A star-studded guestlist including Emily Atack, Frankie Bridge and Dermot O’Leary celebrated the 18th year of the EE Rising Star Award at JOIA, London

London, Friday 3rd February 2023: Last night, stars from across the Arts came together to celebrate the 2023 EE Rising Star Award nominees at the Vanity Fair EE Rising Star Party. The star-studded event was the first to take place at up-and-coming London hotspot, JOIA, where guests celebrated the awards season across three floors overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Stars in attendance included four of this year’s EE Rising Star nominees Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, Emma Mackey and Daryl McCormack, as well as Emily Atack, Frankie Bridge, Dermot O’Leary, AJ Odudu, Nicola Roberts, Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly.

Laura Whitmore, Wallis Day, Dynamo and Bugzy Malone were spotted rubbing shoulders with 2021 EE Rising Star nominee Sope Dirisu. Meanwhile, Ashley Roberts hit the dancefloor with Ella Eyre.

Guests were even surprised with an exclusive set from Singer-Songwriter, Zak Abel, who impressed party-goers with performances of his hit songs Beautiful Escape, Freedom and Be Kind, as well as new single What Love Is.

The EE Rising Star Award recognises emerging actors who have demonstrated exceptional talent and have captured the imagination of both the public and film industry alike. This year’s nominees are Naomi Ackie (Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody), Sheila Atim (The Woman King), Aimee Lou Wood (Living), Emma Mackey (Emily) and Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You, Leo Grande). As the only award voted for by the British public, film fans are encouraged to cast their vote, with the winner being announced at the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 19th February 2023. Voting is live at

Throughout the evening, guests danced to DJ sets from Woody Cook, The Amazonica and Arielle Free while sipping on drinks created in partnership with BAFTA’s Official Partners Champagne Taittinger, Villa Maria, Woodford Reserve, in addition to CîROC and Casamigos.

The team at JOIA, the first London restaurant by award-winning two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, also created bespoke cocktails in honour of each 2023 EE Rising Star nominee, including:

·       Naomi’s Paloma: Casamigo Blanco, Grapefruit Soda, Lime

·       McCormack’s Minty Martini: Cîroc Vodka, Cucumber, Mint, Lime

·       Wood’s Wonderful Whiskey: Woodford Reserve, Sugar, Bitters

·       Mackey’s Iced Tea: Woodford Reserve, Peach, Iced Tea

·       Sheila’s Spritz: Jasmin & Passionfruit Cordial, White Grape, Apricot Soda

Guests also dined on light bites throughout the night, including Iberico Croquetas, Patatas Bravas and Braised Iberian Pork Cheeks.

A photobooth was provided by Google for guests to capture some of their favourite moments across the evening.

Official Electric Vehicle Partner, Addison Lee, was also on hand to ensure that guests arrived at JOIA in style. Since Addison Lee introduced the fully electric VW ID4 into its fleet in December 2021, it has driven 6 million EV miles in the capital and removed 2million kg of emissions from London’s air.

 To discover who will win the 2023 EE Rising Star Award, tune in to the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 19th February 2023. The ceremony will take place at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and syndicated globally. 

List of attendees:

·       Emily Atack

·       Frankie Bridge

·       Dermot O’Leary

·       Naomi Ackie

·       Sheila Atim

·       Emma Mackey

·       Daryl McCormack

·       AJ Odudu

·       Nicola Roberts

·       Oliver Proudlock

·       Emma Louise Connolly

·       Laura Whitmore

·       Wallis Day

·       Dynamo

·       Bugsy Malone

·       Sope Dirisu

·       Ashley Roberts

·       Ella Eyre

·       Zak Abel

·       Aisling Bea

·       Blake Harrison

·       Arielle Free







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About JOIA

JOIA, the first London restaurant from celebrated Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa (AlmaTapisco,ARCA), will open in Battersea in February 2023. Set across the 15th floor of the recently launched Art’otel Battersea, JOIA will be London's new destination dining spot, offering sweeping skyline views and an Iberian menu showcasing Sá Pessoa’s vibrant, fresh takes on traditional dishes using the best of British, Spanish and Portuguese produce. The menu at JOIA is particularly influenced by the robust flavours and techniques of Catalonia and Portugal, with a focus on seafood, pork and rice. Downstairs on the 14th floor, JOIA bar, offers creative drinks to complement the striking floor-to-ceiling backdrop; a broad list of Portuguese and Spanish wines; and a curated vermouth selection. JOIA bar and restaurant will be joined by a rooftop bar with infinity pool, set to open next spring.