As 2015 comes to a close, packed with great performances from both established and up-and-coming actors, let’s take a look into the future. I’ve got my trusty crystal ball to help me pick out some actors we should expect fantastic things from in 2016. Watch this space!

In alphabetical order…

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Alison Brie

Familiar to fans of TV’s Mad Men and Community, and with a few supporting roles to her name already in films like The Five Year Engagement and The Lego Movie (she voiced Unikitty), Brie could be set to become the next Amy Schumer or Kristen Wiig in 2016 with a series of romantic comedies, starting with Sleeping with Other People opposite Jason Sudeikis and including How To Be Single, which hits the UK next year and also features Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Gray). Adept at both comedic and more serious roles, as we’ve seen in Mad Men and the cult hit Community, it’s about time Brie made a big impact on Hollywood.

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Bel Powley

Powley has had a pretty long acting career already for someone so young, starring in plays (That Face by Polly Stenham) and kids’ TV shows (MI High, anyone? Didn’t think so…) before she’d reached the age of 20. In 2015 Powley got rave reviews for the central and title role in indie film The Diary of A Teenage Girl, and she’s keeping busy next year too, with a grand total of five movies due to be released in 2016. The new Juno Temple? Could well be…

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Daisy Ridley

Plucked from a life of TV show bit-parts when George Lucas and company selected her to play the new female lead in Star Wars: A Force Awakens, Rey, the hype surrounding Ridley is already immense. She doesn’t seem to be signed up for any other projects next year but perhaps she doesn’t need to be with Star Wars on her CV. People are comparing her to Keira Knightley, so let’s see if her career explodes in the same way.

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Gal Gadot

You may be thinking, who? Unless you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious films. But you won’t be soon, because Gadot is playing Wonder Woman in next year’s epic battle Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Israeli actress and model will be getting her own film as Wonder Woman in 2017, and she’s signed up to contribute to the Justice League movies as well. With all that, she may not find the time to get involved in many more projects but she’s sure to be a household name in no time.

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Jacob Tremblay

Most of the buzz around the upcoming Oscar-tipped Room surrounds Brie Larson, and rightly so if early reports are anything to go by. Apparently just as impressive in the film is Tremblay though, who plays a five-year old boy who has never seen the outside world – no more will be said here for fear of spoilers! I loved the book and can’t wait to see Room early next year, even though I’m anticipating being a devastated emotional wreck by the end. It’s great to see a child actor receiving praise for such an intense and demanding performance, so Tremblay could go far.

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Jenna Coleman

The last time a companion left Doctor Who, she wasn’t exactly away from our screens for long. Karen Gillan nabbed a key role (Nebula) in Guardians of the Galaxy and appeared in sinister horror Oculus. Coleman has proven herself to be just as talented an actress, if not more so, and here’s hoping she’ll get similar opportunities to Gillan. Coleman will show up next year alongside Emilia Clarke (Daenarys Targarean in Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) in drama Me Before You and is well cast as Queen Victoria herself in upcoming TV series. She will definitely be one to watch in future…

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

John Boyega

His casting as Jedi Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have courted controversy (unfairly) but we predict Boyega (Attack the Block) will rise above the nonsense and he’s sure to be in demand after the Star Wars mania is over, ready to star opposite Karen Gillan, Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in science fiction book adaptation The Circle. And then he’ll return as Finn in Star Wars Episode VIII in 2017!

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Maisie Williams

The youngest of the breakout stars to arise from HBO’s fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones, Williams has consistently impressed us with her feisty portrayal of Arya Stark. We’ll get another series of this unmissable show next year, and Williams will be building on her 2015 appearances in The Falling (one of my films of the year) and Doctor Who by starring in adaptation The Forest of Hands and Teeth and with Jessica Biel in Cannes-bound The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

New Kids On The Block: Actors To Watch Out For In 2016

Taron Egerton

Egerton probably wasn’t a face most of us recognised before starring in Kingsman: The Secret Service. His charismatic, cheeky performance won a lot of praise and helped the film pop off our cinema screens, and he also played some smaller and quite different parts in Tom Hardy Kray biopic Legend and Testament of Youth. We might have to wait until 2017 to really see him achieve his full potential – that’s when he’ll star in the sequel to Kingsman and Robin Hood: Origins – but expect him to show up a few more times before then!


Do you agree? Did I miss any actors you feel will be part of great things in 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments below.