Plan B joining Rising Star jury
Published 02/11/2010 | 12:05
Plan B has joined the jury for the 2011 Bafta Orange Rising Star Award.
The singer, aka Ben Drew, has directed short film Michelle, acted in films including Harry Brown alongside Michael Caine, and Noel Clarke's Adulthood, and next year will release his directorial debut Ill Manors, a gritty urban drama about respect and survival, set on the streets of East London.
Ben said: "It was a huge honour to be asked to be on the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award jury
"My experience of casting for Ill Manors gave me an incredible insight into the amazing pool of young talent in the UK and made me feel inspired to create the projects that will allow me to work with them. I have also been lucky enough to star alongside some of these guys over the years so I am looking forward to bringing this insight and inspiration along to the jury."
Fashion designer Tom Ford, whose directorial debut A Single Man starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult picked up several awards last year, has also joined the jury, which includes An Education star Peter Sarsgaard and Californication's Natascha McElhone.
Now in its sixth year, the Orange Rising Star Award has set a standard for identifying talent destined for super stardom. Previous winners include James McAvoy in 2006, Eva Green in 2007, Shia LaBeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009 and Kristen Stewart in 2010.
It is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the public.
Voting opens when nominees are announced on January 10 2011, via www.orange.co.uk/bafta.