Culture in London: the faces to watch in 2022 - Film

·3-min read
 (es)
(es)

Compiling lists such as these involves back-breaking research and, ahem, just a hint of Mystic-Meg-ery. The six London actors below are pumped and ready to make a splash in film. Some have been grafting away for years, one is a pre-teen; what they have in common is a ridiculous amount of talent. Covid willing, you’ll see them everywhere in 2022.

David Jonsson

David Jonsson with Vivian Oparah in Rye Lane (handout)
David Jonsson with Vivian Oparah in Rye Lane (handout)

Already a bit of a legend, thanks to BBC Two’s hit series Industry, 27 year old East Londoner David Jonsson stars in one of the most hotly tipped British rom-coms of the year. Rye Lane, set in Peckham and Brixton, is the story of Dom and Yaz and was co-funded by the BBC and Disney’s Fox Searchlight. It’s stuffed with inspirational women. Jonsson’s co-star is Vivian Oparah. His director is Raine Allen-Miller. If you’re the kind of person who reads nothing but “stars of tomorrow” articles, you’ll be up to speed with those two. Long story short: they’re entirely worthy of Jonsson and Rye Lane, if it’s as good as it’s meant to be, will break, then heal, your heart.

Lauryn Ajufo

Lauryn Ajufo at the British Independent Film Awards (Dave Benett)
Lauryn Ajufo at the British Independent Film Awards (Dave Benett)

Lauryn Ajufo, born on the Old Kent Road, is a self-confessed sneakerhead (her faves? Nike Dunks and Nike Zoom Air Fire). Her role as waitress Andrea, in one-take Hackney restaurant drama Boiling Point, has been a game-changer and saw her nominated for a BIFA in the Breakthrough Performance category. Boiling Point’s star Stephen Graham says: “I think she is one of the kindest, sweetest young women I have ever met, but as a talent she is phenomenal. She was a joy have on set and a joy to work with.”

Woody Norman

Woody Norman (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Woody Norman (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

If you saw Woody Norman opposite Joaquin Phoenix in C’mon C’mon, you’ll know the 12 year old has his own, awesome take on timing (think Harry Styles crossed with a jumping bean). In 2022, Norman will appear in Dracula-related horror yarn, Last Voyage of the Demeter, (alongside Corey Hawkins), and Seth Rogen-produced horror thriller, Cobweb (with Lizzie Caplan). Making the transition into teen parts isn’t always easy, but we reckon Norman’s got this.

Jaygann Ayeh

Jaygann Ayeh at the afterparty for the premiere of The Souvenir: Part II (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jaygann Ayeh at the afterparty for the premiere of The Souvenir: Part II (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Jaygann Ayeh is a delight in Joanna Hogg’s award-winning memoir sequel, The Souvenir Part II. He plays endlessly supportive film-maker Marland (who, luckily, is too deadpan to be a saint). Hogg’s take on Ayeh: “His energy, positivity and musicality reminded me of one of my best friends at film school. He is fearless and generous, meticulous in researching his character and a great collaborator”. The 32 year-old has other projects in the pipeline, but isn’t allowed to talk about them. Intriguing!

Lydia West

Lydia West arriving at BAFTA (AP)
Lydia West arriving at BAFTA (AP)

Islington’s Lydia West has an electrifying smile and a stunning talent. Known for her collaborations with Russell T Davies (Years and Years; It’s a Sin, in which she captured hearts as Jill, based on Davies’ real-life friend Jill Nalder, who supported and nurtured many gay men through the AIDS crisis) she’s rumoured to be the next Doctor Who. But, ach, who cares about TV? This year, she has a part in Text For You, a romantic drama, with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Celine Dion, and will also appear in Coffee Wars. This last film is about competitive coffee making (we didn’t know that was a thing, so we’ve learnt something already).

Rebekah Murrell

Rebekah Murrell at the Black British Theatre Awards (Darren Bell/Getty Images for Bla)
Rebekah Murrell at the Black British Theatre Awards (Darren Bell/Getty Images for Bla)

Rebekah Murrell shone as a disgruntled ex in Reggie Yates’ Pirates (he recently thanked her for “making something I wrote a million times better”) and will soon appear in British mockumentary Swede Caroline, alongside Aisling Bea (dodgy pun; excellent cast.) Murrell is a director as well as an actress. Just a thought: maybe she should make a film and cast herself in the lead?

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting