday is rapidly becoming a household name. Watch out! ” - Shootforthestars
Alice Eve
Alice Sophia Eve was born in London, England. Her father is Trevor Eve and her mother is Sharon Maughan, both fellow actors. She is the eldest of three children. Eve has English, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was young as her father tried to crack the American market. However, they returned to the United Kingdom when she was age 13...
“ Alice seems to have been all over the papers lately, and I can't exactly say that I'm sure why. She's a great actress but hasn't actually worked in her own right for some time. I hope that she manages to get some film roles as strong as Starter for Ten as it would be a real waste if she were to fall into the trap of becoming tabloid fodder because of her father's name. ” - Shootforthestars
Karen Gillan
Karen was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy...
“ Everyone's favourite flame-haired vixen, Karen is still finding her post Doctor Who feet, but when she does, I think we'd all better watch out! ” - Shootforthestars
Jessica Brown Findlay
Jessica Brown Findlay is an English actress. She was born in Cookham, Berkshire, to Beverley, a teacher's aid and nurse, and Christopher Brown-Findlay, who works in finance. She is of Scottish and English descent. Jessica trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet...
“ Having caused a rumpus with her shock Downton Abbey exit, Jessica Brown Findlay is the hottest word on everyone's lips. Beautiful girl! ” - Shootforthestars
Emilia Clarke
British actress Emilia Clarke was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Her father is a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3...
“ As Game of Thrones rolls into its 3rd season, Emilia still continues to be the main reason that I tune into this show. Looking forward to what happens to Degeneris! ” - Shootforthestars
“ Urban, edgy, Lenora has a raw realness that really translates to her work. Her performance in Fast Girls was a personal highlight. ” - Shootforthestars
Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-present), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015)...
“ That cheeky grin! Natalie stole the show in the Tudors, but has yet to have her really big break. Her Webber Douglas Training should set her in good stead though. ” - Shootforthestars
Tamsin Egerton
Actress, Love, Rosie
Egerton attended Ditcham Park School near Petersfield in Hampshire, where she says she was bullied. She also states she truanted, preferring to go to modeling shoots. After finishing school at 16 with nine A-grade GCSEs, Egerton decided to pursue acting rather than going to university. She had a brief job as a babysitter for three children...
“ An actress and model with legs to die for, Tamsin has the rare charm of being both beautiful AND talented. Her performance in Chalet Girl was second to none. All the girls want to be her, all the boys want to be with her! ” - Shootforthestars
Kaya Scodelario
Actress, Moon
Kaya Rose Scodelario was born in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, to a Brazilian mother, Katia (Scodelario), and an English father, Roger Humphrey. Her surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather. Thanks to her mother, Kaya grew up fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, as well as English. At the age of fourteen...
“ Haunting as Effie, moving as Cathy, Kaya can do no wrong. Her exotic beauty is a result of her Portugese heritage, and I can't WAIT to see what I can spot her in this year. ” - Shootforthestars
“ Been one to watch for a while, it looks like Tuppence is finally getting her breaks. Nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards 2010 for Most Promising Newcomer, I particularly enjoyed her performance in Chatroom. ” - Shootforthestars
“ One of my top tips for this year, Brittany put in a brilliant performance in Exhibit A, demonstrating real emotional depth. She has just graduated from Oxford so I look forward to seeing what this year brings for her. ” - Shootforthestars
Talulah Riley
Talulah Riley is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride & Prejudice (2005), St Trinian's (2007), The Boat That Rocked (2009), and Inception (2010). She made her stage debut in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic in 2005. Her television credits include episodes of Poirot (2003)...
“ Fresh from her paypal divorce, Talulah seems to be back with a vengeance. I hope to see her do something to top St Trinian's. ” - Shootforthestars
Olivia Hallinan
Olivia has appeared in over 100 productions since the age of seven. She is the youngest of four sisters and grew up in Hounslow, London. Her first ever big role, was playing alongside Cilla Black in the 1991 production of Robin Prince of Sherwood. Since then, she has starred in five stage productions...
“ I have loved Olivia since Cranford. With a transfixing beauty and eye-catching colourings there is something truly watchable about this girl. ” - Shootforthestars
Karen Gillan
Karen was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy...
“ Everyone's favourite flame-haired vixen, lets see what the post Doctor Who world has to offer this girl! Can't wait. ” - Shootforthestars
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...
“ Tamzin is slowly working her way through the television and film channels, and finally getting there. You can't say that this girl hasn't tried! ” - Shootforthestars
Hannah Murray
Hannah Murray was born in Bristol, England in 1989. Murray's father is a University professor and her mother is a research technician in the same field. When she was a teenager she began taking drama lessons, and she fell for acting. At the age of 16, Hannah Murray decided to pursue acting and she auditioned for Skins...
