The five nominees have been announced for this year’s prestigious EE Rising Star Award, now in its 17th year.
The EE Rising Star Award nominees for 2022 are:
ARIANA DEBOSE is a multi-award-nominated actress, whose star performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has received widespread acclaim. Alongside her nomination for the EE Rising Star Award, she has won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the Golden Globe Awards, received a nomination from Critics Choice Awards and has been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Supporting Actress’ category for 2022. Known for her work across film, television and stage, she starred in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the hit-Broadway musical The Prom opposite Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, and appeared alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the ground-breaking, Tony-winning musical Hamilton. Ariana will next appear in action film Argylle, starring opposite Henry Cavill, Bryan Cranston and Samuel L. Jackson, and space thriller I.S.S. alongside Chris Messina and Pilou Asbaek.
HARRIS DICKINSON can currently be seen in cinemas starring in Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man opposite Ralph Fiennes and will next be seen in The Souvenir Part IIalongside Honor Winton Byrne and Tilda Swinton in early February. He has received critical acclaim for his diverse film and television work since breaking out in Eliza Hittman’s 2017 Sundance hit Beach Rats, where he was nominated for the ‘Best Male Lead’ Independent Spirit Award and the ‘Breakthrough Actor’ at The Gotham Awards. He was also BIFA nominated in 2020 in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category for his role in Henry Blake’s County Lines. Later this year, he will also star in several highly anticipated films, including Triangle of Sadness with Woody Harrelson, the murder mystery See How They Run with Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the film adaptation of Delia Owens bestselling novel, Where The Crawdads Sing.
LASHANA LYNCH is quickly establishing herself as an internationally renowned actor, showcasing a range of disciplines across film, television and stage. In 2021, she made history as the first woman and the first woman of colour to carry on the legacy of 007 in her standout role as “Nomi” in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die, alongside Daniel Craig and Rami Malek. She is currently filming historical epic The Woman King in South Africa and will also be seen in the film adaptation of Matthew Warchus’ musical, Matilda, opposite Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson in the role of ‘Miss Honey’. Last year, Lashana starred in debbie tucker green’s ear for eye, the feature film adaptation of green’s well received play of the same name, which debuted at the Royal Court in 2018 where Lashana also took the lead role. She also notably starred in Captain Marvelalongside Brie Larson, and Shonda Rhimes’ period drama series, Still Star-Crossed.
MILLICENT SIMMONDS’ breakout role was when she was just 12 years old in the 2017 drama Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and also starring Julianne Moore. She was nominated for several awards for her role as ‘Rose’, including the Women Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Young Actress’ and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for ‘Best Young Performer’. Since then, she has gone on to feature in a number of film and television roles. Millicent was singled out for her performance in post-apocalyptic horror A Quiet Place Part II, where she reprised her role as ‘Regan Abbott’, starring alongside Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy. Her upcoming projects include a series based on Sara Novíc’s forthcoming novel, True Biz and she will also portray Helen Keller in Wash Westmoreland’s film Helen & Teacher opposite Rachel Brosnahan.
KODI SMIT-MCPHEE was praised by critics for his standout role in Jane Campion’s The Power of The Dog. His performance earned him a Golden Globe Award, along with a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, for ‘Best Supporting Actor’. He was also named ‘Best Supporting Actor’ by the New York Film Critics. Kodi first started acting at the age of nine, making his film debut in Romulus, My Father opposite Eric Bana. He has since gone on to star in a plethora of high-profile films, including post-apocalyptic drama The Road, where he played Viggo Mortensen’s son, horror movie Let Me Inalongside Chloe Moretz, 2014’s Dawn of The Planet of The Apes with Gary Oldman, and Western film Slow West with Michael Fassbender. He is also known for his portrayal of ‘Nightcrawler’ in Marvel’s X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with a cameo of the role in Deadpool 2.
This year, the EE Rising Star Award jury panel was tasked with selecting the 2022 nominees from a comprehensive list of up-and-coming talented actors. The jury were able to meet in person at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly this year, where they whittled down the longlisted names to the five nominees that would go head-to-head in the public vote ahead of the 2022 EE BAFTA Film Awards.
The jury was chaired by BAFTA Chair and award-winning television producer, Krishnendu Majumdar, actors Andy Serkis, Sadie Frost and Michelle Dockery, casting directors Lucy Bevan (Cruella and Belfast) and Leo Davis (The Queen and A Very English Scandal), producer Uzma Hasan (FirstBorn) and senior talent agent Ikki El-Amriti (Identity Agency Group), alongside leading industry specialists and film, arts and entertainment journalists.
The winner will be announced at the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 13th March 2022 on BBC One.