British actor of Uganda origin Daniel Kaluuya has won the BAFTA Rising star award for his stellar performance in critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.

The 28-year-old actor beat out stiff competition from Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Timothée Chalamet and Tessa Thompson in the EE-sponsored category, which was voted for by the public.

Daniel was presented with the award by 2015 Rising Star nominee Margot Robbie, who is nominated in this year’s Best Actress category for I, Tonya and Octavia Spencer, who received a nod in the Best Supporting Actress group for The Shape of Water.

The emotional star praised his fellow Rising Star nominees in his poignant speech as well as thanking his acting mentors and his family for letting him ‘think different.’

He said: ‘I’ve gone blank. Thank you, Tessa, Tim, Josh and Florence

According to, Daniel has also picked up Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role as Chris Washington in the 2017 horror film.

He won the Best Actor award at the MTV Movie Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

Daniel is known for his roles in hit TV shows, Skins, Psychoville and Black Mirror and has also starred in films, including crime thriller Sicario, Johnny English Reborn and Kick Ass 2.

This month he appeared in Marvel film Black Panther, followed by a co-starring role in Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist thriller Widows later this year.

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