Who are this year’s BAFTA Rising Star nominees? 

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Following in the footsteps of A-listers like Tom Hardy and Kristen Stewart, the BAFTA Rising Star nominees are definitely a bunch worth keeping your eye on. Last year’s award was won by Star Wars: Episode VII’s John Boyega and this year’s list looks just as exciting. Here’s your cheatsheet to the five actors in the mix…

BAFTA Rising Star Nominees

Laia Costa

The Spanish star of indie German bank heist film Victoria, which was taken in one continuous uninterrupted take, first came to everyone’s attention in this role. The actress, 31, has said she feels ‘honoured to be considered in this company.’

Tom Holland

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The 20-year-old actor was first critically recognised for his role as Naomi Watts’ son in natural disaster drama, The Impossible. And, last year saw him announced as the latest actor to play the role of Spider-Man. The first film in the series Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released later this year.

Ruth Negga

The 34-year-old, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Ireland, has already been tipped as an Oscar hopeful, thanks to her role in Loving – where she plays a woman facing prison time for disobeying 1950s America’s interracial marriage laws. She told press that it was ‘so surreal to be recognised for doing something I love’.

Lucas Hedges

This 20-year-old American newcomer is another one with a possibility of winning an Oscar for his character, who loses his father, in Manchester by the Sea. ‘I’ve always been enamoured with English culture and have dreamed of living in England, so this nomination is particularly meaningful for me,’ he said.

Anya Taylor-Joy

Miami-born model and actress, 20, received loads of hype last year with horror film The Witch and she’s due to next be seen in The Sixth Sense director’s latest film Split so expect to see a lot more of her on your screens.  

The 2017 Bafta Film Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12 February. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA

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