Rocks actress Bukky Bakray has received the EE Rising Giant establish Award at the 2021 BAFTAs.
The 19-year-feeble from East London took home the prestigious accolade after performing within the BAFTA-nominated film Rocks, directed by Sarah Gavron, and triumphed over fellow nominees Conrad Khan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Morfydd Clark, and Sope Dirisu.
Gavron chanced on Bakray at school, used 15, and forged the teenager in her first-ever performing feature.
Her capture used to be introduced by James McAvoy, winner of the first-ever BAFTA Rising Giant establish Award in 2006, the wonderful publicly voted award, who appeared on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of the digital viewers.
The teenager appeared bowled over at her capture as she accredited a kiss from her mother on her dwell Zoom link, amid loud cheering from family and company at home.
“Thanks so principal BAFTA and EE, I appreciate this so principal,” she acknowledged. “The highlight of this awards sail has been recognition in a category with my fellow nominees, I cannot describe how humbling and what a blessing it is to be set up apart on the related boat as these talented human beings.
“I’ve obtained a outlandish appreciation for the Rocks family as properly. Thanks for seeing one thing in me that I by no way saw in myself. Thanks, EE for persevering with to spotlight fresh and rising skill.”
As properly as her EE Rising Giant establish Award, Bakray has bought nominations from the British Self reliant Film Awards (BIFA) and London Critics’ Circle, and used to be furthermore shortlisted within the Leading Actress category at the BAFTAs, shedding out to Frances McDormand for Nomadland.
She is at indicate enrolled in Theatre Peckham’s Originate Acting Direction, where young performers receive specialist coaching from prime-tier drama institutions, fair like Guildhall College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.