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The 8 biggest UK and Irish film and TV breakouts of 2022

The Oscars are breaking tradition The winner from across the Atlantic is a bit lighter, but normality looks like it might be in — thanks in no small part to Martin McDonagh’s beloved Irish tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin . There are a number of other major British heavyweights in the race, with Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins lurking at the back of the pollsters’ list.

But with emerging talent on both the big and small screens in the past, any notion that UK & Ireland’s success rests on these big names is easily disproved months. From phenomenal directorial debuts — including one very likely to be an Academy Award-winning one — to several stellar screen performances, to one of the world’s biggest pop stars finally testing his skills to the full, there are many quick Rise in 563 names working in will likely be remembered for their film or TV breakthrough.

The Hollywood Reporter handpicked a small selection of these talents, including Banshees‘steal Ass, because no list is complete without her this year.

Charlotte Wells, Writer/Director (



Charlotte Wells, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1st Governor’s Award Jon Copalo Husband/Getty Images Colm Bairéad

The industry hasn’t looked in a while To first-time filmmakers like Scottish director Welles who made a splash with Aftersun. Starring Paul Mescal (a role that further underscores his status as one of the most exciting independent actors around) and newcomer Frankie Corio (another incredible debut), the drama – to a young girl in ’70’s relationship with her loving but troubled father was completely out of the spotlight until it was selected as a sidebar for Cannes Critics’ Week. The South of France provided the spark for the film, and it’s there that – amidst mounting accolades – it gets an A13 and Mubi( and Landing Well Critics’ Week Jury Prize). More festivals and accolades to follow, Aftersun is now the dark horse of awards season, with a Gotham Award (Breakthrough Director) and an award at the British Independent Film Awards (seven , including Best Picture and Best Director 09 nominated). It was also chosen by Barack Obama as one of his films of the year.

Colm Bairéad, Writer/Director (The Quiet Girl)
Colm Bairéad Honored at Newport Beach Film Festival Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Newport Beach Film Festival

While The Quiet Girl didn’t make for one of the noisiest (sorry) premieres at the Berlinale in February, the momentum it has gathered since then has been extraordinary. Colm Bairéad’s directorial debut — an introverted teenage girl who is sent to live on a farm one summer with foster parents — broke Irish-language film box office records in Ireland, but here It previously beat Kenneth to the top spot at the local IFTA awards Branagh Belfast for Best Picture and Best Director. With growing critical acclaim and continued success at film festivals around the world, the film now has a place in the Oscar race, most recently taking Best Daryl McCormack International feature shortlist (first for an Irish-language film) and gives Bairéad the chance to win an Oscar with a handful of first-time filmmakers Academy Awards.

Daryl McCormack Darryl McCormack, Cast (Bad Sisters, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande)

Daryl McCormack in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’
Thanks to Searchlight Pictures

Over the course of a year, the Irish actor landed many good roles alongside the queen of the big and small screens. Searchlight Leo Grande ‘s “Good Luck To You, Leo Grande” is widely acclaimed after bowing at Sundance and Berlin The critical acclaim, which saw McCormack play a young sex worker who introduces fun to Emma Thompson’s insecure and sheltered widow Bedroom (the pair were nominated for a British Independent Film Award). Meanwhile, in Apple TV+’s Sharon Horgan’s Bad Sisters, his tumultuous relationship with Eve Hewson’s character, not to mention his brother (played by Brian Gleeson ( Brian Gleeson) is arguably the best part of the critically acclaimed show. Upcoming projects include The Tutor feature film, in which he will star alongside Richard E. Grant and Julie Delpy.

Frances O’Connor, Writer/Director (Emily)
Frances O’Connor at the Warner Bros. UK Premiere. ‘Emily’ Lia Toby/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

has become a film and TV star for many years Mansfield Park , dazzled, AI artificial intelligence and missing person , Australian man looking at the camera. Emily marks her writing and directorial debut – starring Emma Mackey, largely fictionalized by the famous Wuthering Heights writer Emily Bronte’s Life – In Toronto succumbed to solid reviews, with critics praising O’Connor’s imaginative, emotional screenplay and brilliant cinematography set in the Yorkshire hills. Emily was subsequently nominated for four at the British Independent Film Awards and Bleeker Street will be released in the US on .

