Culture in London: faces to watch in 2022 TV and theater


remember these names: from the latest addition to the epic cast of Bridgerton’s set to the first set to make a splash in one of the most anticipated literary adaptations of the year and to the comparisons of Fleabag and five star reviews on the rise, these are the stars that everyone will be talking about in 2022 …

Simone ashley

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Swapping the halls of Sex Education’s Moordale High for Queen Charlotte’s chatty court, 26-year-old Simone Ashley is set to star in Bridgerton’s highly anticipated second series, taking over from Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor ( no pressure there therefore). She will play Kate Sharma, a new arrival in The Ton and a potential love affair for Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Bridgerton’s older brother. You might also recognize Ashley, who attended the same Berkshire theater school as Kate Winslet, from her previous roles in Broadchurch Series 3 and ITV’s thriller The Sister.

Dylan llewellyn

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As well as returning for the third and final Derry Girls series as James, the symbolic boy of the gang (did you cry when he stood on the city walls to proclaim “I AM A DERRY GIRL” during of Bill Clinton’s visit in the S2 finale, or are you well suited emotionally?) Dylan Llewellyn will star in another Channel 4 series, Big Boys, playing half an unlikely pair of friends in this semi-comedy. autobiographical by Jack Rooke. He will also appear in Pistol, Danny Boyle’s latest TV project, as Wally Nightingale, the founding member and guitarist of the group that became the Sex Pistols (which was kicked out just before they became notorious). Not bad for a little Englishman.

Alison olivier

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The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s hit novel Normal People has skyrocketed the profiles of her relatively unknown stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal before the show aired. The same is sure to happen for Irish newcomer Alison Oliver, who stars as protagonist Frances in the TV version of Rooney’s debut Conversations With Friends, alongside Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn. The series, which will air later this year on BBC Three, marks Oliver’s on-screen debut; like Mescal, she graduated from Lir Academy, Dublin’s prestigious drama school.

Ria zmitrowicz

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When it comes to theater, Ria Zmitrowicz has proven time and time again that she is capable of giving heart to any drama. Whether it’s in Lucy Kirkwood’s The Welkin at the National Theater, or Dance Nation and The Doctor at Almeida, she brings a knot and vulnerability around which the rest of the play is able to orbit. She has been doing a brilliant job in the theater for quite some time now and has also starred in the television drama Three Girls, which is based on the true story of shocking sexual abuse in Rochdale, but 2022 appears to be the year her talent reaches audiences. wider. In January, she will star in Alistair McDowell’s The Glow at the Royal Court, about a woman torn from a Victorian asylum to play the role of assistant to a spiritualist medium; Later in the year, she will star in the Amazon Prime adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel for women, The Power, alongside Tim Robbins and Leslie Mann.

Liz kingsman

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“Do whatever you can think of to get a ticket,” our reviewer Bruce Dessau said of Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show. Kingsman’s show in Soho was extended before selling out completely and will triumphantly return to the main stage in Soho in January for another tour. Kingsman, who is also a member of the sketch group Massive Dad, wrote and starred in this delightfully mischievous satire about the character trope of twisted women in their twenties shedding their disillusionment with late capitalism and patriarchy. But it was more than just a joke: it cleverly showed that while we think we have made some progress in terms of representation, women who want their work to be seen and understood are often still frustratedly trapped by tropes – they. just might not be the same as before.

Ash hunter


On the tricky and windy moors there is a new Heathcliff coming. Ash Hunter is set to star as Bronte’s bad boy in Emma Rice’s exciting new adaptation of Wuthering Heights at the National Theater in February. The show, which stars Lucy McCormick as Cathy, has already opened its doors at the Bristol Old Vic to a wave of wonderful reviews – giving it five stars, the Times called it “emotionally epic entertainment,” with Hunter’s performance described as “like a decidedly ruthless bruise”. He’s been making a name for himself for some time – he has played television roles in Bridgerton and Harlots, and played Alexander Hamilton in the West End – and 2022 is set to launch his star even further.


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