12 Rising Stars to look forward to in 2022

We do not know about you, but we feel pretty happy to see the back of 2021. It brought with it a whole new set of challenges and frustrations, so we’re all excited to close the door on another difficult 12 months once and for all.

The good thing about starting a new year is the hope that comes with moving forward to 2022 – and with it comes a host of new talent that is being tipped for great things.

Here are the musicians, actors and other stars in the making of which we predict great things for the coming year …



At a time when it has apparently never been harder to break a new act, the brilliantly named PinkPantheress enjoyed enormous success during the 2021 winter closing when several of her songs went viral on TikTok, prompting Parlophone to snap them up and to chart several of their tracks within the top 40 here in the UK.

Pink Pantheress’ first mixtape To Hell With It – which, we must admit, was largely self-produced – also went viral and enjoyed a hit in the fall of 2021, garnering her a Brit Award nomination and a spot on the BBC’s Sound Of 2022 shortlist. In other words, get ready to hear a lot more of their distinctive voice in the coming year.

Omari Douglas

Chances are good that you’ve already seen Omari Douglas in action as the scene-stealing Roscoe in It’s A Sin. After serving up both drama and laughter as Roscoe in one of the biggest TV standouts of 2021, he has consistently been a questioner, choosing his next projects wisely.

First, he was spotted on the shelves alongside Russell Tovey in the two-handed Constellations, and currently shares the stage with Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne each night in Cabaret’s critically acclaimed West End revival.

In 2022, Omari will hit the big screen in the Brian Epstein biopic Midas Man – adding even more strings to his already impressive arc.

Simone Ashley

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Bridgerton was without a doubt one of the most talked about shows of 2021, and with a new series debuting in the coming months, Simone Ashley will join the cast as a new love interest for Jonathan Bailey’s character, Anthony Bridgerton. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?

Simone is already under the supporting cast of another of Netflix’s biggest hits of recent years, Sex Education, where she plays Olivia, one of the “untouchables”. However, given what Bridgerton has done for the profiles of both RegĂ© Jean-Page and Phoebe Dynevor over the last 12 months, it is fair to say that being part of the next big romance of the period drama means that she is currently starring. is very much on the rise. .

Central Cee

Rapper Central Cee, originally from West London, is another of the biggest success stories of the past year. After his self-released songs became small hits on the hits towards the end of 2020, he followed them up with his first top 10 Commitment Issues and the release of his first mixtape, Wild West, which reached number two.

Since then, he has enjoyed his biggest hit to date with Obsessed With You (taken from his upcoming 23 mixtape, which drops in the first quarter of 2022) and became one of the most nominated acts of the year at the British, with three nods in total. Not bad for an artist still releasing his debut album, right?

Lola de Jong

It’s very likely you’ve already heard Lola Young’s voice, even without realizing it. She ended 2021 at a real height when she reached the coveted place of soundtracking of the annual John Lewis’ Christmas ad, then appeared on the BBC’s Sound Of 2022 list and picked up a UK nomination in her Rising Star category.

A former participant of the British school, Lola has been writing songs since she was a teenager, and after she was discovered by the team that made stars of Adele and Amy Winehouse, and has early support from Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jools Holland, James Corden and music producer Paul Epworth, with whom they worked on new material throughout the pandemic.


Ever since signing at Interscope (the home of recent success stories such as Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo, such as Lana Del Rey, Eminem and Lady Gaga), California-born Jawny has become known among his listeners for his genre-jumping skills and his low- fi, perhaps psychedelic approach to making music that usually has its characteristic sense of humor.

Fans of pop artists like Harry Styles, Kesha and Miley Cyrus’ more experimental material should definitely check out Jawny’s latest EP The Story Of Hugo, which is comparable to everyone from Beck to The Flaming Lips, and deserve Vevo’s recognition in it. annual DSCVR list.

Set Towley

A big name in the dance world due to her appearances in NERD and Rihanna’s Lemon music video (oooh!) And the movies Hustlers (ahhhh!) And Cats (hmmm …), Mette grabs the attention of tastemakers online when she releases her debut single Petrified and her self-directed music video early in 2021.

Already past a threefold threat, Mette seems to be plaguing new music on Instagram lately, and whatever she’s trying to get her hands on in 2022, it’s an honest bet that it’s worth paying attention to.

Nico Gretsma

After impressing us with his performance in the charming teenage indie film Dramarama in 2021, it soon became clear that last year we were not the only ones that Nico Greetham had in mind.

The actor and dancer first appeared in a new episode of Ryan Murphy’s spin-off anthology series American Horror Stories, before appearing on the main cast of Death Valley, the final episode of the main show.

It is not known exactly what Ryan Murphy has planned for 2021, but considering how often he likes to keep the same actors in his various projects, we can probably assume that Nico might reappear in the Murphy verse in the note -to – distant future.



Singer-songwriter Marzz gradually gained momentum in 2021 with her Love Letterz EP, which mixes traditional R&B with a more modern sound.

After first discovering her love for music in the church choir as a child, Marzz says it was in high school that gave her the confidence to pursue music as a career, and eventually received support and mentorship from none other than Timbaland, who discovered her on Instagram and has produced and co-written some of her most popular songs.

Marzz is an artist who is still on the rise, but clearly has bright things in her future.

Jordan Peters

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After appearing in Blue Story and the Sky drama Gangs Of London, Jordan Peters came last year his most prominent role date, when he appeared as one of the lead actors in Reggie Yates’ comedy on big screen Pirates about three best friends who hoping to see it in the millennium in style.

He will be next in action in the BBC adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s book Everything I Know About Love, which may be the 2022 response to Normal People.

Meg Stalter

Meg Stalter

Many of us discovered comedy Meg Stalter for the first time during lockdown, where her shrinking characters helped brighten up a timeline on social media that was otherwise decidedly low on laughter with improvised scenes that would not fail in the likes of The Comeback of The Office.

In the past year, she’s level up again, getting a break-out role in the sitcom Hacks, a cameo in the short film Star-Crossed by Kacey Musgraves as another of her awkward creations, and selling a string of shows at the London Soho Theater. When she returns inevitably in 2022 – run, do not run, to get tickets.

AJ Odudu

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Anyone who was already familiar with the presenting work of AJ Odudu will know that she would have no trouble winning Strictly Come Dancing viewers with her personality and sense of humor – and ultimately almost everyone charming. You only have to look at the post-Strictly careers of Stacey Dooley, Joe Sugg or Ore Oduba to know that the show can really open doors for its finalists, we can definitely assume that AJ will have a deluge of TV shows in 2022 .

For what it’s worth, we could definitely see them making Love Island front, as rumors about producers wanting to shake things up in the new year turn out to be true. Meanwhile, if a spot became vacant on the This Morning sofa, she and fellow Strictly-fave John Whaite would make the pair …


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