BAFTA nominees for EE Rising Star include Kingsley Ben-Adir and Bukky Bakray

BAFTA nominees for EE Rising Star include Kingsley Ben-Adir and Bukky Bakray

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The nominees for the EE Rising Star award for the British Academy Film Awards have been revealed.

Those nominated for the award were announced by 2014 nominee 1917 star George MacKay at a BAFTA event at the Savoy Hotel in London on Wednesday (March 3).

The nominees are Bukky Bakray, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Morfydd Clark, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, and Conrad Khan.

This year all nominees are noted to be British actors.

Bukky Bakray won plaudits for her lead performance in Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, which is now available on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Kingsley Ben-Adir has received acclaim for his turn as Civil Rights icon Malcolm X in Regina King’s One Night in Miami, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

Kingsley Ben-Adir is announced as one of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Awards
(Image: Tom Dymond/BAFTA)

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He has also had film roles including Vera, Peaky Blinders, Deep State, High Fidelity, and played President Barack Obama in The Comey Rule.

Elsewhere, Morfydd Clark is best known for her lead role in Rose Glass’ horror film Saint Maud, but has also appeared in the films The Personal History of David Copperfield and Eternal Beauty.

Bukky Bakray is announced as one of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Awards
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She also starred in BBC fantasy series His Dark Materials and will play Galadriel in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings television series.

Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù found acclaim for his turn in director Remi Weekes' horror film His House on Netflix last year.

He made his film debut in 2016 with the films, Sand Castle, Criminal, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Morfydd Clark in horror film Saint Maud
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Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Bol Majur in Netflix horror film His House
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He also had major roles in television series Gangs of London and The Halycon.

Finally, Conrad Khan played troubled teen Tyler in director Henry Blake's topical drama film County Lines.

He also appeared in the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

3rd March 2021, The Savoy, London: Conrad Khan is announced as one of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award ahead of the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards. Voting is now open, and you can cast your vote at ee.co.uk/BAFTA
(Image: Tom Dymond/BAFTA)

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The award is now in its sixteenth year and is the only award at the British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public.

The nominees appeared alongside broadcaster Edith Bowman for a virtual Q and A following the announcement.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA, said: "Recognising and supporting creatives is at the heart of everything we do at BAFTA and it is particularly exciting to see talent shortlisted today who have been previously supported by our BAFTA Breakthrough programme, part of our year-round work to showcase emerging and under-represented talent. "

She added:"We’re so delighted to be working with EE once-again to present this fantastic shortlist of performers and proud to see new British talent flourishing across the industry."

Public voting for the EE Rising Star Award is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA and the winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 11 April 2021.

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