Top of the list however is the gorgeous Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones, sister of Martha in several episodes of the 2007 series of Doctor Who including The Lazarus Experiment) who was spotted by Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks when she was playing Ophelia opposite Jude Law’s Hamlet.
Hanks is set to star in and direct, Larry Crowne, and Mbatha-Raw looks set to land a major role in the film.
Sophia Myles – the eponymous Girl in the Fireplace from the 2006 series who also ended up “stepping out” with David Tennant for a short while – is set to star in the BBC spy series Spooks, filling the lead female role previously held by Hermione Norris and later Miranda Raison (Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks). Press speculation expects her abilities as a horse rider, swimmer and skier, not to mention her French and German skills – will be put to good use.
Meanwhile, Oscar nominated Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow in 2007′s Steven Moffat classic Blink) has been linked to the lead role of Eliza Doolittle a new film version of My Fair Lady.
Nanny McPhee writer and star Emma Thompson revealed on BBC 5 Live:
“I think Carey is set to play it, yes.
“But we still don’t know about [Henry] Higgins. I love Hugh [Grant] so I’d love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don’t know yet. But hopefully we’ll make it later this year.”