Lily James. James Norton. Paul Dano. Yup, BBC’s dramatic retelling of Tolstoy’s classic War and Peace (on Sundays at 9pm) is packed full of the hottest stars of 2016. But there’s one fresh face in particular in the period drama we’re excited about – Aisling Loftus. Get ready to name drop the new Brit girl on the block…
She’s Already A TV Veteran
While she’s making waves on this year’s epic miniseries, War and Peace – the 25-year old actress has already starred in another major period drama. You may remember Loftus after her turn as a shop girl in Mr Selfridge, Agnes Towler. And she’s already put in performances in TV favourites such as Casualty and The Bill, having started acting when she was nine.
Her Boyfriend Is Grey Worm
Okay, major Game Of Thrones reference there. But yes, her boyfriend is Jacob Anderson, 25, who plays Grey Worm in GOT. The actor duo also live together in North London. “I’m seriously proud of him,” she says. “He’s an incredible writer so I’m sure we’ll always have bread on the table.” Aw.
She Hasn’t Forgotten Her Northern Roots
Born in Lady Bay, Nottingham, Aisling says: “It’s near Trent bridge and the City Ground, so whenever there’s Forest football on we can’t go to the supermarket. As I’ve grown up, I have a new fondness for it [Nottingham]…I’m very proud to be from there.”
Co-Star Lily James Is Her New Girl Crush
The pair star together in both War and Peace and anticipated blockbuster Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. “I’ve fallen in love with her,” she says. “I think she’ll have a long and brilliant career. There’s something that marks people out as belonging to it, and I think she’s got it.”
Uncertainty Motivates Her
“I’m not sure what I’m doing next, but I just give in to the chaos. Every now and then I worry that this is so precarious, but I love it. The important people are writing and creating, so whoever gets picked to speak the words is just lucky. I’m just lucky.”
War and Peace continues on BBC1 next Sunday at 9pm
By Emma Firth