Meet This Year’s BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominees

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by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Remember these faces: BAFTA has just announced the nominees for its Rising Star award ahead of next month's ceremony, recognising the work of some of the industry's most exciting new faces.

Tom Holland, who is set to don the famous red and blue suit for Spiderman: Homecoming this summer, and Ruth Negga, star of this year's Oscar hopeful Loving, both made the cut for the prestigious award, credited with launching the likes of James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Eva Green.

They're joined by Anya Taylor-Joy, breakout star of last year's Sundance hit The Witch, Spanish actress Laia Costa and Lucas Hedges, who has also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Manchester by the Sea.

The Rising Star award is the only EE BAFTA category which is put to the public vote, and will be announced at a ceremony on 12th February, held at the Royal Albert Hall. Last year, The Force Awakens star John Boyega beat the likes of Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson and Bel Powley to walk away with the blue mask trophy.

Here's your need-to-know on the nominees...

Ruth Negga

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Ruth Negga ©Getty Images

You might recognise Irish-Ethopian actress Ruth for her TV roles in Misfits, Agents of Shield and Preacher. Her most recent film, Loving, tells the real life story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple who helped over-turn the US anti-miscegenation laws that outlawed inter-racial marriage, and has been tipped for awards season success.

Lucas Hedges

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Lucas Hedges ©Getty Images

Lucas was scouted for a role in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom when the casting director spotted him in a school play. The 20-year-old has since worked with Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and his role as a troubled teenager in awards favourite Manchester By The Sea has already earned him a clutch of prestigious nominations.

Anya Taylor-Joy

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Anya Taylor-Joy ©Getty Images

20-year-old Anya's breakout role came in Sundance hit The Witch. Since then, she's played the title character in creepy sci-fi Morgan and appeared in Netflix's acclaimed Barack Obama biopic, Barry. Next up is a role opposite James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan's Split.

Tom Holland

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After starting out in the stage version of Billy Elliot, Tom's first major film role came in The Impossible, alongside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The part that will throw him into the major league, though, is that of a teenage Peter Parker: Tom will be stepping into the Spidey suit for Spiderman: Homecoming later this year, having already stolen the show with a cameo in Captain America: Civil War.

Laia Costa

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Laia Costa ©Getty Images

Spanish actress Laia Costa will probably be the least familiar face on the list, but has already notched up an impressive array of awards for her lead role in Victoria, a German crime drama that was shot in one continuous take.

The full list of BAFTA nominees will be announced on Tuesday 10th January, so watch this space. Find out how to vote for your favourite at

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