The marquee social event of the upcoming L.A. leg of the North American tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — aka Prince William and Kate Middleton — is the “Brits to Watch” party, to be hosted July 9 by the British Academy of Film and Television. The point of the event, aside from providing the world with more royal photos to fawn over and analyze, is to introduce up-and-coming British movie and TV stars to Hollywood’s establishment, as represented by studio executives and other L.A. VIPs who will be in attendance.
In other words, for the 42 British actors, directors, producers and other creative types who made the guest-list cut, this is an enormous honor and opportunity. If I may use a Hogwarts analogy here, it’s as if the Sorting Hat of Life has placed every one of these individuals in Gryffindor House.
Who are these lucky few?
Jessica Brown-Findlay: This 21-year-old actress is one of the stars of the much-talked-about “Downton Abbey.” She plays Lady Sybil Crawley, the likable youngest of the Crawley sisters and a woman who has inspired many awful homemade tribute videos on YouTube..
Joe Cornish: A friend of Edgar Wright (director of “Shaun of the Dead”and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and the director of “Attack of the Block,” a sci-fi comedy that generated buzz at South by Southwest and has already been released in Britain.
Harry Lloyd: You know him as Viserys Targaryen on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He also plays a younger version of Denis Thatcher, husband of Margaret Thatcher, in the upcoming Meryl Streep film “The Iron Lady.”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw: She was the female lead on the short-lived J.J. Abrams series “Undercovers.” She’s hoping for better luck on TV now that she’s been cast opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox midseason replacement “Touch.”
Talulah Riley: Her biggest roles so far have been in “Pride and Prejudice”and as the wife of PayPal founder Elon Musk; she also scored bit parts in “Inception” and “The Dilemma.”
Juno Temple: She appeared in “Notes on a Scandal” and played Lola in “Atonement,” and will next be seen in “The Three Musketeers.”