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2013 EE Rising Star Award: Andrea Riseborough and Juno Temple among nominees

EE Rising Star Award

Story by Jack Foley

ANDREA Riseborough and Juno Temple are among the nominees for this year’s EE Rising Star Award 2013.

The shortlist of five actors and actresses was officially unveiled today (Monday, January 7, 2013) at BAFTA’s HQ by Pippa Harris, the chair of the award jury and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee

Also included on the shortlist are Elizabeth Olsen, Suraj Sharma and Alicia Vikander.

The nominations represent those who are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema, who have demonstrated exceptional talent and who have the potential to be cinema stars of the future.

More about the 2013 nominees

Elizabeth Olsen At 17, Elizabeth moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating she took Sundance by storm in 2011 when she appeared in not one but two of the most highly praised films in the festival: Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. Most recently Elizabeth has completed production on the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin.

Commenting on her nomination, Elizabeth said: “Being considered for this award is a huge honour. So many actors whom I admire have been recognized in this category and I’m very thankful to BAFTA and the jury for selecting me.”

Andrea Riseborough Andrea graduated from RADA in 2005 and quickly began to accumulate critical acclaim and awards for her stage and screen work. She made her film debut in Roger Michell’s Venus.

Roles in Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock and Mike Leigh’s comedy-drama Happy Go Lucky soon followed. Andrea has also starred as both a young Margaret Thatcher in Margaret Thatcher –The Long Walk to Finchley and Wallis Simpson in W.E. She recently finished filming opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion, which will be released in April.

Andrea said: “To even be counted amongst this, and the last seven years’ rising star nominees feels utterly phenomenal! BAFTA nurtures new talent throughout the international film community so I am so very grateful to be given this fantastic opportunity, and look forward to us celebrating the kind recognition together.”

Suraj Sharma Until recently 19 year old Suraj was living a quiet, middle class life with his parents in the suburbs of South Delhi. But, after an extensive search throughout India, Suraj was picked from 3,000 hopefuls to star in director Ang Lee’s 3D epic, Life of Pi.

Before taking on the role, Suraj had no previous acting experience. The director had complete faith in his young lead, describing Suraj as a “gift from god” and a “great actor in a past life”.

Juno Temple In just a few years, Juno Temple has firmly established herself as one of the most versatile and talented young actresses in Hollywood. Her breakthrough arrived when she won the role of Cate Blanchett’s rebellious, brooding daughter in Notes on a Scandal.

This led to her appearance in the BAFTA- and Oscar-winning Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. Since then a variety of well received film roles have followed, most recently opposite Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in the darkly comic Killer Joe.

Juno commented: “I’m extremely honoured to be nominated by BAFTA for this award and the fact the winner is voted for by the public makes it all the more exciting.”

Alicia Vikander Swedish born Alicia trained with The Royal Swedish Ballet for nine years before dedicating herself to acting. After appearing in several shorts and Swedish TV shows, she made her big-screen debut in Lisa Langseth’s Pure. 2012 saw Alicia burst onto the international scene with two major roles: Anna Karenina opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law and the period drama A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. Recently Alicia has starred in the Warner Bros. feature The Seventh Son.

Alicia said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this year’s EE Rising Star Award and would like to thank the jury for short-listing me. 2012 was an amazing year for me and I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my career to date.”

EE’s accolade for up and coming talent is the only award at the EE British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public.

Voting is now open at no cost at ee.co.uk/bafta. The winner will be announced at the star-studded EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Pippa Harris, EE Rising Star award jury chair and Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “This year the quality of emerging acting talent has been just incredible and the jury had a very tough job selecting the short list. It’s great that the EE Rising Star Awards gives the general public the opportunity to champion their film stars of the future and I can’t wait to see who they vote their winner for 2013.”

The official hashtag for the award is #EERisingStar and the ceremony hashtag is #EEBAFTAs, EE’s Twitter handle is @EE.

For more information on the EE Rising Star Award go to ee.co.uk/bafta