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BAFTA Rising Star Award

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Rising Star Award
2023 Recipient: Mia McKenna-Bruce
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byMia McKenna-Bruce (2023)

The EE 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 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 and has been sponsored by EE since 2013.


The award was created after Mary Selway died 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 first winner was James McAvoy in 2006. Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Kristen Stewart have been the only non-British winners. The current holder of the award is Mia McKenna-Bruce, who won in 2023.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a gold background are the winners and recipients respectively; those not in bold are the nominees. The years given are those in which the films under consideration were released, not the year of the ceremony, which always takes place the following year.

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner
Scottish actor James McAvoy was the first winner of this category.
French actress Eva Green was the first female winner.
American actress Kristen Stewart won in 2009.
English actor Tom Hardy won in 2010.
English actress Juno Temple won in 2012.
English actor John Boyega won in 2015.
English actor Tom Holland won in 2016.
British actor Daniel Kaluuya was the first recipient to win both the Rising Star Award and the major acting category (Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Judas and the Black Messiah).
Guyanese-English actress Letitia Wright won in 2018.
British actress Bukky Bakray is the youngest Rising Star Award recipient, at age 18.


Year Recipient
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 Recipient
Tom Hardy
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Aaron 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
Timothée Chalamet
Josh O'Connor
Florence Pugh
Tessa Thompson
Letitia Wright
Jessie Buckley
Cynthia Erivo
Barry Keoghan
Lakeith Stanfield
Micheal Ward
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Jack Lowden


Year Recipient
Bukky Bakray
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù
Conrad Khan
Lashana Lynch
Ariana DeBose
Harris Dickinson
Millicent Simmonds
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Emma Mackey
Naomi Ackie
Sheila Atim
Daryl McCormack
Aimee Lou Wood
Mia McKenna-Bruce
Phoebe Dynevor
Ayo Edebiri
Jacob Elordi
Sophie Wilde


  1. ^ Credited as Ellen Page; He earned the nomination before his gender transition in 2020.


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