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7 International Superstars You Should Know About

Comin' From Afar, Reachin' For The Stars

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1. VERONICA FERRES

Referred to as the "Angelina Jolie of Germany," Veronica Ferres is one of the most famous actresses in Germany, having acted in over 20 movies and dozens of television shows. Her big break came when she stared in the hit comedy THE SUPER WIFE followed by starring roles in the Oscar nominated film SCHTONK! and SAVIOURS IN THE NIGHT, making her a household name. Ferres also works hard to make the world a better place and is involved with several charities, including HOPE Cape Town, which provides medical care to HIV-positive and tuberculosis-ill people in South Africa. Most recently she can be seen in THE COMEDIAN with Robert De Niro and the Werner Herzog film SALT AND FIRE with Michael Shannon.

2. RIZ AHMED

Having starring in several independent films, British actor Riz Ahmed was on his way to becoming a huge star before his breakout roles in the thriller NIGHTCRAWLER with Jake Gyllenhaal. Since then he has been seen in Hollywood blockbusters such as JASON BOURNE and STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE as well as the hit television shows "The Night Of," which earned him Golden Globe and SAG Nominations, and Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls". That rapping you heard from him in "Girls" by the way...that was real! He is also a critically acclaimed rapper. Check out his rap skillz on the Hamilton Mixtape.

3. REBECCA FERGUSON

Rebecca Ferguson is a Swedish actress who has been working since the age of 13 appearing in magazines and commercials. She was also cast in several Swedish soap operas and films until her breakout role in "The White Queen" in 2012, earning her a Golden Globe nomination. In 2015 Ferguson played the lead role in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION alongside Tom Cruise. Last year Rebecca Ferguson was seen in the hit film THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starring Emily Blunt. Currently she can be seen in the Sci-fi / Thriller LIFE opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal.

4. TOM HOPPER

Tom Hopper has been making his rounds in the acting world having appeared in cult favorite television shows "Dr. Who," "Merlin," and the Starz series "Black Sails." The British actor also does way more than just television. He has been seen in several plays and stared in the action and adventure film NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA and KILL RATIO last December. Catch him now in season 7 of "Game of Thrones"

5. PRIYANKA CHOPRA

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Originally interested in pursuing aeronautical engineering in India, Priyanka Chopra made her acting debut in the Bollywood film THE HERO. She quickly established herself as a leading actress in Indian Cinema and in 2015 became the first South Asian to head an American network series by accepting the role of Alex Parrish in the ABC series "Quantico," currently in its second season. In addition to her successful career, Chopra has been working for the past 10 years as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Is there nothing she can't do? Grab your sunscreen and see her this summer in the film reboot of BAYWATCH with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

6. SURAJ SHARMA

The son of a software engineer and economist, Suraj Sharma made his acting debut in the Academy Award-winning film LIFE OF PI in 2012. In 2014, he starred opposite Jon Hamm in the sports biopic THE MILLION DOLLAR arm, based on the true story of 2 Indian baseball pitchers who were discovered by winning a reality show competition. The same year he also appeared in season 4 of the hit series "Homeland." Since then, Sharma has enrolled in a Mass Communications program at NYU but plans to return to filmmaking in the future.

7. CARICE VAN HOUTEN

Carice van Houten, one of Europe's most celebrated actresses, got her first big break when she was cast as the lead role in Martin Koolhoven's SUZY Q in 1999. In 2008 the Dutch actress appeared in her first English-language role in the film DOROTHY MILLS quickly followed by VALKYRIE opposite Tom Cruise. In 2011 she was approached and refused a role in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" due to scheduling conflicts but ultimately accepted a role in the hit show in its second season. She has since come full circle reuniting with Martin Koolhoven for the recently released thriller BRIMSTONE.

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