Winning the EE Rising Star BAFTA nominee has pretty much become confirmation of securing a glittering Hollywood career with names such as Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Eva Green and John Boyega all winning the award in the past. Each year InStyle celebrates the big event with a pre-BAFTA party think Damian Lewis getting cosy at the bar, Henry Holland hogging the photo-booth and Maisie Williams on the dance floor and you get the vibe. As THE most fun party on the BAFTA calendar we certainly can’t wait. But lets find out who’s in the running first. Get ready to name drop, here are the 2017 nominees. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite here. The winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12 February 2017.
We called this model turned actor one-to-watch months ago, hashtag just saying! Ever since her on-screen debut in The Witch at Sundance, Taylor-Joy has gone on to bag a stack of big movies. First up there was Morgan, a sci-fi thriller and the directorial debut from Ridley Scott’s son Luke; then the psychological thriller-horror movies Split and Thoroughbred, and she’s also landed a role alongside Mia Goth in another watch-through-your-fingers movie, Marrowbone. Click here to read our full interview with Anya
Making his on stage debut as Billy Elliot, Tom recieved rave reviews. But it was on-screen debut starring alongside Ewan McGregor in The Impossible that really gave him his big break. He’s most recently appeared in Captain America: Civil War alongside Robert Downey Jr and next up stars in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be Ruth Negga’s year. The Ethiopian born, Irish raised actress has already been nominated for a Golden globe and is hotly tipped for an Oscar for her role in Loving, a film that explores the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who took their fight for the right to marry to the Supreme Court in 1967. Negga who made her on-screen debut in the Irish film Capital Letters has also appeared in 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Misfits and Preacher.
This Spanish actress got her first big break in the critically-acclaimed Victoria. The film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take has already earned Laia two film awards and serveral nominations.
First spotted by Wes Anderson at his school play (casual!), Hedges went on to make his on-screen debut in Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and has also starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Next up he appears alongside Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea.