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Heathcote to be honoured
Bella Heathcote. Picture: Jason Kempin/Getty Images.

Former Neighbours star Bella Heathcote is among the rising stars set to be honoured at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards.

Heathcote has been named among the recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Awards, which are given to the most promising actors of the year as part of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Heathcote, who launched her career with the help of a Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2010, most recently appeared alongside Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows.

Ezra Miller, who chilled audiences in We Need to Talk About Kevin, will also be honoured along with British reality TV star Samantha Barks, who will appear in the new Les Miserables movie alongside Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.

"We are very excited that we will be able to recognise these great acting talents while they are still on the road to discovery and stardom," Hollywood Film Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Spotlight Awards will be handed out at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on October 22.

Previous recipients include Mila Kunis, Noomi Rapace, Anton Yelchin, Shailene Woodley and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin.