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Culture in London: the faces to watch in 2022 TV and theatre


Remember these names: From the latest addition to the epic Bridgerton squad to a first-timer set to make a boost in one of the year’s most anticipated literary adaptations, comic Fleabag earning comparisons and five-star reviews by bucketload, these are the star-studded escalation everyone will be publishing in 2022.. .

Simon Ashley

Dave Bennett

Swapping the arcades of Moordale High’s sex education for Queen Charlotte’s court gossiping, 26-year-old Simone Ashley is set to play a leading role in Bridgerton’s highly-anticipated second series, picking up the baton from Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor (no pressure there, then). ). You’ll play Kate Sharma, the newcomer to Ton and potential love interest of Bridgerton’s older brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey). You might also recognize Ashley, who attended the same Berkshire theater school as Kate Winslet, from her previous roles on the third series of Broadchurch and in the ITV thriller The Sister.

Dylan Llewellyn

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In addition to returning to the third and final series of the Dairy Girls as James, the gang’s signature boy (did you cry when he stood on city walls declaring “I’m a Derry Girl” during Bill Clinton’s visit in the season two finale, or are you a good emotional temper?) Dylan Llewellyn will play Starring in another Channel 4 series, Big Boys, he plays half of an unexpected pair of friends in this semi-autobiographical comedy from Jack Rooke. He will also appear on Pistol, Danny Boyle’s latest TV project, as Wally Nightingale, the founding member and guitarist of the band that became the Sex Pistols (who was fired before he became infamous). Not bad for a little English fella.

Alison Oliver

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The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s hit novel Ordinary People has led to a spike in profiles for its co-stars Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal, who were relatively unknown before the show aired. The same will certainly happen to Irish newcomer Alison Oliver, who will play hero Francis in the first-time TV version of Rooney’s Conversations with Friends, alongside the likes of Jemima Kirk and Joe Alwyn. The series, which airs later this year on BBC3, marks Oliver’s first screen appearance. Like Mescal, she graduated from Lear Academy, Dublin’s most prestigious drama school.

Rhea Zmitrewicz

Johan Pearson

When it comes to theater, Ria Zmitrowicz has once again proven that she can bring heart to any drama. Whether in Lucy Kirkwood’s The Welkin at the National Theatre, or Dance Nation and The Doctor at the Almeida, she brings sophistication and vulnerability that the rest of the play can revolve around her. She’s been doing a great job in theater for a while now and has also starred in the TV drama Three Girls, based on the true story of Rochdale’s shocking sexual assault, but 2022 appears to be the year her talent reaches a wider audience. In January, she will star in Alistair McDowell’s The Glow at the Royal Court, about a woman who is uprooted from a Victorian sanitarium to work as the assistant of a spirit medium; Later in the year, she’ll star in Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning women’s novel, The Power, alongside Tim Robbins and Leslie Mann.

Liz Kingsman

Will Brimridge

“Do whatever you can legally think to get a ticket,” our critic Bruce Dessau said about Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show. Kingsman’s show in Soho has been extended before it’s all sold out, and he will now triumphantly return to the Soho main stage in January for another round. Kingsman, also a member of the drawing group Massive Dad, wrote and starred in this deliciously sweet satire about an allegorical figure of women in their twenties unleashed by their disillusionment with late capitalism and patriarchy. But it was more than a surprise: it cleverly showed that while we think we’ve progressed in terms of representation, women who want to see and understand their work often remain frustratedly trapped by metaphors—maybe they don’t. To be the same as before.

ash hunter


Outside on the windswept swamps, there’s a new Heathcliff coming our way. Ash Hunter is set to play the bad boy in Bronte land in Emma Rice’s exciting new adaptation of Wuthering Heights on the National Theater in February. The show, which stars Lucy McCormick as Cathy, opened in Bristol’s Old Vic with a flurry of adorable comments – giving it five stars, calling it “emotionally epic entertainment”, and describing Hunter’s performance as “like a ruthless bruise”. He’s been building a name for himself for quite some time – he’s had TV roles in Bridgerton and Harlots, played Alexander Hamilton in the West End – and 2022 looks set to launch his star even further.


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