Harry S. Thales, Actor(Don’t Worry Darling, My Policeman)Charlotte Wells

Harry Styles in My Cop Everett

Yes, we know he’s in Dunkirk ! But have you counted his lines? For all Christopher Nolan film introductions, 2022 Seeing Hollywood finally give one of the biggest pop stars on the planet something richer to chew on thanks to two major movie roles – Olivia Wilde’s Dark psychological thriller Don’t Worry Honey and Michael Grandage’s LGBT period drama My Cop and with them in Venice and A gaudy premiere in Toronto (with red carpet chaos as thousands of fans turned up to pay homage to their idol). It remains to be seen whether Styles — who somehow managed to keep his accent in both films — returns for more film action. Don’t Worry Darling The surrounding noise got him caught up in rumors related to his then-girlfriend Wilde and was the subject of various memes (Spitgate! Chris Pine Astral Plaining!) Already turned him away.

Kit Connor and Joe Locke, actors (Kit Connor and Joe Locke Horror )

Charlotte Wells

Kit Connor and Joe Locke in ‘Heartstopper’ Netflix Colm Bairéad

Netflix Adaptation from Alice Oseman )’s beloved graphic novel — a rousing tale about a gay male student who falls in love with a classmate — sees its two teenage protagonists thrust into the spotlight. Conor, already playing young Elton John in War & Peace and Rocketman, was signed by the WMA soon after, Scored a role in the adaptation of the New York Times bestseller The Cuban Girl’s Tea and Guide to Tomorrow and most recently won a Outstanding Lead Performance at the inaugural Kids and Family Emmy Awards. Meanwhile, Locke Heartstopper landed his first screen role, snapped up by CAA and most recently starred in Disney+’s WandaVision spin-off, Agatha: Coven of confusion.

Kit Connor and Joe LockeSimone Ashley, actor(Bridgerton)

Theo James and Will Sharpe

Simone Ashley in Bridgerton Season 2 Liam Daniel/Netflix


Season 1 may have crowned a big-screen prince in Regé-Jean Page, but season 2 seems to herald A princess arrives. Simone Ashley already made a name for herself on Netflix ’s Sex Education , but it’s the host’s Regency romance that really sees it She skyrocketed as incoming leading lady Kate. Ashley, unlike Jean-Page, will reprise her role in Season 3, and she also has an undisclosed role on the upcoming Disney reality showThe Little Mermaid, while She appears to be the first on social media to be chosen to play the leading role in Gurinder Chadha’s recently announced Disney musical about a real-life Indian princess.

1442884062 Theo James and THE BANSHEES OF INISHERINWill Sharpe, actor(White Lotus)


Theo James and Will Sharpe in “The White Lotus” Season 2
Fabio Lovino/HBO

Although the two Brits are known before (James’ role in the Divergent series) and Sharpe is more recent for his directing (including HBO’s Landscapes), which is the second HBO’s White Lotus service to keep them (many) coming back. Playing the wealthy spouses in an awkward and sex-filled vacation quartet, their antics — and whether Sharp’s quietly simmering Ethan will finally break out — kept fans guessing right up to the finale.

Jenny the Donkey, actor (The Banshees of Inisherin)


Jenny Donkey and Colin Farrell in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Everett

It’s not easy to steal almost every scene from under the noses of Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon (Kerry Condon), especially when you have zero acting experience and are only 3 feet tall. But that’s exactly what Jane the Donkey achieves in The Banshees of Inisherin, Martin McDonagh’s beautifully sad Irish black comedy. If the Banshees awards season picks up momentum, especially from Jenny’s on-screen BFF Farrell, expect a shout-out. Sadly, casting directors looking to capitalize on four-legged breakouts to a growing fanbase may be disappointed to hear that MacDonald has sabotaged their plans and paid for Jenny’s early retirement.



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