LAST year’s Bafta’s EE Rising Star award might have been an all-male line-up but in 2013 the ladies have it; Elizabeth Olsen, Juno Temple, Andrea Riseborough and Alicia Vikander are all tipped for great things.
Life of Pi actor Suraj Sharma completes the list of future stars of cinema.
Elizabeth Olsen, 23, created a stir at Sundance in 2011 when she starred in acclaimed films Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
The sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley stars in the forthcoming Spike Lee remake of Korean film Oldboy with Samuel L Jackson and Josh Brolin.
She said: “Being considered for this award is a huge honour.
“So many actors whom I admire have been recognised in this category and I’m very thankful to Bafta and the jury for selecting me.”
British actress Juno, 23, who attended the nominations launch at Bafta headquarters in London, 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.”
She wowed audiences when she appeared in Notes On A Scandal (2006) with Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, Atonement (2007) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Andrea Riseborough, 31, has had roles in Shadow Dancer, Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock and Happy Go Lucky.
She recently finished filming with Tom Cruise in sci-fi thriller Oblivion, set for release in April.
She said: “Bafta nurtures new talent throughout the international film community so I am so very grateful to be given this fantastic opportunity.”
Swedish-born actress Alicia Vikander, 24, trained with the Royal Swedish Ballet for nine years before she made her big-screen debut in Pure by Lisa Langseth.
She has also had major roles opposite Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and period drama A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen.
Suraj Sharma, the only male on the shortlist, got his break when he was picked to star in Ang Lee’s adaptation of the novel Life of Pi.
The star, 19, had no prior acting experience and was living with his parents in the suburbs of South Delhi when he was selected from 3,000 hopefuls.
Previous winners read like a who’s who of films including James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Kristen Stewart.
Last year Kidulthood star Adam Deacon won the award.
The judging panel includes Pippa Harris, deputy chair of Bafta’s film committee, director Kevin Macdonald, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and film critic Mark Kermode.
The final winner is chosen by the public.
Voting closes on 8 February. Make your choice at ee.co.uk/bafta.
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