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Top 10 British imports
By Andrea Miller | Wednesday, June 02, 2010 | Listed , Odds & Sods | (10) Comments | Add a Comment
Top 10 British Imports
(L to R) Russell Brand, Emily Blunt, Robert Pattinson. Photos: David Becker/Jason Merritt/Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Who doesn’t like hearing someone speak the Queen’s English or cop to getting a little weak-kneed when confronted with that lilting Irish brogue? We as Canadians have serious crushes on those from across the pond and the seemingly communal love affair is no more apparent than the current crop of thesps heating up the big-screen. Luckily for the Anglophiles among us, this new Britpack – yup, I said it – are as talented as they are foxy so we all win.
From the randy (Russell Brand) to the elfin (Carey Mulligan) and everyone in between, we’re counting down the Top 10 recent British Imports.
Find out who made the cut now!
(Chris Jackson/Getty Images) #10 ANDREW GARFIELD
As seen in: Boy A, Lions for Lambs, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Why he’s on the list…Although he may not yet be a recognizable name to North American audiences, Garfield has been making strides in the acting world, appearing in Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium, Spike Jonze’s short I’m Here and signing on to big-name projects like Never Let Me Go and David Fincher’s The Social Network that should guarantee he’ll be a household name in no time.
(Ian Gavan/Getty Images) #9 BEN WHISHAW
As seen in: I’m Not There, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Bright Star
Why he’s on the list…The soft-spoken Brit has already played Keith Richards and Bob Dylan on-screen thereby gaining the amount of cool cred about which most actors can only dream. On top of being downright dreamy, his stock is set to rise higher with a role in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest – yup, the Bard – and the Beat poet drama Kill Your Darlings. The world is your oyster, Ben Whishaw.
(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #8 AARON JOHNSON
As seen in: The Greatest, Kick-Ass
Why he’s on the list…Talk about making an entrance. Virtually unknown outside of the U.K., Johnson kicked, cursed and geeked his way into our hearts as unlikely superhero Kick-Ass and next takes on John Lennon in Nowhere Boy. Having just visited Cannes with thriller Chatroom and with news that Kick-Ass 2 is a go, this young actor is on a roll.
(Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) #7 REBECCA HALL
As seen in: The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Please Give
Why she’s on the list…After giving ScarJo a run for her money in Woody Allen’s luscious Spanish romance-comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona she went all Plain-Jane for Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give and even with dowdy duds, pierced through the screen with her undeniable skills. She’s next set to star in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town and dramedy Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, guaranteeing an even bigger fan-base for this likeable English rose.
(Francois Durand/Getty Images) #6 JIM STURGESS
As seen in: Across the Universe, Fifty Dead Men Walking, 21, Crossing Over
Why he’s on the list…Dude can sing, he’s totally rocking the shaggy-over-the-ears-mop-top and he does drama without over-playing it. From his should-have-been-star-turning role in Across the Universe, Sturgess has shown himself to be a versatile player and next voices the character Soren in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole and has at least six projects in production so we’ll be seeing plenty of his adorable mug. Awesome.
(David Becker/Getty Images)
#5 RUSSELL BRAND
As seen in: St. Trinian’s, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bedtime Stories
Why he’s on the list…A little bad boy charm goes a long way and the outspoken actor-comedian, and former drug and sex addict, has it in spades. After threatening to steal the show from loveable lug Jason Segel in the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Brand turns leading man in spin-off Get Him to the Greek, lends his voice to animated film Despicable Me and will play the titular character in the forthcoming remake of Arthur. So, duh, he’s arrived.
(Jemal Countess/Getty Images )
#4 JAMES MCAVOY
As seen in: Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, The Last Station
Why he’s on the list…This prolific Scotsman has been on the lips of Golden Globe, BAFTA and MTV Movie Award voters since his fierce performance alongside Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland and he’s continued to make interesting choices – Wanted, X-Men: First Class – on his way to the top. In addition to Matthew Vaughn’s mutant prequel, McAvoy will star in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, about Lincoln’s assassination, and lend his voice to an animated version of the Shakespeare classic entitled Gnomeo & Juliet. Aww, we all know McAvoy is far from a Gnomeo!
(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
#3 EMILY BLUNT
As seen in: My Summer of Love, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning, The Young Victoria
Why she’s on the list…As the prissy, stuck-up minion to Meryl Streep’s Anna Wintour stand-in in Prada, Blunt perfectly embodied the stereotypical fashion obsessed girl-about-town and had audiences laughing at her seamless, spot-on performance. She then took a royal detour to play the titular character in the acclaimed Young Victoria and continues to work at a breakneck pace. In addition to scoring the lead opposite Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, she has five other films lined up including Gnomeo & Juliet, with James McAvoy, Gulliver’s Travels and The Girl, which let’s be honest, seems about right.
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images) #2 ROBERT PATTINSON
As seen in: Harry Potter, Little Ashes, Remember Me, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse
Why he’s on the list…I mean, really? Dude is SO HUGE right now that it’s nearly impossible to compile any kind of “hot” list and dare think of not including the poster boy for teen angst as seen through the eyes of an abstinent vampire. As the hottest creature of the night to hit the big screen since Brad Pitt went all Louis on us, Pattinson isn’t afraid to try different things – playing Dali and burning up the screen in period piece Bel Ami with Uma Thurman and Christian Ricci – and has major movie roles planned opposite the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman so it looks as if he’s in good company.
(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #1 CAREY MULLIGAN
As seen in: An Education, Public Enemies, Brothers
Why she’s on the list…After winning over everyone who watched her plucky portrayal of innocent schoolgirl Jenny in Lone Scherfig’s period drama, she cut her locks into a pixie cut to become the latest fashion It Girl and the object of affection for much of the population. She proved to be much more than an Audrey Hepburn face with a small but powerful role in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers and next co-stars with real-life BF Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Next up is the lead role in Mark Romanek’s film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel Never Let Me Go and continued rumours of taking on the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Keira Knightley, you’ve been warned.