Actresses dominate this year's list
The nominations for this year’s EE Bafta Rising Star Award have been announced and, unlike last year, they’re dominated by women.
Elizabeth Olsen, Andrea Riseborough, Juno Temple, Alicia Vikander and the only male nominee, Life Of Pi’s Suraj Sharma, were all chosen by the judging panel, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch.
After starring in not one but two standout Sundance Film Festival films in 2011, Elizabeth Olsen has recently completed production on Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake opposite Samuel L Jackson and Josh Brolin.
RADA-trained Andrea Riseborough has played everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Wallis Simpson and will soon be seen opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion, Jason Bateman in Disconnect and Alexander Skaarsgard in Hidden.
Juno Temple has starred in an impressive number for films since her breakthrough in 2006’s Notes On A Scandal, also starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, and she’ll next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie in the Sleeping Beauty adaptation, Maleficent.
Swedish-born Alicia Vikander burst onto the international screen in 2012 with two major roles in Anna Karenina and A Royal Affair. Her most recent film, The Seventh Son, sees her starring opposite Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges.
Suraj Sharma’s role in Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi last year propelled the 19-year-old into the limelight but he has no previous acting experience. Despite this, Ang Lee has said he was a “gift from God” and a “great actor in a past life”.
The only Bafta awarded solely by a public vote, the award aims to honour an actor who’s had a breakout year in 2012 with previous winners including James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy.
Voting ends on February 8 and you can vote for your favourite on the official EE Bafta website.