“ One of the skins generation, Hannah has made her name playing fragile, vulnerable characters, something that she does down to a tee. I'd like to see her do some more stage work, she was good in That Face! ” - Shootforthestars
“ Kim seems to have got stuck in a television rut recently, but she still provides me with heart-warming cheer every time I hear her lovely lilting accent on Fresh Meat, or Hebburn. ” - Shootforthestars
“ Really proved herself in Homefront, showing that she is much more than her Skins character. Has a host of new films coming up to look forward to! ” - Shootforthestars
“ Ah beautiful Charlotte finally steps out from the fabulous Tom Hardy's shadow. What a power couple they will be after the work that she has lined up this year! ” - Shootforthestars
“ Jodie's lovely Huddersfield twang seems to have been everywhere in the last year. Deservedly so, though. From her start in Venus to her scene stealing appearance in One Day, Jodie has been an absolute delight. ” - Shootforthestars
Bonnie Wright
Bonnie Francesca Wright was born on February 17, 1991 to jewelers Gary Wright and Sheila Teague. Her debut performance was in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Ron Weasley's little sister Ginny Weasley. Bonnie tried out for the film due to her older brother Lewis mentioning she reminded him of Ginny. Her role in the first film was a small cameo like role as Ginny...
“ Newly single Bonnie just looks so beautiful, doesn't she? I really hope that 2013 is the year that we get to see her as something other than Ginny Weasley. And that will take a VERY strong part. ” - Shootforthestars
Sarah Bolger
Actress, In America
Sarah Lee Bolger (born 28 February 1991) is an Irish actress. She is best known for her roles in the films In America, Stormbreaker, and The Spiderwick Chronicles, as well as her award winning role as Lady Mary Tudor in the TV series The Tudors, and for guest starring as Princess Aurora in Once Upon a Time.
“ Does anyone remember her in Angels in America? SO cute! Anyway, she's come on leaps and bounds since then to become an Irish darling of the cinema world. Here's to seeing more of her. ” - Shootforthestars
Gemma Chan
Actress, Humans
“ I'm not exactly sure why Gemma has been in absolutely every magazine that I have read over the last few weeks, as I can't really remember her in any of the productions that she has been in, but it seems that she is someone's darling and, if the papers have it their way, we'll be seeing a lot more of her. ” - Shootforthestars
Joanna Vanderham
Joanna grew up in Scone, a village in the 'heart' of Scotland. She started acting in a local youth group at the age of 7, going on to study Drama at Int. 2, Higher and Advanced Higher at The High School of Dundee. Upon graduating, she moved to Cardiff to study acting professionally at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama...
“ She seems to be EVERYWHERE at the moment. Not my favourite actress but you can't seem to switch on the tv without seeing her face, so I will reluctantly include her in my top 40. Not bad in The Runaways though ” - Shootforthestars
Alice Englert
Alice Allegra Englert (born 15 June 1994) is an Australian actress best known for her roles as Rosa in the film Ginger & Rosa, and as Lena Duchannes in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures. In 2013, she starred in the low-budget horror film In Fear, and in the supernatural romance film Beautiful Creatures, which was based upon the novel of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
“ Something else as the seductive Rosa opposite Elle Fanning in Ginger and Rosa. With the mega blockbuster Beautiful Creatures coming out, we are sure to see more of this girl. ” - Shootforthestars
Zawe Ashton
Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A student - Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre...
“ Zawe has tackled a variety of roles that have demonstrated her to be a true chameleon, in the vein of Samantha Morton. I truly hope that this continues, but that we also get to see some more Fresh Meat in the process! ” - Shootforthestars
“ She's been around a little longer than some of my other picks, but my FAVOURITE actress seems to have finally had her moment in Denzel Washington's flight. Go girl, and here's to more! ” - Shootforthestars
“ Aisling's work has a wonderful sincerity and I am sure that this year holds great things for her. Good luck Aisling! ” - Shootforthestars
Amy Wren
Actress, Tutankhamun
Amy Wren was born on October 14, 1989 in Leicestershire, UK. She is a British actress best known for U Want Me 2 Kill Him?,Wuthering Heights and Silk. Amy was Talent spotted at age 16 by Walt Disney. Following this she appeared as Chloe in Disney Channels Life Bites for two series.
“ Starting in Nicklodeon, Amy is only just becoming a serious actress, however a small part in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights puts her in the game. ” - Shootforthestars
“ This probably doesn't need saying but Ophelia is on fire at the moment. This year is sure to be her most successful yet. ” - Shootforthestars
Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary School and studied drama at Oldham Sixth Form College...
“ Pretty Olivia has just been taken on for the 'Bates Motel' series. Cute and likeable in the Secret of Crickley Hall, this Manchester girl is doing good! ” - Shootforthestars