Rosamund Pike and Richard Madden have helped choose the shortlist of contenders for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award, the only award made at the BAFTAs which is chosen by a public vote.
The pair joined a jury which also includes actor and producer Ray Panthaki, broadcaster Edith Bowman, Alison Thompson the co-president of Cornerstone Films, producer Georgina Lowe (Peterloo) and casting directors Lucy Bevan (Murder on the Orient Express) and Leo Davis (Philomena).
The shortlist of five will be announced on Thursday 3rd January and the winner will be revealed at the ceremony on Sunday 10th February.
Previous winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Tom Holland and Daniel Kaluuya.
Rosamund Pike said: “To be asked to join this year’s EE Rising Star Award panel is an exciting honour. It’s been fascinating watching the breadth of talent in an incredible array of films.
“Making the shortlist decision won’t be easy as the calibre of the acting is so high but I’m looking forward to discussing and deliberating with my fellow jurors, to ensure we have the best possible shortlist for the public vote.”
Richard Madden said: “I was thrilled when I received the call inviting me to be a part of the decision making on this year’s EE Rising Star Award panel.
“It’s a very important category and it’s been exciting to watch these actors and actresses shine in their different parts.
“Today is going to be very interesting as we sit down to discuss who we each think deserves a nomination.”
Ray Panthaki said: “It feels very special to be here today and sit on the jury panel for the EE Rising Star Award. Having been mentored through the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits programme myself in 2014, I fully appreciate the many platforms that BAFTA strives to offer emerging talent. What I love about this particular award is that it is the public who have the final say”.
Pete Jeavons, Director of Brand Marketing at EE, said: “The EE Rising Star Award continues to be an incredibly important part of our long-standing relationship with BAFTA.
“This is the only award that allows the British public to have a say in the proceedings, and we are proud to work with BAFTA in providing film fans with a voice.
“Many of our EE Rising Star nominees have gone on to achieve incredible success in some of the world’s most recognised films.
“We are grateful as ever to our panel of experts who have all spent months watching countless films with their expert eyes on who will go on to capture the imagination of the British public.”
EE Rising Star Award jury chair, Alison Thompson, said: “The EE Rising Star Award is a high-profile award that shines a light on up and coming talent and their craft. We have a tough job ahead of us as there is some extraordinary actors and actresses in the mix this year”.