Jeremy Irvine

Jeremy Irvine

It has been quite a year for Jeremy Irvine as he has gone from obscurity to one of the most exciting young acting talents in less than twelve months.

He is back on the big screen this week as he leads and all star cast in Mike Newell's adaptation of the much loved Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.

But it was War Horse that kicked off his year as he teamed up with another high profile director in the form of Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg has a knack for finding and starring less known actors in his movies and that is exactly what he did with War Horse - which was based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name.

Irvine took on the role of Albert in the movie who enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry.

Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

The movie was a box office success and was met well by the critics - going on to be nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture.

But the movie introduced Irvine to the cinema going public and he has seen his star rise over the rest of the year.

he teamed up with Dakota Fanning in Ol Parker's emotional drama Now Is Good and now he is back as Pip.

Great Expectations has been doing well on the festival circuit and closed the BFI London Film Festival earlier this autumn.

The movie is being praised left, right and centre and looks set to cement Irvine as one of the best young British actors as he has successfully made the transition from TV and stage.

And we are going to be seeing plenty of him in 2013 as he is set to star in A Night in Old Mexico - which is directed by Emilio Aragon and also stars Robert Duvall.

The Railway Man is another project that is on the horizon for the actor and it will see him team up with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard.

Jeremy Irvine is a talent to keep an eye on over the next few years as he has had the perfect start to his film career.

Great Expectations is released 30th November

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