Film, TV & Stage

Star Wars actor John Boyega lands prestigious BAFTA Rising Star nomination



STAR WARS actor John Boyega has been nominated alongside a host of critically acclaimed talent for the 2016 BAFTA EE Rising Star Award.

The 23-year-old British actor, who plays the lead role of a Stormtrooper called Finn in the hit franchise, has been nominated for the prestigious gong alongside Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, 26, and Taron Egerton, Brie Larson and Bel Powley.

The five young rising stars, all under the age of 30, have been nominated for the coveted award for their exceptional performances on both the big screen and small screen.

After the nominations were announced, Boyega, from Peckham, south London, said: “Thank you to BAFTA and the jury. I’m honoured to be considered for the EE Rising Star Award in this company. What a great way to start the new year.”

This year’s nominees have been picked by a panel of judges, which includes the likes of award-winning actress Olivia Coleman, broadcaster and critic Jonathan Ross and a host of revered professionals from across the film world.

The awards are often a tipping point in the career of rising stars, with former recipients including James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter and Jack O’Connell.

John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Taron Egerton, Kingsman: The Secret Service/Legend
Brie Larson, Room
Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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