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Top 10 Awesome British Actors Who Need a Breakthrough Role

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Jamie Carrick
Want to know which British up and comers to look out for? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 awesome British actors who need a breakthrough role! For this list, we’re looking at the best and brightest of Britain's lesser-known acting talent, focusing on those hopefuls who are one breakthrough role away from making it big. Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Awesome British Actors Who Need A Breakthrough Role


Want to know which British up and comers to look out for? Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 awesome British actors who need a breakthrough role!

For this list, we’re looking at the best and brightest of Britain's lesser-known acting talent, focusing on those hopefuls who are one breakthrough role away from making it big.

#10: Elise Chappell


Joining the hit show “Poldark” in its third season, Elise Chappell has already made quite the impression amongst fans of period drama. But maybe it’s time for her to break away from the Cornwall setting and try her hand at something a bit more Hollywood. Although she’s yet to make the jump to feature films, 2019 could see that change, as a new Danny Boyle movie could be on the horizon for her, which would see her rubbing elbows with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lily James and Kate McKinnon.

#9: Callum Turner


A face you likely recognise, but a name you probably don’t, Callum Turner has totted up a fair few notable roles, with parts in “The Only Living Boy in New York”, “Green Room” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Although he’s already started making waves, he’s yet to bag a significant lead that exploits his abundance of charm and badassery. Let’s hope his appearance in the Harry Potter franchise can work its magic and land him a spellbinding part that will put him on the map.

#8: Ellie Bamber


After already appearing in high-profile movies like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Nocturnal Animals”, Ellie Bamber is well on her way in the movie bizz. But she’s also garnered attention for her work in TV, theatre and music, including an appearance in the Shawn Mendes music video, “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”. Due to her varied back catalogue, it’s not a question of if she will make the jump to A-lister status, it’s just a case of when, and which avenue she will go down - tv, film, maybe even both.

#7: Jack Lowden


A successful stage actor with both an Olivier and Ian Charleson Award to his name, Jack Lowden is no stranger to the pressures of big roles and high expectations. So it’s a wonder he’s not graced the movie posters of blockbuster franchises yet. But it’s clear he’s been working on it - with a plethora of noteworthy tv and film credits, including solid supporting performances in the “War & Peace” miniseries and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”. Calling all movie makers who are looking for the next big thing to cast: Jack Lowden might just be it!

#6: Freddie Stroma


You have to have been living under a rock not to have seen Freddie Stroma in at least something! Making small but memorable appearances in “Pitch Perfect”, “The Inbetweeners 2” and of course the Harry Potter franchise as Cormac McLaggen, Stroma has been circling the waters for quite a few years now. But with proven acting chops, and not to mention dashing good looks, it won’t be long until a more sizable role comes knocking - perhaps in a hit romcom alongside a household name? Or what about an action-thriller?

#5: Suki Waterhouse


Model, photographer, entrepreneur, oh yes, and actress. The term ‘burst onto the scene’ is an understatement with regards to Suki Waterhouse. Although bagging small film roles as far back as 2012, she has since exploded in popularity with no less than eight feature films on her plate in 2018 alone. “Billionaire Boys Club”, “Assassination Nation”, “Future World” - the list goes on. And that’s not to mention her involvement in 2019’s “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”. Hopefully she can find time in her busy schedule to commit to some future leading roles.

#4: Aneurin Barnard


Another face you may recognise from 2017’s “Dunkirk”, Aneurin Barnard has racked up a shopping list of feature film appearances that date back to 2011. He’s also proven himself on the stage, being another recipient of the coveted Olivier Award, and he’s has become a regular face on TV screens, nabbing parts in “The White Queen” and “Cilla”. A supporting role in 2019’s “The Goldfinch”, alongside Ansel Elgort, is sure to be an attractive entry on his CV, which should hopefully catch the eye of casting directors.

#3: Jessie Buckley


Finishing second in the 2008 talent show “I’d Do Anything”, for an opportunity to play Nancy in a West End performance of “Oliver”, Jessie Buckley has been working in film, TV, and theatre for a decade - albeit as a relative unknown. Appearing in the popular series “Taboo” and receiving plaudits for her performance in 2017’s “Beast”, Buckley has set her sights on leading lady status, and she’s already well on her way to achieving it. And a part alongside Renee Zellweger in the Judy Garland biopic will surely help her along the way.

#2: Tom Hughes


Millions of us have tuned in to watch the gripping drama of “Victoria”, and fans of the show will no doubt recognise the face of Tom Hughes’ Prince Albert. Aside to his history with royalty, Hughes also impressed with a leading part in spy drama “The Game” and starred alongside Harvey Keitel and Toni Collette in French comedy Madame. Cast as famed poet Robert Graves in “The Laureate”, Hughes has got a knack for high-society parts, and it’s surely only a matter of time until it pays off.

#1: Florence Pugh


Florence Pugh came onto people’s radars in 2014 thanks to her performance in “The Falling”. She has since received tons of acclaim for her portrayal of Katherine in “Lady Macbeth”, which won her a British Independent Film Award, and the star-studded Netflix series, “Outlaw King”. And speaking of star-studded, Pugh also stars alongside a stellar cast in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” remake, of which includes Emma Watson and Meryl Streep.
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