Cynthia Erivo — the British-Nigerian actress and singer who is just an Oscar shy of an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) has been named as one of Bafta’s rising stars and is a step closer to bagging the award.

Known for her lead role in the Broadway revival of The Colour Purple, Erivo brought her boundless talents to the big screen last year, delivering two acclaimed and very different performance in Bad Times at the El Royale and Widows.

Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright who was recently named the highest box office-earning actor of 2018 was also nominated as well as Atlanta actor and star of Sorry to Bother You Lakeith Stanfield. Actors Jessie Buckley, and Barry Keoghan were also shortlisted for the award, which is determined by public vote.

Last year, British-Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya won the award for his role in Get Out. John Boyega is also amongst the awards’s previous winners. 

Cynthia Erivo, who is slated to play Harriet Tubman in an upcoming biopic, had a fruitful 2018. The Tony-winning actress, starred alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s 2018 heist thriller Widows, as well as in Bad Times at the El Royale.

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