The British Independent Film Awards was founded by Raindance in 1998 to honour and celebrate independent films made in Britain. Previous winners have included Billy Elliot, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.

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Read all the 2012 BIFA nominations here.
The winner will be announced on Sunday 9 December 2012.

 

Many of these women performed alongside the nominees for best actress, proving the sheer talent showcased in these films.  With varying ages and experience, here is some information on this year’s nominees for Best Supporting Actress.

 

Alice Englert as Rosa in Ginger & Rosa

Alice Englert is the daughter of Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and filmmaker Colin Englert.  She is known for her roles in The Water Diary and 8.  This is her first nomination.

 

Eileen Davies as Carol in Sightseers

Eileen Davies is an English actress.  She is known for her roles in Another Year, Bright Star and Vera Drake.  This is her first nomination.

 

Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnelly in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Maggie Smith is an English stage, television and film actress, and more importantly one of the world’s most well-known and distinguished actresses.  With a wide array of impressive roles in renowned films, some of the best known films include the Harry Potter series, Gosford Park, Hook, and A Room with a View.  Further proving her significance in the cinematic world, she has won 35 awards, including 2 Oscars, and nominated another 48 times. This is Smith’s first BIFA nomination.

 

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson

Olivia Colman is an English television and film actress.  With roles in a wide array of film, she is best known for her roles in Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur and Peep Show. She has also won 9 awards and 5 nominations.  This includes her BIFA award for Best Actress for her role in Tyrannosaur.

 

Vanessa Redgrave as Marion in Song for Marion

Vanessa Redgrave is yet another well-known English actress of film, stage and television.  Countless films have been graced with this star’s presence, but some of her best known films include Howards End, Mission: Impossible, Blow-Up, and Deep Impact.  Redgrave’s talent has certainly been recognized, with 40 awards and 42 nominations under her belt.  These include a BIFA nomination in 2006 for Best Actress and her award last year for Best Supporting Actress.