BAFTA has just announced the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award ahead of this year’s BAFTA Film Awards ceremony.
The EE Rising Star Award, previously known as Orange Rising Star Award, is an award that acknowledges new talents in the acting industry. The awards was created in 2004 in honour of Mary Selway after her death,
Ms. Selway was known for successful role as a casting director and helped many new actors to on their claim to fame. Every year, five nominees are chosen regardless of gender, nationality and whether they have made a breakthrough in television, film or both.
This year’s nominees were announced by 2014 Rising Star nominee George MacKay (1917) and Edith Bowman on Wednesday, March 3, with all the nominees participating in a panel discussion and talking about their latest acting roles.
According to the announcement, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Morfydd Clark are nominated alongside Bukky Bakaray, Conrad Khan and Ṣọpé Dìrísù.
Ben-Adir is famous for playing Black leader Malcom X in One Night in Miami, which is based on the play by Kemp Powers directed by Regina King. Meanwhile, Bukky Bakray played the lead as a schoolgirl in Sarah Gavron‘s drama Rocks and Morfydd Clark played a pious nurse in Rose Glass‘ horror Saint Maud.
Ṣọpé Dìrísù was an emigrant house hunter in Remi Weeks‘s His House, while also starring in Gangs Of London. Conrad Khan, the youngest nominee who is 21, played a 14-year-old who is groomed into a criminal network in Country Lines.
The jury for the Awards was chaired by BAFTA chair and television producer Krishnendu Majumdar, director and producer Anand Tucker, actors Naomi Ackie, Jo Hartley and Alicia Vikander, creative director Gaylene Gould, directors Leo Davis, Nina Gold, Lucy Bevan and many other leading specialists in the film industry.
The public voting for the EE Rising Star Award is also now open here. Go vote and may be you will make the difference! The EE BAFTA Film Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, April 11 on BBC one.