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Emma Mackey wins the BAFTA Rising Star Award 2023

"Sex Education"'s Emma Mackey Wins the BAFTA Rising Star Award

Emma Mackey wins the BAFTA Rising Star Award 2023

It was a night of celebration at the 2023 BAFTAs on Sunday, 19 Feb. and the award for EE rising star was a particularly poignant moment. Last year's winner, Lashana Lynch, presented the award as she passed the baton to "Emily" star, Emma Mackey.

All five nominees were deserving of the prestigious award, but ultimately Mackey took the prize, beating fellow "Sex Education" star, Aimee Lou Wood, as well as Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, and Daryl McCormack. All actors were singled out as they "have each demonstrated their remarkable talent in film over the past year, having captured the imagination of both the public and film industry alike."

As Mackey took to the stage, Wood blew her costar a kiss and mouthed "love you" in a sweet moment of support. The Rising Star Award is the only one voted for by the public, so it is one of the most coveted of the evening.

Read on to hear more about the five nominees who will all undoubtedly have bright futures ahead of them, and then check out the other BAFTA Award winners.

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