The nominees for the BIFA gave staggering performances in these thought provoking films. Though there are some recognized actors, many newcomers made the list; it’s no wonder why they did. Keep a keen eye on these actors and their golden performances.
Judi Dench- Philomena
Dench got her start in Shakespeare plays and had a strong background in theater. She worked for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company before making her debut in television in the series A Fine Romance in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. She is most recognizable for her role as M in the James Bond films.
Lindsay Duncan- Le Week-end
Duncan is a Scottish actress who got her start in theatre. She joined London’s Central School of Speech and Drama at the age of 21. For the stage, she has won two Olivier Awards, and two Tony awards. Her film roles include the voice of the android TC-14 in Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace and Alice’s mother in Time Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
She made her film debut at the age of nine, as John Ritter’s daughter in North. She was praised for her breakout role in Ghost World (2001). She made her transition into adult roles in Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation. She has also been the face of many advertisement campaigns including Calvin Klein and L’Oreaal.
Felicity Jones- Invisble Woman
She was originally inspired to get into acting by her uncle, actor Michael Hadley. She has had roles in multiple tv series including The Worst Witch and Servants. In January 2011 she was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her leading role in Like Crazy.
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now
She is a nineteen year old Irish actress who came to international recognition in the 2007 film Atonement. She was one of the youngest actresses to receive best supporting actresses nominees for the Golden Globes.
The Moet British Independent film Award winners will be announced on Sunday December 8th at Old Billingsgate in London in an event hosted by the actor and BIFA patron James Nesbitt. The event will be live cast by Film3Sixty.