The publically-voted EE Rising Star Award honours a young actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition and has begun to capture the imagination of the British public.
The first Rising Star Award was presented in 2006 and created in memory of Mary Selway the British casting director who died in 2004. In a career spanning three decades, she worked closely with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Ridley Scott. Selway worked on films including Return Of The Jedi, Indiana Jones, Withnail & I, Alien, Love Actually and Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. Casting for over 90 films, she helped create some of the silver screen's most memorable characters and launched the careers of many stars.