According to the Urban Dictionary, a Dandy refers
to a man who is an arbiter of culture and refinement and wit.
The following eight ‘Dandies’ are exactly that combined with the prestigious
titles of ‘ones to watch’ ... please read on to appreciate their individual achievements and current projects and remember TWENTY6 connoisseurs’ – you read about them here first!
David Gyasi trained at Middlesex University, studying Arts and Drama.
In 2005, he starred alongside John Hurt and Hugh Dancy in the BAFTA nominated feature SHOOTING DOGS. David played Francois, a Hutu who worked at the school in which Joe (Hugh Dancy) taught and Father Christopher (John Hurt) ran.
Also in 2005, David starred in the ITV comedy series MIKE BASSETT: MANAGER as Jeremy Hands. The series was a follow-up to the film MIKE BASSETT: ENGLAND MANAGER and his co-stars included Ricky Tomlinson and Amanda Redman.
In 2008, David took to the stage in the National Theatre's multi-award winning production of WAR HORSE, in the role of Captain Stewart. It’s a tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse during World War I.
David will soon be seen in a new series WHITE HEAT for the BBC at the end of February. David plays Victor Bailey, one of the central characters, opposite Sam Claflin, Claire Foy and Reece Ritchie to name but a few and the series charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day.
This year, he will be seen in Christopher Nolans’ THE DARK KNIGHT RISES AGAIN, George Lucas’ World War II film RED TAILS and Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowskis’ CLOUD ATLAS.
Nick Blood was born in London and trained at LAMDA. Nick made his professional stage debut in 2009 in THE PRIORY, at The Royal Court Theatre and has appeared in many since. In 2009, Nick set up his own theatre company called WE. BUY. GOLD, with debut show INCHES APART winning the Old Vic New Voices Theatre Award. In 2010 Nick went on to perform in the modern adaptation of the Jacobean tragedy WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN at The National Theatre, directed by award-winning British director Marianne Elliott.
In 2010, Nick featured in the television movie drama STANLEY PARK, as one of a group of young people going through a life-changing period in their lives. In the same year he also played the gay fashion assistant in BBC One’s series MATERIAL GIRL alongside Dervla Kirwan and Lenora Crichlow. He then starred in critically acclaimed three part TV series called COMBAT KIDS on the BBC, which explores the lives of children left behind by parents who fight abroad.
In 2011, he played the guest lead as Dom in BAFTA winning TV series MISFITS. He then when on to play Kieran in SKY 1's TROLLIED, an eight-part sitcom from the makers of THE OFFICE and The IT CROWD. It has been recomissioned for a second and third series with the second series due to film in the autumn of 2012.
In January, Nick was seen in multi-award-winning writer Tony Marchant's three-part BBC1 drama, PUBLIC ENEMIES. The drama looks at the criminal justice system from the eyes of the offender and is directed by Dearbhla Walsh who also directed the award-winning series, THE TUDORS.
From October 2011 Nick ‘s been playing the lead, Stuart Sutcliffe, in the eagerly anticipated West End musical, BACKBEAT-the stage adaptation of the 1994 film by Iain Softley about the birth of the Beatles. BACKBEAT is the story of the fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe (the band’s original bassist), and the two most important people in his life: the striking German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, played by Ruta Gedmintas with whom he fell in love, and his best friend John Lennon played by Andrew Knott. BACKBEAT runs at the Duke of York’s theatre until 18th February 2012.
Will Poulter is best known for his brilliant portrayal in the most recent of the Narnia films as cousin Eustace in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Will also starred in various roles such as SCHOOL OF COMEDY and as Lee Carter in the SON OF RAMBOW which was awarded Best Comedy at the Empire Film Awards in 2009.
Will rose to prominence with his portrayal of Dean in WILD BILL also featuring Jaime Winstone, Andy Serkis and Olivia Williams. The British Independent gangster film has received critical acclaim at the London Film Festival.
Will has been nominated for several awards including Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards in 2008 for his performance in Son of Rambow and Young British Performer of the Year at the London 2012 Critics Circle Film Awards.
After years with the National Youth Theatre, Ben Aldridge graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Summer 2008. He left early to begin filming his television debut alongside Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra in COMPULSION. Ben then went on to star in Channel 4's critically acclaimed Civil War epic THE DEVIL'S WHORE, working with Andrea Riseborough, Michael Fassbender and Dominic West, and was selected by Screen International as a Star of Tomorrow. As well as roles in FIRST LIGHT, LEWIS, TOAST and VERA, Ben played a lead in the BBC's popular period drama LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD.
In 2011 the American network The CW cast Ben as the lead in their Pilot HEAVENLY.
