O'Dowd shortlisted for Rising Star award

Irish actor Chris O'Dowd have been shortlisted for this year's Rising Star award at the film Baftas.

Irish actor Chris O'Dowd have been shortlisted for this year's Rising Star award at the film Baftas.

The prize, which goes to a relatively new face who is tipped for the top, has previously been won by Tom Hardy and 'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart.

Also on the all-male shortlist are Tom Hiddleston, Adam Deacon, Eddie Redmayne and Chris Hemsworth.

Hiddleston was at the premiere of Steven Spielberg's latest film, 'War Horse', on Sunday night, but has also appeared in films such as 'The Deep Blue Sea' and 'Thor' in recent months.

O'Dowd is known for his role in Channel 4 sitcom 'The I.T Crowd, but has also branched out into movies such as 'Gulliver's Travels' and 'Bridesmaids', as well as Judd Apatow's forthcoming 'This Is 40'.

The shortlist for the The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was drawn up by filmgoers from a selection made by a jury which included Simon Pegg, Sienna Miller and 'Harry Potter' director David Yates. Members of the public will vote for the winner which will be announced at the Baftas on February 12.

Redmayne's work includes 'My Week With Marilyn' and the soon-to-be-screened BBC adaptation of 'Birdsong', while Deacon became known for co-writing, directing and starring in 'Anuvahood'.

Australian actor Hemsworth took the title role in 'Thor' and will play Formula One legend James 'Hunt in Rush'.

Other past winners of the prize include James McAvoy and Eva Green.

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