TV’s 7 stars of au­tumn

New­com­ers tipped to light up small screen when evenings grow darker

Daily Mail - - News - By Alisha Rouse Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

THE sepia tones and scat­tered leaves, the ac­tors in shades of red and or­ange... it can only mean one thing.

Au­tumn is just around the corner, and seven bright new stars of the sea­son’s must­watch dra­mas have been nom­i­nated by TV ex­perts.

Here’s a glimpse at the break­out ac­tors, hand­picked by Radio Times, who will ap­pear in the highly an­tic­i­pated shows across ter­res­trial chan­nels, as well as Net­flix and Sky Atlantic.

1 SEX DRAMA IN SOHO

Will Sharpe, 32, from north Lon­don, will play a colour­ful Soho sex worker in BBC2’s detective drama Giri/Haji. Sharpe lived in Tokyo un­til he was eight and was in­spired by loud and stylised Ja­panese com­edy. The multi-tal­ented ac­tor is writ­ing and di­rect­ing Louis Wain, a film starring Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch and Claire Foy. He also wrote Chan­nel 4’ s black com­e­dy­drama Flow­ers.

2 GANG TEN­SIONS IN LON­DON

Michael Ward, 21, from east Lon­don, will star in Net­flix’s Top Boy, the gang drama set in the cap­i­tal. This is his first TV role, which he scored af­ter send­ing a mes­sage to its star Ash­ley Walters ask­ing for an au­di­tion. Ward caught the act­ing bug while per­form­ing at the Shake­speare Schools Festival, but has been in­flu­enced by his ‘noisy, cre­ative, over­dra­matic’ fam­ily.

3 SEC­OND WORLD WAR TALE

Blake Harrison, 34, from south Lon­don, will be fa­mil­iar to fans of com­edy se­ries The In­be­tween­ers. But he will take a se­ri­ous turn in BBC1’s up­com­ing Sec­ond World War drama World On Fire. He starred in A Very English Scan­dal along­side Hugh Grant and trained at Sylvia Young and the Brit School, but was work­ing in a call cen­tre when he won the In­be­tween­ers role.

4 IR­ISH PSY­CHO THRILLER

Sarah Greene, 35, from Cork, will star in BBC1’s The Dublin Mur­ders, a dark, psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller. A Tony and Olivier award nom­i­nee, Miss Greene is a sea­soned stage ac­tress but is rel­a­tively new to Bri­tish TV. She dated Poldark star Ai­dan Turner for five years.

5 THE ‘LOST’ JANE AUSTEN

Rose Williams, 25, from west Lon­don, has no for­mal act­ing train­ing but will ap­pear in ITV’s San­di­ton. The young star will play Char­lotte Hey­wood in Jane Austen’s un­fin­ished novel. She started her TV ca­reer at 18 work­ing in E4’s costume de­part­ment, af­ter which she turned her sights to act­ing.

6 GRITTY FAM­ILY CON­FLICT

Jade Croot, 20, from Merthyr Tyd­fil, will hit the screen in Chan­nel 4’s The Light, play­ing a young woman who loses the use of her legs in a building site ac­ci­dent. A Welsh karate cham­pion, Miss Croot will star along­side TV favourite Sarah Lan­cashire in the gritty fam­ily drama.

7 EN­TER­ING THE UN­DER­WORLD

Lily New­mark, 25, from south Lon­don, will star in Sky Atlantic’s Tem­ple, a drama based in a fic­tional Lon­don un­der­world. The English-Amer­i­can ac­tress landed her first TV role two years ago and said her unique fea­tures make her best suited for ‘quirkier roles’.

Ones to watch: The ris­ing stars picked out by Radio Times

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