Film & TV


As she’s crowned Rising Star at this year’s BAFTAS,  Leanne Dixon takes a look at the ever-advancing career of actress Juno Temple. 


Presenting Juno Temple; this year’s premium pick of distinguished talent and the next Brit to enter the realm of Hollywood leading ladies. Catching the eyes of a film connoisseur jury, including Mark Kermode, Juno was selected for the only publicly-voted BAFTA award. Crowned the Rising Star of 2013, her name shines alongside previous accomplished winners, such as Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and James McAvoy. Juno is storming through her career, advancing from the wild-haired teen actress to an influential, indie icon.

Acclimatised to the film industry from an early age, Juno was raised in Somerset by producer and director duo, Amanda and Julien Temple. Although her first acting appearance was in her father’s film Pandaemonium (2000), her privileged background and boarding school education were not attributable to her breakthrough role alongside Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (2006). Her intelligent twist of teenage angst with defiant elegance did not go unnoticed, securing parts in films such as Atonement (2007), St. Trinian’s (2007) and Glorious 39 (2009). Unsatisfied with her typecast image of public schoolgirl and upper-class refinement, Temple bravely began to branch out, opting for greater challenges. Her first audacious move flaunted fierce potential, playing Dottie in Killer Joe (2011). She delivered a precocious understanding of human desire, a performance which propelled her into a new league of prominent artists. Continuing her streak on the darker side of cinematic life, Temple appeared in the massive 2012 blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises. Afternoon Delight, Lovelace, and Magic Magic, three of her most gritty films to date premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In these she explores into the dark shadows of adult-themes such as prostitution, pornography and mental illness. With six more films said to be released in the next two years, including Maleficent, it’s good to know she will be hailing back to her British roots as Princess Margaret in Girl’s Night Out (2013).This 23-year-old leaves us gasping for our awe-inspired breaths as she accelerates towards stardom.

Leanne Rachael Dixon

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