12 rising stars to watch out for in 2023

Stars to watch out for in 2023 (clockwise from top left: Daryl McCormack, Yasmin Finney, Omar Apollo, Flo, Leo Woodall, and Stephanie Hsu)

Stars to watch out for in 2023 (clockwise from top left: Daryl McCormack, Yasmin Finney, Omar Apollo, Flo, Leo Woodall, and Stephanie Hsu)

The end of another year is not only a time for reflection, but also an opportunity to look ahead to the 12 new, sparkling months ahead.

And the good news is that it looks like there’s a lot to get excited about in 2023 – including some impressive new talents likely to take over next year.

From your new musical obsessions to the actors who will dominate your favorite new shows, here are the 12 rising stars we predict big things from in 2023…


Let’s be honest, the UK pop scene is a brighter spot when we have a girl band that has to meddle. And to anyone who has since felt the lack of a vocal group led by women little mix parted ways in 2021, arrival Flo will be – quite literally – music to your ears.

Although they can mix tight harmonies A child of destiny and effortlessly cool Sugababesall while maintaining mundane relativity Mis-Teeq, don’t think this three-piece band is a pastiche of the girl groups that came before them. They may proudly wear their former influences on the sleeve of the collective, but Flo’s feet are firmly planted in the here and now.

And after spending the last year gifting us with earworms like Cardboard Box, Immature and Losing You (all produced by the inimitable chart leader MNEK) we think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Stella, Jorja and Renée over the next 12 months – starting with their performance at British in the next month.

Leo Woodall

Couldn’t fault the wonderful cast of the team White Lotusseason two in 2021, but we definitely felt the show was moving in a new direction when Leo Woodall he lifted his head halfway.

As terribly charming – or charmingly awful, depending on who you ask – Essex boy Jack, Leo took us all (not to mention Portia) for a spin and was immediately hailed as the standout in what was undeniably one of the greatest shows year.

Leo has already booked another high-profile appearance in the form of David Nicholls’ new adaptation of One Day by David Nicholls, in which he plays the lead role of Dexter, and has also been caught on the Amazon Prime miniseries.

Dominic Thorne

We can’t imagine jumping into a well-known and popular franchise was an easy task Black Panther and find a way to join the cast that people already know and love – especially given the sensitivities surrounding the sequel to Wakanda Forever, following the lead character’s death Chadwick Boseman.

Not only Dominic Thorne managing it as newcomer Riri Williams, she made it look effortless, even keeping up with screen legends such as Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong’o.

Clearly sensing her potential, Disney has already given Dominique – whose credits to date include “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” – to star in their new original. Admire series Ironheart, reprising his role as Wakanda Forever.

She is also set to share the screen with Pedro Pascal, Euphoria’s Angus Cloud and pop favorite Normani in the new drama Freaky Tales.

Daryl McCormack

Daryl McCormack had two major projects that were well received in 2022, first sharing scenes with a little-known independent actor Emma Thompson in the two-part film Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, where he won acclaim for his portrayal of the titular prostitute.

He then appeared in Sharon Horgan’s riveting crime drama Bad Sisters as the increasingly desperate insurance worker Matt Claflin.

With two lauded performances under his belt in a year, we’ll be curious to see what’s next for the former Peaky Blinders star.


Although she has been making music since she was a teenager, it is only in 2020 Doechii decided to quit the day job that was making her unhappy, and according to her recent interview with DIY, “invest everything in [myself]”.

In the following years, the rapper and singer released three critically acclaimed EPs, gained the approval of stars such as the versatile queen Missy Elliott, R&B legend Babyface and SZA, for whom she toured.

And while 2022 tracks like Stressed and her breakout moment Persuasive have been noticed by music fans, there’s a real sense that her big moment is yet to come with the long-awaited release of her debut album in the coming year.

Omar Apollo

Omar ApolloThe brand of humming ballads and heartfelt love songs has helped him steadily build a fanbase over the past few years, but in 2022, things blew up when the release of his debut album Ivory brought him a whole new audience.

The singer is heading to 2023, scoring his first goal Grammys nomination for Best New Artist (alongside Eurovision rockers Måneskin, rapper Latto, British indie duo Wet Leg and Brazilian superstar Anitta) and appearances at huge festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention rave reviews for his first album that drew comparisons to all from Frank Ocean and SZA to Justin Bieber and Troy Sivan.

