Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer

The Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer is an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honour an actress who has delivered a breakthrough performance[1] while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer is one of two ongoing awards which were first introduced at the 17th Empire Awards ceremony in 2012 (along with Best Male Newcomer) with Felicity Jones receiving the award for her role in Like Crazy. Dafne Keen is the most recent winner in this category for her role in Logan. Winners are voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Awarded forBest breakthrough performance by an actress
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byEmpire magazine
First awarded2012
Currently held byDafne KeenLogan (2018)

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.


Year Actor Film Ref.
Felicity Jones Like Crazy [2]
Bonnie Wright Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Céline Buckens War Horse
Elle Fanning Super 8
Hailee Steinfeld True Grit
Laura Haddock The Inbetweeners Movie
Samantha Barks Les Misérables [3]
Alice Lowe Sightseers
Alicia Vikander Anna Karenina
Holliday Grainger Great Expectations
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild
Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street [4]
Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Antonia Thomas Sunshine on Leith
Elizabeth Debicki The Great Gatsby
Freya Mavor Sunshine on Leith
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave
Karen Gillan Oculus and Guardians of the Galaxy [5][6]
Carrie Coon Gone Girl
Essie Davis The Babadook
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Belle
Sophie Cookson Kingsman: The Secret Service
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: The Force Awakens [7]
Olivia Cooke Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Rebecca Ferguson Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Maika Monroe It Follows
Bel Powley The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch [8]
Sennia Nanua The Girl with All the Gifts
Sasha Lane American Honey
Hayley Squires I, Daniel Blake
Angourie Rice The Nice Guys
Dafne Keen Logan [9]
Emily Beecham Daphne
Florence Pugh Lady Macbeth
Tessa Thompson Thor: Ragnarok
Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars: The Last Jedi


  1. ^ O'Hara, Helen (26 March 2012). "Jameson Empire Award Nominations 2012. The nominees are here!". Empire. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Best Female Newcomer". Empire. 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Best Female Newcomer". Empire. 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2004.
  4. ^ "Best Female Newcomer". Empire. 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Best Female Newcomer". Empire. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo (30 March 2015). "'Interstellar' wins Film, Director at Empire Awards". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ Jameson Empire Awards 2016: Star Wars and Mad Max lead the nominations
  8. ^ Empireonline.com. Three Empire Awards 2017: Rogue One, Tom Hiddleston And Patrick Stewart Win Big
  9. ^ Empireonline.com. Star Wars The Last Jedi and Thor Ragnarok Lead Empire Awards 2018 Nominations

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