Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood and Emma Mackey among BAFTA Film Rising Star nominees

Sex Education co-stars Aimee Lou Wood and Emma Mackey will go head to head for the BAFTA Film Rising Star Award at the 2023 ceremony.

Wood and Mackey are joined by fellow nominees Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim and Daryl McCormack.

The nominees for the prestigious prize were selected by a panel of jurors that included Hayley Atwell, Joe Cole and Jason Flemyng as well as a number of celebrated behind the camera talent from the film industry.

Now in its eighteenth year, the Rising Star Award is the only Film BAFTA to be voted for by the public, and those wishing to have their say can vote on the BAFTA website right now.

Previous winners of the Rising Star Award include James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Tom Holland, Letitia Wright and Lashana Lynch.

The winner will be announced at the EE BAFTA Film Awards which will be broadcast on Sunday the 19th February 2023 from 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London.

Aimee Lou Wood said: “I am totally thrilled! Thank you BAFTA and EE. I love how this special award draws attention to emerging talent and I’m always so excited to see who the nominees are when they’re announced. To be included this year is very surprising and a real pinch me moment. I feel extremely grateful and moved to be here amongst such wonderful people!”

Emma Mackey said: “I am so grateful to BAFTA and EE for including me in this category. Being able to tell stories and make films is already such a blessing. To be nominated alongside these wonderful actors and for us all to be noticed by such a respected and inspiring institution is very humbling indeed.”

Naomi Ackie commenting on her nomination, said: “I’ve followed and been inspired by the EE BAFTA Film Awards for so many years, so to be recognised amongst this incredible group of artists is HUGE! This nod from the EE Rising Star jury, and to be recognised for my work in the country that I’ve grown up in, is also a nod of encouragement, to continue to create stories that speak to people. What a beautiful experience to be a part of.”

Sheila Atim said: “I’m grateful to the EE Rising Star Award for continuing to highlight the contributions of emerging talent in our industry. This public-voted award is truly an award of the people and a joyous celebration between artist and audience. Thank you to BAFTA for listing me alongside this year’s wonderful group, adding to the esteemed rostrum of nominees past.”

Daryl McCormack said: “For as long as I can remember, I have followed those recognised by the BAFTA EE Rising Star category as a source of inspiration. To hear that I stand in the company of the past and present nominees is an incredible honour. Thank you, sincerely, to the jury.”

On Monday 16th of January it was announced that Withnail and I star Richard E Grant will host the event for the first time.