Saturday 7 December 2019

The names you should know: Irish ones to watch in 2017

Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
TV3's Cassie Stokes
TV star: Mairéad, two weeks before her due date, at the launch of RTÉ's new season's shows with Seana Kerslake (left) and Vogue Williams. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A DATE WITH DESTINY: Seana Kerslake is set to become a household name with roles in a new movie and TV series
Pharmacist and model Sarah Tansey
‘Xposé’ presenter Cassie Stokes
(L to R) Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in RTE Two dramedy Can't Cope Won't Cope
Sarah Tansey at the launch of M2Beauté's 3 Looks Black Nano Mascara at Brown Sugar
Cassie Stokes at the Xpose Meaghers Pharmacy Festive Beauty Banquet at the Dylan Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
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The rising stars whose names you'll know next year.

Patrick Gibson

Patrick Gibson in The OA. Pic: Netflix

Those of you huddled up under your duvets catching up on Netflix’s supernatural sci-fi The OA will recognise Irish actor Patrick Gibson as Steve Winchell, one of the teenagers who becomes sucked into the intricate story weave by lead character Prairie (Brit Marling). With roles in What Richard Did and The Tudors, Gibson has been honing his craft for years.

2017 is set for big things as he is already set for the release of two tv projects – a Sky Atlantic mini-series opposite Idris Elba and a historical drama set to air on US network Starz.

Cassie Stokes

TV3 presenter Cassie Stokes

She’s the tv presenter who seemingly came out of nowhere to nab one of the most coveted presenting roles on Irish television. But far from coming out of the blue, the 28-year-old has been busy living in Canada in recent years and building up an impressive resume.

When she first landed the gig in June, she hit headlines not only for being a fresh face among the repetitive sea of faces we seem to see over and over again in Irish media, but also for the fact that she is one of the few openly gay women on our screens.

Prepare to see a lot more of this fresh face next year.

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh for Italian Vogue

You might recognise Aidan as the 18-year-old who appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia with a fake hickey on his neck.

One of the few Irish stars to ever grace any Vogue cover is a big deal, and we expect big things from Aidan on the fashion scene in 2017.

Seana Kerslake

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Seana Kerslake in Dun Laoghaire for Weekend Magazine. Picture: Fran Veale

Seana Kerslake went from unknown to rising star in a matter of months thanks to her breakout roles in RTE’s Can’t Cope Won’t Cope and Irish film A Date For Mad Mary.

The 25-year-old from Tallaght is tipped as the actress to watch in 2017.

Sarah Tansey

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Pharmacist and model Sarah Tansey

Angelina Jolie-doppelganger Sarah just moved back to Ireland after a stint modelling in New York and she’s already become one of the most photographed women on the social scene in a matter of months.

At 28, she’s already a catwalk veteran having been stalking the runways since she was 21, but she’s part of a new wave of models with their eyes on making it big at home.

Aisling Cunningham

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Aisling Cunningham, founder of Powder 'n' Pout

The business of beauty is notoriously cutthroat, but there’s something about Aisling Cunningham that is just so, well, refreshing. The Donegal woman founded Powder n’ Pout, a makeup brush company, in 2015 and her ambition is infectious.

A qualified accountant and hairdresser, Aisling retrained as a professional makeup artist and her brushes are so popular, that we’re just a little bit obsessed and want to shout about them from the rooftops.

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