Stars of Tomorrow, today. Screen catches up with the blossoming careers of some of last year’s alumni, including Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay and Claire Wilson, who is writing Oliver Twist contemporary retelling Twist for Ruby Films and Rocket Pictures.
Harry Lloyd made a strong impression from his six episodes of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. He went straight on to The Iron Lady, in which he plays the young Denis Thatcher to Jim Broadbent’s older Denis. Lloyd has also been cast as Herbert Pocket in BBC TV’s Great Expectations, which films in July.
Ophelia Lovibond’s Hollywood debut, Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy No Strings Attached, came out in February and she will be seen in this summer’s Mr Popper’s Penguins with Jim Carrey. On the other end of the budget scale, she has shot Eight Minutes Idle, a romantic comedy set in a Bristol call centre, opposite Tom Hughes, and has been cast as the lead in Miranda Bowen’s thriller Gozo.
Jack Gordon has had a busy year, shooting five films. They are The Devil’s Business for director Sean Hogan; Panic Button, a UK thriller directed by Chris Crow; ensemble UK drama Life Just Is for director Alex Barrett; and Truth Or Dare for Robert Heath. He also has a small part in Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel Studios. Gordon won excellent reviews for his role in the play Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley, at London’s Southwark Playhouse.
Jessica Brown Findlay is now shooting series two of Downton Abbey and UK coming-of-age drama Albatross, which will be released later this year.
Yasmin Paige and Craig Roberts made a splash when Submarine was released earlier this year, with Roberts going on to shoot Red Lights with Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver. He will also appear in US indie The First Time for director Jon Kasdan and is filming Simon Aboud’s London-set heist film Comes A Bright Day. Paige, meanwhile, is shooting the six-part BBC series Pram Face, directed by Dan Zeff.
Gwyneth Keyworth starred in an episode of E4’s Misfits before appearing in BBC TV’s Case Histories series with Jason Isaacs. She will also appear in the much-anticipated Elfie Hopkins opposite Ray Winstone and Jaime Winstone and has shot a comedy pilot for the BBC called Merry Widows.
Unsurprisingly, Sam Claflin has been busy. Already cast in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides last year, he is set to star with Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in Snow White And The Huntsman and Sergey Bodrov’s The Seventh Son with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Emilia Clarke has signed up for the second season of HBO’s drama Game Of Thrones.
Obi Abili starred in ITV’s five-part drama series Injustice, and has just filmed series two of Strike Back for HBO/Sky. He is filming a small role on Michael Hoffman’s remake of Gambit.
Iwan Rheon finished the second series of Misfits and went on to the feature Resistance opposite Michael Sheen and Kimberley Nixon. He then jumped into bed with Billie Piper in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, before shooting Wild Bill, Dexter Fletcher’s directorial debut. He will also star in his third and final series of Misfits.
After making her debut in March on Sky’s The Runaway, Joanna Vanderham left drama school early to take a role in the three-part drama Above Suspicion with Ciaran Hinds, and is about to shoot the feature Infinite Nostalgia.
Nikesh Patel has been with the RSC this summer, rehearsing for The Taming Of The Shrew which opens in the autumn.
Claire Wilson is writing Twist, a contemporary musical retelling of Oliver Twist for Ruby Films and Rocket Pictures, with Dawn Shadforth set to direct. Having met fellow Star of Tomorrow Jonathan Entwistle at the photo shoot last year, they have co-written a script called Meeting A Soldier, based on a poem by Heathcote Williams, which is in development.
Paven Virk is developing a feature with Cowboy Films and director Martina Amati; she is also working with Hillbilly Films on a TV series. Virk is under commission to the Tricycle Theatre in London and is writing a National Theatre Connections play for 2012. Working Title Films picked her for its residency at this year’s Hay Festival.
Dom Bridges continues to direct high-end commercials and divide his time between London and Los Angeles. He is attached to direct Warlands for producer Dan Lupovitz (Hunky Dory) and is developing Straight To DVD with Rae Brunton.
Animator Tom Judd is directing global TV commercials and has made a series of 10-second animations for an online campaign for Orange. His film Bruce won the best animation prize at the Bio:Fiction film festival.
David Stoddart’s short Solstice was nominated for a Scottish Bafta and he is developing a feature version of his short I, Samurai, as well as working on a documentary.
Luke Snellin is writing his debut feature The Wanderers, which follows on from his shorts Mixtape and Disco, and is being produced by 2AM Films.
Dan Gitsham is developing his first feature, from his latest short Ella, with support from the South West Screen and Lottery Talent Development Fund.
Jonathan Tulleken is adapting his Bafta-nominated short Off Season into a feature for Big Talk Productions, as well as another original screenplay, Portage. He will also direct two episodes in the new series of Misfits.
Tim Key is preparing his new show, Masterslut, for this year’s Edinburgh Festival. He is also working on feature script Tile City for Big Talk with co-writer Tom Basden.