Jack O'Connell wins Rising Star Award at Baftas

Jack O'Connell wins Rising Star Award at Baftas

JACK O’Connell picked up the Rising Star Award at this year’s Bafta Film Awards, held at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday night.

Voted for by the public, the award seeks to recognise up and coming young actors who have won acclaim for their roles in the past year.

The second-generation Irish actor recently starred as former Olympian Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s World War II movie Unbroken.

O’Connell began his career in Channel 4’s drama Skins, before taking on the lead in Starred Up (2013), a film in which he played a violent teenager transferred to an adult prison.

He beat Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) to win the award.

James McAvoy, the first winner of the Rising Star Award ten years ago, returned to present O’Connell with his Bafta.

Northern Irish film Boogaloo and Graham won the short film award.