Will Poulter Wins the EE Rising Star Award
- We’re the Millers and Wild Bill actor tops the public vote
- The EE Rising Star Award is the only one at the EE British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public
- Previous winners are Juno Temple, Adam Deacon, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Shia LeBeouf, Eva Green and James McAvoy
EE is proud to announce Will Poulter as the winner of the EE Rising Star Award in 2014.
The EE Rising Star Award is the only publicly-voted award presented at the EE British Academy Film Awards, and a hotly contested accolade for up and coming acting talent. Will was one of five international actors nominated for their exceptional talent and recognised as a true star in the making. The other nominees were: Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o and Léa Seydoux.
Will Poulter made his feature debut in the quirky British comedy Son of Rambow, where he gained critical acclaim and earned himself a nomination for most promising newcomer at the 2007 British Independent Film Awards. He has proved to be as comfortable with Hollywood A-listers as he is with small-budget Brit flicks. He recently starred alongside Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the outrageous We’re the Millers, and more recently took the lead in Dexter Fletcher’s gritty UK independent film, Wild Bill. This performance saw Will pick up a nomination for young British performer of the year at the London Critics’ Circle Awards.
Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the British public has chosen Will Poulter as their winner. With the award now in its 9th year we have seen a record response from the voting public, which is testament to the immense talent recognised in the EE Rising Star category this year. Congratulations to Will, a much-deserved winner.”
Pippa Harris, Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee and Chair of the Jury for the EE Rising Star Award, added: “"This year has been a fantastic year for emerging film talent and all the nominees clearly have star quality. Congratulations to Will Poulter, I hope this award marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in his career.”
The EE Rising Star Award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and over ninety films before she died in 2004. She worked with notable directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen's most memorable characters.
The five nominees for the EE Rising Star Award were selected from hundreds suggested by a jury featuring leading figures from across the film industry, including jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee and producing partner of Sam Mendes, actress Gemma Arterton, film critic Mark Kermode, director Kirk Jones and producer Pete Czernin, as well as leading film and entertainment journalists.
Unlike any other award at the EE British Academy Film Awards, the EE Rising Star Award was voted for by the British public via the EE website, www.ee.co.uk/bafta
The official hash-tag for the award is #EERisingStar and the ceremony hash-tag is #EEBAFTAs, EE’s Twitter handle is @EE.
For more information on the EE Rising Star Award please visit www.ee.co.uk/bafta
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