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Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Pugh shortlisted for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Lady Macbeth

Story by Jack Foley

GET Out star Daniel Kaluuya and Lady Macbeth leading lady Florence Pugh (pictured) are among the five stars shortlisted for this year’s BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Kaluuya looks set for a busy start to 2018, having also been shortlisted for a Golden Globe award for his turn in Jordan Peele’s hit horror film.

The London-born actor also starred in TV drama Skins and crime thriller Sicario. He will next appear in upcoming Marvel film Black Panther.

Pugh earned critical acclaim for her performance in 2016’s Lady Macbeth and has recently finished shooting Outlaw King with Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for release on Netflix.

She is also set to star on the big screen in horror film Malevolent, wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family and action thriller The Commuter alongside Liam Neeson. All three films are set for release this year.

Pugh will also be seen in the BBC adaption of John Le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl, which will be made by the same team behind the award-winning series The Night Manager.

The three other nominees are Josh O’Connor, Tessa Thompson and Timothee Chalamet.

O’Connor made his big screen debut in The Riot Club, followed by The Program and Florence Foster Jenkins, before taking on the lead role of Johnny Saxby in critically-acclaimed gay drama God’s Own Country.

He’s also starred in popular period TV dramas Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street and will be returning to TV screens as Lawrence ‘Larry’ Durrell for the third season of The Durrells in April.

Tessa Thompson

Thompson is currently starring as one of the main female characters, Valkyrie, in the third instalment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok.

She also has a recurring role in US TV series Westworld and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in the film Selma. She made her big screen breakthrough in Rocky spin-off Creed.

Chalamet played Armie Hammer’s lover in another of last year’s gay dramas Call Me By Your Name, which has been hotly tipped to do well in the upcoming film awards season.

He also has a role in Greta Gerwig’s comedy drama Lady Bird, another of this year’s hotly-tipped awards contenders, and previously appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and the US TV hit Homeland.

This year marks the 13th year of the EE Rising Star Award, the only award at the BAFTAs to be voted for by the British public.

The winner will be announced at the BAFTAs on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Previous recipients include James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy and John Boyega.