Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Television Stars Given Empire Award Nods for Big Screen Work

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Television Stars Given Empire Award Nods for Big Screen Work

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

SOPHIE COOKSON and Taron Egerton, stars of Kingsman: The Secret Service, will vie for best newcomer against television stars Dan Stevens and Karen Gillan at the Jameson Empire Awards.

The film awards, voted for by the public, give newcomer status to two of the world's best-known actors thanks to Downton Abbey and Doctor Who respectively on the grounds they are not previously known for movies.

Stevens will face Egerton as well as EE Bafta's rising star Jack O'Connell, Ellar Coltrane from Boyhood, and Daniel Huttlestone from Into The Woods, thanks to his appearance in thriller The Guest.

Gillan joins Cookson, who plays secret intelligence candidate Roxy in Kingsman, on the back of her appearances in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Oculus. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of period drama Belle, is another contender. The awards, which will be presented on March 29, showcase categories not seen at other ceremonies including best horror, best comedy and best sci-fi/superhero/fantasy film, where Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past will do battle. …

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