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British talent up for Bafta prize

Toby Kebbell, Noel Clarke and Rebecca Hall
Toby Kebbell, Noel Clarke and Rebecca Hall head the British challenge

Three British actors have made the shortlist for Bafta's Rising Star award recognising emerging talent.

Noel Clarke - who played Mickey in Doctor Who - and Rebecca Hall, who is starring in Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona, are nominated.

Film actor Toby Kebbell is also in the running, along with Irish actor Michael Fassbender and Canadian Michael Cera.

The award is voted for by the public by text and online. Last year's recipient was Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf.


Clarke is also being acknowledged for writing and and acting in the film Kidulthood, which won prizes at the Dinard film festival and the British Independent Film Awards.

Michael Fassbender and Michael Cera
Michael Fassbender and Michael Cera complete the shortlist

He went on to write, direct and star in the follow-up to the film, Adulthood.

Hall's other big screen credits to date include Frost/Nixon and The Prestige.

Toby Kebbell also won an award last year for his supporting role in Control, the biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

He has gone on to appear in Guy Ritchie's latest picture RocknRolla, and has recently completed filming on fantasy epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Kebbell said at the announcement of the shortlist that it was a "massive honour" to be nominated whether he won or not.

Actor Michael Cera starred in TV sitcom Arrested Development, and gained critical acclaim last year as the male lead in teen pregnancy comedy Juno.

Film critic Mark Kermode on Rising Stars

German-born Michael Fassbender most recently won acclaim for portraying IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands on the big screen.

All nominees must have appeared in a film that has been entered for the Bafta film awards, and will have a number of screen credits already to their name.

Past winners of the award are Bond actress Eva Green and James McAvoy, who has since embarked upon a Hollywood career.

The star of Atonement was on the panel of judges who selected the final shortlist.

The winner of this year's award will be announced at the Bafta film awards in London on 8 February.

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