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John Boyega and Dakota Johnson among Bafta Rising Star Award nominees

Published 05/01/2016

John Boyega is one of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award
John Boyega is one of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award

Star Wars actor John Boyega will battle it out against Fifty Shades Of Grey actress Dakota Johnson at next month's Bafta awards in the hopes of being named the next major star of the future.

Boyega, who plays one of the leads in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Johnson are two of the five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award which is presented at the ceremony.

Also in the running are Welsh actor Taron Egerton, who recently starred opposite Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Brie Larson, who received critical praise for her 2015 role in Room, the film adaptation of the Emma Donoghue book. Larson also starred alongside comedian Amy Schumer in Trainwreck.

Completing the list is Hammersmith-born Bel Powley, who starred in coming-of-age drama The Diary Of A Teenage Girl in 2015.

Boyega, 23, who grew up in Peckham, made one of his early TV appearances in the BBC series Becoming Human. In 2011 he starred in cult sci-fi film Attack The Block. He is working on a new film, The Circle, alongside Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

He said of his nomination: "T hank you to Bafta and the jury. I'm honoured to be considered for the EE Rising Star Award in this company. What a great way to start the new year."

Johnson is the daughter of Hollywood star Melanie Griffith and Miami Vice's Don Johnson. The 26-year-old made headlines when it was announced she had landed the role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of EL James's erotic book, Fifty Shades Of Grey.

She has also starred alongside Johnny Depp in Black Mass, the biopic of violent crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

She said: "I am thoroughly stunned and honoured to be acknowledged with an EE Rising Star Award nomination. Thank you, I am truly grateful."

Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy and last year's winner, Jack O'Connell.

The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award - which recognises five stars who demonstrate exceptional talent and are destined to have a promising future in film - were chosen by a panel that included Broadchurch's Olivia Colman and TV personality Jonathan Ross.

It is the only award at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony that is voted for by the public. The winner is announced at the star-studded ceremony on February 14. Voting opens on January 6 at ee.co.uk/bafta.

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