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BAFTA announces Breakthrough Brits 2019

30 October 2019

Twenty breakthrough talent across film, games and television have been revealed in partnership with Netflix 

The honourees will be celebrated at a special event on Thursday 7 November

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced 2019’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Netflix – twenty of the UK’s most promising future stars of film, games and television.

The full list of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits in 2019 is: 

Abubakar Salim - Actor (Raised By Wolves)

Chance Perdomo - Actor (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Chris Cox - Art Director (Ordia)

Coco Jackson - Producer (Dancing On Ice)

Daniel Dewsbury - Director (The Mighty Redcar)

Gemma Langford - Writer / Indie Games Studio Manager (Overcooked 2)

Jen Kenwood - Producer (Pure)

Kayleigh Llewellyn - Writer (In My Skin)

Kirstie Swain - Writer (Pure)

Laurie Nunn - Screenwriter (Sex Education)

Lesleyann White - Principal Quality Analyst (Sunless Skies)

Liam de Valmency - Senior Principal Programmer (Dreams)

Luke Hull - Production Designer (Chernobyl)

Niamh Algar - Actor (Calm with Horses)

Oliver Kassman - Producer (Saint Maud)

Rose Glass - Director / Writer (Saint Maud)

Sarah Brocklehurst - Producer (Animals)

Simon McMahon - Film Editor (For Sama)

Stella Corradi - Director (Trigonometry)

Vicky Knight - Actor (Dirty God)

This year’s cohort of talented newcomers will be celebrated at a special celebration event on Thursday 7th November at the Banqueting Hall on Whitehall.

BAFTA Breakthrough is BAFTA’s flagship new talent scheme that showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television in the UK. Since its launch in 2013, BAFTA Breakthrough Brits has championed over 100 talented newcomers. Honourees receive one-to-one mentoring and career guidance, as well as access to BAFTA events and networking opportunities in the UK and internationally. 

BAFTA and Netflix share a joint vision of celebrating emerging British talent and giving them the tools to develop their skills at the start of their careers. Building on the success of ‘Breakthrough Brits’, the partnership with Netflix will help facilitate expansion of the ‘Breakthrough’ initiative globally, working to identify overseas talent in new territories such as India and the USA.

Since its launch in 2013, BAFTA Breakthrough Brits has championed over 100 talented newcomers, including actors Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Malachi Kirby, Ray Panthaki and Molly Windsor, composer Segun Akinola, game producer Dan Gray, and directors Destiny Ekaragha and Michael Pearce. 

Previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to flourish within their respective disciplines, many becoming BAFTA winners and nominees. Supporters of the initiative in recent years include actors Oliva Colman and Tilda Swinton, actor-producer Brad Pitt, directors Tom Harper and Barry Jenkins, game designers Brenda Romero and Tim Schafer, and actor-writers Sharon Horgan and Amy Schumer.

This year’s Breakthrough Brits jury members included actors Joe Cole and Bertie Carvel. Joe Cole, 2019 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Juror, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to sit on this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits jury. I have loved watching the work of this year’s shortlisted newcomers. It’s an exciting time in global film, games and television, with so much opportunity, but it can also be daunting for those trying to break into the industry. Breakthrough Brits is an incredible programme, offering invaluable support, guidance and mentoring from BAFTA.”  

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are delighted to announce this year's BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, 20 enormously talented individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, across film, games and television. Since its launch in 2013, BAFTA Breakthrough Brits has championed over 100 talented newcomers and it is wonderful to see what our previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to achieve. I am absolutely delighted that we are partnering this year with Netflix, who share our vision to celebrate emerging British talent and provide them with the tools to develop their skills at this pivotal moment in their careers.”

For more information about BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Netflix, go to:

This year’s honourees will also be accommodated by Bulgari London Hotel, Official Hotel Partner to the event, and transported by Audi UK, BAFTA’s Official Car Partner.

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Notes to Editors:

2019 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits biographies are available HERE

2019 Jury biographies are available HERE

2019 Jury headshots are available HERE



A selection of free press imagery is available from BAFTA’s online photo library: – via the BAFTA Talent Initiatives | Press Images | Breakthrough Brits 2019 folders


For further information, please contact WDW Entertainment:

Molly Whitehall | [email protected] | 0203 432 5839

Izzy Baker | [email protected] | 0203 432 5839


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit For more, visit

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