Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2013: Will Poulter, Raffey Cassidy and More

June 25, 2013 | Posted By In Features, Lists | 3232 Views

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Screen International has unveiled their 2013 list of UK Stars of Tomorrow, on-the-verge actors and filmmakers who are destined for stardom. They’re pretty good at this, having featured the likes of James McAvoy, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Aaron Johnson on this annual list before they became some of the most in demand actors around.

This year, they’ve got seventeen relatively unknown names for us to keep an eye on in the future, and they include a “Game of Thrones” star, a child actress who has more Hollywood blockbuster credits than all her peers, a YA franchise hopeful and more. Be sure to check out their full list for more talent, including filmmakers behind the camera, but below, let’s take a closer look at the actors Screen believes are 2013’s Stars of Tomorrow.

Raffey Cassidy is the youngest name on the list at 11, but she’s already racked up more Hollywood blockbusters than everyone else on the list combined. Having already played the young Snow White in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the young Angelique in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”, she next shares the screen with George Clooney in Brad Bird’s highly anticipated “Tomorrowland.”

Antonia Clarke looks like the perfect blend of Imogen Poots and Shailene Woodley and had a bit part in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” but may be finding success on the small screen soon, as she’s set to play twins in upcoming BBC drama “The Thirteenth Tale.” She’s also wrapped indie drama “Mindscape” with Taissa Farmiga.

Rosie Day has been acting since she was 5 and was one of the youngest actors upon the National Theater in Britain, but she’s since found more success on screen, recently appearing in ITV miniseries “Homefront” and has wrapped Medieval sequel “Ironclad: Battle for Blood.”

Franz Drameh starred in Joe Cornish’s surprise alien invasion hit “Attack the Block”, appeared alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in “Now is Good” and recently wrapped Doug Liman’s futuristic thriller “All You Need is Kill” opposite Tom Cruise.

Cush Jumbo, who is a seasoned TV actress having appeared on series like “Torchwood”, “Lip Service” and “Getting On”, will be turning her attention to the stage, where she will be starring in “Josephine and I”, a play about Josephine Baker that she also wrote.

Matt Kane has found success stateside as a guest star on ABC Family drama series “Switched at Birth” and recently wrapped Errol Flynn drama “The Last of Robin Hood” opposite Dakota Fanning.

Malachi Kirby has been steadily acting in the UK since 2008, having appeared in buzzy drama “My Brother the Devil” and recently completing indie film “Gone Too Far.”

Dimitri Leonidas has been steadily working in the UK for several years, including guest spots on “Doctor Who” and the “Sinbad” miniseries, but recently landed a big break when George Clooney cast him alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon in his WWII actioner “Monuments Men.”

Rose Leslie may not sound like a familiar name but she’s already racked up millions of fans thanks to her role as Ygritte on hit HBO series “Game of Thrones”, and before that she was on “Downton Abbey.” This certainly seems like one career poised to skyrocket.

Stacy Martin is a half-English, half-French model-turned-actress who will appear opposite Shia Labeouf in Lars Von Trier’s controversial upcoming drama “Nymphomaniac.”

Freya Mavor has the “Skins” fanbase behind her, and the BBC miniseries “The White Queen” poised to add gravitas to her growing resume. She’s also completed indie comedy “Not Another Happy Ending” with Karen Gillan and Iain De Caestecker.

Bill Milner is one of the two “Son of Rambow” stars featured this year, and he has also appeared as a young Magneto in “X-Men: First Class.” On the indie side, he has completed filming on “Locke” opposite Tom Hardy.

Luke Newberry had a small role in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” with Keira Knightley, and is currently filming “Hercules 3D” opposite “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz.

James Norton made his feature film debut in “An Education” opposite Carey Mulligan and has been steadily working since. He’ll appear opposite Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s “Rush” and will star in Mike Leigh’s JMW Turner biopic with Timothy Spall.

Chloe Pirrie has only one big screen credit in the British indie “Shell”, but she can currently be seen in Channel 4 miniseries “Black Mirror.”

Ed Skrein appeared in cop drama “The Sweeney” opposite Hayley Atwell, and landed the role of Daario Naharis in HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

Will Poulter, also of “Son of Ranbow” fame, is making quite a name for himself in Hollywood. Soon to be seen opposite Jennifer Aniston in comedy “We’re the Millers”, Poulter has also landed and wrapped a starring role in YA franchise hopeful “The Maze Runner.”

We can’t wait to see which of these seventeen potential Stars of Tomorrow break through!


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Linda is currently a Film Reporter at TheWrap. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter @lindazge.