November 7, 2018:
Tom Hiddleston was on hand to help celebrate the 2018 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. Breakthrough Brits is a programme to support the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television in the UK. Each year up to 20 newcomers are selected to take part in a year-long mentoring programme with BAFTA.
There were 19 individuals chosen in 2018 by a jury which included Gemma Arterton, George MacKay, Stacy Martin, Nainita Desai, Hoseein Amini, and Mark Gerhard. The Breakthrough Brits are: Jay Armstrong (Games Developer), Jessica Barden (Actress), Lottie Bevan (Co-Founder & COO), John Campbell and Katie Goode (Technical Director & Creative Director), Lucy Cohen (Writer/Director), Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer), Paapa Essiedu (Actor), Daniel Kokotajlo (Writer/Director), Adrienne Law (Games Producer), Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Actor/Writer), Harry Nesbitt (Artist & Games Developer), Luisa Omielan (Comedian), Michael Pearce (Film Director), Annie Price (Presenter), Chris Walley (Actor), Vanessa Whyte (Cinematographer), Ellena Wood (Director), and Ria Zmitrowicz (Actress).
Tom shared his enthusiasm for the campaign: Breakthrough Brits is an initiative about connection. It's about bringing people together, sharing ideas, celebrating new talent... It's a remarkable initiative because it's celebrating a new generation of artists; each of whom has something unique to say. Everyone has a story and so this is about celebrating all these new artists. I'm very excited to meet them!
Inside, Tom had the honour of introducing the selectees.