Bukky Bakray And Morfydd Clark Among Nominees For BAFTA’s EE Rising Star Award

It's the only BAFTA where you have a say in choosing the winner...

Bukky Bakray

by Guy Pewsey |

It’s been a strange year to be a breakout film star. Imagine signing up to a film, giving an incredible performance, and then discovering that you can’t celebrate your achievement with red carpets and champagne at award ceremonies. But with the world set to return to normal, there is cause for celebration after all: BAFTA has announced the nominations for its EE Rising Star Award. And all five would be worthy winners.

The line-up boasts five talents, all of whom are British. They are Bukky Bakray of Rocks, Conrad Khan of County Lines, Kingsley Ben-Adir of Regina King’s award-winning One Night In Miami, Saint Maud’s Morfydd Clark and His House’s Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. All five participated in a panel discussion this morning, hosted by 1917 actor George MacKay.

‘I honestly feel so blessed to be recognised so early on in my career’, said Bukky, whose performance in Rocks – her film debut - was critically acclaimed. ‘I still can’t believe this, I’m not sure I ever will either. All the warmth and love from BAFTA and EE is beautiful and I’m grateful. Thank you.’

‘I’m delighted and disbelieving that I have been nominated for such a prestigious award by BAFTA and the EE Rising Star jury,’ added Morfydd, whose film Saint Maud has been a horror highlight of the last year. ‘Thank you to all who compiled the list of nominees. I am honoured to be recognised amongst this group of talented, British actors. It has been a difficult year for many people and I hope the next few months will bring hope and a brighter future for the arts.’

These five nominees were chosen by a group of jurors from the cultural sphere – Naomi Ackie and Alicia Vikander among them – but the winner will be selected by public vote. It’s the only BAFTA to be chosen in this way.

The nominations were announced at a virtual event in London by Edith Bowman and BAFTA Chief executive Amanda Berry, held at The Savoy Hotel. The ceremony itself will be broadcast on Sunday, the 11th of April.

What are you waiting for? Get voting here. And revisit last year's amazing ceremony via our online gallery:


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