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7 Black Mirror stars you'll soon be seeing on the big screen


Were you gripped by Charlie Brooker's fourth Black Mirror series over Christmas? Have you only just started to dive into its twisted and unnerving depths?

Whether you were charmed by the romance of Hang the DJ, terrified by the robot dog of Metalhead or amused by the sly comic USS Callister, there's no denying the series acts as a fine showcase for some of our most exciting young actors.

Here are seven stars from the series who you'll be seeing on the big screen very soon...

Jesse Plemons

Black Mirror episode USS Callister

Upcoming movie The Post

Released 19th January

Yes, he looks like Matt Damon, but let's get around that and acknowledge that Plemons is one of the most versatile young performers working today. Whether it's his TV work, assaying both good and evil in the likes of Fargo and Breaking Bad, or his many film appearances in Black Mass, Bridge of Spies and others, his range seems to know no bounds.

In USS Callister Plemons impresses as isolated coder Robert Daly who has developed his own virtual landscape, modelled on his favourite science fiction TV series and populated with DNA-based simulations of the work colleagues he despises. His character, spaceship Captain Robert Daly, exerts the kind of aggressive authority sorely lacking in reality, Plemons inviting both our sympathy and contempt in a wonderfully complex performance.

Next up, Plemons reunites with Bridge of Spies director Steven Spielberg for The Post, the story of the Washington Post's battle to publish the incriminating Pentagon Papers. The actor plays litigator Roger Clark who becomes embroiled in the row between the paper and the Nixon administration.

Daniel Kaluuya

Black Mirror episode Fifteen Million Merits

Upcoming movie Black Panther

Released 16th February

He's been nominated for BAFTA's EE Rising Star award for his sensational performance in Jordan Peele's horror hit Get Out. Yet it's easy to remember that no so long ago (back in 2011, in fact), Britain's Daniel Kaluuya made an impact in the first series of Black Mirror.

Appearing way back at the start of the series in what was only its second episode, Kaluuya plays a man living in a dystopian future society. Those who live in this society are compelled to use exercise bikes to generate energy, in return receiving 'merits', a form of futuristic currency. His character Bing then decides to use his inherited stockpile of 15 million merits to help love interest Abi (Jessica Brown Findlay) get on a talent show – and that's when things start to get complicated.

It remains a potent early reminder of Kaluuya's skill as an actor, and that charisma will soon be on display again in Marvel's Black Panther. Acting as our first proper introduction to the mysterious kingdom of Wakanda, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as ruler T'Challa with Kaluuya appearing as warrior and second-in-command, W'Kabi.

Domhnall Gleeson

Black Mirror episode Be Right Back

Upcoming movie Peter Rabbit

Released 16th March

Few actors from Black Mirror have struck it big quite like Irish export Domhnall Gleeson. He most recently chewed the scenery as the returning General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Gleeson has stunned in a range of recent hits. From moody A.I. drama Ex Machina to bloody wilderness epic The Revenant and tender romance Brooklyn, there's very little he can't do.

Black Mirror was one of his breakout performances. The episode Be Right Back is widely regarded as one of the series' finest, centering on bereaved Martha (Hayley Atwell) who decides to resurrect the spirit of her deceased boyfriend Ash (Gleeson). To that end, she comes across a piece of technology that allows A.I. to simulate the appearance of a dead person but, as ever, there are tragic implications to the scenario.

Soon, Gleeson will be seen indulging in his comic side in Beatrix Potter adaptation Peter Rabbit. He plays scheming farmer Thomas McGregor who is engaged in vegetable warfare with the smart-alec bunny of the title (voiced by James Corden).

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Black Mirror episode San Junipero

Upcoming movie A Wrinkle In Time

Released 23rd March

Having turned up in small roles in Tom Hanks drama Larry Crowne and the offbeat supernatural comedy Odd Thomas, Gugu Mbatha-Raw hit the big time in 2014 with her sensitive performance in period drama Belle. Directed by Amma Asante, the movie dramatises the remarkable true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an 18th century mixed race woman who was raised in high society by her aristocractic great-uncle.

It's not the only great performance that Mbatha-Raw has given. Few could fail to have been moved by her performance in critically praised Black Mirror episode San Junipero. An atypically romantic and optimistic story of thwarted romance, it avoids the violence and torment that afflicts so many of the episodes, instead digging out the struggles faced by star-crossed lovers Kelly (Mbatha-Raw) and Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis).

The actress will next be seen in Selma director Ava DuVernay's all-star Disney adventure A Wrinkle in Time. The movie features the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, with Mbatha-Raw featuring as Dr. Kate Murry, mother of hero Meg (Storm Reid).

Jodie Whittaker

Black Mirror episode The Entire History of You

Upcoming movie Journeyman

Released 30th March

Soon to be taking over from Peter Capaldi as the first-ever woman Doctor Who, there's no denying Jodie Whittaker's star is on the rise. But she's been putting out high-quality work for many years. Ever since her movie debut opposite Peter O'Toole in 2006 drama Venus, she's subsequently appeared in more hit movies (Attack the Block), acclaimed TV shows (Trust Me) and stage productions (the National Theatre's 2012 staging of Antigone).

Her appearance in Black Mirror came in 2011 in The Entire History of You, the third and final episode of the first series. It's unique for being the only episode not scripted by Charlie Brooker (Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong instead took the honours), focusing on people who have 'grains' implanted behind their eyes, allowing them to play back their memories. This soon spells trouble for couple Liam (Toby Kebbell) and Ffion (Whittaker).

This March, Whittaker will be playing Paddy Considine's on-screen partner in powerful boxing rehabilitation drama Journeyman, written and directed by Considine himself.

Alex Lawther

Black Mirror episode Shut Up and Dance

Upcoming movie Ghost Stories

Released 13th April

Young Alex Lawther first grabbed our attention with his memorable performance as young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Embodying the tormented adolescence of the eventual maths genius and World War II saviour, he gave nominal star Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his money. Lawther has subsequently capitalised on the role with standout turns in the likes of The Riot Club and Departure.

Even so, it's Black Mirror for which he's most likely to be remembered. Lawther appears in one of the series' most cruel and anguished episodes, Shut Up and Dance, playing a compromised teenager embroiled in a deadly mind game after his webcam is hacked. The chilling climactic twist only serves to cloud our sympathies even further.

Lawther will again be on the receiving end of something unpleasant in upcoming stage adaptation Ghost Stories. A screen version of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's hit theatre production, it casts Lawther as one of three men tormented by something very nasty from beyond the grave.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Black Mirror episode Nosedive

Upcoming movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Released 6th June

The daughter of Oscar winner (and Solo: A Star Wars Story director) Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard was established on the A-list well before appearing in Black Mirror. However many agree that her appearance in the series is among her best work.

Having impressed in Lady in the Water, The Help and 2015 dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic World, Howard was quite a scoop for the third series of Black Mirror. She leads Nosedive, the darkly comic story of a society in which people can rate every one of their social interactions from one to five stars. The episode's credentials are impressive: it's directed by Darkest Hour's Joe Wright, shot by Nocturnal Animals cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and scored by Taboo composer Max Richter.

Howard will be battling the dinos once again in this summer's sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She's reprising her role as Claire, alongside a returning Chris Pratt as Owen, as our prehistoric ancestors face extinction on their island home of Isla Nublar.

Which of these Black Mirror A-listers is your favourite? Let us know @Cineworld.