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30 Under 30 Europe: Anya Taylor-Joy, Jess Glynne And The Entertainment Class Of 2019

“I feel a lot more comfortable covered in blood and screaming down an empty hallway than I do in a glittering dress,” says 22-year-old actor Anya Taylor-Joy, whose breakout role came in 2015’s The Witch. The surprise indie hit returned $40.4 million on a $5 million budget. “It’s learning how to be the ‘celebrity’ version of myself that has been quite tough.” She will have to get used to it: Taylor-Joy is one of 300 young game changers, innovators and rising stars on our 2019 30 Under 30 Europe list, and heads up the star-studded entertainment category.

Forbes searched the continent for the brightest young acts in music, film and television. Many, like Taylor-Joy, have found success across the pond: actor Lily James broke out with Disney’s Cinderella in 2015, while singer Ella Mai scored a smash hit in the U.S. with “Boo’d Up,” which went 4x platinum and notched 330 million views on YouTube. Others have come from even farther afield to make Europe their home. Malian-born Aya Nakamura, who holds dual French-Malian citizenship, became the most streamed French female artist in France and the world with her No. 1 song “Djadja.” Guyanese native Letitia Wright reached global audiences playing Shuri in Black Panther, which grossed $1.3 billion worldwide.

Taylor-Joy grew up the youngest of six children in a family that shuttled between Miami, Argentina and England. (Her father was a professional motorboat racer who competed around the world.) When Taylor-Joy was 16, a modeling agent approached her as she walked her dog outside Harrods department store in London. In her brief stint as a model, she “tried to think about who the girl was who would wear those clothes and what kind of image I was trying to portray,” she says. “I think that translates to acting quite well.”

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