Top 5: Up and coming British actors of 2011

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!

Tom Sturridge, Talulah Riley, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in 'The Boat That Rocked'

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.

Best friends Tom Sturridge and Robert Pattinson

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.

Jamie Campbell Bower & Johnny Depp in 'Sweeney Todd'

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.

Jamie Campbell Bower (centre) sporting a white blonde wig as Caius in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon'

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!

Harry Potter stars Engaged: Jamie Campbell Bower (who plays Gellert Grindelwald) proposed to Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) in April 2010.

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.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Henry Cavill in 'The Tudors'

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.

A tiny 10 year old Tom Felton as Peagreen (far left) in 'The Borrowers'

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.

Tom Felton as a tormented Draco Malfoy in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

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.

Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth star as Ben and Jill in '21'

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 Sturgess and Anne Hathaway in 'One Day'

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!

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6 responses to “Top 5: Up and coming British actors of 2011

  1. Frazer Lloyd-Davies

    I really like Tom Sturridge, Tom Felton and Jamie Campbell Bower as actors but feel that any top five concerning British cinema would have to include Thomas Turgoose who at the age of 18 has already starrred in the likes of This Is England and Somers Town. Both were brilliant British films and he is only young so has plenty of time to grow and develop his skills and interestingly doesn’t have an acting background either.

    That being said I think that Tom Felton will really make a name for himself now that the Harry Potter series is over. He hasn’t really been typecast too much unlike that of Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson, and seems to have matured a lot since he first hit the screens.

    • Thanks for your comment! I’ll admit I haven’t really heard of Thomas Turgoose before, so I researched him, and you’re right, he is a strong actor with great potential, however he doesn’t have anything in the pipeline for 2011, so wouldn’t really fit with this post.
      However I do completely agree with you about Tom Felton, he is lucky that he can shrug the ‘Malfoy’ label and move on to fresh roles and take the lead in more movies. I’m really excited to see his up-coming work!
      Thanks, EJ xx

  2. Freddie Highmore might be a name to look out for in the next few years. Although he has already got a name for himself as a child actor starring in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland I think he’ll be a big british actor when he reaches his early twenties (still only 16-18 I believe)

    Although in my personal opinion he can’t act at all and was terrible in that recent BBC 1 drama Toast, with connections in Hollywood he is bound to be big!

    Oh and Noel Clarke too! Although I think he is a good actor!

    • Thanks for your comment Jack!
      I agree about Freddie, he’s a great British name, whether you think he’s good or not (he’s adorable). I did look into him for this post, but again he doesn’t have anything coming up in 2011 at the moment. I agree that once he’s older he’ll get loads more roles, he’s 18 but as he’s so baby-faced he’s at a difficult age for roles, as he doesn’t look young enough to be a child, but doesn’t look old enough to be a teenager at college, which are the types of roles Hollywood is calling for at the moment.

      Noel Clarke has a couple of big parts in films coming up over the next couple of years. I confess I didn’t look at him before for this post. However he has new films ‘Bliss!’ and ‘Screwed’ coming up, in which he plays leading roles. He’s famous for his roles in ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘Adulthood’ as well as ‘4.3.2.1.’

  3. I used to love Tom Felton. Thank God they’ve sorted his hair out now! Did you know it was part of his contract that he wasn’t allowed to go in the sun and get a tan… for 9 years!

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