The h.Club 100: the winners
We salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.
London media gurus The Hospital Club and Time Out devised the h.Club 100: a search for the most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries. Then we asked you to vote – and here are the results: the talent that is shaping the future.
Okay, there are actually not exactly 100 people on this list: Grayson Perry sneaked in twice and we’ve counted some multi-person projects as one entry. That's okay, though. It’s a reminder that this is a snapshot of where UK creativity, in all its messy brilliance, is at right now. It’s been an incredible year for the arts in the UK. In 2012 we fell for ‘Sherlock’ (again), cheered on ‘Matilda’ and cried at Danny Boyle’s Olympics curtain-raiser. From backroom boys to major stars, we salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.
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It’s just four years since Westminster-born actor Tom Hiddleston made the transition from stage to screen with ‘Unrelated’, the low-budget debut of British writer-director Joanna Hogg. Since then, he’s worked with Woody Allen, Terence Davies and Steven Spielberg. This year he triumphed as Prince Hal in the BBC’s Shakespearean epic ‘The Hollow Crown’, and rampaged through Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’ and Joss Whedon’s box-office behemoth ‘Avengers Assemble’.
He’s back home to shoot Hogg’s new film, an as-yet-untitled romantic drama set in London, and ‘Thor 2’. ‘One feels like having a kickaround in your back garden, the other is like playing Wembley,’ Hiddleston tells us. ‘But you’re still playing football. Sorry, that’s an awful analogy! But in the places that the work is happening – between the director and the actors – the two films are the same. Just with different machinery.’
Hiddleston’s passion for cinema is undimmed. ‘Working in London means I get to go to the cinema a lot. In the last seven days I went to see “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Skyfall” and “The Master” – and they were all impeccable in their own ways.’
He’s also deeply involved in the capital’s film culture. ‘I was a jury member at the London Film Festival this year. It was so nice to be part of the conversation, to watch a lot of films in a short time and talk about them freely,’ he recalls. ‘There was one film in particular, “My Brother the Devil”, an amazing film about London which completely subverts the genre it seems to slot into. It’s brilliant, transcendent.’
His Hollywood diary is already full for 2013 with vampire oddity ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ and backwoods thriller ‘Black Wings Has My Angel’. But it would seem that, for now, his heart remains firmly in London.
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Star of the Beeb’s Olympic Games coverage. She also struck gold on C4 with a faultless Paralympics.
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director and founder of Mint Digital
Bell’s innovative projects include ‘Mad World’, ‘New Year Revolution’ and ‘Sexperience’.
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Magisterial in ‘Parade’s End’, and his modern-day Sherlock outwitted all other TV detectives. No shit…
The Paralympics host’s late-night show, ‘The Last Leg’, became one of the Games’ big hits. A media scramble followed.
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creative director of Two Four
Behind must-watch shows like the Bafta-winning ‘Educating Essex’.
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Great in ‘This Is England’, McClure received further acclaim for roles in ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘True Love’ in 2012. New movie ‘Svengali’ and ITV1 drama ‘Broadchurch’ are coming soon.
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writer and producer
Mega-hits ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ earned golden boy Moffat the 2012 Bafta Television Special Award.
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artist and presenter
The only person to grace this list twice thanks to his superb series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’. He now has a two-year deal with Channel 4.
Terrific as arch-villain Jim Moriarty in BBC smash hit ‘Sherlock’; and he rightly bagged the 2012 Bafta for Best Supporting Actor.