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Duncan Kenworthy appointed BAFTA Vice President

14 September 2009
Eva Green, recipient of the Orange Rising Star Awards in 2007 with Duncan Kenworthy.

Duncan Kenworthy has been appointed Vice President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

BAFTA announced today that Duncan Kenworthy OBE will join Michael Grade CBE as a Vice President of the Academy.The Academy is able to appoint up to three Vice Presidents. Michael Grade took over as Vice President from Lord Puttnam in 2004 and will continue as Vice President representing Television alongside Duncan, who will represent Film.

As Academy Vice Presidents they will formally share the duty of chairing the BAFTA Council and supporting the Academy’s President Lord Attenborough.

Duncan Kenworthy is a past Chairman of the Academy who has been involved in many of the significant changes at the Academy in recent years. A highly respected film producer whose credits include three of the most successful British films of all time – Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually – Kenworthy is a multiple BAFTA Award winner and was awarded an OBE for services to film in 1999. He is currently filming The Eagle Of The Ninth, a Roman epic adventure directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong.

Michael Grade said, “I am absolutely delighted that Duncan has agreed to become a Vice President of the Academy. He has held a number of key positions at BAFTA and is passionate about the Academy’s work. Duncan brings huge experience to the role and I very much look forward to working with him”.

Duncan Kenworthy said, “I'm delighted to be able to continue my longstanding commitment to the Academy in this way, and frankly honoured to be asked. BAFTA is an important part of the moving image landscape, and every UK viewer benefits from its work".

David Parfitt said, “Duncan is a major figure in the film industry and this is fantastic news for the Academy. I have worked with Duncan over a number of years at BAFTA and his passion and commitment for the organisation is extraordinary. BAFTA is now in the extremely fortunate position of having two Vice Presidents whose contribution to, and knowledge of, film and television is immense”.

14 September 2009


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