Tonight the hottest names in fashion, film and TV will come together for InStyle's party with EE, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EE Rising Star Awards, ahead of the EE Baftas. To mark the occasion in style, we've picked fifteen new British faces-to-watch to star in our BAFTA portfolio, with each name dressed head to toe in British designers.
Scroll down for all the gorgeous pictures and interviews (which you can also pick up in our new March issue) and join us at the party later by following the Twitter hashtags #InstyleBafta, #EERisingstars and #BritsInBrits as well as the @instyleuk instagram account for all the red carpet news and party updates. Now if you'll excuse us, we have some getting ready to do...
Daisy Bevan in Roksanda
If you think Daisy looks familiar, it’ll be the genes. The granddaughter of Vanessa Redgrave and niece of the late Natasha Richardson (meaning Liam Neeson is her uncle) the cheekbones come from Mum Joely Richardson. 'When I was little, I always used to dress up in her clothes and parade about in front of the mirror. She’s got some incredible outfits and we’re the same size – which is pretty cool.'
Daisy made her screen debut at the ripe old age of five in Elizabeth (1998) (a film produced by her Dad, Working Title co-chair Tim Bevan) but it wasn’t until she’s finished her studies that her parents allowed her to take up acting full time. 'My first grown up role was in The Two Faces of January opposite Kristen Dunst. That was a moment.' More recently, she’s wrapped filming a BBC drama The Outcast opposite Jessica Brown Findlay and Greg Wise. 'It was hard to concentrate on scenes because I was too busy gawping at everyone.' Meanwhile, she doesn’t get bored of the comparisons to her Mum. 'She’s hot. Keep them coming.'
Olivia Grant in Burberry Prorsum
Olivia Grant is loving the slice of Burberry tulle we’ve decked her out in today. ‘My Mum was a BBC costume designer so she’s the aesthete of the family. She’d veto anything too over the top, so now I love to experiment.’ Though she’s cast from the very British Oxford-student-turned-actress mould, the original plan was to join the Royal ballet - she’s still got that telltale ruler-straight dancer’s gait - then she landed a role in fantasy blockbuster Stardust alongside Clare Danes and Sienna Miller three weeks after graduating - and hasn’t looked back.
Now she’s ready to crack the big Sunday teatime slot as the star of Channel Four's 1930s drama Indian Summers - think an edgier Downton set in the Himalayan foothills (Grant is the show’s answer to Lady Mary.) Appropriately for a period drama heroine, she’s not so hot on social media. ‘I can’t remember my Twitter handle! I really should get more into all that.’
Charity Wakefield (left) in Paul Smith
She's totally got the face of a Jane Austen heroine. So handily for Charity Wakefield (yep, we're so into that name too) that's genuinely how she first broke out, in the BBC's hugely rated Sense and Sensibility which also starred Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper. A lot English rose, a little bit mediterranean hottie (that'll be the childhood spent with her mum in Catalonia) she's also very cool - she has her own vintage store in the madly trendy East Peckham. 'It's like a co-op - we have other people who have concessions in the shop. There's a guy who looks after the men's section whose quite famous - but I can't say who he is.' She can say however that she once starred in Hex, the cult supernatural-goings-on-at-a-boarding-school Sky show and that she's about to be on TV in a major way in Wolf Hall, playing Mary Boleyn. And if you really push her, she'll mention Stephen Fry.' I was filming a pilot in LA with Tom Hollander. He said, shall we go to the pub afterwards? But he failed to mention it was the opening of Cecconis in LA. Madonna and Elton John were there. And then I met Stephen. Even though he didn't know me from Adam, he took me under his wing and looked after me. It's so nice when someone you admire turns out to be incredibly gentlemanly and kind.'
Phoebe Fox in Markus Lupfer and Atelier Karen Millen
Before you ask: no, she’s not another member of the Fox acting dynasty. But she might as well be, since both her parents are theatre actors, she’s RADA trained and she’s already earned major thespian stripes treading the boards in As You Like It and The Acid Test at The Royal Court. Making the jump to film this year with a lead role in The Woman In Black: Angel of Death was the scary bit. 'It was quite a pinch-me moment walking on that film set and thinking, ‘oh God I'm leading this!'
Next up? She’s playing Lady Anne opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench in the BBC adaptation of Richard III, The Hollow Crown. In between takes you’ll find her indulging her other passion. 'Knitting! I’m making a babygrow for my brother-in-law’s baby. I’m using four different wools. It’s pretty intense.'
Eleanor Tomlinson in Mary Katrantzou
Despite having starred opposite A-listers like Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland) and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist) Eleanor Tomlinson has so far managed to stay cosily under radar. But when you’ve bagged the much-coveted lead Demelza in the BBC1 remake of bodice ripper Poldark it’s time to brace yourself for the limelight. 'I can’t imagine it' she laughs. 'I’m a country girl, happiest playing with my dogs or horses and never out of a tracksuit!' The afore mentioned roles, as well as parts in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Jack and the Giant the Giant Slayer mean she’s now well acquainted with red carpet etiquette. 'I like being told what to wear. I suppose it’s all part of the same thing – dressing up and pretending to be someone else.'
Tuppence Middleton in House of Holland
'I’ve started to think if I don’t turn up in a good enough outfit they’ll chuck me off the red carpet’ jokes Tuppence Middleton on the sartorial challenges of promoting a Hollywood movie. You might recognize this quirkily named Brit (Tuppence was originally her mother’s nickname) from bit parts in Black Mirror and The Imitation Game, but a new role opposite Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending (directed by The Matrix’s Wachowski Brothers) is about to put her on the Hollywood map. She won the part by auditioning in a Swarovski-coated catsuit, ‘definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever done’. Though she liked her character Kalique’s choppy bleached blonde hairdo so much she decided to keep it. See her next in hotly tipped Netflix sci-fi series Sense 8. Better get used to that red carpet, Tuppence.
