British-Nigerian actress, Cynthia Erivo Nominated For the 2019 BAFTA Rising Star Award

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British-Nigerian actress, Cynthia Erivo, has been nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ EE Rising Star Award

Erivo won a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy for her lead role in the Broadway revival of The Colour Purple, brought her boundless talents to the big screen last year, delivering two acclaimed and very different performance in Bad Times at the El Royale and Widows

The EE Rising Star Award is public-voted and concentrates on exceptional young actors who have begun to capture the attention of the British public.

Erivo is nominated alongside Jessie Buckley (Beast), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, American Animals), Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You, Get OutAtlanta) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Mirror).

This award has previously been won by Daniel Kaluuya in 2018 and John Boyega in 2016. The jury that selected the nominees included actors, Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), as well as acclaimed broadcasters, producers, casting directors and film critics.

The winner will be announced at the British Academy Film Awards on February 10.

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