With the likes of Andrew Garfield stepping into the Spider-Man suit and Aaron Johnson kicking ass it would seem that rising British actors are in demand. Rowan Joffe’s new adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel Brighton Rock, which hits cinemas February 4th, features two up and coming stars who are receiving rave reviews for their performances as Pinkie and Rose. To celebrate its release we take a look at five actors and actresses that you are going to be seeing a lot more of this year.
Sam Riley was relatively unknown when he took on the role of Ian Curtis in the hit film Control. His portrayal of the troubled singer grabbed the attention of film fans and critics alike and a slew of Best Newcomer awards followed. His latest big break comes as he plays razor-wielding youth Pinkie in a new adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. His performance as the dark character hell bent on clawing his way through the ranks of organised crime has received enthusiastic reviews. This year you can also expect to see him in On the Road with Kristin Stewart and Garrett Hedlund and in Dead Man in Deptford alongside Ray Winstone.
As Riley’s co-star in Brighton Rock, Riseborough shines playing Pinkie’s sweet and deluded love interest Rose, holding her own in scenes with Dame Helen Mirren. Other films on Riseborough’s CV include Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky and last year’s hit Made in Dagenham. She also put in an impressive performance as Margaret Thatcher in the television movie The Long Walk to Finchley. Watch out for her this year as she is set to star in Never Let Me Go as well as taking centre stage playing Wallis Simpson in W. E Madonna’s second film as a director.
Garfield made his debut in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush; this was followed two years later with a TV BAFTA winning role as a murderer in Boy A. It wasn’t long before Hollywood came knowing, and in 2007 he was cast as Todd Hayes in Lions for Lambs alongside Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. He has since put in a great performance as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, a hot tip for the 2011 Academy Awards. Watch out for him in the up-coming release of Never Let Me Go alongside Keira Knightly not to mention the small role of Spider-man, which is set for release in 2012.
After shunning a university place at Reading to star as Kitty Bennet in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice, it would seem there has been no looking back for Carey Mulligan. She has since starred in TV hits Bleak House and Doctor Who as well as blockbusters Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Public Enemies. It was however, her role as Jenny in An Education that earned her respect amongst the critics with an Academy Award nomination to boot. In 2011 she is set to star alongside Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks in Drive.
As one of this year’s nominees for the Orange Wednesday Rising Star Award it has been a quick rise to fame for Aaron Johnson. Following a great performance as a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, he was cast as the lead in the Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass. Prior to this he had roles in Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging and The Greatest. He is currently filming Albert Nobbs alongside Mia Wasikowska and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and in 2012 he is set to star reprise his role as Dave Lizewski for Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.