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Irish actors Barry Keoghan and Jessie Buckley have made the BAFTA rising star shortlist

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IRISH ACTORS JESSIE Buckley and Barry Keoghan have made the BAFTA EE Rising Star shortlist. 

They’re joined by Black Panther’s Letita Wright, Widows’ Cynthia Erivo, and Sorry To Bother You star, Lakeith Stanfield.

Barry, from Dublin, got his big break on RTE drama Love/Hate, as the notorious ‘cat killer’. 

The BAFTAS described him as a show stealer in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. 

You’ll have seen him recently in Bart Layton’s American Animals with Evan Peters as an ill-fated thief. 

Jessie Buckley hails from Kerry and came second in the BBC’s talent search show, I’d Do Anything. The show featured Andrew Lloyd Webber in his search for a new Nancy to star in his West End production of Oliver. 

She’s had roles in various West End productions such as Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and was recently featured in the BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace. 

BAFTA point to her performance as Moll in Beast as proof of her ‘magnetic versatility as an actress’.

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Buckley has upcoming roles in the Judy Garland biopic, and Benedict Cumberbatch thriller Ironbark.

Winners are decided by public vote, with the likes of Tom Hardy and Eva Green taking the honours in previous years. The 2019 rising star will be announced at the BAFTA ceremony on February 10th, with voting now open. 

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