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1/08/2009 12:50:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight

Noel Clarke, the actor, writer and director who played the character of Mickey Smith in Doctor Who off and on from 2005 until last year, has been nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Rising Star Award.

Clarke, who also wrote an episode for the first series of spin-off programme Torchwood in 2006, has been recognised in the category for his work on the films Kidulthood and Adulthood, both of which he wrote and the latter of which he also directed.

BBC News reports that Clarke is up against Toby Keppell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Fassbender and Michael Cera for the prize.

The winner, decided by an online and text message public vote, will be announced at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony in London on February 8th. Further details can be found on the BAFTA website.

UPDATE: Clarke's nomination came five days after it was announced that Matt Smith had got the role of the Eleventh Doctor, and interviewed at BAFTA Clarke said he was delighted for him.

"I'm absolutely chuffed that Matt Smith is the Doctor. I don't know the guy but I could not be happier," said Clarke, adding that the fact Smith was only 26 would mean he had "no baggage". He said: "It's going to be fantastic. I know he's going to be brilliant. He's going to be his own Doctor."