Actors  |  Oct 2, 2017

Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2017

Paapa Essiedu, James Harkness, Fionn O’Shea and Archie Madekwe have been announced as this year’s Screen International Stars of Tomorrow. The annual showcase highlights the up and coming acting and film-making talent in the UK.

Paapa Essiedu had the most phenomenal response to his performance as Hamlet with the RSC last year, leading to him topping last year’s Evening Standards ‘Most Influential’ actor list and winning the Ian Charleson Award. He’s just finished filming a leading role in BBC 3-part series The Miniaturist opposite Romola Garai and will next shoot Mike Bartlett’s incredible BBC 6-part series on journalism, Press alongside Charlotte Reilly and Ben Chaplin.

James Harkness has just finished shooting the BFI backed Country Music alongside Sophie Okonedo and he will soon be hitting our cinemas in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest feature opposite Daniel Day Lewis and in Joe Wright’s The Darkest Hour. 

Archie Madekwe recently finished filming a leading role in Teen Spirit opposite Elle Fanning. Earlier this year, he received outstanding reviews for his stage debut as Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, in which he starred alongside Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo. He has just finished shooting a regular role in new C4 comedy series Hang Ups.

Sarmad Masud is a director for film. He was selected for Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme where he made Adha Cup, a black and white comedy drama in Urdu. His next short Two Dosas was funded by Film London and won the
London Calling Jury Award. His first feature My Pure Land debuted at the
Edinburgh International Film Festival and is the UK’s foreign-language film
submission for the 2018 Academy Awards.

Fionn O’Shea has just filmed a lead in new C4 comedy series Hang Ups with Stephen Mangan and Charles Dance. He features in James Kent’s forthcoming Fox feature The Aftermath with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard and he stars as the lead in John Butler’s feature Handsome Devil, currently on Netflix, for which he won the Rising Star Award at the Irish Screen America Festival last year.

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