It’s been confirmed that Jessie Buckley, Cynthia Erivo, Barry Keoghan, Lakeith Stanfield and Letitia Wright are the lucky five. The EE Rising Star Award is voted-for by the public, and it was Daniel Kaluuya who netted it in 2018, hot on the heels of the hugely acclaimed Get Out. So who will take it this time?
Buckley’s career has continued to go from strength to strength, now eleven years after she competed in the BBC One series I’d Do Anything – in which she competed for a spot in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of Oliver!, losing to Jodie Prenger.
Since then she’s gone on to star in psychological thriller Beast, which came out last year and had a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Erivo, 31, is also becoming a megastar, having achieved enormous success on stage and screen.
She was recently seen in Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale, and was also in the Broadway hit musical The Color Purple.
Keoghan, 26, was in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer in 2007, and had a successful 2018 in American Animals and Black ’47.
Stanfield, 27, was in Get Out, as well as the TV smash Atlanta and alst year’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web and Sorry To Bother You.
And Wright, 25, shot to global stardom last year in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
One of them will win big at the ceremony on Sunday, February 10.
Joanna Lumley will be returning to host for the second year running, with the nominations set to be unveiled next Wednesday, January 9.
Prior to Kaluuya, other winners have included Tom Holland, John Boyega, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter and Juno Temple.
The prize started back in 2006 with James McAvoy emerging triumphant.
Other winners over the years have included Tom Hardy and Kristen Stewart.