BAFTA welcomes another group of talented craftspeople to its 2019 Elevate programme: actors.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the 21 participants who will receive support as part of the BAFTA Elevate initiative. Now in its third year, BAFTA Elevate supports individuals from under-represented groups progressing to the next stage of their career, focusing on a different area of the film and television industry each year.
This year, BAFTA Elevate is supporting actors from under-represented backgrounds, including disability, race, sexual orientation and people from lower socioeconomic groups. In previous years, Elevate has supported writers (2018) and female directors (2017). The initiative was developed in response to the under-representation of particular groups in key industry professions.
BAFTA Elevate participants will receive a bespoke, year-long programme of support including networking opportunities, introductions, mentoring, tailored panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops on professional development.
The BAFTA Elevate participants have been selected by a jury of industry experts from across the television and film industries, including actors Himesh Patel (Yesterday, EastEnders), Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This Is England), alongside casting directors, producers and executives.
Of the 21 talented actors selected for BAFTA Elevate 2019 TBB gives a special shout out to actor Anthony Welsh (Fleabag, Black Mirror, Pure), Nahel Tzagi (Sliced), Rhoda Ofori-Attah (Coronation Street, Last Tango in Halifax, Top Boy), and Ronke Adekoluejo (Been So Long, Christopher Robin, Doctor Who).
Mariayah Kaderbhai, Head of Programmes at BAFTA, said: “It was a pleasure to come together and celebrate the start of the Elevate journey for these actors. Our research across the industry has shown that people from under-represented groups are not offered the same as others. With Elevate, we want to help people to access opportunities as well as use BAFTA’s endorsement to encourage the industry to cast more openly.”
Find out more about BAFTA Elevate here.