Remember these names: from the latest addition to Bridgerton’s epic ensemble cast to a first-timer set to rock one of the year’s most anticipated literary adaptations and the comic earning Fleabag comparisons and five-star reviews by Bucketload, These are the rising stars about whom everyone will be buzzing in 2022…
Swapping the aisles of sex education’s Mordale High for Queen Charlotte’s gossip court, 26-year-old Simone Ashley is set to play the lead in Bridgerton’s hotly anticipated second series, picking up the baton from reggae-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynavar happened (no pressure then). She will play Kate Sharma, a new arrival in Ton and a potential love interest for Rakhi’s eldest Bridgerton brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey). You may also recognize Ashley, who attended the same Berkshire Theater School as Kate Winslet, from her previous roles in the third series of Broadchurch and the ITV thriller The Sister.
As well as returning as James for the third and final series of Dairy Girls, the gang’s token boy (Did You Cry When He Comes to Bill Clinton’s Visit in the S2 Finale) to declare ‘I’m a Dairy Girl’ stood on city walls, or are you emotionally well-adjusted?) Dylan Llewellyn will star in another Channel 4 series, Big Boys, playing an unlikely pair of friends in this semi-autobiographical comedy from Jack Rook Will fulfill He would also appear on The Pistols, Danny Boyle’s latest TV project, as Wally Nightingale, a founding member and guitarist of the band who became the Sex Pistols (who had been kicked out just before becoming infamous). Not bad for a wee English Fellow.
The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s hit novel Normal People caused the profiles of its stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, who were relative unknowns before the show aired, to skyrocket. The same would certainly be the case for Irish newcomer Alison Oliver, who plays protagonist Frances in the TV version of Rooney’s debut Conversations With Friends alongside the likes of Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn. The series, which airs later this year on BBC Three, marks Oliver’s screen debut; Like Mescal, he is a graduate of Leer Academy, Dublin’s prestigious drama school.
When it comes to theatre, Riya Zamitrowicz has once again proved that she is capable of bringing heart to any drama. Whether in Lucy Kirkwood’s The Welkin at the National Theatre, or Dance Nation and The Doctor at the Alameda, she brings a knot and vulnerability that the rest of the play is able to circle around. She’s been doing great work in theater for some time now, and also starred in the TV drama Three Girls, based on the shocking real-life story of sexual abuse in Rochdale, but 2022 seems to be when her talent reaches a wider audience. In January, she will star in Alistair McDowell’s The Glow at the Royal Court, in which a woman is robbed of a Victorian asylum for acting as an assistant to a Spiritualist medium; Later in the year, she would star alongside Tim Robbins and Leslie Mann in the lead role in Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel The Power of Women.
“Let everything you can think of to get tickets,” said our critic Bruce Dessau of Liz Kingsman’s One Woman show. Replete with five-star reviews and combative word-of-mouth praise, Kingsman’s show was extended in SoHo before it sold out completely, and will now triumphantly return for another run on Soho’s main stage in January. Kingsman, who is also a member of the sketch group Massive Dad, wrote and starred in this deliciously mischievous satire on the character trope of twentysomething women venting their disillusionment over late capitalism and patriarchy. But it was more than just a peeve: It cleverly showed that, while we think we’ve moved on in terms of representation, women who want their work to be seen and understood are often still frustrated. are trapped – they may not be the same as before.
On the chatty, windy swamps, a new Heathcliff is coming our way. Ash Hunter is set to play Bronte Land’s bad boy in the exciting new adaptation of Emma Rice’s Wuthering Heights at the National Theater in February. The show, which stars Lucy McCormick as Kathy, has already opened to a wave of amazing reviews at the Bristol Old Vic – awarding it five stars, with The Times calling it “emotionally epic entertainment”, In which Hunter’s performance was described as “kind of a completely unforgiving one”. scratch “. He’s been making a name for himself for some time — he’s had TV roles in Bridgerton and Harlots, and played Alexander Hamilton in West End — and 2022 is set to launch his star even further.