BAFTA Unveils Breakthrough Brits to Watch

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The 19 rising stars from the film, TV and gaming world will receive support and mentorship over the next 12 months.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday unveiled its annual list of "Breakthrough Brits," 19 future stars from the U.K.'s film, TV and gaming industries who will be supported and mentored by the organization over the next 12 months. 

"Breakthrough Brits" is BAFTA's flagship initiative that "identifies and supports the next generation of British creative talent." Talent is selected by a jury of industry experts after a U.K.-wide open call for nominations and applications.

The program has been running since 2013. Previous Breakthrough Brits have included Tom Holland and Florence Pugh.

Here is the 2018 crop of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits:

Adrienne Law – games producer
Annie Price – presenter
Chris Walley – actor
Daniel Kokotajlo – writer/director
Daniel Lawrence Taylor – actor/writer
Ellena Wood – director
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – producer
Harry Nesbitt – artist and game developer
Jay Armstrong – game developer
Jessica Barden – actress
John Campbell and Katie Goode – technical director & creative director
Lucy Cohen – writer/director
Luisa Omielan – comedian
Lottie Bevan – co-founder & COO
Michael Pearce – director
Paapa Essiedu – actor
Ria Zmitrowicz – actress
Vanessa Whyte – cinematographer

Said BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry in a statement: "We are delighted to announce our 2018 Breakthrough Brits, hugely talented individuals from a range of backgrounds at a pivotal stage in their careers. As Breakthrough Brits reaches its sixth year, it is wonderful to see what our previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to achieve, and I am so excited to see, with BAFTA’s support, guidance and mentorship, what our 2018 honorees will do next.”