The Power List 2012
was being attacked by pro-Gaddafi forces. This report was credited with being largely responsible for the UN agreeing to a no-fl y zone over Libya. The multi-award-winning and oft-commented upon ‘mother of four’ is a foreign correspondent who sets the pace.
Helena Bonham Carter Actress
As Bafta LA chairman Nigel Lythgoe said when Helena Bonham Carter (above) won the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in July, she is an actress of immense versatility, at once remarkable and fearless. And we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the oft-nominated Bafta and Oscar contender this year too, given that she currently has two fi lms in post-production and three in pre- production. Great Expectations, in which she plays Miss Havisham, is due for release in December and Dark Shadows, a supernatural fi lm directed by her partner Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, is set for a May launch. There are also high hopes for the fi lm adaptation of popular musical Les Miserables, in which she will star alongside Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
Naomie Harris Actress
As a new Bond Girl, Naomie Harris will have power at her fi ngertips. What drew her to the forthcoming Skyfall, she has said, was the opportunity to play a new type of Bond Girl: “multi- faceted, intelligent and capable.” Her range is wide: Harris became internationally known in 2002 with her lead performance in 28 Days Later,
she has had roles in big-budget fi lms such as Pirates Of The Caribbean, and she has starred in powerful television pieces such as Channel 4’s intense drama Poppy Shakespeare. When she won the RTS Best Actress Award for her role as Hortense in BBC1 television drama Small Island, the judges praised her for creating “an extraordinary, rich character – one who brought to vivid and moving life the complexity and contradictions of the immigration experience”.
Alex Crawford Special correspondent, Sky News
Alex Crawford (above) became a household name when she was the fi rst reporter to broadcast live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli in August last year. Arriving in the capital on the back of a truck with a rebel convoy, her reports were broadcast to the world via a manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger. Earlier in the year, Alex and her team were the only journalists to get inside the besieged town of Zawiyah when it
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Miranda Hart Comedian, writer and actress
An overnight success after many years of hard work, Miranda Hart (above right) has helped revive the studio sitcom with two smash hit BBC2 series of her eponymous show. With viewing fi gures of more than 4 million and RTS Awards in the bag for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Comedy Performance, it was no surprise that
Danny Cohen came calling and the third series of Miranda will air on BBC1 in the autumn. She has also shown good judgement with voiceovers – playing Mum in the Broadcast Award-nominated The Itch Of The Golden Nit, but sidestepping BBC1 entertainment fl op Don’t Scare The Hare, which she had been lined up to narrate. Hart has also taken time out from getting her necklace caught in sushi conveyor belts to star in BBC1’s Sunday night ratings smash Call The Midwife. The drama, in which Hart plays the typically blundering- but-loveable Chummy, was recommis- sioned midway through its run.
Keira Knightley Actress
At the ripe old age of 26, Knightley (below) is fi nally winning roles for women rather than girls – an opportunity she is clearly relishing. The spotlight is currently on the Oscar- nominated actress’s performance in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, in which she plays a troubled but brilliant woman who came between Jung and Freud. But it is her lead role in Tom Stoppard’s much-anticipated screen adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – directed by Joe Wright – that will really test her mettle. Britain’s most commercially successful actress – thanks in part to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise – hasn’t always had an easy ride with the critics but with each new role, she continues to impress. Memor able turns in
Wright’s earlier fi lm Atonement and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go prove she has fi nally come of age.
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