He said: “Since ‘Variety‘s 10 actors to watch began nearly a quarter-century ago, we’ve prided ourselves on our ability to take stock of performers from virtually every corner of filmmaking and this year is no exception.
“Check out the bracing new faces who hail from awards season contenders and also from small indie films, historical dramas, major studio blockbusters and genre fare that ranges from daringly edgy to thrillingly entertaining.”
Jessie (29), from Killarney, Co Kerry, left Ireland when she was 17 to pursue an acting and singing career in London.
In 2008, Jessie appeared on the BBC show ‘I’d Do Anything’ – a show which searched for an unknown actress to take on the role of Nancy in the West End revival of ‘Oliver’. She eventually came second in the competition but her career has gone from strength to strength.
She received rave reviews for her recent starring role in ‘Wild Rose’ as a gritty, Scottish songstress who pursues her dream of country stardom to pull herself up from her life as a poverty-stricken single mother.
She will next appear opposite Renee Zellweger in ‘Judy’.