Why George Osborne loves Rita Ora and Game of Thrones

Department for Culture's 2015 highlights have been published, with the best British talent set to make billions worldwide

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Rita Ora, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, James Bond and Mark Ronson have all been tipped to boost the UK economy, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Creative industries bring £8.8billion an hour to Britain, says DCMS, and this is down to the success of big British creative institutions such as James Bond and the Olympic legacy.

Projected high-earners for 2015 include Ellie Goulding, Mark Ronson, Rita Ora and Game of Thrones, which is filmed in Northern Ireland.

The British film industry recorded big successes in the last year, including Sandra Bullock film Gravity, which  was edited in Britain.

Britain has become a haven for film-makers, thanks to the lucrative tax breaks for film companies, including Disney, who earned £170m last year in tax breaks for agreeing to make films in the UK.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "The UK's creative industries are recognised as world leaders around the globe and today's figures show that they continue to grow from strength to strength.

"They are one of our most powerful tools in driving growth, outperforming all other sectors of industry and their contribution to the UK economy is evident to all," he added.

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