Felicity Jones and 5 Other Brit "It" Girls Coming to Theaters Soon

6:00 AM 10/12/2016

by Tatiana Siegel

Daisy Ridley, Naomie Harris and Rosamund Pike are among the British actresses gearing up for big roles in new releases.

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  • Felicity Jones

    Over the next 2 1/2 months, it will be impossible to miss the 32-year-old actress, who kicks off her 2016 trifecta of films on Oct. 28 starring opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's Inferno. She'll follow that up by playing protagonist Jyn Erso in the most anticipated movie of the year: Rogue One (opening Dec. 16). And she'll cap off the year with the awards-season play A Monster Calls (Dec. 23), playing a terminally ill single mother.

  • Naomie Harris

    Since her breakout in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, she has co-starred in two Bond movies (Skyfall and Spectre). But her role as a crack-addicted single mom in Moonlight could be the 40-year-old's biggest break yet.

  • Lily James

    The 27-year-old parlayed her wild child turn on Downton Abbey into a starring role in Cinderella. Next, she stars in Baby Driver for Sony and is in preproduction on the World War II drama Darkest Hour.

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Following her breakout role in Belle, the 33-year-old played Will Smith's wife in the football drama Concussion. She next appears alongside Jessica Chastain in John Madden's gun-control drama Miss Sloane.

  • Rosamund Pike

    Pike, 37, beat out a slew of American actresses for the lead in Gone Girl (landing an Oscar nom for her turn). She might be in contention again as half of an interracial couple in Fox Searchlight's A United Kingdom.

  • Daisy Ridley

    At 24, her résumé is a bit thin — but as Rey in Star Wars, she still has been seen by more moviegoers than the other four actresses on this list. Next up: She'll be part of the ensemble in Murder on the Orient Express.