Yasmin Finney

At this time a year ago, you probably wouldn’t have been aware of it Yasmin Finney – unless you were among her early TikTok subscribers, which is where her videos finally caught the attention of the team behind the new Netflix named series Heart restraining.

Fast forward to the present, Yasmin is known for her appearance on one of 2022’s biggest breakout shows and her recent appearance on the cover of British Vogue.

Now she’s getting ready to join the cast Doctor Who in a landmark year for the beloved sci-fi series, which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of coming home not only for the former Time Lord David Tennant and assistant Catherine Tatebut showrunner Russell T Daviesfresh from all the success of his groundbreaking Channel 4 drama It’s a sin Received.

And this is just the beginning of Yasmin.

Jaboukie Young-White

Let’s talk for a moment about that year where the comedian, actor, screenwriter and occasional social media troll stood Jaboukie Young-White had.

Fresh from appearing opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the acclaimed A24 series C’Mon, C’Mon returned for the second series of the Emmy-nominated drama Only Murders In The Building and teamed up with Disney twice – first in Big Hero 6 spin-off Baymax ! and again in the historic Strange World where he voiced the animation studio’s first openly LGBTQ+ character.

Not bad for someone who had been suspended from Twitter just two years earlier for changing his screen name to CNN and tweeting: “BREAKING: Joe Biden is not dead. She just gets dick. We’ve all been there.”

Oh, and as if he wasn’t busy enough, 2022 was also the year he turned to music, releasing hilarious pieces to the BBC (meaning “bad bitch coochie” of course) and Rockwhyler, all the while continuing to work on his comedy career. Honestly, we’re tired of just writing about it all.

Stephanie Hsu

Few movies have made such an impression as Everything Everywhere All At Once in 2022, and at the heart of it all was Stephanie Hsudynamic performance as Joy Wang, the on-screen daughter of Michelle Yeoh’s character.

The film required Stephanie to flex almost all of her acting muscles as the role ranged from an ordinary teenager struggling with her misunderstood mom to a full-blown Marvel-esque supervillain, resulting in an award buzz and even some early nominations.

Anyone who wants to see more from her will be pleased to hear that Stephanie is very busy and busy in the coming year, the first fruits of which will be Rian Johnson poker face murder mystery, z Natasha Lyonne starring.

After that, we can expect her to star in Adele Lim’s new film, before reuniting with Michelle Yeoh in the comedy series American Born Chinese.

Emma D’Arcy

They may have been late with House Of The Dragon – they joined the Game Of Thrones spin-off about halfway through and inherited the Rhaenyra character from Millie Alcock – but no one could tell Emma D’Arcy did not leave their mark on the program.

As one of its brightest stars (they can go viral, just seven words about your favorite drink), with a background in film, television and theater, it’s safe to assume that the Golden Globe nominee will be able to take his pick of offerings in 2023.

Might as well their drink order for the foreseeable future is already sorted, eh?

Omar Rudberg

He has already made a big career in his native Sweden, where he first appeared on the national version of Got Talent before joining the boy band FO&O, Omar Rudberg was introduced to a whole new audience in 2021 when he was cast as one of the main characters in the cult Netflix series Young Royals.

In 2022, the show grew even further with a bigger and better second season, and due to its popularity, its starring roles appeared on international talk shows, while Omar continued to hone his music career with the release of his debut solo album and appearance on Swedish TV Juggernaut Melodifestivalen .

If you haven’t dug into Young Royals yet, there’s still time to find out what all the fuss is about before the third and final season kicks off next year. Meanwhile, Omar will make his big screen debut in the upcoming horror film Karusel.

Jordan Gray

When it comes to getting people to talk, few comics have done as well in 2022 Jordan Gray.

Most of us know the stand-up performer from her headline appearance on Friday Night Live in November, but before that, she captivated audiences with her unique mix of comedy and music at the Edinburgh Festival, where she was shown Is It a Bird? won great recognition.

After Jordan’s appearance on Friday Night Live – and the media frenzy that followed – the first UK voice a competitor’s show at London’s Soho Theater ended up selling out for an impressive 11 consecutive nights.

Between her trademark approach to live performances and her penchant for causing a stir, it’s a bet you’ll be hearing Jordan’s voice a lot more in 2023 – and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say.


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