2015 has already been a stellar year for British acting (we all saw Eddie Redmayne’s adorable Oscar acceptance speech) and from what we can tell, it’s only going to get better. With amazing British women being nominated for awards left, right and centre and taking the lead in major TV and film roles, we’re feeling some serious love for our army of up-and-coming actresses. Here’s five of the best you need to know about now.
1. Eleanor Tomlinson
Despite landing a load of major roles opposite A-list talent (she starred in The Illusionist with Jessica Biel and Johnny Depp in Alice In Wonderland), Eleanor Tomlinson has stayed relatively under the radar. Until now. Bagging herself the coveted lead role of Demelza in 70’s period remake Poldark, Tomlinson stars alongside hunk of the month Aidan Turner in what’s set to be Spring’s answer to Downton. A willowy redhead that looks right at home on the red carpet, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of Eleanor.
2. Daisy Bevan
If you haven’t already guessed by giving her a quick glance, Daisy Bevan is the daughter of Brit actress Joely Richardson (the cheekbones are uncanny). And clearly talent runs in the family with grandmother Vanessa Redgrave and late aunt Natasha Richardson both veteran thespians (yes, that does mean her uncle is Liam Neeson). Making her screen debut at the tender age of five, Daisy didn’t hit the big time until her role opposite Kirsten Dunst in The Two Faces Of January last year. So what’s next? Just a little BBC drama with Downton‘s Jessica Brown Findlay. No biggie.
3. Tuppence Middleton
Possibly the most delightful name of any actress we’ve ever come across, Tuppence Middleton is the quirkily-named Brit actress making it big in Hollywood. Starring opposite Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in last year’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Tuppence (named after her mum’s childhood nickname), is well on her way to superstardom. Check her out in Netflix’s next original series, Sense8, out this Summer.
4. Sophie Turner
If you’re as much of a fan of Game Of Thrones as we are, you’ll already recognise 18 year old Sophie Turner aka Sansa Stark. After four years as Sean Bean’s daughter Sansa in the epic book adaptation, Sophie returns to our screens for the much-anticipated fifth series in April. Excited much?! Having won and turned down a place at the Royal Ballet School when she was 11, Turner made her television debut at just 14 years old and since then it’s safe to say she’s done pretty well for herself. Bagging the prize role of Jean Grey in the next installment of the X-Men film franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, it would seem Sophie’s dyed red locks (she’s naturally blonde off set) are taking her all the way to Hollywood.
5. Lily James
Ok, so Lily James isn’t so much under-the-radar as all over ours, but we thought Lady Rose/Cinderella/Matt Smith’s fiancee deserved a mention. First hitting our screens as Downton‘s mischievous Lady Rose, Lily has no less than five films in the pipeline, and that’s just this year. Kicking off 2015 with a bang, James makes her Disney debut in this month’s buzzed about live-action Cinderella opposite Game Of Thrones‘ Richard Madden as her Prince Charming. With red-carpet premieres, high fashion Disney collabs and lead roles coming out of her ears, Lily is seriously hot property. Spot her next in her return to period drama as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
By George Driver