15 Breakout Stars of Summer 2012
Diego Boneta, Josh Henderson, Lucy Griffiths and more
Previously Seen: Though he's well-known in his native Britain as one of the stars of Channel 4 sitcom "The IT Crowd," his Stateside acting roles up to this point are virtually non-existent.
Expected Breakout Role: "The Watch", f.k.a. "Neighborhood Watch" (July 27)
Why: Though most American viewers wouldn't be able to pick Ayoade out of a lineup, independent-minded viewers may know the celebrated British comedian's work as the writer/director of critically-acclaimed coming-of-age film "Submarine," which was given a limited U.S. release by the Weinstein Co. last summer (he also helmed a Season 2 episode of "Community"). In any event, it appears the rising actor may be enjoying more time in front of the camera after his substantial comedic gifts are discovered by American audiences in July's "The Watch," in which he stars opposite Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.
- Chris Eggertsen