BAFTA Rising Star Award

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Rising Star Award
Lashana Lynch interview 2019.jpg
2021 Recipient: Lashana Lynch
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byLashana Lynch (2021)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Rising Star Award, currently styled as the EE Rising Star Award for commercial reasons and previously known as the Orange Rising Star Award, is an award that acknowledges new talents in the acting industry. The award was created after Mary Selway's death in 2004. She has been recognised for her successful role as a casting director and has helped many new actors and actresses to their claim to fame. The five nominees are chosen regardless of gender, nationality and whether they have made a breakthrough in television, film or both. Despite the nominees being chosen by the BAFTA juries, the winner is chosen entirely by public votes via text, internet or phone. This award was sponsored by Orange UK until 2012. From 2013, it was sponsored by EE. The first winner was James McAvoy in 2006. As of 2021, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart have been the only non-British winners.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Scottish actor James McAvoy was the inaugural recipient.
French actress Eva Green was the first female winner.
American actress Kristen Stewart was the youngest recipient, having won the award at age 19.
British actor Daniel Kaluuya was the first Rising Star Award recipient to also win in a major acting category (Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah).


Year Winner Nominated
James McAvoy Chiwetel Ejiofor
Gael García Bernal
Rachel McAdams
Michelle Williams
Eva Green Emily Blunt
Naomie Harris
Cillian Murphy
Ben Whishaw
Shia LaBeouf Sienna Miller
Elliot Page[a]
Sam Riley
Tang Wei
Noel Clarke Michael Cera
Michael Fassbender
Rebecca Hall
Toby Kebbell
Kristen Stewart Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim


Year Winner Nominated
Tom Hardy Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Emma Stone
Adam Deacon Chris Hemsworth
Tom Hiddleston
Chris O'Dowd
Eddie Redmayne
Juno Temple Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Alicia Vikander
Will Poulter Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong'o
Léa Seydoux
Jack O'Connell Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley
John Boyega Taron Egerton
Dakota Johnson
Brie Larson
Bel Powley
Tom Holland Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Ruth Negga
Anya Taylor-Joy
Daniel Kaluuya Florence Pugh
Josh O'Connor
Tessa Thompson
Timothée Chalamet
Letitia Wright Jessie Buckley
Cynthia Erivo
Barry Keoghan
Lakeith Stanfield
Micheal Ward Awkwafina
Jack Lowden
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.


Year Winner Nominated
Bukky Bakray Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Sope Dirisu
Conrad Khan
Lashana Lynch Ariana DeBose
Harris Dickinson
Millicent Simmonds
Kodi Smit-McPhee


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