FROM fresh faces on the big screen to winning gold medallists on the sports fields, a number of stars have risen in the ranks to leave their mark on 2016.
Here are the new names that hit the headlines this year…
Gogglebox’s witty Scarlett Moffatt, 26, become a firm favourite on the show since she joined in its third series in 2014.
But 2016 has seen Scarlett break out of Channel 4 show to even greater fame, participating in this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here and eventually going onto win after her widespread popularity.
She also grabbed attention after dramatically losing weight and overhauling her diet and fitness, which fans can follow in her new workout DVD which is being released on Boxing Day.
The mini stars of Netflix drama Stranger Things – all under the age of 14 – have catapulted to fame since its popular debut this year.
Despite there being just eight episodes, the talented cast have been the most in-demand faces of the year.
Twelve-year-old Brit Millie Bobby Brown, who played the character of Eleven, has featured in a music video for Sigma as well as landing her first big American magazine cover for Interview.
Her and her co-stars, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and even Will (Noah Schnapp), have been connected to high fashion campaigns such as Louis Vuitton, and have made several star appearances at Comic Cons.
Following in the footsteps of her supermodel big sister Gigi, stunning Bella Hadid has taking the modelling world by storm in 2016.
After making her Chanel Couture debut in January at the Paris Fashion Week, Bella has gone on to be named GQ’s Model of the Year, has been appointed the new ambassador of Dior Makeup, and has landed a string of Vogue covers.
In November, the brunette beauty also made her debut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris.
With a famous big sister like Kate Moss, it is no surprise that blonde Lottie Moss was going to be a success in the modelling world.
Earlier this year, Lottie landed her first Vogue Paris cover and has grabbed headlines after being linked to Made In Chelsea star Alex Mytton.
This month, the Topshop model was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to walk for Chanel in the Metiers d’art show, which runs every December.
Stunning actress Haley Bennett is known for her breakout role as this year in the highly anticipated thriller Girl On The Train.
And the star’s rise to fame is rapidly growing, with a host of other movies roles under her belt and a collection of magazine covers lining the stands.
Her latest roles include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply and Terrence Malick’s Weightless.
He may have been acting for years, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan has recently become a screen-time powerhouse as the terrifying Negan on the seventh season of The Walking Dead.
The bat-wielding villain’s role has been so notable, that he has featured in the IMDB’s Breakout Stars of 2016.
Singer Shawn Mendes, 18, shot to fame after posting videos of him singing on Vine and he has gone from strength to strength ever since.
He grabbed the attention of record label Island, and this year released his second album, Illuminate, which debuted top of the US Billboard 200.
The singer’s stardom shows no sign of slowing down.
Shawn, who has been compared to Justin Bieber, was named in Spotify’s 25 under 25 and a recent performance at Madison Square Garden sold out in minutes.
The 2016 Grammy’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, has been going from strength to strength this year, following the success of her debut album Title.
The talented All About That Base star, 22, revealed the release of a second album and The Untouchable Tour, which featured opening acts from Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings.
The stunning live action remake of Disney classic The Jungle Book was released this year and quickly took the number one spot at the box office.
But the true star of the show was 12-year-old actor Neel Seth, who beat over 2,000 child hopefuls for the role – despite having never acted before.
Disney have announced a squeal to the popular film, but it has not been confirmed if the talented Neel will be involved.
After signing for Tottenham Hotspur last year for an initial fee of £5 million, 2016 has been an incredible year for talented footballer Dele Alli.
The young star was named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year as well as ranking as the best U21 football talent in the world by FourFourTwo.
DJ duo Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall had an incredible year with hit singles Don’t Let Me Down and Closer making the top 5 Billboard Hot 100.
The latter, which featured singer Halsey, did so well it peaked top of the charts in the US, UK and in 11 other countries.
In October, Chainsmokers ranked 18th in DJ Magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 DJs and they have also been nominated for three 2017 Grammy Awards.
Star Wars fans will recognise Daisy Ridley as the main protagonist in last December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Being her first major role, the skilled star was relatively unknown, but the film’s roaring success has seen her acting career take on new heights this year.
As well as appearing in Star Wars: Episode VIII which is set to be released next year, Daisy is to star in Agatha Christie’s detective novel Murder on the Orient Express, young adult novel series Chaos Walking and is be part of a live-action adaptation of Peter Rabbit.
She has also been named on IMDB’s top 10 breakout stars of 2016.
After the giant success of the Harry Potter movie franchise, all eyes were on the cast list for the new prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Acting opposite lead character Newt Scamander, played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, was cast the relatively unknown Katherine Waterston.
With JK Rowling announcing there are five films in the new series, we are sure to be seeing much more of the star.
British hockey player Sam Quek was part of the winning team that helped lead Team GB to Gold in Rio.
And the talented sportswoman swapped the AstroTurf for the jungle to take part in the latest series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, where she reached the top four.
The Liverpool-born 28-year-old has also been named an ambassador for Well Child charity.
A mum who filmed herself laughing uncontrollably whilst wearing a Chewbacca
Candace Payne, who isn’t even a huge Star Wars fan, became a viral hit after
The jolly mum-of-two, 37, was returning some items to a shop when she made the
Since her video went viral, Candace has made several TV appearances, including on James Corden’s Late Late Show.
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