The Orange Rising Star Award Nominees for 2009

BATD ON Jan 08, 2009 AT 6:05 pm

Last years winner Shia Leboeuf

Last years winner Shia Leboeuf

Today at London’s BAFTA HQ the nominees for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award were announced, via video link, by last year’s winner Shia LaBeouf. The award recognises five international actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent and have begun to capture the imagination of the public as a star in the making.

The five nominees are: Michael Cera, Noel Clarke, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall and Toby Kebbell.

The winners will be announced at The Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 8 February 2009. The Orange Rising Star Award is a special accolade as it’s the only one voted for by the British public. All you film fans can have your say by voting online www.orange.co.uk/bafta or by text using the following numbers:

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

Michael Cera text CERA to 82058
Noel Clarke text CLARKE to 82058
Michael Fassbender text FASSBENDER to 82058
Rebecca Hall text HALL to 82058
Toby Kebbell text KEBBELL to 82058

Last year’s winner Shia LaBeouf also added: “I was delighted to win the Orange Rising Star Award last year, especially as it is an award voted for by members of the British public. Since then I’ve had a really busy year working on a number of projects that I’m really proud of and 2009 looks like it’s going to be just as hectic! Hopefully I can go on to achieve the sort of success that my fellow Orange Rising Star Award winners have enjoyed.”

It’s definitely a tough choice with some great talent, so we’ve put together a little bio on each nominee to help you decide.

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke

Many of us remember Michael Cera as Evan in the exceptionally funny ‘Superbad’, one of 2007’s most talked about films. He then went on to play another lead role time in the Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated ‘Juno’, opposite Ellen Page.  Recently Cera starred in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’, which was released in October 2008. In 2009 we will see him star alongside Jack Black in ‘One Year’.

Noel Clarke has proved himself to be one of the UK’s most promising stars making his mark on British drama. He was a familiar face on Doctor Who as Mickey Smith and as Wyman in Auf Wiedersehen Pet. As a writer he penned the hit movie ‘Kidulthood’ and went on to direct and star in the follow up ‘Adulthood’. Clarke also won an award for Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards in 2006.

Michael Fassbender’s first major role was as Sergeant Burton ‘Pat’ Christenson in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning ‘Band of Brothers’. He then went on to play Stelios in the gory movie adaptation of ’300′, Frank Miller’s graphic novel. This led to a succession of roles including his performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’ which won him great critical acclaim.

Toby Kebbell

Toby Kebbell

It’s fair to say that Rebecca Hall was definitely a young starter with her first on-screen role at the tender age of ten in Channel 4’s adaptation of Mary Wesley’s ‘The Camomile Lawn’. Recognised for her performance alongside James McAvoy in Tom Vaughn’s ‘Starter For Ten’ this led the way for her role in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’, starring opposite Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Hugh Jackman. Look out for Rebecca in Woody Allen’s ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’.

Toby Kebbell is known for his standout performance as Johnny Quid, a drug-addled rock star in Guy Ritchie’s ‘RocknRolla’. His role in Corbijn’s ‘Control’ won him a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. 2009 will no doubt be an exceptional year for the young actor who has just finished filming ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’, an epic fantasy featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley and directed by Mike Newell, due to hit screens later this year.

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