Kerry's Jessie Buckley and Dubliner Barry Keoghan have been shortlisted for this year's BAFTA Rising Star Award in the UK.

They are joined on the shortlist by Black Panther's Letitia Wright, Widows' Cynthia Erivo and Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield. The winner is decided by public vote. Previous winners include Daniel Kaluuya, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and Eva Green.

Twenty-nine-year-old Buckley, who last year starred in the thriller Beastsaid on hearing that she was nominated: "I would like to thank both BAFTA and the jury from the bottom of my heart for putting me forward for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award - it's a huge honour and a fantastic category to be nominated for, especially as the winner is decided by film fans at home."

American Animals star Keoghan, 26, said it was "really exciting" to be shortlisted.

"Over the years, I have watched so many actors and actresses that I admire be nominated in this category, so to think that I'm now on that list is an amazing feeling," he added.

The winner will be announced at the BAFTA Awards in London on February 10 and voting is open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA. The full list of BAFTA nominees will be announced on Wednesday, January 9.

Keoghan's new film, the Irish crime-drama Calm with Horses, is currently in post-production. 

Along with American Animals, the former Love/Hate star has received acclaim for his big screen performances in The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Dunkirk.

Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters in American Animals

Buckley came second in 2008's BBC show I'd Do Anything, which saw Andrew Lloyd Webber searching for a young star to play Nancy in his West End production of Oliver!.

Her theatre credits also include a West End production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and she starred in the BBC's 2016 TV adaptation of War & Peace

Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn in Beast

Buckley's upcoming films include the Judy Garland biopic Judy, in which she plays production assistant Rosalyn Wilder; the musical drama Wild Rose and the Benedict Cumberbatch espionage thriller Ironbark.

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