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Abysmal climate conditions notwithstanding, Britain is a hothouse of beauty and talent. Among the English Roses who rank among Hollywood's hottest are Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Rachel Weisz, to name a few. Now a new generation of fashionable female talent hopes to join their ranks. already household names in the U.K.- or on their way- each is hoping to bring her star power to this side of the pond in the year ahead.
EMILY BLUNT, ACTRESS (26)
WHEN A STAR IS BORN: In her scene-stealing turn in The Devil Wears Prada, Blunt’s withering glares and perfectly timed put-downs earned her a spot on movie-makers’ maps. She recently took on a more regal role as the lead role in The Young Victoria, which opened in the U.K. in February and is awaiting U.S. distribution. Two more Blunt films, Sunshine Cleaning and The Great Buck Howard, debuted in the U.S. in March.
THE DEVIL’S ASSISTANT WEARS PRADA, TOO: Blunt has a classic take on style, which veers from unstudied casual looks to sleek eveningwear, often opting for dresses by Prada and Marchesa.
MIRROR MIRROR: Blunt jazzes up her archetypal combination of pale complexion and blue eyes by experimenting with her hair color, including russet and chocolate brown.
CHANNELING: Kristin Scott Thomas
THE REEL DEAL: Upcoming film projects include The Wolfman with Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro, which will open in October; she’s currently filming Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black