1. Tom Sturridge – Aged 25, Born in London.
Tom Sturridge is most famous for his role as ‘Young Carl’ in ‘The Boat That Rocked’. Among an all-star cast, including Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, his performance stands out, as does the love story running between him and Marianne, played by Talulah Riley. It still has to be one of my favourite films, and that has to be partly because of Tom Sturridge’s performance, plus the fact that he’s seriously handsome!
As one of Robert Pattinson’s closest friends from school, Tom has been in the public eye a lot more recently, along with rumours he was dating Carey Mulligan. He also has a lot of exciting movie roles coming up, including the lead oppostie Rachel Bilson in ‘Waiting For Forever‘. The trailer looks amazing and has a stunning soundtrack. I’m really very excited for it to come to UK cinemas early February this year!!
Tom Sturridge has also been filming for his role as poet Carlo Marx in the upcoming film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel ‘On The Road‘, which also stars best mate Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams also star.
2. Jamie Campbell Bower – aged 22, Born in London.
Jamie Campbell Bower has starred in a few big blockbusters in the past few years, but he’s get to gain a leading role and take the spotlight. His first big role was as Anthony in ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street‘, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
With roles in sagas such as Caius, a member of the Volturi in the ‘Twilight’ saga and also playing Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Harry Potter‘ series, Jamie was on the big screen last year and it set to be again in 2011 with the next films in each series. ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1’ will be released 18 November and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ will be released 15 July.
2011 also holds more exciting roles for Jamie, he will be starring as lead role King Arthur in up-coming Channel 4 series ‘Camelot’ with one of my top 5 actresses to watch in 2011, Tamsin Egerton. Jamie will also star in ‘Anonymous‘, a political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare.
In other news, Jamie Campbell Bower got engaged to Bonnie Wright in April 2010. Bonnie, who plays Ginny Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, is only 19. A Source told The Daily Mail: “They met on the set of the movie and Jamie fell for Bonnie really badly. He says they are completely in love. It all seems very whirlwind, but they both say it’s the real deal.” So perhaps 2011 will hold a Harry Potter wedding as well as several big films for Jamie!
3. Henry Cavill – Aged 27, Born in Jersey, Channel Islands.
I first spotted Henry on BBC‘s ‘The Tudors‘, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Originally Jonathan was the reason (along with my love for costume drama and Henry VIII) I started watching, but it soon became my need to see new crush Henry. I then also remembered him from 2006 film ‘Tristain & Isolde‘ in which he played jealous traitor Melot.
2011 sees Henry starring alongside big American names Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in ‘The Cold Light of Day’. A film about a young man who’s family are kidnapped while in Spain, who goes on to discover a conspiracy in his attempts to rescue them. There is no trailer as yet, but see the film’s poster below (apparently there are some yummy topless scenes). He’s also set to star in ‘Immortals‘ as Theseus, who battles against imprisoned titans. Also starring Mickey Rourke, ‘Immortals’ is set to be released in November 2011.
4. Tom Felton – Aged 23, Born in Kensington, London.
Although I remember Tom from back in 1997 where he played Peagreen in ‘The Borrowers‘ (it was always one of my favourites as a kid), he is now known by the masses as Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. However 2011 sees Tom stepping out from the background and taking a more leading role in several films.
I’m unsure if it’s true, but I’ve heard that after completing the film series Tom said in an interview that Harry Potter ruined his childhood. As much as I am a Harry Potter fan, I can understand where he’s coming from, playing Harry’s number 2 enemy (second only to Voldemort… and maybe Snape) can’t win you many fans among the public. It has also consumed his entire teenage life, and that bleach blonde hair in curtains is never a good look on a guy (sorry!!). However it cannot be denied that Harry Potter has been an amazing building block for Tom and although he is a brilliant actor, I think it has been a massive stepping stone to his acting career, winning him many jobs off the back of it.
2011 holds big things for Tom Felton. He has completed filming ‘Rise of the Apes’, (a prequel to ‘Planet of the Apes’), a film set in the present day, displaying how a man’s genetic engineering experiments lead to intelligence in apes. Tom stars in a leading role alongside James Franco and Andy Serkis. The release date for the UK is 5 August 2011, but there is no official trailer available as yet.
Tom Felton also stars in ‘The Apparition’, a supernatural thriller with American stars Sebastian Stan (Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl) and Ashley Greene (who plays Alice in the Twilight saga). As well as the American actors, the film also stars Luke Pasqualino, who played Freddie in series 3 and 4 of E4’s Skins. It is released in September in the USA, a UK release date has not yet been confirmed.
Tom Felton is also said to be in the line-up for upcoming films ‘Evac’ and ‘Grace and Danger’. Tom has also been focussing on his music career since Harry Potter filming has wrapped, and has been signed by Six String Productions. Listen to his music and purchase songs and merchandise from Six String Productions. My favourites are ‘If That’s Alright With You’ and ‘If You Could Be Anywhere’. It’s feel good music and he looks adorable in the video below.
5. Jim Sturgess – Aged 32, Born in England, raised in Farnham, Surrey.
Jim Sturgess has a few big name movies under his belt, for example, he played the lead Ben in 2008 Casino drama ‘21′, he was also the voice of Soren in recent animated owl tale ‘Legend of the Guardians’. Jim has appeared in many TV movies and TV series in the UK; ‘Heartbeat’, ‘A Touch of Frost’ and ‘Judge John Deed’ to name but a few.
‘The Way Back‘ has just came out on the 26th December 2010, so that it could qualify for the Oscars, but will be widely released on January 21 2011. Jim takes the lead and stars alongside Colin Farrell and Ed Harris. It’s seem like my sort of film, but it looks like the actors have put in amazing performances and I think that Saoirse Ronan is a phenomenal actress, so I doubt that it will disappoint.
Jim has recently been filming ‘One Day‘ with Anna Hathaway, a film about Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation and proceed to reunite one day each year for the next 20 years. There is no trailer as yet, but it’s release date for the UK is 30 September.
Jim is also set to star in ‘Upside Down‘ alongside Kirsten Dunst, coming out in the USA in May, as well as up-coming thriller ‘The Promised Land’ with Colin Firth, so look out for release dates for the UK. Keep checking Jim’s YouTube channel for new trailers and videos.
And Finally… While I’m on the subject of some of my favourite British actors, I would just like to express how madly excited I am to see ‘Water For Elephants‘. Based on the novel of the same name by Sara Gruen, it stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Robert Pattinson looks so much better with a tan, rather than the pasty white vampire look!