‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Nymphomaniac’ Thesps Among BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits

Mentoring program promotes young British talent, including 'Harry Potter' thesp Katie Leung and 'Kidulthood's' Ray Panthaki (above)

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed the 18 talented newcomers chosen by members of the film, television and games industries as the 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. Honorees include Katie Leung, best known for playing Harry Potter’s first love interest in the movie franchise, and Stacy Martin, who played a leading role in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.”

The Breakthrough Brits program, which is presented in partnership with Burberry, celebrates and supports the U.K.’s future stars of film, television and video-games through a bespoke career development program of mentoring, guidance sessions and networking opportunities over 12 months. The Breakthrough Brits were chosen by a jury of industry experts after a U.K.-wide open call for applications and nominations.

The honorees, who were introduced at an event at Burberry’s flagship store in London on Monday, include writers Jonathan Asser and Chris Lunt; producer/directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, and Marc Williamson; games producers Charu Desodt and Daniel Gray; directors Destiny Ekaragha and Sarah Walker; composer Tandis Jenhudson; presenter Ashley Kendall; actors Leung, Martin and Callum Turner (“Queen and Country”); game developer Reece Millidge; actor/producer Ray Panthaki (“Kidulthood”); game designer William Pugh; and producer A.J. Riach. More details about the honourees can be found here.

The event was attended by leading industry figures, including Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, film producers Duncan Kenworthy (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”) and David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love,” “My Week with Marilyn”); director Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”); Christine Langan, head of BBC Films; and actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments”).

Berry said: “Breakthrough Brits, launched last year in partnership with Burberry, is BAFTA’s flagship initiative to showcase and support new talent, allowing us to shine a spotlight on outstanding individuals across film, television and games. Our inaugural Breakthrough Brits have enjoyed a truly extraordinary year and now include multi-BAFTA and industry award winners and nominees, and across-the-board success stories.

“BAFTA and Burberry believe passionately in supporting new British talent, and this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits are 18 supremely talented individuals with great futures ahead of them. Over the next year, thanks to the outstanding support of our legacy mentors and partners, they will have the chance to meet with and learn from some of the most renowned names in the film, television and games industries.”

The jury members included John Willis, chief executive of Mentorn Media, group creative director of Tinopolis, and deputy chairman of BAFTA, producer Hilary Bevan Jones, actor Richard Ayoade, producer Barbara Broccoli, actress Olivia Colman, agent Tim Corrie, thesp Jack O’Connell and Piers Wenger, head of drama at Channel 4.

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