British Independent Film Awards: The Most Promising Newcomer Nominees

The Hollywood Reporter profiles the five rising names whose first feature lead roles have marked them out as potentially major future stars.

The British Independent Film Awards (or BIFAs, if you’re in a hurry) has a fairly solid track record when it comes to picking out the films likely to be sweeping up awards season statuettes, something which should bode well for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-tipped The Favourite, which leads the pack of nominations this year.

But the awards have proved even better at picking out the emerging talent set to become major international stars, with previous nominees in its “most promising newcomer” category having included the likes of John Boyega, Dev Patel, Jodie Whittaker, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Cara Delevingne. In 2017, Lady Macbeth star Naomi Ackie won the honor, just months before she was cast in Star Wars Episode 9, while nominee Lily Newmark has spent the past year appearing in films such as Juliet, Naked alongside Ethan Hawke, and the major upcoming TV series Les Miserables (and had a minor role in Solo: A Star Wars Story).

Ahead of Sunday’s 2018 BIFAs ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter profiles the nominees vying for this year’s most promising newcomer award; a diverse, five-strong list of rising stars whose debut film lead has marked them out for potential global greatness.

Already a hugely-admired name thanks to several West End and Broadway performances, plus TV roles in high-profile dramas such as War & Peace and Taboo, Jessie Buckley saw her first film lead in the eerie Beast cause a major stir when it bowed in Toronto in 2017.

Over a year on, and it’s landed her both most promising newcomer and best actress nominations at the BIFAs.

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