We run down the nominees for the BAFTA Rising Star Award

With the EE British Academy Film Awards happening on Sunday, Hollywood will turn its focus across the pond to see who the Brits think have been the standout films and performances of the past year.

One of the most exciting categories, not least because it is the only award voted for by the public, is the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award, which champions the most exciting upcoming talent working in the industry today.

Previous winners have gone on to forge highly-successful careers, and the illustrious list includes Daniel Kaluuya (2018), Tom Holland (2017), John Boyega (2016), Tom Hardy (2011), Eva Green (2007) and James McAvoy (the inaugural winner in 2006).

Here are the nominees for the 2019 Rising Star Award - make sure you vote for your pick.

Jessie Buckley

The Irish singer/actress first appeared on the BBC's Oliver Twist-based talent show I'd Do Anything, where she finished runner-up and went on to appear on stage as well as on screen for BBC dramas War and Peace, Taboo, The Last Post and The Woman in White.

Buckley made her feature-length debut in 2017's Beast, in which she played the lead, a woman living in an isolated community who is drawn to a mysterious and dangerous outsider.

This year, Buckley will play an aspiring Nashville star from Glasgow in Wild Rose, and team up with Benedict Cumberbatch in Cuban Missile Crisis drama Ironbark, before she pops up in the Robert Downey Jr-fronted The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle in 2020.


Cynthia Erivo

Already a Tony and Grammy winner for her performance for her role in the Broadway production of The Color Purple, South London-born Cynthia Erivo has already forged a very impressive and celebrated career onstage.

In 2018, Erivo broke onto the big screen with her role in the ensemble Bad Times at the El Royale, a film which unfortunately went under the radar of many cinemagoers, as well as teaming up with Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's Widows.

With the future roles coming thick and fast, including playing Harriet Tubman in the biopic of the slave who in turned saved hundreds of black slaves in the 1840s, joining up with Tom Holland in the YA adaptation Chaos Walking and more, the future is looking bright for the girl from Stockwell.

Vote for the BAFTA Rising Star 2019 award here

Barry Keoghan

Dublin-born Barry Keoghan has been acting since 2011, when he appeared in Irish film Between the Canals, and has worked continuously since then in many Irish films before he landed his breakout performance in 2017 with Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Since then, he has appeared in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and underrated heist drama American Animals, and returned to his Irish acting roots, appearing in the famine drama Black 47.

Earning an Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Keoghan can expect many more awards heading his way soon.




Lakeith Stanfield

The only non-Brit on the list, Lakeith Stanfield has more than earned his place among his fellow rising stars on the illustrious list.

Appearing in films Short Term 12, Selma, Dope and as Snoop Dogg in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, it was his role as Darius in Donald Glover's offbeat TV comedy Atlanta the really brought him to the attention of the mainstream public.

After the success of Atlanta's first season, Stanfield landed roles in Get Out, The Girl in the Spider's Web and played the lead in Boots Riley's surreal dark comedy Sorry to Bother You, and with many dubbing him the coolest actor of the moment, things are only going to get bigger and better for Stanfield.


Letitia Wright

Originally born in Guyana, Letitia Wright moved to Tottenham, North London when she was seven, she started her acting career in 2011 with appearances in TV dramas Holby City, Top Boy and on the big screen in London crime drama Victim.

Steadily working over the next few years, Wright appeared in TV series Humans, and also starred in the Black Museum episode of Black Mirror which saw her nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Since then, her career has skyrocketed thanks to her role as Shuri, T'Challa's technologically-gifted younger sister in Marvel's Black Panther, and she reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War - appearing in two of the biggest and highest-grossing films of 2018 isn't bad for a 25-year-old Tottenham girl.



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