BAFTA Rising Star Award: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Morfydd Clark Among All-Brit Nominees

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Bukky Bakray, Sope Dirisu and Conrad Khan are also nomination for the award, making it the first all-British lineup in its 16 year history.

The British Academy has revealed its 2021 crop of nominees for the Rising Star Award for up-and-coming talent, the only honor at the BAFTA film awards to be voted for by the public.

Announced a week before the full list of BAFTA nominees are unveiled, with an all-British lineup for the first time in the award's 16-year history, the rising star shortlist includes Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami, Love Life), Bukky Bakray (Rocks), Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Sope Dirisu (His House, Gangs of London) and Conrad Khan (County Lines).

Despite all enjoying breakout years, the nominees are already beginning to become accustomed to awards recognition. Ben-Adir was named breakthrough actor at the 2020 Gotham Awards and won the Robert Altman award at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards for his portrayal of Malcolm X in Regina King's One Night in Miami. Meanwhile, Bakray, Clark and Dirisu were among the nominees at the British Independent Film Awards, with Bakray nominated in both the best actress and most promising newcomer categories. Ben-Adir was also named on The Hollywood Reporter's most recent Next Gen list.

Previous rising star honor winners include the likes of Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Tom Holland, John Boyega and Tom Hardy. Last year's winner was Top Boy and Blue Story star Micheal Ward, most recently seen in Steve McQueen's hugely-acclaimed Small Axe film Lovers Rock. 

"Recognizing and supporting creatives is at the heart of everything we do at BAFTA and it is particularly exciting to see talent shortlisted today who have been previously supported by our BAFTA Breakthrough program, part of our year-round work to showcase emerging and under-represented talent," said Emma Baehr, BAFTA's executive director of awards and content.

The full BAFTA nominations will be announced March 9, with the BAFTA Awards ceremony — having been pushed back like many events due to the COVID-19 pandemic — currently due to take place on April 11.