Five nominees announced by Edith Bowman and Tom Hiddleston at the Savoy Hotel, London

The Rising Star award is the only EE BAFTA that is voted for by the British public which perhaps makes it the most special. It is also celebrating it’s 15th birthday this year. The nominees are carefully selected by a group of industry jurors including well established actors and broadcasters. The fortunate few are chosen based on their acting performances on the big screen over the last past 12 months and their ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of the film industry as well as the audience.

Voting is open now and the winner will be announced at the star-studded event on Sunday February 2nd 2020.

So the nominees this year are as follows:

Nora Lum a.k.a AWKWAFINA made history this year at the Golden Globes for being the first Asian American woman to win the highly prestigious Best Actress award in any category. As well as her leading role in The Farewell, she has also shone through her supporting roles in Oceans 8, Crazy, Rich Asians and Jumanji: The Next Level. You can also catch her in an upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid and Breaking News In Yuba Country. 

Jack Lowden exploded onto the stage of The National Theatre with his performance in Scotland’s production of Black Watch to widespread acclaim in 2011. He has ridden this wave beautifully by taking dynamic and exciting roles in both film and theatre and is a notable young talent across both. He has also been revered for his spectacular acting in the mighty Dunkirk, Mary Queen of Scots, Fighting With My Family and Calibre. He already has a couple of awards on his mantlepiece including an Olivier Award, the highest honour in British Theatre, and a BAFTA Scotland so a third award would be quite the collection. His next roles will include a film with Tom Hardy (Dunkirk, Warrior, Legend) in Fonzo and he has also teamed up with John Boyego (Star Wars, Detroit) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Guava Island) in Small Axe, Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology. Ironically, both these actors are previous EE Rising Star winners so he is in very good company.

Kaitlyn Dever has been turning heads all over town from the Hollywood Critics Association to the Golden Globes 2020 where she was nominated for her role in Unbelievable. She has worked with several big names including Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy, Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner and John Boyega in Detroit. She is currently working on a series called Monsterland with Jonathan Tucker.

Kelvin Harrison Jr came to acting after studying jazz in New Orleans and has already stirred up an Oscar buzz with his performance in the upcoming drama, Waves. His title role opposite Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and Naomi Watts in Luce and the Oscar nominated Mudbound have also received critical acclaim. He has already been nominated for a Gotham Independent Film award for Breakthrough Actor so to be nominated for a BAFTA as well is an incredible achievement.

Michael Ward recently starred in the headline hitting Blue Story about two boys from different sides of the track and has been recognised as a breakthrough star in the Netflix series, Top Boy, produced by Drake. He also starred in BBC Thriller, The A List which was released Internationally on Netflix.

Edith Bowman, EE Rising Star Award juror and broadcaster, said: “Announcing this year’s nominees has been an honour and a very special experience, in my four years on the EE Rising Star jury panel, the talent never fails to inspire me. As this is the only award which is determined by the British public, it’s now up to film fans from across the country to vote for their favourite nominee, not an easy task. So, please make sure to check out each of the nominees’ films and make your vote count!”

You can vote for your favourite now over at

To mark the 15th anniversary of the ‘Rising Star’ award, EE offered press conference attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the last 14 awards ceremonies using Nreal Light mixed reality glasses which allow you to remain in the real world while layering virtual objects on top.

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