Emma Mackey and Naomi Ackie lead the stars shortlisted for BAFTA’s 2023 EE Rising Star Award

Sex Education’s Emma Mackey and Whitney Houston biopic star Naomi Ackie lead the stars shortlisted for BAFTA’s 2023 EE Rising Star Award

The five nominees for this year’s prestigious BAFTA EE Rising Star Award were announced during a press conference at The Savoy Hotel in London.

Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood, who play friends Aimee and Maeve in Sex Education, were among the nominees. 

Naomi Ackie, who recently took on the iconic role of global superstar Whitney Houston in Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody was also on the nomination list.

The actress, 30, said of her nomination: ‘I’ve followed and been inspired by the EE BAFTA Film Awards for so many years, so to be recognised amongst this incredible group of artists is huge! 

BAFTA: The five nominees for this year's prestigious EE Rising Star Award were announced during a press conference at The Savoy Hotel in London (Nominees Naomi Ackie and Emma Mackey pictured)

Ceremony: The award is now in its 18th year and is the only BAFTA voted for by the public

BAFTA: The five nominees for this year’s prestigious EE Rising Star Award were announced during a press conference at The Savoy Hotel in London (Nominees Naomi Ackie and Emma Mackey pictured) 

‘This nod from the EE Rising Star jury, and to be recognised for my work in the country that I’ve grown up in, is also a nod of encouragement, to continue to create stories that speak to people. What a beautiful experience to be a part of.’

Emma Mackey, who is set to feature in Barbie opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, was also shortlisted. 

Commenting on her nomination, Emma said: ‘I am so grateful to BAFTA and EE for including me in this category. Being able to tell stories and make films is already such a blessing. To be nominated alongside these wonderful actors and for us all to be noticed by such a respected and inspiring institution is very humbling indeed.’

Stars: Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood (pictured), who play friends Aimee and Maeve in Sex Education, were among the nominees

Stars: Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood (pictured), who play friends Aimee and Maeve in Sex Education, were among the nominees

Daryl McCormack, who is well known for his lead role in British comedy-drama Good Luck to You, and Sheila Atim, who stars in the recently released historical epic feature film The Woman King, are also in the running for the award.

The award is now in its 18th year and is the only BAFTA voted for by the public. 

Voting is now open on the BAFTA website and the winner will be announced on Sunday 19 February at the EE BAFTA Film Awards ceremony.

Nominees: Daryl McCormack (right), who is well known for his lead role in British comedy-drama Good Luck to You, and Sheila Atim (left), who stars in the recently released historical epic feature film The Woman King, are also in the running for the award

Awards: Voting is now open on the BAFTA website and the winner will be announced on Sunday 19 February at the EE BAFTA Film Awards ceremony

Nominees: Daryl McCormack (right), who is well known for his lead role in British comedy-drama Good Luck to You, and Sheila Atim (left), who stars in the recently released historical epic feature film The Woman King, are also in the running for the award

Event: Edith Bowman, Darryl, Sheila, Naomi and BAFTA CEO Jane Millichip attend the EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee announcement at The Savoy Hotel

Event: Edith Bowman, Darryl, Sheila, Naomi and BAFTA CEO Jane Millichip attend the EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee announcement at The Savoy Hotel

The remaining BAFTA nominations will be announced on Thursday at 12pm in a livestream by actors Hayley Atwell ahead of the ceremony.

Jane Millichip, CEO at BAFTA, said: ‘Recognising and supporting creative talent is of the upmost importance to us at BAFTA which is why we are delighted to continue our partnership with EE and the EE Rising Star Award. 

‘This year’s five nominees have displayed a breath-taking ability to tell stories and create characters that resonate with their audiences, and it’s now up to the British public to decide who will take home the award on 19th February.’

Stunning: Scottish presenter Edith looked incredible in a glamorous black off the shoulder gown

Stunning: Scottish presenter Edith looked incredible in a glamorous black off the shoulder gown

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl posed for a snap after the exciting announcement

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl posed for a snap after the exciting announcement 

Gorgeous: Sheila looked the epitome of chic in a black cut-out jumpsuit, a jacket and strappy heels

Gorgeous: Sheila looked the epitome of chic in a black cut-out jumpsuit, a jacket and strappy heels

For the first time, the ceremony will include a live broadcast to reveal the final four category winners after previously being recorded and then broadcast on the same day.

Currently in the running is the Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, which has been being longlisted in 15 categories.

The film, directed by Edward Berger and based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, features on the lists for best film and director.

Acclaim: Currently in the running is the Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, which has been being longlisted in 15 categories

Acclaim: Currently in the running is the Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, which has been being longlisted in 15 categories

Black comedy-drama The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is close behind with 14 nods.

Quirky science-fiction thriller Everything Everywhere All At Once and Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of Elvis are both longlisted in 12 categories.

Top Gun: Maverick appears in eight categories, as do Babylon, Tar and Aftersun.

The Baftas will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on February 19. 

Nod: Black comedy-drama The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is close behind with 14 nods

 Nod: Black comedy-drama The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is close behind with 14 nods

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