Who is on Forbes 30 under 30 list? Some of the names will surprise you

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What do Star Wars: The Force Awakens actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have in common with Adele, Andy Murray and Ed Sheeran? The two newcomers are included in the entertainment section of the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Europe – modelled on the already established US version. Their debut blockbuster has become the sixth highest grossing movie of all time.

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Adele's soaring vocals and best-selling record dominated 2015

Forbes published their new list this week after the publication's panel of experts "scoured the Continent" for the finest candidates in TV, film, music and sport.

That the odds of making it in the film industry were miniscule didn't deter John, 23, who said: "When I found out about the reality of the acting industry, which is [that] 0.1% of the industry is working, I was just like, 'You know what? I'm gonna go for it anyway'."

Unsurprisingly given the performance of her comeback album Adele, reportedly worth £50m, was an automatic inclusion. The songbird finished the year on a high when 25 became the best-selling album of 2015 and her single Hello broke records as the most viewed video on Vevo.

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John Boyega is included after his performance in the Star Wars revival

The 27-year-old singer also has four BRIT nominations and broke the internet with her karaoke session with James Corden, covering the Spice Girls and admitting to being a Geri Halliwell fan.

With the second highest selling album of the year X, Adele's pal Ed Sheeran, 24, was another certainty. As was £35m golden girl Emma Watson, who has made a name for herself as an equalities campaigner in the role of UN Goodwill amabassador.

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FKA Twigs earned a place on the back of her album M3LL155X

Meanwhile, FKA Twigs who celebrated her 28th birthday on 16 January with fiancé Robert Pattinson, earned a place on the back of her album M3LL155X and her trendsetting style.

From the world of sport Andy Murray, England's triumphant Davis Cup winner, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Sebastian Vettel were also represented.

Forbes 30 under 30 list

John Boyega – Actor – UK

Emilia Clarke – Actress – UK

Novak Djokovic – Tennis player – Serbia

Jessica Ennis-Hill – Athlete – UK

Adele Exarchopoulos – Actress – France

Sebastian Giovinco – Football player – Italy

Evgeni Malkin – Hockey player – Russia

Rory McIlroy – Golfer – Ireland

Garbine Muguruza – Tennis player – Spain

Thomas Muller – Football player – Germany

Andy Murray – Tennis player – UK

Jonas Nay - Actor – Germany

Yannis Philippakis – Musician – Greece

Daisy Ridley – Actress – UK

Saoirse Ronan – Actress – Ireland

Maria Sharapova – Tennis player – Russia

Ed Sheeran – Musician – UK

Sam Smith – Musician – UK

FKA twigs – Musician – UK

Sebastian Vettel – F1 driver – Germany

Alicia Vikander – Actress – Sweden

Emma Watson – Actress – UK

Florence Welch – Musician – UK

Little Simz – Musician – UK

Adele – Musician – UK

Afrojack – DJ – Netherlands

Avicii – DJ – Sweden

DJ Snake – DJ – France

Hozier – Musician – Ireland

PewDiePie – YouTube star – Sweden

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