Saoirse Ronan

Though 2017 year was a busy year for the 24-year old  Irish-American actress, 2018 could be her biggest yet mostly due to a hotly-tipped Oscar nomination for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird. Recently featured in Forbes ‘30 Under 30 List’ and appearing in everything from Broadway to Ed Sheeran music vids, Ronan has clearly no intention of slowing down as she’s also set to star in a film adaptation of Cheov’s The Seagull as well as in the upcoming cinematic version of Camilla Gibb’s romance novel Sweetness in the Belly. As if that wasn’t enough she’s tackling the titular role in historical drama Mary Queen of Scots alongside Margot Robbie!

 

 

Justin Timberlake

Though he could be considered an elder-statesman of pop (it’s been 16 years since ‘Cry Me a River’!), Justin Timberlake, 36, clearly can’t stay out of the spotlight for too long. The pop legend is set to make 2018 a year to remember, having just released his fifth solo album Man of the Woods (and the seriously-funky single ‘Filthy’)which he recorded with the help of old pals Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. Of course that isn’t enough, as he is also set to headline the Superbowl Halftime Show next month (for the first time since 2004’s Jane Jackson’s ‘Nipplegate’ shock) before heading on the road for a three-month North American tour. JT’s still got it.

 

Ms Banks

Though you may not know Ms Banks right now, that’s all about to change. The South-London born-and-raised rapper (real name: Tyra Banks!) has been receiving shout-outs from fellow hip-hop starlets such as Cardi B, who she supported on her most recent tour and Queen Bee MC Nicki Minaj. Having recently released her single ‘Bangs’, 2018 is set to be the breakthrough year for the 23 year old MC, who has been writing rhymes since she was 11 and is inspired by artists such as Lil Kim and Missy Elliot. Unconvinced? Check our her recent appearance on BBC’s ‘Fire in the Booth’ to hear her spit near-flawless freestyle rhymes. Absolute FIRE

 

 

 

Lucy Dacus

Writer of the most memorable opening lines of a song in recent memory (‘The first time I tasted somebody else’s spit, I had a coughing fit’ from the undeniably catchy ‘Night Shift’) American indie Songstress Lucy Dacus is set for big things in 2018. Her honestly vulnerable (and at times, very funny) lyrics create vivid imagery depicting failed relationships and her own inadequacies against a backdrop of catchy fuzz guitars and pounding drums. Her album ‘Historian’ is set for release in March and it’s set to be one of the sleeper hits of the year. You heard of her here first.

 

Domhnall Gleeson

Proud owner of ‘Oh it’s That Guy. He’s in Everything. What’s His Name Again?’ award, Domhnall (‘Domh’ pronounced like ‘dough’) Gleeson has spent the last decade popping up in everything from indie-romantic comedies to starring roles in the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises. Looking at his schedule for 2018, the 34-year old Irish actor (that hair, doe) seems determined to continue his efforts to appear in as many different roles as possible, ranging from Mr. McGregor in an upcoming cinematic version of classic children’s book Peter Rabbit  comedy writer and founder of National Lampoon magazine Henry Beard in Netflix bioA Futile and Stupid Gesture to starring in upcoming horror-thriller The Little Stranger. As they say, you’ll never beat the Irish!