Bafta Rising Star: Who will follow in the footsteps of Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Kristen Stewart?

Juno Temple and Andrea Riseborough will vie for the prize with Elizabeth Olsen, Alicia Vikander and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma


British actresses Juno Temple (pictured) and Andrea Riseborough have been nominated for The EE Rising Star award, alongside American Elizabeth Olsen and Swedish star Alicia Vikander. Suraj Sharma – star of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi – is the only male actor to be recognised in this year’s shortlist. 


The female-dominated list comes a year after an all-male shortlist in 2012. Last year’s nominees included Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O’Dowd, Chris Hemsworth and Adam Deacon, who walked away with the award. 

Sherlock lead Benedict Cumberbatch, film critic Mark Kermode, director Kevin Macdonald and Pippa Harris, the deputy chair of Bafta’s film committee, selected this year’s final five burgeoning talents from hundreds of submissions. 

Juno Temple, 23 – who starred in Atonement and The Dark Knight Rises, and has numerous projects in production – said: “I’m so honoured to be up there with this extraordinary young talent – people I’m inspired by and people whose films I go and see.”

Andrea Riseborough, 31 – who moviegoers might recognise from roles in Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock and W.E – called the nomination a “fantastic opportunity” saying, “To even be counted amongst this and the last seven years’ rising star nominees feels utterly phenomenal!”

Elizabeth Olsen recently starred in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts, while Alicia Vikander appeared alongside Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina. 

Life of Pi was 19-year-old Suraj Sharma’s first film. Having no previous acting experience, the newcomer was selected from 3,000 hopefuls to play the castaway in Ang Lee’s adaptation. 

The Rising Star category has run since 2006 and is the only Bafta voted for by the public. Previous winners include Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Twilight star Kristen Stewart. 


You can cast your vote here. The winner will be announced at the Bafta awards ceremony on 10 February.