Mia McKenna-Bruce: Kent Actor Expresses Surprise at Bafta Win

Mia McKenna-Bruce holding her EE Rising Star Bafta award
Mia McKenna-Bruce won the only Bafta award chosen by the public [ GETTY IMAGES]

Mia McKenna-Bruce, a talented 26-year-old actor from Kent, wins the prestigious EE Rising Star Award at the Baftas.

Mia McKenna-Bruce, acclaimed for her portrayal of Tara in Molly Manning Walker’s thought-provoking film How to Have Sex, was awarded the esteemed Bafta chosen by the public during Sunday’s event.

Expressing her genuine astonishment, Miss McKenna-Bruce humbly described the win as a “complete surprise.” Overwhelmed with gratitude, she conveyed her desire to embrace and convey appreciation to each individual who cast their vote in her favor.

Amongst a noteworthy lineup including Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Jacob Elordi, and Sophie Wilde, Miss McKenna-Bruce emerged victorious, earning recognition for her remarkable performance in How to Have Sex. The film sensitively explores themes of sexual consent within the context of a coming-of-age narrative, set against the backdrop of a post-GCSEs holiday in Malia, on the picturesque Greek island of Crete.

In her heartfelt response, she expressed her hope that this win would foster ongoing conversations around the film, further promoting awareness and understanding of its important subject matter.

‘Absolutely petrified’

As Mia McKenna-Bruce took the stage at the Royal Festival Hall in London to accept her well-deserved award, she was overwhelmed with emotions, describing the experience as mind-blowing.

Grateful and filled with appreciation, clutching her first Bafta award, Miss McKenna-Bruce expressed heartfelt thanks to her family for their unwavering belief in her talent, starting from a young age. Although she acknowledged that she could never fully repay them for their support, she considered this achievement as a meaningful starting point.

In an interview with BBC Radio Kent, the actor candidly shared her initial apprehension, confessing to feeling petrified at the thought of speaking in front of esteemed figures like Christopher Nolan. Reflecting on her journey, she fondly recalled her first acting job in Billy Elliot at the tender age of eight. She mentioned how her father would faithfully stand at the back of the theater, attending most shows to watch her perform.

Miss McKenna-Bruce expressed her plans to celebrate this momentous win with her loved ones, cherishing the joyous occasion alongside them, and indulging in a takeaway meal, creating treasured memories together.

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