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BIFA Celebrates 16 New British Actors

BIFA Celebrates 16 New British Actors

This year’s Long List for Most Promising Newcomer features nine men and seven women from 12 British films

Long Lists in four further new talent categories, plus Outstanding Achievement in Craft, to be released next week

London, Friday 14 October: The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) has revealed its long list for Most Promising Newcomer 2016. The award highlights outstanding new British acting talent who have had their first significant feature film role in a British independent film this year.

Most Promising Newcomer Long List 2016 sponsored by The London EDITION

Ako Ali – Undocument

Lucian Collier – Spaceship

Annes Elwy – Yr Ymadawiad

Ozzy Myers – Adult Life Skills

Dave Johns – I, Daniel Blake

Rachael Deering – Adult Life Skills

David Sillars – Seat in Shadow

Sennia Nanua – The Girl With All the Gifts

Ellie Kendrick – The Levelling

Steve Brandon – My Feral Heart

Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake

Will Rastall – My Feral Heart

Isabella Laughland – Urban Hymn

Will Sharpe – The Darkest Universe

Letitia Wright – Urban Hymn

Ziad Abaza – K-Shop

For more information about the longlisted performers, click here

The long list was chosen by BIFA’s voters through a process of viewing and discussion followed by an online vote. Andrew Braidford, founder of The BWH Agency, chaired the sub-group charged with making the selections in this category. He commented: “Our category was filled with a selection of fierce, eclectic and fascinating performances in a number of genres, which made our job extremely difficult. We feel the list is packed with a diverse and hugely talented group of actors who, having been given the opportunity, all shone within thought-provoking and high-quality British films”.

The final five nominations will be decided through another round of voting and will be announced on 1 November.

The long lists in the following categories will be released over the next week on www.bifa.film and on Twitter (@bifa_film) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BIFA.Film): Best British Short on Monday 17 October; The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter and Breakthrough Producer on Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 October.