Star Wars actor John Boyega is one of five new faces who will be in the running for the Rising Star Award at the Bafta Film Awards next month.

The Londoner, who plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, faces competition including Fifty Shades Of Grey actress Dakota Johnson.

Brie Larson, who appears in new drama Room, and Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Taron Egerton are also nominated.

They are joined by Bel Powley, from 2015’s The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

The London-born 23-year-old has already risen very far, very fast, having found global fame as a rebellious Stormtrooper in the new Star Wars adventure.


Before that, he had played just one lead film role, in 2011’s action comedy Attack the Block, plus smaller parts in TV shows like 24: Live Another Day and BBC Three’s Becoming Human.

He is due to appear opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle later this year.

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