Stars to watch out for in 2020 including Dallas Liu and Rachel Zegler

Each year, a new wave of stars enter the spotlight and do great things.

From starring in the biggest Netflix shows, hard hitting TV series or blockbuster films in the Marvel or Disney universes, or scooping up number one albums and music accolades, there are some super talented young stars ready to take over 2022.

To give you a taste of what's to come, OK! has rounded up a selection of some of the bright young things we see doing big things this year.

And from super talented rock stars, to breathtaking actors and actresses, it's set to be an amazing year in the entertainment industry…

Julia Garner

She’s already found fame and scooped two Emmy Awards for her role in , and it’s clear the only way is up for Julia as she headlines new thriller Inventing Anna.

The 27-year-old New Yorker first took acting lessons as a teen to overcome shyness, and made her lm debut two years later in Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Inventing Anna sees Julia play out the true story of an Instagram influencer who defrauded New York’s elite by pretending to be a German heiress.

The actress – who is married to Mark Foster, frontman of indie band Foster The People – will also be seen on our screens in the fourth and final season of Ozark this year.

Louis Ashbourne Serkis

The 17-year-old is the son of Hollywood actor Andy Serkis and has already chalked up several TV and film roles, including the lead in fantasy adventure lm The Kid Who Would Be King and an appearance in Netflix sensation The Queen’s Gambit.

Louis is set to hit the big time in 2022 with a starring role in tense new ITV drama series No Return alongside Sheridan Smith.

Simone Ashley

Fans of Sex Education will know Simone as Olivia Hanan, a member of the girl’s clique The Untouchables.

The 26-year-old will soon be extending her fanbase as a new face in the hotly anticipated second series of Bridgerton. Her character, Kate Sharma, is a love interest for Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), but Netflix has said Kate will be suffering “no fools”.

Simone has already been lauded a “style star” by Vogue, so we’re sure she’ll be making waves in 2022.

Rachel Zegler

It’s been quite the year for the 20-year-old, who appeared to go from YouTube sensation to Hollywood superstar overnight.

With no film or TV credits to her name, Rachel was chosen from 30,000 applicants for the role of Maria in the Steven Spielberg adaptation of West Side Story.

The American actress is also set to star in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Snow White opposite Gal Gadot so looks likely to become a household name in no time.

Dallas Liu

At the age of eight, Dallas – who began practising martial arts when he was five – was selected for the role of young Jin Kazama in the action film Tekken, which kicked off his acting career.

Now 20, Dallas has had roles in Hulu series PEN15 and entered the Marvel universe, appearing in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings in 2021.

Next up, we’ll see him take the role of Prince Zuka in the much-anticipated Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, the live action version of the successful Nickelodeon cartoon series.

Austin Butler

Known for dating High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens from 2011 until 2020, the 30-year-old looks set to make a name for himself this year.

He’s starring as the King of Rock’n’Roll in Elvis, the upcoming Presley biopic alongside Tom Hanks and directed by Moulin Rouge!’s Baz Luhrmann.

The American actor previously had supporting roles in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and The Dead Don’t Die, but this will be Austin’s first leading role – and he’ll be hoping to prove he’s much more than just a plus one.

Weruche Opia

The Nigerian-born actress, who moved to the UK when she was 13, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2021 Baftas for her pivotal role in hit series I May Destroy You.

This year sees 34-year-old Weruche return to our screens in ITV thriller Our House, based on the award-winning novel by Louise Candlish.

Acting is just half the story though – away from the screen, Weruche is also the CEO of her own clothing line, Jesus Junkie.

Emma D'Arcy

Game Of Thrones fans across the world are impatiently waiting for the fiery breath of the prequel, House Of The Dragon, to blaze across their screens.

Among the stars will be UK-born Emma, who is set to become a household name as Rhaenyra Targaryen.

The 29-year-old has previously appeared in TV series including BBC One and Net ix drama Wanderlust and comedy horror Truth Seekers alongside Nick Frost. Emma is also the co-director of her own theatre company.

Eric Shango

He’s spent the last few years starring in the smash-hit production of Barber Shop Chronicles with the National Theatre, but Eric will be making his television debut next year in ITV’s drama Trigger Point, produced by Jed Mercurio.

He’ll be playing a member of the bomb-disposal unit called in when a terrorism group makes a threat on unsuspecting Londoners.

Judging by Eric’s Instagram posts, he seems to have had a lot of fun with his co-stars, Line Of Duty’sVicky McClure and Olivier award- winning actor Adrian Lester. We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be joining them on the A-list.

Bukky Bakray

She won the hearts of viewers and critics alike as Shola in the film Rocks. In it she plays a teenage girl who’s abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself and her younger brother on the streets.

And while collecting the Bafta for EE Rising Star in 2021, 19-year-old Bukky gave us one of the most heart-warming moments of the online awards season when host Clara Amfo encouraged her to bring her mum on camera.

New roles include the BBC’s gripping drama You Don’t Know Me and Apple TV’s first Anglo-French series Liaison.

Emir Taha

Emir is a big name back in his native Turkey, where his single B.S.G. topped the charts, but it won’t be long before his music goes global.

The Brixton-based singer’s EP Hoppa Pt.1 has already gained over 30 million streams on Spotify and he has attracted a following of nearly 60,000 people on Instagram.

The 24-year-old fuses R&B with both Turkish and English lyrics, describing his music as “east-meets- west”. With a new single and a planned tour, 2022 could be the year Emir brings Turkish music to the mainstream.

Holly Humberstone

Winner of the BRITs Rising Star Award for 2022, Holly seems set to take the music industry by storm this year.

With a musical vibe similar to that of sensations Phoebe Bridgers and Olivia Rodrigo, the 21-year-old’s EP, The Walls Are Way Too Thin, has already gained 200 million streams on Spotify.

Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, Holly – who will be supporting Olivia on tour – adds the Brit Award to an impressive list of accolades, including the Ivor Novello Rising Star Award, BBC Sound of 2021 runner- up and the YouTube Artist On The Rise award. We’re crossing our fingers for a debut album in 2022!

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