Words: Emily Maskell; pictures: Jordan Rossi
Screen International’s prestigious annual showcase of the most exciting young talent in the UK and Ireland has highlighted Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney as a blossoming talent to celebrate.
Finney and her fellow 2022 UK and Ireland ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ (which includes actors, directors, writers, producers and heads of production departments) follow in the footsteps of past alumni who have gone on to win BAFTAs and Oscars, emphasising them as ones to watch in the industry.
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Previous names include Florence Pugh, Jodie Comer, Ncuti Gawa, Paul Mescal, and Emma Corrin.
The 18-year-old Heartstopper star is also in good company this year with Enola Holmes’ Louis Partridge, The Queen's Gambit’s Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Bridgerton’s Priya Kansara, This is Going to Hurt’s Ambika Mod, among others.
“Stars of Tomorrow enters its 19th year triumphantly, having carried on through the pandemic and out the other side with this year’s dazzling array of talent,” said Fionnuala Halligan, curator of this year’s Screen’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ selection.
Halligan notes the initiative has proven history from its beginnings in 2004 – when Benedict Cumberbatch was in the inaugural ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ selection – of finding young talent on the verge of breaking through internationally.
“We remain a proudly independent trade publication, the only one of its kind in the world, and Screen Stars of Tomorrow is a proudly independent selection of the best of the UK and Ireland’s upcoming talent every year,” Halligan continues.
Prime Video is a sponsor of the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ initiative, and Georgia Brown, head of Amazon Studios in Europe, said: “It’s important that that diversity is reflected not only on-screen but amongst those making key decisions behind-the-scenes on productions, so it’s fantastic to see talented producers, writers, casting directors and make-up professionals being celebrated too.”
All of this year’s UK and Ireland ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ will take part in a special event in London on 7 July.
Finney has had a breakout year. As well as starring in Netflix’s beloved Heartstopper she has been cast in the 60th anniversary series of Doctor Who as a character called Rose alongside Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa who will be taking on the iconic role of the Time Lord.
The Attitude July/August issue is out now.