The BAFTAs 2022 Night Saw Lashana Lynch Crowned As The Winner of the Prestigious EE Rising Star Award

The 2022 nominees were: Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) , Harris Dickinson (The King’s Man), Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die), Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place II) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog). The award, now in its 17th year, marks the long-standing partnership between EE and BAFTA, shining a spotlight on the extraordinary skills of emerging acting talent. 

Lashana Lynch is quickly establishing herself as an internationally renowned actor, showcasing a range of disciplines across film, television and stage. In 2021, she made history as the first woman and the first woman of colour to carry on the legacy of 007 in her standout role as “Nomi” in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die, alongside Daniel Craig and Rami Malek. She is currently filming historical epic The Woman King in South Africa and will also be seen in the film adaptation of Matthew Warchus’ musical, Matilda, opposite Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson in the role of ‘Miss Honey’. Last year, Lashana starred in Debbie Tucker Green’s ear for eye, the feature film adaptation of Green’s well received play of the same name, which debuted at the Royal Court in 2018 where Lashana also took the lead role.  She also notably starred in Captain Marvel alongside Brie Larson, and Shonda Rhimes’ period drama series, Still Star-Crossed.

Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at BT & EE, added: “Congratulations to Lashana Lynch, a truly deserving winner. 2022 marks the 17th year of the EE Rising Star Award and the 25th year of our partnership with BAFTA, a real milestone for us as we continue to shine a spotlight on emerging talent in the film industry. After a challenging two years for the film industry, we are pleased to be able to recognise and celebrate the talented actors who have captivated us with their exceptional performances, in person tonight at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Louise Robertson, Executive Director of Partnerships & Fundraising at BAFTA said: “Recognising and championing emerging talent is an integral part of what we stand for at BAFTA. We’re thrilled Lashana Lynch has been announced as this year’s winner of the EE Rising Star Award. As ever, this year’s shortlist was truly outstanding and we are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with EE, celebrating future emerging talent.”

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 many notable directors, including Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott, and is remembered throughout the industry for contributing to the creation of some of the silver screen’s most memorable characters.

This year’s EE Rising Star Award nominees were selected by a stellar line up of industry experts who were tasked with selecting the shortlist from a comprehensive list of talented actors and actresses. The jury was chaired by EMMY-winning and BAFTA-nominated television producer and BAFTA Chair, Krishnendu Majumdar, and included actor Andy Serkis, Actress Michelle Dockery, Actress, producer and director Sadie Frost, casting directors Lucy Bevan and Leo Davis as well as other leading industry specialists. The jury was rounded out by prominent film and arts journalists.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of EE’s long-standing partnership of the British Academy Film Awards, working with BAFTA to bring film fans closer to the awards through the magic of technology. Since the partnership began, EE has not only worked with BAFTA to introduce the EE Rising Star Award but also used its award-winning network to create new and exciting opportunities for film fans to be part of the action.

About EE

EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, offering superfast connections in more places than any other operator. EE brought the first 4G network to the UK in October 2012, and launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019.

EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being named the UK’s no.1 5G network by RootMetrics® in 2020 and 2021, and the UK’s best network every year since 2014 for the following awards: The Mobile Choice Awards, The Mobile Industry Awards and by RootMetrics®.

As well as delivering mobile services to consumers, small and medium businesses, corporate customers and Government programmes, EE also provides home and business broadband using both 4G and fixed line connections.

EE is committed to being number one for service in the industry, and has nearly 600 shops across the UK. EE remains the only mobile provider to answer 100% of customer calls in the UK and Ireland and was recognised as the UK’s Best Large Contact Centre by the UK Customer Experience Awards 2018 and Welsh Contact Centre Awards 2019. EE was awarded The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work for the 2018 and 2019, as well as being named Best Employer 2018 by the European Contact Centre and Customer Service awards.

EE is part of BT’s Consumer business unit which provides products and services to all of BT’s consumer customers in the UK.

About BAFTA

BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org.  BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).