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The EE Rising Star Award, previously known as the Orange Rising Star Award, is one of the award categories for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry. The award was created after Mary Selway's death in 2004. She has been recognised for her successful role as a casting director and helped many new actors and actresses to their claim to fame. The five nominees are chosen regardless of gender, nationality and whether they have made a breakthrough in television, film or both. Despite the nominees being chosen by the BAFTA juries, the winner is chosen entirely by the public votes via text, internet or phone. This award was sponsored by Orange UK until 2012. From 2013, it was sponsored by EE. The first winner was James McAvoy in 2006.

Rising Star Award
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2019 Recipient : Letitia Wright
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byLetitia Wright (2019)


Actors in superhero and Bond films have received multiple nominations, as have actors who have been featured in an episode of Black Mirror.

A total of three actors have won the award for a body of work including a film or films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Tom Holland in 2017, Daniel Kaluuya in 2018, and Letitia Wright in 2019), with seven actors being nominated shortly after starring in a Marvel film (Holland, Kaluuya, Wright; Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris O'Dowd in 2012; Tessa Thompson in 2018). Four actors have been nominated for a body of work including a Thor film (Hemsworth, Hiddleston, O'Dowd and Thompson), three actors have been nominated for a body of work including a Spider-Man film (Holland, and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 2011), and two (Kaluuya and Wright) for the 2018 Black Panther film. For a body of work including a film in the X-Men franchise, Ellen Page and Nicholas Hoult have received nominations. Cillian Murphy and Margot Robbie were nominated for works including films featuring DC Comics characters. Kaluuya and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's body of works each included a Kick-Ass film.

In 2007, Eva Green won for a body of work including a James Bond film, with Gemma Arterton nominated in 2011 after starring in a Bond film. In 2016, Taron Egerton was nominated for a body of work including the pseudo-Bond pseudo-superhero Kingsman films.

2019 winner Wright's body of work also included a role in Black Mirror, as did 2015 nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Kaluuya had starred in an episode seven years before he won the award, with other winners and nominees later going on to star in the show.

Without exception, each year has featured a nominee who had starred, or would go on to star, in a superhero film.

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