‘Imitation Game’ Actor Among BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits

'Imitation Game' Actor Among BAFTA's Breakthrough
Courtesy of BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, in partnership with Burberry, has selected the 18 upcoming talents of the film, television and games industries as its new batch of Breakthrough Brits, the org announced Tuesday.

The honorees were revealed at a reception at the global Burberry flagship store in London. Among those selected is actor Alex Lawther, who won the London Film Critics Circle award for Young British Performer as the young Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” He followed that with a starring role in 2015’s “Departure,” opposite Juliet Stevenson, and in May he completed filming on HBO pilot “Virtuoso.”

Another nominee is producer Jenny Saunders, whose BBC documentary “Baby P: The Untold Story” was nominated for a BAFTA at this year’s television awards. She is developing an original 10-part drama series with screenwriter Jeremy Brock, as well as a film about W.B. Yeats, which is intended for theatrical release.

The other honorees are Charlie Covell, who is both a writer (“Banana,” “Burn Burn Burn”) and an actress (“Cucumber”); producer Lauren Dark (“War Book”); writer-director Stephen Fingleton (“The Survivalist”); cinematographer Anna Valdez Hanks (“The Syndicate”); producer-director Daisy-May Hudson (“Halfway”), who produces content for Vice Media; actors Aysha Kala (“Indian Summers”), Martin McCann (“The Survivalist”) and Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn”); screenwriters Regina Moriarty (“Murdered by My Boyfriend”), Tess Morris (“Man Up”) and Laura Wade (“The Riot Club”); director Ed Perkins (“Garnet’s Gold”); games sound designer Jessica Saunders; games developer Christopher Davis; games creative director Luke Whittaker; and senior games designer Catherine Woolley.

For more information on the honorees go here.

“Now in its third year, Breakthrough Brits showcases exciting new talent across film, television and games, and supports them — with mentoring and inspiration from leading industry figures — as they take the next steps in their career,” said Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA. “I’m particularly pleased there are so many female Breakthrough Brits this year, and from a variety of specialisms, including cinematography, games design and sound, where women are often underrepresented.”

Recently, former Breakthrough Brit Tom Holland went on to be named the new Spider-Man in the film franchise since he was given the accolade at the BAFTA Award ceremony last year.

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