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Orange BAFTA Rising Star: Toby Kebbell

TobyKebbell.jpgToby Kebbell, if I were to say that name and you saw a picture of the man I'm sure there's one film you would think of right away, Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla – isn't interesting we precede his films with his name? - and out of all of the nominees for the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award this year, he is one of the newest and shiniest.

He makes the final nominee for the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award at this year's BAFTAs, and it's an award that you can decide, just by voting for your favourite out of all the nominees the audience will choose the winner of the award. So, without further ado, here's the final nominee, Toby Kebbell.

Toby Kebbell was born in 1982 and appeared in one episode of a British television show before in 2004 he was picked up for a role in Dead Man's Shoes written by Paddy Considine, who also lead, and Shane Meadows, who also directed the film.

Shane Meadows obviously saw something in the actor as he starred in his film Northern Soul in the same year, and then it was a leap and a half to Hollywood where he acted in the various versions of Oliver Stone's Alexander (Filmstalker review). That was one busy year.

The following year he had a quick turn in Woody Allen's excellent Match Point (Filmstalker review), before returning to television for an appearance as Macbeth in ShakespeaRe-Told, and that marked a much quieter 2005 for the actor.

He appeared in a British film called Wilderness after that, starring alongside the very cool Sean Pertwee, then a short appearance in a British television film. Suddenly, in 2006, things weren't looking so strong for the actor. However it was 2007 that turned things around for Kebbell.

He starred in Control (Filmstalker review) as Rob Gretton, the music producer of the legendary band Joy Division, and his character and performance was really good. Strangely though the rest of the year marked nothing more than a few television appearances, and in 2008 he played the leading character and the kingpin of RocknRolla (Filmstalker review), and really grabbed the screen whenever he appeared.

A strange decision followed as he appeared in a short film called The German, and then was snapped up by Hollywood again for the huge Mike Newell directed videogame adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Gemma Arterton.

A short and diverse career that has some huge films in there, both in terms of Hollywood scale and of audience popularity, Toby Kebbell is another deserving nominee for the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award this year, and you can ensure he wins by simply voting for him.

You can either head to the online voting at the official Orange British Academy Film Awards page and read up on the stars, watch some clips for them to refresh your memory, and then get voting, it's free online.

Or you can use the text voting which you can read more about over on the official voting site. Get yourself over there and have your say.

You can see the other profiles of the nominees of Michael Cena, Noel Clarke, Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Hall on Filmstalker.



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