For once, it's true. Carey Mulligan is the brightest acting talent to emerge in years.
Last night I finally got to see Lone Scherfig's adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir An Education which had been the Sundance success story this year and everything that's been said and written about this young actress is justified. She's an exceptional talent and her finely nuanced performance as the 16-year-old Twickenham schoolgirl wooed by Peter Sarsgaard's older man looks odds-on to scoop her an armful of gongs come awards' season. The film, too, is quite superb, with a sensitive (and often very funny) script by Nick Hornby and a great comic turn from Alfred Molina as Mulligan's father.
I first noticed this captivating young actress as Keira Knightley's younger sister in Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice and then as Sally Sparrow in the brilliant Dr Who episode Blink. She had a blink and you'd miss her part opposite Johnny Depp in Public Enemies, stars with Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon in The Greatest and Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's Brothers, and plays the lead role of Kathy opposite Knightley's Ruth and Andrew Garfield's Tommy in the eagerly anticipated Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go.