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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Actress, 29


Gugu is one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and- coming young actresses. Born in Oxford to a British mother and a South African father, she now lives in LA where she recently starred as social worker Clea Hopkins in the first season of hit US Fox drama Touch, which also stars 24 star Keifer Sutherland and was shown in 100 countries. Her Tinseltown journey began when she caught the eye of Lost creator JJ Abrams while on a Broadway run of a West End production of Hamlet, alongside Jude Law in 2009. Impressed with what he saw he offered her a part in his then upcoming NBC spy drama Undercovers opposite Boris Kodjoe. Next, Tom Hanks cast her in his film Larry Crowne where fellow co-stars included Julia Roberts. Gugu, whose name means ‘Pride’ in Zulu, studied at the Oxford Youth Music Teatre and at 17 she was accepted into RADA. She then scored minor roles in Spooks and Doctor Who, and a lead in the BBC drama Bonekickers, with Adrian Lester.


Dumi Oburota Manager, Tinie Tempah and MD, Disturbing London


Dumi is the driving force behind multi- award-winning rapper Tinie Tempah. Always believing that his cousin was a star in the making, Dumi decided to take Tinie’s career into his own hands by using his student loan and selling second-hand cars to push Tinie’s music from underground to mainstream. Dumi’s faith was rewarded when Tinie topped the music charts with his first album, Disc- Overy, in October 2010, followed by two British number-one singles, Pass Out and Written In The Stars, not forgetting two Brit Awards and a BET Award. Since the young rapper hit the big time Dumi has been heavily involved in the creation of a merchandising plan that has seen Tinie’s clothing line, Disturbing London, sold in upmarket outlets such as Selfridges. Away from managing his cousin, the young British Nigerian spearheads the direction of the record label, which also goes by the name Disturbing London.


John Allsopp Architect, 38


John has worked with leading multi- disciplinary practices in London, São Paulo and the Caribbean. He grew up in Barbados and went on to study at the Caribbean School of Architecture, where he was named Student of the Year, and then on to postgraduate studies at one of the UK’s top schools, Te Bartlett at UCL. Aſter six years at a London boutique practice and a further year as an in-house architect to a property entrepreneur, John went on to establish his own company, Amonle. Amonle’s work in London includes the fine dining restaurant Dockmaster’s House in Canary Wharf. Te practice has many ongoing projects in Barbados. John was the first London recipient of a grant from the Audi Foundation to develop a proposal for emergency shelters. John’s work has appeared in print and online around the world, including in the magazines Wired and Esquire in UK. He is fast becoming a motivational speaker within his field, flying the flag for architecture.


Katarina Johnson-Tompson Heptathlete, 19


Katarina is probably Britain’s most promising young athlete. Her achievements so far, at the tender age of 19, have been astounding. Indeed many experts believe she has more potential than Olympic gold medalists Jessica Ennis and Dame Kelly Holmes had at the same age. She first came to prominence in 2009 when she won gold in the heptathlon at the World Youth Championships in Brixen, Italy. After missing most of the 2010 season with a knee injury, she then broke, by an impressive 97 points, Ennis’s British junior record, also in a competition in Italy, this time in Desenzano del Garda. In 2012 she shattered her personal best again – this time by an amazing 241 points – at an event in Czech Republic, setting six personal bests in the seven events. She chose not to compete in the heptathlon at the 2012 World Junior Championshisps in Barcelona, but she did take part in the long jump and duly won gold. In the London Olympics, the young protégée placed an impressive 15th out of 32 athletes, setting yet another personal best. If Katarina, who is currently reading sports science at John Moores University in her native Liverpool, continues to progress at the same rate, she will almost certainly be one of the favourites for a medal when the Rio Olympics comes around in four years’ time.


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