The Bright Young Things To Name-Drop Now

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It’s official: 2014 is half over. How did that happen? Oh well; instead of mourning the passing of time, let’s take stock and celebrate the amazing men and women who are making this year well and truly awesome. And, the list is a long one.
London is bursting at the seams with talent. Wherever you look, there’s someone to be inspired by: musicians with infectious rhythms, poets filled with soul-searing verse, actors who give Brando a run for his money. So, stop what you’re doing and make time to get to know these rising British stars — because they're destined for greatness.
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Gala Gordon
We predict you’re going to be hearing a lot more about Next model and actress Gala Gordon. Gordon’s first feature film, Kids In Love, is a coming-of-age movie set in West London, in which fellow supermodel and BFF Cara Delevingne also stars.
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DeeDee Loves Me
DeeDee Loves Me is a U.K. singer-songwriter giving the likes of Lily Allen a run for her money. Her catchy, forthright disco beats are unleashed to full potential in her next single, “PomPoms,” available on August 11. A star in the making? For sure.
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FEMME
Laura Bettinson is FEMME, the pop princess you didn’t realize you were waiting for. Bettinson has cut her teeth scoring tracks for Stella McCartney runway shows as well as collaborating with Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich’s latest music project, Ultraista. But, it’s her track “Fever Boy” that has got us all hot and bothered.
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Photo: Courtesy of Premier Model Management.
Malaika Firth
Malaika Firth’s face may be familiar to you; that’s because she's quickly nearing supermodel status thanks to major campaigns — Burberry and Prada, to name a few. We will admit to a mini obsession with Firth’s Instagram feed. That girl travels one heck of a lot.
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Leomie Anderson
Not only is Leomie Anderson a kick-ass model at the ripe old age of 20 (with runway appearances for Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, and Moschino under her belt), she’s a pretty wonderful writer, too. Anderson somehow finds the time to document the trials and tribulations of being a young, black model on her blog, Cracked China Cup. Bookmark it now.
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Aisling Franciosi
One of our favourite TV shows of last year was The Fall, starring 50 Shades Of Grey's Jamie Dornan and rising star Aisling Franciosi. The young actress played Katie (the doomed babysitter) opposite Dornan’s Paul (the serial-killer family-man). No wonder she caught the eye of Ken Loach and was cast in his film, Jimmy’s Hall, released this May. Franciosi’s next move hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re sure she will go on to even bigger and better things.
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Alex Lawther
Alex Lawther will be playing the younger version of Benedict Cumberbatch Alan Turing in the upcoming movie, The Imitation Game. The film charts the thrilling story of mathematician Turing’s race to crack the Enigma code at Bletchley Park. Pass the popcorn.
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Amy Morgan
It’s easy to lose an afternoon inside Selfridges (oh, the joys of the shoe department), which is probably why we enjoy ITV’s Mr. Selfridge so much. Actress Amy Morgan, who plays new character Grace Calthorpe, stole the show in the second series — and we’re crossing our fingers that her character will make an appearance in the third season.
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Billie JD Porter
Billie JD Porter doesn’t hold back. The TV presenter and model is fearless in pursuit of a story. But, don’t take our word for it; check out the documentaries she’s made, The Joy Of Teen Sex and Prostitution: What’s The Harm?. A true force to be reckoned with.
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Greta Bellamacina
The London poetry scene is alive and well, thanks in part to the efforts of Greta Bellamacina, a poet-actress-model who regularly takes part in spoken-word slams up and down the country. Bellamacina was shorted for the Young Poet Laureate in 2013 and has already published two volumes of poetry. We look forward to what the future has in store for her.
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Amber Run
Nottingham five-piece Amber Run is the perfect blend of mournful lyrics and soulful melodies. We’re currently listening to, "I Found," a heck of a lot. Easy listening at its best.
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Ella Woodward
Ella Woodward, a.k.a the founder of Deliciously Ella, started her blog after being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, a rare disease that left her bedridden. After realising the medicine she was taking wasn’t having much of an effect, Woodward took a more holistic approach to her recovery, which meant saying goodbye to meat, dairy, sugar, gluten, and all processed foods. This self-taught cook began to document all of the recipes she was using, and before you could say "smashed avocado on superfood bread," a culinary phenomenon was born. Her book, Deliciously Ella, will be published in January next year. Make space in your kitchen for it.
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Edward Holcroft
What do most young actors dream of? Scoring leading roles in blockbuster TV shows and films must be right up there — and that is exactly what is happening to 26-year old Edward Holcroft. He's starring in Matthew Vaughn’s film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Colin Firth. He's also in the BBC adaption of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling novel, Wolf Hall. Looks like 2014 could be Holcroft's year.
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Fryars
Ben Garrett is a music producer who has worked for the likes of Tom Odell, Professor Green, and Lily Allen. But, this could be the year that Garrett, a.k.a Fryars, steps into the spotlight onstage. Garrett’s latest single, “Prettiest Ones Fly Highest” drops later on this month. The soulful, funky beats just speak to us. Give us more Fryars!
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John Boyega
John Boyega first captured our attention with his breathtaking breakout performance in Attack The Block. Since then, the actor has starred in numerous indie TV dramas and films — and next year we’ll be seeing him in a little-known film franchise called Star Wars. Yeah, we haven’t heard of it either.
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Laura Welsh
Do you hear that sound? It’s Florence Welch quaking in her elegantly turned-out boots; there is a new singer set to steal her musical throne. Her name is Laura Welsh. Welsh’s next single, “Break The Fall,” is out on August 10, and we’ve got this barnstorming number on heavy rotation.
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Basheba
Basheba is fast becoming the soundtrack to our summer. It’s hard not to get up on your feet and start dancing as soon as you hear the singer’s intense, trippy rhythms. Just listen to "Dirty Love (Your Love)" and see for yourself. Sam Smith’s a fan, too.
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Blair Dunlop
There is a new star on the folk-music scene, and his name is Blair Dunlop. For the eagle-eyed amongst you, Dunlop played the young Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,. Lately, though, the 22-year old has been making waves with his music. His current single, “The Station,” is well worth a listen.
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Ashley Walters
Actor and musician Ashley Walters started out as Asher D in the hit ‘00s R&B unit, So Solid Crew. But, it’s his acting that has won Walters numerous plaudits in the last couple of years. If you haven’t seen him in the cult inner-city drama, Top Boy, check it out now; it’s just come onto Netflix. Or, see Walters flex his funny bone in comedy short, In Deep, available on BBC iplayer now.
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