BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

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British Academy Film Award
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded 1952 (presented 1953)
Last awarded 1984 (presented 1985)
Official website http://www.bafta.org/

The British Academy Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles is a discontinued award that was presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts until 1984.

The category had several name changes:

  • 1952-1959: Most Promising Newcomer to Film[1]
  • 1960-1979: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles[2]
  • 1980-1982: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles[3]
  • 1983-1984: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film[4]

Note: The BAFTA site differs on what the category title is for the 1980s, with the actors own pages on the site using the titles given above, while other pages use Most Promising Newcomer to Film.[5]

A similar award honouring new acting talent was introduced in 2006, the Orange Rising Star Award. While the nominees are chosen by the BAFTA juries, the Rising Star winner is decided by the public.

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1952
6th
Claire Bloom Limelight Terry
Dorothy Alison Mandy Miss Stockston
Mandy Miller Mandy Mandy Garland
Dorothy Tutin The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew
1953
7th
Norman Wisdom Trouble in Store Norman
Colette Marchand Moulin Rouge Marie Charlet
1954
8th
David Kossoff The Young Lovers Geza Szobek
Maggie McNamara The Moon is Blue Patty O'Neill
Eva Marie Saint On the Waterfront Edie Doyle
1955
9th
Paul Scofield That Lady King Phillip II of Spain
Jo Van Fleet East of Eden Kate
1956
10th
Eli Wallach Baby Doll Silva Vaccara
Stephen Boyd The Man Who Never Was Patrick O'Reilly
Don Murray Bus Stop Beauregard "Bo" Decker
Susan Strasberg Picnic Millie Owens
Elizabeth Wilson Patterns of Power Marge Fleming
1957
11th
Eric Barker Brothers in Law Alec Blair
Mylène Demongeot The Witches of Salem Abigail Williams
Elvi Hale True as a Turtle Ann
James McArthur The Young Stranger Harold "Hal" Ditmar
Keith Michell True as a Turtle Harry Bell
1958
12th
Paul Massie Orders to Kill Gene Summers
Red Buttons Sayonara Joe Kelly
Teresa Izewska Canal Stokrotka
Mary Peach Room at the Top June Samson
Maggie Smith Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard
Gwen Verdon What Lola Wants Lola
Ronald Radd The Camp on Blood Island Commander Yamamitsu
1959
13th
Hayley Mills Tiger Bay Gillie Evans
Gerry Duggan The Siege of Pinchgut Pat Fulton
Liz Fraser I'm All Right Jack Cynthia Kite
Joseph N. Welch Anatomy of a Murder Judge Weaver

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1960
14th
Albert Finney Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Arthur Seaton
Lelia Goldoni Shadows Lelia
Jean-Pierre Léaud The 400 Blows Antoine Doinel
George Peppard Home from the Hill Raphael "Rafe" Copley
Joan Plowright The Entertainer Jean Rice
Anthony Ray Shadows Tony
Billie Whitelaw Hell is a City Chloe Hawkins
1961
15th
Rita Tushingham A Taste of Honey Josephine "Jo"
Tony Hancock The Rebel Anthony Hancock
Murray Melvin A Taste of Honey Geoffrey Ingham
1962
16th
Tom Courtenay The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Colin Smith
Mariette Hartley Guns in the Afternoon Elsa Knudsen
Ian Hendry Live Now, Pay Later Albert
Sarah Miles Term of Trial Shirley Taylor
Terence Stamp Billy Budd Billy Budd
1963
17th
James Fox The Servant Tony
Wendy Craig The Servant Susan
Keir Dullea David and Lisa David Clemens
Janet Margolin David and Lisa Lisa Brandt
1964
18th
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins Mary Poppins
Elizabeth Ashley The Carpetbaggers Monica Winthrop
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night The Beatles
Lynn Redgrave Girl with Green Eyes Baba Brennan
1965
19th
Judi Dench Four in the Morning Wife
Michael Crawford The Knack...and How to Get It Colin
Barbara Ferris Catch Us If You Can Dinah
Tom Nardini Cat Ballou Jackson Two-Bears
1966
20th
Vivien Merchant Alfie Lily
Alan Arkin The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Lt. Yuri Rozanov
Frank Finlay Othello Iago
Jeremy Kemp The Blue Max Lt. Willi von Klugermann
1967
21st
Faye Dunaway Bonnnie and Clyde & Hurry Sundown Bonnie Parker / Lou McDowell
Peter Kastner You're A Big Boy Now Bernard Chanticleer
Michael J. Pollard Bonnie and Clyde C.W Moss
Milo O'Shea Ulysses Leopold Bloom
1968
22nd
Dustin Hoffman The Graduate Benjamin Braddock
Pia Degermark Elvira Madigan Hedvig Jensen "Elvira Madigan"
Katharine Ross The Graduate Elaine Robinson
Jack Wild Oliver! The Artful Dodger
1969
23rd
Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy Joe Buck
Kim Darby True Grit Mattie Ross
Jennie Linden Women in Love Ursula Brangwen
Ali MacGraw Goodbye, Columbus Brenda Patimkin

