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Troubles drama star Jack O'Connell is up for a Bafta

By Anthony Barnes

Actor Jack O'Connell - who starred in Troubles movie 71 last year - has been nominated for a prize recognising major stars of the future at next month's film Baftas.

The 24-year-old, who also stars in the Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken, is one of five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award which will be presented at the movie ceremony.

O'Connell established his career in Channel 4 series Skins and found further attention appearing in 71, set during the Troubles in Belfast.

The Derby actor is soon to be seen in Tulip Fever, and Jolie, his director for Unbroken, caused a stir in November when she introduced him at a Hollywood awards event by using the East Midlands expression "Ay up me duck".

He said of his nomination: "I'm honoured to be considered for the EE Rising Star Award amongst such a talented field - especially for films which I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of."

Also in the running are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in last year's period drama Belle as a mixed-race aristocrat, and Margot Robbie, who first found fame playing Donna Freedman in TV soap Neighbours and has gone on to appear in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Completing the list are Miles Teller, who has recently appeared in Whiplash, and his Divergent co-star Shailene Woodley, who has appeared in The Descendants.

Mbatha-Raw landed her first major role four years ago in the film Larry Crowne and went on to find acclaim in Belle, for which she earned a best actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards, and has also appeared in Spooks and Doctor Who.

She said: "It is such an honour to be recognised for a growing body of work and I am proud and excited to be included."

The public can now vote at ee.co.uk/bafta

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