Sophie Turner in Christopher Kane
We might be more used to seeing her in her royal finery playing Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, but Sophie Turner is more accustomed to shopping on the high street, so she’s really enjoying the minimal Christopher Kane we’ve dressed her in today. It’s hard to believe after four years on our screens that she’s still just 18, but she’s been acting a long time. 'I started with my local theatre group in Warwickshire when I was about three years-old. I think I felt it in my bones.' How about if her career hadn’t gone to plan? She won (and turned down) a place at the Royal Ballet School when she was 11 and has a craving to work with stationery. 'I have a burning desire to work at WH Smith. I really don’t know why, it’s just something that I feel passionate about.'
Charlotte Riley in Osman
This lucky lady is married to Tom Hardy, starred alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow and is currently working with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart on London Has Fallen. But it’s women that Charlotte Riley is really inspired by. 'Judi Dench is so beautiful, and if I ever met Meryl Streep I think I would probably fall over!' Sarah Lancashire gave her some invaluable advice during her first job filming Wuthering Heights. 'She’d be dressed in period costume with a fag in her mouth and a cup of tea doing her crosswords and would say ‘Charlotte, you’ve always got to bring something to do between scenes to keep your brain ticking over.' Her advice was fantastic – I take knitting and sketch a lot.'
Taron Egerton (right) in Mr Start and Margaret Howell and Freddie Fox in E Tautz
Arriving with a Scrabble board under one arm, Freddie Fox is old school. 'I don’t do apps' he claims before settling down, opening up said board and getting ready for his close up. Scrabble is the only thing apart from acting he reckons he’s any good at. 'Mum and Dad took me round various universities to try and gently prod me into the direction of higher education but I thought, 'why waste time? I know what I want to do.' Now it’s my only professional skill.' Not that the debonair thesp (and younger brother to Emilia) need worry about the work drying up. The Riot Club actor who also got rave reviews as Bose opposite Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss and can next be seen in Victor Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. 'As long as the work keeps coming in, I’m happy' he declares.
When you’re cast as the lead in you’re first film gig (in this case in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service) you can expect to go on to great things. Not that Welsh lad Taron is letting it go to his head anytime soon. 'There’s a lesson to be learned from the actors you admire and how they conduct themselves. Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Michael Caine treat everyone exactly the same. I think that’s super cool.' Part of the new young Brit set, both he and Freddie (who were inseparable at our shoot) hang out with the likes of Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin. 'A whole group of us went to Glastonbury last year. I’m a bit of a seasoned festival goer and I think they were curious when I kept disappearing off into the night.'
Henry Lloyd-Hughes in Paul Smith
He’s cut his teeth in Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, The Inbetweeners and Anna Karenina but Henry Lloyd-Hughes is about to become a national heartthrob after his starring role in Channel Four's 1930s drama Indian Summers. 'We were filming in India for 10 months so I kept myself sane by designing clothes and having them made out there' he says. Now he’s back on English soil, Henry’s declared himself temporarily on gardening leave, not least so he can enjoy being newly wed to his journalist wife. 'It feels great but I’ve hardly had time to enjoy it. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with the missus.'
Karla Crome in Simone Rocha
She’s an acclaimed actress whose rarely been off our TV screens for the past two years (most notably in Misfits, Lightfields and Prisoners Wives.) Now, Karla can add award winning playwright to her resume, with Mush and Me. 'It’s about an Orthodox Jew and a Lebanese Muslim who fall in love and embark on a secret relationship. It was inspired by the story of a friend’s great-aunt Nancy who turned down a marriage proposal from someone who didn’t share her religion – and she’s been on her own ever since.' With rave reviews from the press (The Telegraph called it 'Delightfully naturalistic…Highly recommended') she’s one hot talent making a name for herself on and off the screen.
Luke Treadaway in JW Anderson
Luke’s acting career so far is the stuff of most young drama school graduate’s dreams. There’s that remarkable Olivier Award-winning turn as autistic teenager Christopher on stage in The Curious Incident, film roles in acclaimed Brit flicks (Attack The Block) as well as Hollywood epics (Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken). Recently he’s also cracked the smart TV market in Sky Atlantic’s buzzed-about Fortitude opposite Stanley Tucci. Though if you ask him about any of this he’ll probably give you an embarrassed shrug and say something very self-deprecating and British. Where does he keep his Olivier? 'Um, it’s on a bookshelf in my living room... just chilling out.' There is one thing he will admit he’s very good at. 'I make a bloody good omelette' he says, 'onion, spinach feta, whatever you like.'
Joe Dempsie in Jonathan Saunders
Joe Dempsie is showing us a snap of himself in character from the set of This is England 90. His hair is brassy blond, there are gelled spikes on top and the back has been shaved into a severe V. 'Walking around London was fine because I looked like a hipster idiot,' he laughs. 'But being in Sheffield [where the series was filmed] was a different kettle of fish. As soon as we wrapped, I made them book me into a salon.' The Nottingham-born ex-Game Of Thrones star has just finished an independent film, Burn, Burn, Burn, opposite Downton actress Laura Carmichael, and you'll see him in horror Monsters: Dark Continent. 'It can be frustrating not having so much control over your career,' he says of the ups and downs of acting. 'But it's important to remember how much fun you're having along the way.'
Photographs and artwork by Ernesto Artillo
Styling by Amy Bannerman
Interviews by Niki Browes. Additional words by Hannah Rochell and Lucy Pavia
The InStyle BAFTA party is in association with Lancôme, Karen Millen and Sky Living.