Ben is a co-founder of In the Corner Productions, and directed the comedy pilot, PETSHOP GIRLS in late 2011, which he co-wrote/co produced with actor/writers Luke Norris, Ed Hancock and Kirsty Woodward.
Earlier this year Ben spent time in Belgrade shooting the partially improvised love story IN THE NIGHT for director Ivana Bobic and award winning cinematographer Rain Li, alongside supermodel Daniela Dimitrovska.
Since graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2007 David Oakes has worked on a number of exciting projects. In 2011, David starred alongside Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi in the epic Sky television series THE BORGIAS, playing lead character ‘Juan Borgia’, the second series of which is due to air later this year. David will also to star as lead character ‘Justin’ in the horror feature TRUTH OR DARE, which depicts a group of teenagers abducted by a psychopath.
Last year, David starred in the hit Channel 4 mini-series PILLARS OF THE EARTH. In this drama David played the villainous ‘William Hamleigh’ alongside Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell and Ian McShane. For television David has also appeared in HENRY VIII: MIND OF A TYRANT, WALTER'S WAR, TRINITY, BONEKICKERS, and SHADOWPLAY.
For film David has starred in the short FACES OF CHANGE about a young man suffering from depression, and has also featured in Ed Viney’s PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL WINNER.
David has also appeared in the theatre and in 2011, he trod the boards at the Orange Tree Theatre performing in THREE FARCES, by the theatre company he co-founded; DOG ATE CAKE. David’s past theatre projects also include ALL THE LITTLE THINGS WE'VE CRUSHED, JOURNEYS END; one of The Daily Telegraph’s Top 10 shows of 2008, MARY STUART, Shakespeare’s LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, WE THE PEOPLE, and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. He has also directed and created shows for various festivals.
Jonathan Bailey is a 22 yr old actor from Oxford now based in London. He has a considerable range of credits to his name; most notably, three plays with the RSC, LES MISERABLES in the West End and playing the lead character of ‘Cyril’ in the film adaptation of FIVE CHILDREN AND IT alongside Kenneth Branagh and Freddie Highmore along with numerous TV roles.
Jonathan stared as Jamie in BEAUTIFUL THING in the West End for which he received excellent notices. Since then he has worked extensively in theatre both regionally and in London including playing ‘Pieter’ in GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and ‘Alexi Romanov’ in Howard Davies' production of THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE in Chichester. He has just completed a run in Terence Rattigan’s SOUTH DOWNS alongside Anna Chancellor at the prestigious Chichester festival theatre which will be transferring to the West End in London this April.
For television, Jonathan was seen playing ‘Flatpack’ in Victoria Pile's semi improvised comedy CAMPUS for Channel 4; he starred alongside Andy Nyman and Joseph Millson. Jonathan was recently seen on BBC1 playing the lead role of ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ in the new family adventure drama LEONARDO. Jonathan has also completed filming PRAM FACE, a new comedy for BBC3 also starring Angus Deayton, Yasmin Paige and Anna Chancellor. His further TV credits include playing the lead in BBC3's comedy OFF THE HOOK and taking a guest lead in an episode of LEWIS.
David Leon is one of the U.K's most exciting young actors and an award winning director. He auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and turned down a place at drama school in order to take a role in Oliver Stone's ALEXANDER. David played the lead role in renowned photographer Rankin's debut feature film THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS written by Toni Grisoni. Following this David appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Empire Award-winning ROCK'N'ROLLA, in which he plays Scottish junkie Malcolm, a part initially written for Brad Pitt. Most recently he has been seen starring opposite Brenda Blethyn in ITV's flagship show VERA and consequently in series two.
His film MAN AND BOY starring Eddie Marsan won the 'Best Narrative Short' award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 and is now eligible for an Oscar.
David wears Jacket Diesel, Jeans, Jumper, Boots & Hat David’s own
2012 is set to be an exciting year for Ukweli Roach. Ukweli can currently be seen playing the lead role opposite Samuel West in the brand new drama for ITV ETERNAL LAW from the writers of ASHES TO ASHES and LIFE ON MARS. Due for release in April of this year, Ukweli will feature in the highly anticipated STARLINGS, a new comedy series for Sky1, written by Steve Coogan and Peep Show’s Matt King - Ukweli will star alongside Brendan Coyle and Lesley Sharp.
For film, Ukweli became well known for his recent portrayal of ‘Jay’ in the hugely successful STREETDANCE 3D. In 2011, Ukweli also featured in the role of ‘Rapper’, alongside Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, in Lone Shervig’s feature ONE DAY, adapted from the best-selling novel by David Nicholls. Ukweli also won critical acclaim for his portrayal of ‘Tybalt’ in the Globe’s production of ROMEO AND JULIET.