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1970
24th
David Bradley Kes David Syverton
Liza Minnelli Pookie Mary Ann "Pookie" Adams
Michael Sarrazin They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Robert Syverton
Sally Thomsett The Railway Children Phyllis Waterbury
1971
25th
Dominic Guard The Go-Between Leo Colston
Gary Grimes Summer of '42 Hermie
Carrie Snodgress Diary of a Mad Housewife Tina Balser
Janet Suzman Nicholas and Alexandra Alexandra
1972
26th
Joel Gray Cabaret Emcee
Bud Cort Harold and Maude Harold Parker Chason
Al Pacino The Godfather Michael Corleone
Simon Ward Young Winston Winston Churchill
1973
27th
Peter Egan The Hireling Captain Hugh Cantrip
Jim Dale Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall Terence "Spike" Milligan
David Essex That'll Be the Day Jim MacLain
Kris Kristofferson Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Billy the Kid
1974
28th
Georgina Hale Mahler Alma Werfel
Cleavon Little Blazing Saddles Sheriff Bart
Sissy Spacek Badlands Holly Sargis
1975
29th
Valerie Perrine Lenny Honey Bruce
Robert De Niro The Godfather Part II Vito Corleone
Alfred Lutter Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Tommy
Lily Tomlin Nashville Linnea Reese
1976
30th
Jodie Foster Bugsy Malone / Taxi Driver Tallulah / Iris Steensma
No other Nominees
1977
31st
Isabelle Huppert The Lacemaker Pomme
Olimpia Carlisi The Middle of the World Adriana
Jeannette Clift The Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom
Saverio Marconi Padre Padrone Gavino
1978
32nd
Christopher Reeve Superman Clark Kent / Superman
Brad Davis Midnight Express Billy Hayes
Mary Beth Hurt Interiors Joey
Melanie Mayron Girlfriends Susan Weinblatt
1979
33rd
Dennis Christopher Breaking Away Dave Stoller
Gary Busey The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly
Ray Winstone That Summer! Steve Brody
Sigourney Weaver Alien Ellen Ripley

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1980
34th
Judy Davis My Brilliant Career[6] Sybylla Melvyn
Sonia Braga Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Flor
John Gordon Sinclair Gregory's Girl Gregory Underwood
Debra Winger Urban Cowboy Sissy Davis
1981
35th
Joe Pesci Raging Bull Joey LaMotta
Klaus Maria Brandauer Mephisto Hendrik Hoefgen
Timothy Hutton Ordinary People Conrad Jarrett
Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull Vicki Thailer
1982
36th
Ben Kingsley Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
Drew Barrymore E.T. the Extra Terrestrial Gertie
Henry Thomas E.T. the Extra Terrestrial Elliott
Kathleen Turner Body Heat Matty Walker
1983
37th
Phyllis Logan Another Time, Another Place Janie
Kevin Kline Sophie's Choice Nathan Landau
Greta Scacchi Heat and Dust Olivia Rivers
Julie Walters Educating Rita Susan "Rita" White
1984
38th
Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields Pran
Rupert Everett Another Country Guy Bennett
John Lynch Cal Cal
Tim Roth The Hit[7] Myron

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