British actresses on the rise

Karen Gillan is having a spectacular year; having starred in two of 2014’s best films and now leading the way to the big screen for an ever-increasing batch of talented, young female actors from the UK. Oculus, the first of these films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in time for Halloween on October 20, but fans will be able to own Oculus two weeks early on digital download from October 6!

Oculus tells the truly chilling story of siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), who set out to prove that their parents’ deaths were caused by a dark force from within an antique mirror. To celebrate the release, we take a look at the most exciting British actresses heading to Hollywood!

Maisie Williams

Despite being just one of HBO smash hit series Game Of Thrones’ extensive British cast, Williams’ has stood out as the ‘one to watch’ playing young runaway Arya Stark. After such mainstream success so early in her career, she has decided to sign up to upcoming indie films We Are Monster and The Falling.

Imogen Poots

Appearing in the seemingly British actors’ rite of passage Casualty ten years ago, Poots has racked up a strong film career in supporting parts. More recent movies have seen her move into leading roles, with 2015 looking to be her year with highly-anticipated films including Knight Of Cups and The Blunderer on the horizon.

Daisy Ridley

Although not a household name at the start of the year, Ridley was one of the first to be cast in Star Wars: Episode VII leading fans around the world to wonder who was playing one of the major parts of the upcoming saga. After appearing in several acclaimed British TV series, it looks like her career will be heading to a galaxy far, far away.

Lily James

Known to audiences as Downton Abbey’s fun-loving Lady Rose, James seems to feel at home in costume dramas, yet appears to be having fun with the genre too. In 2015 alone she is set to play the title role in the live-action Disney reimagining of Cinderella, as well as the iconic literary heroine Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Natalie Dormer

Critically-acclaimed on TV, film and stage, Dormer is one of the most exciting actresses around currently. Another breakout Game Of Thrones star, Dormer is currently landing some of the highest profile roles in Hollywood including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films and The Riot Club.

Karen Gillan

Scottish-born Gillan rose to prominence playing popular Doctor Who companion Amy Pond alongside Matt Smith before her immense talent was noticed in Hollywood. She soon was able to choose from an eclectic range of roles, including villain Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and horror heroine Kaylie, determined to prove that something supernatural was responsible for her parents’ deaths, in the incredibly creepy Oculus.

Oculus is available to download from October 6

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Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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