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Multi-talented Olly Alexander seems to be in a race against himself, as his music and acting careers both progress at breakneck speed. You might know Olly as Jakob (Cassie’s stalker) from Skins, and he’s the lead in the new Belle and Sebastian musical film God Help The Girl. However, he’s also fronted indie-pop trio Years and Years since 2010. They achieved acclaim and a growing fanbase for early tracks such as I Wish I Knew, but cool, catchy and confident new single Real (released via Kitsuné, with Olly’s theatre co-star Ben Whishaw in the video) should be their breakthrough. Olly’s acting talents make him a captivating frontman and the band a unique, exciting prospect. He also has an Erik Hassle vibe, with the vocals and the hair!