THE NEXT JUDI DENCH… Vanessa Kirby Blonde, waiflike and drop-dead gorgeous, Vanessa Kirby would be easy to dismiss as just another pretty face – but the young actress who starred in the BBC’s recent production of Great Expectations is far feistier than that ethereal appearance might suggest. She started off in theatre, acting for well-known director David Thacker in Ibsen’s Ghosts, Miller’s All My Sons and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances at the National Theatre, the Royal Court and the West Yorkshire Playhouse followed, netting her the BIZA Rising Star Award and a nomination for the prestigious Ian Charleston Award. More recently she’s been making forays into film, starring opposite international names such as Mads Mikkelsen and Shia LaBeouf in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Wasteland. Look out for Kirby in this year’s adaptation of Kate Mosse’s novel Labyrinth, which will see her take the lead role of Alice.
THE NEXT DAVID ATTENBOROUGH….
A PhD in experimental physics from Cambridge, a willingness to get her hands dirty and a truly-infectious smile have made science presenter Helen Czerski one of the brightest stars to hit the broadcasting scene for years.
A physicist and oceanographer based at the University
of Southampton, she first appeared on the small screen in an episode of Blue Peter back in 2005, and impressed BBC producers so much within the space of a small guest slot that she was asked to co-present a three-part series about the Earth’s orbit with Kate Humble. Subsequent programmes have seen her exploring the birth of icebergs, discovering cutting-edge science projects and explaining how bubbles affect our world in all sorts of unexpected ways. Of course, nobody can truly fill the shoes of David Attenborough, Britain’s best-loved nature broadcaster and a national treasure – but when it comes to the next big thing in broadcasting, Helen Czerski is certainly one to watch.
THE NEXT ELTON JOHN…
Winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in early 2013 and the prodigy of Lily Allen, pianist Tom Odell bears a strong resemblance to pop’s greatest singer-songwriter. He’s a supremely-talented musician, who studied classical piano up to grade 7 and kept his song-writing a secret for years because he “thought it was un-cool”. It wasn’t until he was 18 that Odell decided to start attending open mic nights in London. At one of his first solo gigs he was spotted by representatives of record label In the Name Of, who signed him immediately and promoted the release of his debut extended play, Songs from Another Love, in 2012. It was an immediate hit, netting him a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll in January and securing him the prestigious supporting slot for the Rolling Stones
at Hyde Park in July. Odell’s haunting tunes
and lovelorn lyrics are inspired by the music of the classic Brit artists of the 1970s – and his unique sound makes him a worthy successor to the great Elton John.
THE NEXT KATE MOSS…
Killer cheekbones combine with an edgy look to make 18-year-old Lara Mullen modelling’s hottest of-the-minute property. She was spotted at a gig back in 2011, and has since walked in shows for Prada, Givenchy, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang – not to mention fronting a high-profile campaign for Topshop. A self-confessed fashion sceptic when she first began modelling, Mullen is now a fully paid-up member of the chic fraternity. “Now I’m like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada when she goes on that massive rant about the cerulean blue jumper and the trickle-down effect of high fashion to high-street stores,” she says. “Some of my friends say they’re not into fashion, and I think, ‘Well, you’ve just bought something from Primark with a rip-off of a Prada print on it.’” Her “pipe dream” is to be a pop star, but in the meantime you’ll find her working the runways of London, Paris and Milan and wowing the style scene with that Kate Moss-style pout.
THE NEXT STELLA MCCARTNEY…
While many young fashion designers aim to make their mark with off-the-wall debut collections, Claire Barrow has succeeded in creating styles that are both unique and highly wearable. Her aim, she says, is to “provide people with a piece of art which they can wear and keep forever like they would a painting on a canvas”, and it’s a philosophy that has already netted her some famous fans. Vogue’s Francesca Burns and pop star Rihanna are among the high-profile fashionistas to have been spotted in Barrow’s outfits, and she has received warm reviews in Dazed & Confused, Grazia, D and The Independent. Since her debut in 2012, after studying at the University of Westminster and the Cleveland College of Art, she has collaborated with the likes of Joseph and Underground, as well as developing her own line that specialises in her trademark hand-painted leather jackets and unisex dresses. Look out for her kooky designs at the up-coming London Fashion Week.
THE NEXT DAMIEN HIRST…
Highly influenced by Facebook, Noughties college movies and American teen culture, Edward Fornieles’ Y-Generation art is very much of the present. He completed his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, but his work since has focused on performance and film – the frat-party project Animal House II saw him turn an all- American knees-up into a tongue-in-cheek movie and create a controversial sculpture from the leftovers. So how would he describe his art? “It’s like a very complex cake, with 15 layers and elaborate figures made of marzipan on the outside, but when you cut into it you realise it’s not
a cake at all but a very compact, sleek, black sports car,” he says. “I’m interested in the ordinary. I’m interested in what’s popular, because what’s popular is powerful and if that makes it special then I’m happy to go along with it.” With his work now showing at the prestigious Carlos/ Ishikawa gallery, Fornieles’ own popularity is set to soar.