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The British Independent Film Awards (or BIFAs, if you're in a hurry) has a fairly solid track record when it comes to picking out the films likely to be sweeping up awards season statuettes, something which should bode well for Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped The Favourite, which leads the pack of nominations this year.
But the awards have proved even better at picking out the emerging talent set to become major international stars, with previous nominees in its "most promising newcomer" category having included the likes of John Boyega, Dev Patel, Jodie Whittaker, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Cara Delevingne. In 2017, Lady Macbeth star Naomi Ackie won the honor, just months before she was cast in Star Wars Episode 9, while nominee Lily Newmark has spent the past year appearing in films such as Juliet, Naked alongside Ethan Hawke and the major upcoming TV series Les Miserables (and had a minor role in Solo: A Star Wars Story).
Ahead of Sunday's 2018 BIFAs ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter profiles the nominees vying for this year's most promising newcomer award; a diverse, five-strong list of rising stars whose debut film lead has marked them out for potential global greatness.
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