5 newcomers up for top gong

The nominees have been announced for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Brit stars Gemma Arterton, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hardy and Aaron Johnson are up as well as American actress Emma Stone but who are these young actors?

Gemma Arterton has been steadily working since stealing the show her debut film St Trinian’s. She’s been a Bond girl, a kidnap victim (in indie film The Disappearance of Alice Creed) and starred in 2 summer blockbusters in one year (Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). As well as an impressive turn in Brit comedy Tamara Drewe, she’s appeared on stage on London’s West End.

Andrew Garfield | Celebrity Gossip | Pictures | Photos | GalleryAndrew Garfield was relatively unknown until 2010 when he exploded onto the scene after he was unveiled as the new Spiderman. Aside from this he put in impressive supporting turns in Facebook movie The Social Network and drama Never Let Me Go. 

Tom Hardy | The Inception | Gallery | New Pictures | Celebrity PhotosTom Hardy is the oldest of the bunch at 33 but has seen his star rise this year after steadily putting in scene-stealing performances in films such as RocknRolla and Inception. Despite an impressive lead role in indie film Bronson, Tom is set to get his juiciest role to date in the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

BAFTA Awards: Sam Taylor Wood & Aaron Johnson| pictures | now magazine | celebrity gossipAaron Johnson was perhaps better known as a famous toyboy (his relationship with Sam Taylor-Wood has got him plenty of tabloid inches) before his breakout role in surprise hit Kick-Ass, Aaron has since established himself as a serious star in the making. With a much-praised portrayal of John Lennon in Nowhere Boy and the offers flooding in, Aaron is one to watch.

Pineapple Express premiere: Emma Stone is bang on trendEmma Stone has established herself as a reliable comedic actress. Holding her own in the testosterone-heavy Superbad, Emma has since proved herself in comedy Zombieland and in her first starring role in Easy A – a performance that had her coined as the new Julia Roberts.

So who’s going to win?

The Rising Star Award, which was won by Twilight star Kristen Stewart last year, is the only one voted for by the public, so on that basis Gemma Arterton seems like the most obvious winner, (her public profile being the biggest) but I wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Johnson nabbed the gong. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Vote for your favourite both at www.orange.co.uk/bafta, on the mobile portal Orange World and via text.

The winner will be announced at the BAFTAs on Sunday 13 February 2011.