Gugu Mbatha-RawThe stunning Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been turning heads in England for years, but has remained a relative unknown in the States. That's sure to change by the time 2014 is over. Mbatha-Raw will first be seen as the title character in Belle when it's released on May 2. The aristocratic period piece centers on the relationship between the mixed-race Belle and an aspiring young white lawyer during the time when slavery was being abolished in England.
In November, Mbatha-Raw will be back in theaters for Blackbird. She'll star as a young musician on the verge of breaking out into superstardom. Ironically, that's pretty similar to how her life seems to be heading in 2014.