Screen International has revealed the 2022 edition of Stars of Tomorrow, our prestigious annual showcase of the UK and Ireland’s most exciting young actors, directors, writers, producers and heads of department.

The 2022 UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow are following in the footsteps of some of today’s biggest names in film and television, many of whom are now Bafta and Oscar winners and nominees.

From Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrea Arnold in the inaugural selection in 2004 to David Oyelowo, Ruth Negga, Abi Morgan (2005), Riz Ahmed, Andrea Riseborough (2006), Dev Patel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andrew Haigh (2008), Daniel Kaluuya, Destiny Ekaragha (2009), John Boyega, Michael Pearce (2011), Jack Lowden, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (2014), Florence Pugh, Jodie Comer (2016), Michaela Coel, Jessie Buckley (2017), Niamh Algar, Joseph Quinn (2018), Ncuti Gawa, Paul Mescal, Emma Corrin (2020), and Daryl McCormack, Sheila Atim and Amir Al-Masry last year, the Screen International UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow alumni are now among the leading UK and Irish lights of the global industry. 

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”Stars of Tomorrow enters its 19th year triumphantly, having carried on through the pandemic and out the other side with this year’s dazzling array of talent,” said Fionnuala Halligan, curator of Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow, of this year’s selection. ”What started out as a feature in 2004 highlighting young UK talent who seemed to be on the verge of breaking through internationally – and my, how they did - has now become an institution, a labour of love which is one of the highlights of the year for Screen International’s team. We remain a proudly independent trade publication, the only one of its kind in the world, and Screen Stars of Tomorrow is a proudly independent selection of the best of the UK and Ireland’s upcoming talent every year.

“We congratulate the cohort, as equal and diverse as ever, on their selection, and look forward to following them through their careers.”

As in previous years, Screen has paired some of the stars with a mentor in their field to give them the opportunity to ask questions of an experienced professional. This year, Star of Tomorrow Rosy McEwen talked to actor Eddie Marsan, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi to producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Ruth Greenberg to director Sally El Hosaini. 

Prime Video returns as headline sponsor, with ScreenSkills and the BFI London Film Festival continuing their longstanding relationships as supporting partner and in-kind partner respectively.

It is a continuation of Prime Video’s commitment to championing the discovery of new talent. “I’m thrilled that Prime Video is once again supporting this year’s Stars of Tomorrow initiative,” said Georgia Brown, head of Amazon Studios, Europe.  ”Reflecting the truly varied and diverse experiences of our audience is vitally important to all of us at Amazon Studios which is why I’m so heartened to see such a distinctive collective of talented young actors, writers, directors, producers and creatives in this year’s cohort.

”It’s important that that diversity is reflected not only on-screen but amongst those making key decisions behind-the-scenes on productions, so it’s fantastic to see talented producers, writers, casting directors and make-up professionals being celebrated too. I can’t wait to see what this exceptional group goes on to do, whether that be on our own Amazon Original TV series or movies for Prime Video, or elsewhere in the global TV and film industry. The world is at their feet!”

All of this year’s UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow will take part in a special event in London on July 7. 

Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow 2022



Heads of department