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BAFTA on Wednesday announced 2017’s list of Breakthrough Brits, 20 future stars from the U.K.’s film, TV and gaming industries who will be supported by the organization over the next 12 months.
The latest crop of talent was revealed during a special London event held at the flagship store of Burberry, which sponsors the program.
This year’s list includes Jessie Buckley, recently seen in the critically acclaimed TIFF-bowing Beast; Molly Windsor, who appeared in the lauded BBC miniseries Three Girls; Susan Wokoma, who starred in Channel 4’s Chewing Gum; and Josh O’Connor, from the well-received indie God’s Own Country. The latter film’s writer-director Francis Lee is also among the 20 names, along with fellow writer-director Hope Dickson Leech, helmer Mahalia Belo, producer Lydia Hampson, cinematographer Kit Fraser, writer Sarah Quintrell, composer Segun Akinola and writing/acting duo Charlie Cooper and Daisy Cooper.
From the gaming industry, Adam Vian, Thomas Vian, Anna Hollinrake, Daniel Fountain, Henry Hoffman and Olivia Wood made the list.
“I jumped at the chance to be part of the Breakthrough Brits jury, because what I love most about BAFTA as an organization is that it isn’t just commending people for reaching a certain height in their career,” said Will Poulter, the Detroit and Revenant star who sat on the jury with other industry names including Tom Harper and Stephen Woolley. “They are also doing so much work to nurture talent and provide people with the opportunity to get to that level.”
Over the next 12 months, the 20 newcomers will be supported by BAFTA and mentored by industry professionals, which in the past has included names include Sam Mendes, Kim Cattrall, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and Asif Kapadia.
Previous Breakthrough Brits — the program has been running since 2013 — have included current Spider-Man Tom Holland and The Imitation Game star Alex Lawther. Last year’s winners included Florence Pugh, who broke out with her starring role in Lady Macbeth and will soon be seen in Fighting With My Family, The Commuter and Outlaw King.
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