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Florence Pugh Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award

Announced by BAFTA

Published: 27 Jan 2017

The EE Rising star awards recognised the world’s best upcoming talent, and is the only BAFTA that is voted for by the public.

Florence received rave reviews for her performance in the film Lady Macbeth, which was released globally earlier this year after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival 2016. Her performance as ‘Katherine’ had critics calling her ‘stunning’, ‘mesmerizing’ and ‘a revelation’.  Thanks in part to her performance, Florence was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, and was awarded the Malone Souliers Award for Breakthrough of the Year at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Florence made her feature film in debut in Carol Morley’s The Falling. Her performance in the film garnered her widespread attention, along with a nomination for Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival Awards. Since then, Florence has filmed the horror Malevolent, directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, and Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter, in which she stars alongside Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga and Sam Neill, set for release early next year.

Florence will soon start filming Jean Le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl for the BBC, directed by Park Chan-Wook and starring alongside Alexander Skarsgård. She is currently filming on David Mackenzie’s film Outlaw King, in which she stars alongside Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. She also recently wrapped filming on King Lear with Richard Eyre for the BBC and Amazon, acting opposite Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent.

Earlier this year, Florence wrapped production on the feature film Fighting with My Family for WWE and Film4. Florence plays the lead role in the film, written and directed by Stephen Merchant, and stars alongside Jack Lowden, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn. It is due for release next year.

Florence’s other television credits include the hit ITV series Marcella, in which she starred alongside Anna Friel and Laura Carmichael, and Studio City for John Wells and Warner Bros. Television.