Jacob Elordi, known for his roles in Saltburn and Priscilla, Phoebe Dynevor from Fair Play and Bridgerton, and Ayo Edebiri from The Bear and Bottoms, have all been nominated for the prestigious Bafta rising star award, which recognizes emerging talent in the entertainment industry.
Bafta has announced that Mia McKenna-Bruce from How to Have Sex and Sophie Wilde from Talk to Me have been chosen as finalists, along with three other actors who have garnered attention from both audiences and the film industry in the last year.
Elordi – one of the biggest stars of Gen Z, who rose to prominence with his role in HBO’s Euphoria – can be seen in two awards season contenders currently streaming and in cinemas. He stars as Felix in Emerald Fennell’s hit psychological comedy-thriller Saltburn, and as Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla.
Some of his upcoming works include The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a limited series set in Australia during World War II based on Richard Flanagan’s award-winning novel, and Oh Canada, where he shares the screen with Uma Thurman and Richard Gere.
Dyenvor is best known for playing Daphne in Bridgerton, the popular show created by Shonda Rhimes. She most recently appeared in Fair Play, a financial thriller directed by Chloe Domont, where she portrays one half of a couple whose relationship is tested when a promotion at a competitive hedge fund complicates things. She is also cast in the upcoming thriller Anniversary, alongside Diane Lane and Zoey Deutch.
Edebiri, a multi-talented performer and artist, received a prestigious Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Sydney in the popular television series The Bear. Additionally, she has been recognized with an Emmy nomination. She recently appeared in the satirical comedy Bottoms, playing a high school senior who, along with her friend, creates a fight club in order to pursue cheerleaders romantically.
Molly Manning Walker’s film, “How to Have Sex,” featuring McKenna-Bruce’s standout lead performance, received praise. The movie follows three teenage girls from Britain as they travel to Malia. Additionally, McKenna-Bruce portrayed Mary Musgrove, the younger sister of Anne Elliot, played by Dakota Johnson, in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”
In her latest role, Wilde starred as the main character in Talk to Me, which was praised by reviewers as one of the most frightening horror films in recent memory. The movie was a huge success for A24, earning high profits in 2023. Next up, Wilde will be seen in Baby Girl, where she will act alongside Nicole Kidman and Harris Dickinson.
The candidates were revealed at a media briefing held at the Savoy Hotel in London, led by performer and filmmaker Stephen Graham and movie evaluator and radio presenter Ali Plumb. They were chosen by a group of professionals in the field, which comprised of actors Daisy Edgar-Jones, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, and Himesh Patel.
CEO of Bafta, Jane Millichip, stated that the recipients of the EE Rising Star award exemplify the values of the organization and represent the future of the film industry. They demonstrate innovation, passion, and a strong commitment to storytelling that captivates audiences globally.
The British public is the sole decider of the EE Rising Star award. Cast your vote at ee.co.uk/BAFTA before noon on February 16th.
In February, the winner will be revealed at the awards show on February 18th. Past recipients have included James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, and Tom Holland.