New faces of 2012 - the teen Dublin model tipped for stardom
THE world of showbusiness is an uncertain one at the best of times. But as we face into a new year, some bright sparks are already being tipped to make a big splash in 2012.
This week's The Dubliner magazine gives the low-down on the ones to watch and one face that's going to be hard to miss is that of gorgeous Thalia Heffernan.
Although she's only 16-years-old and a fifth-year student at the Teresian School in Donnybrook, she's already making waves in the Irish fashion world.
The model, who's with top agency Morgan, has been involved in a string of top campaigns for big names like Peter O'Brien and Harvey Nichols.
"I love doing fashion modelling and I want to go abroad to do high fashion work in London or New York," she said. "For now, though, education is my main priority, and I want to get a good Leaving Cert result so that I have something else other than modelling for when I'm older."
In the world of acting, one performer creating quite a stir is doe-eyed thespian Charlie Murphy, a graduate from the Gaiety School of Acting.
She certainly had an eventful 2011, landing the lead role as Eliza in Pygmalion at the Abbey Theatre as well as touring in America.
Also on The Dubliner's list of Ones To Watch In 2012 is fellow thespian Ruth Bradley, who has made quite the impression among fans of RTE hit series Love/Hate as Mary Tracey.
Another acting name to watch out for is Dominique McElligott. After cutting her teeth on shows like Raw and On Home Ground before scoring a part in monster hit The Guard, she has now set her sights Stateside after landing a part in a Western TV series called Hell On Wheels.
The Olympics will kick off in July in London, and one hot tip is swimmer Grainne Murphy.
The teenager from New Ross, Co Wexford, qualified after an amazing performance at the Dutch Open Championships and is being hailed as the biggest prospect in Irish swimming.
Read the full list of Our Ones To Watch In 2012 only in tomorrow's Dubliner magazine, free with the Evening Herald