The 2020 EE Rising Star Award winner was Ward the other nominees were Awkwafina, Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
This year’s nominees were selected by a group of industry jurors including actors Vanessa Kirby, Cynthia Erivo, Gemma Whelan and film broadcaster Edith Bowman
2020 is the 15th anniversary of the EE Rising Star Award – the only award at BAFTA’s Film Awards voted for by the British public
The winner was announced on Sunday 2nd February 2020 at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
Revealed by BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry, film broadcaster Edith Bowman and actor Tom Hiddleston, the nominees consisted of five performers who have each shown exceptional talent on the big screen over the past 12 months and captured the imagination of both the British public and experts from across the film industry.
WARD recently starred in the highly anticipated Netflix series Top Boy, which was produced by Drake and earned breakthrough star Micheal widespread acclaim throughout the UK. Micheal has also earned praise from critics for his lead role in Paramount’s Blue Story, which follows the story of two young boys from opposing postcodes who quickly form a firm friendship that is tested when they wind up on rival sides of a street war. Micheal has also starred in BBC thriller series The A List, which was released internationally on Netflix.
Micheal Ward, commenting on his nomination, said: “The last two years have been unbelievable, and now to find out that my industry has recognised my work and put me up for the EE Rising Star Award, really is the most amazing thing to happen.”