After last night’s EE BAFTAs, head here for a full rundown of all the winners, we’re very pleased to share the news of Emma Mackey’s win for the EE Rising Star Award for 2023!
A genuine public vote, which means the support for upcoming actors is really everything, and on Sunday night EE revealed Emma as the winner, with last year’s winner Lashana Lynch presenting the award at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
The award is now in its eighteenth year, and this accolade has continued to shine a spotlight on emerging acting talent, who have captured the imagination of the British public and the film industry alike over the past year. Emma Mackey was one of five incredible actors nominated in recognition of their work and identified as a standout star of tomorrow, with the other nominees being: Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, Aimee Lou Wood and Daryl McCormack.
Emma had to this say:
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me! It’s such an honour to receive this award. Some seriously impressive actors have taken home the BAFTA mask in previous years and it’s a really special feeling to be amongst such esteemed company. A massive thank you to both EE and BAFTA, I am very proud to be this year’s EE Rising Star.”
EMMA MACKEY is a BAFTA nominated French / British actor with multiple film and television projects in development. Next, Emma features in Barbie opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, scheduled for worldwide release in July. Currently, audiences in the UK can see Emma as the titular character in Emily, a film re-imagining the life of Emily Brontë. Emily had its World Premiere when it opened the Platform Competition at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will release in the US this spring. Emma is perhaps best known for her BAFTA-nominated leading role as ‘Maeve Wiley’ in the television series, Sex Education alongside Ncuti Gatwa and Aimee Lou Wood. Last year Emma starred in her first French language role, that of ‘Adrienne Bourgès’ in the César nominated Eiffel, and also appeared as ‘Jacqueline de Bellefort’ in Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile, starring Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman and Ali Fazal.
Jane Millichip, CEO at BAFTA added
“The EE Rising Star Award is a truly special accolade and I want to extend my warmest congratulations to Emma Mackey. Celebrating and supporting the next generation of creative talent is of the upmost importance to BAFTA, and all of this year’s nominees are an outstanding group of actors who have incredible careers ahead of them – I cannot wait to see what they do next.”