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Tom Holland and Ruth Negga lead BAFTA Rising Star nominees

Tom Holland

Story by Jack Foley

NEW Spider-Man Tom Holland and potential British Oscar nominee Ruth Negga are among the contenders for this year’s BAFTA rising star award.

Tom Holland, a 22-year-old from Kingston upon Thames, heads the shortlist as the favourite by virtue of his role as Spider-Man in Marvel’s movie franchise.

The young actor first made a name for himself on the stage as Billy Elliot, before then starring in tsunami drama The Impossible at the age of 15.

He has since gone on to feature in last year’s Avengers movie Captain America: Civil War, where he was introduced as Peter Parker. A new Spider-Man film with him in the title role is scheduled for release this summer.

Nearly 13 years his senior, Ruth Negga – who turns 35 later this month (January) – does actually share a Marvel connection, having found mainstream fame on TV show Agents of SHIELD.

But the Ethiopian-born actor, who was brought up in Ireland, is now being seen as a contender for a best actress Oscar nomination for her role as Mildred Loving in Jeff Nichols’s acclaimed tale of a couple battling miscegenation laws in 1960s America.

The three other contenders for this year’s prize – the only one at the BAFTAs to be voted for by members of the public – are Lucas Hedges, a 20-year-old who starred in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and who is winning widespread acclaim for his role as a difficult teen who loses his father in forthcoming Manchester By The Sea; Spanish actor Laia Costa, 31, who starred in one-shot German thriller Victoria, and 20-year-old actor and model Anya Taylor-Joy, an American-born Argentinian Brit who took the lead in acclaimed indie horror hit The Witch.

The nominations, which were decided by a panel, were announced in London by 2009 winner Noel Clarke.

Last year’s award went to John Boyega, of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame. Other notable recipients include James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy.

Members of the public have until February 10 to vote for their winner.

The remainder of the BAFTA nominations will be announced on 10 January 10.

The BAFTAs themselves will be presented on February 12, 2017, at a ceremony in London hosted by Stephen Fry.