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Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, Lashana Lynch amongst guests at BAFTA’s fundraising gala supported by Bulgari at The Londoner hotel

12 March 2022

The event raised funds for BAFTA’s year-round work supporting young people to build careers in film, games and television

The BAFTA Gala supported by Bulgari took place last night at The Londoner Hotel and was hosted by Edith Bowman.

The BAFTA Gala, is the arts charity’s biggest fundraising event, with the funds raised helping to enable BAFTA’s work supporting young people building careers in film, games and television. Initiatives supported by the Gala include BAFTA Children and Young People’s activity such as BAFTA Young Game Designers and BAFTA Young Presenter, BAFTA Scholarships and BAFTA’s new career development bursary fund. A full list of BAFTA’s learning and talent development programmes can be found here.  

Stars from across the worlds of film, television and games came out to support BAFTA, including Ronni Ancona, Adjoa Andoh, Alexander Armstrong, Jack Ashton, Barbara Broccoli, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jenna Coleman, Nicola Coughlan, Tess Daly, Judi Dench, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Helen George, Tom Hiddleston, Vernon Kay, Lashana Lynch, George Mackay, Nick Mohammed, Piers Morgan, Ray Panthaki, Joely Richardson, Talulah Riley, Vinette Robinson, Andy Serkis, Celia Walden, Harriet Walter, Gemma Whelan,  Deborah Frances-White, Olivia Williams,  Molly Windsor and Susan Wokoma.

This was the fifth BAFTA Gala and the fundraiser was supported for the first time by Official Partner Bulgari, who have a long-term cinematic history and whose initiatives align with BAFTA’s through a shared commitment to breaking down barriers and nurturing and supporting talented individuals to develop careers in the creative industries. Bulgari is also the Official Jewellery and Watch Partner to the EE British Academy Film Awards.

In light of the devastating situation in Ukraine BAFTA will dedicate some of the funds raised at the Gala to support Ukrainian creatives working in the screen industries and those reporting on the conflict.

The gala was co-hosted by Amanda Berry CEO of BAFTA and Barbara Broccoli, BAFTA’s Vice President for Film. The evening was compered by Edith Bowman and featured a live auction chaired by Harry Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby’s UK and Ireland and a range of musical performances. Singer-songwriter Reuben James performed a film medley and his own original song “So Cool”, and Max Harwood performed “Out of the Darkness” from the BAFTA-nominated Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. he night ​was hosted in The Ballroom at The Londoner and ended with a DJ set from Amazonica.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Rebel Wilson and will be broadcast exclusively in the UK on BBC One and BBC One HD at 19.00 GMT on Sunday 13 March. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world.  AJ Odudu and Tom Allen will be hosting BAFTA’s red-carpet show streamed live across BAFTA’s social channels (@BAFTA) from 15.00 GMT.

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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - 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 more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

About Bulgari

Part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewellery shop. Known as the magnificent Roman jeweller and master of coloured gems, Bulgari has established a worldwide reputation for Italian excellence and enjoys renown for its exquisite craftsmanship. The company’s international success has evolved into a global and diversified luxury purveyor of products and services, ranging from fine jewels and high end watches to accessories and perfumes, and featuring an unrivalled network of boutiques and hotels in the world’s most exclusive shopping areas.

Demonstrated through its numerous philanthropic partnerships, Bulgari deeply believes in innovating the present for a sustainable future through its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and giving back – to nature and to the community.

Edwardian Hotels London

Edwardian Hotels London is one of the UK’s largest privately owned hotel groups, which has been operating and developing its hospitality portfolio, including upscale five- and four-star luxury hotels, since Jasminder Singh OBE began his career within the hospitality industry in 1977; forming the beginnings of what would become Edwardian Hotels London.

The Londoner, Edwardian Hotels London’s latest opening, is the world’s first super boutique hotel in London’s Leicester Square and incorporates 350 bedrooms and suites, six concept eateries and bars, The Residence, The Retreat, private screening rooms, seven inspiring meeting spaces and a stunning ballroom for 850 guests. It is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious Legend Collection.

Edwardian Hotels London also owns and operates The May FairThe Edwardian Manchester, both part of premium lifestyle brand Radisson Collection, 10 Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels across London and a range of luxury restaurant and bar brands, including the award-winning Kitchen concept restaurants; May Fair Kitchen, Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, Peter Street Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen and May Fair Bar, as well as Steak & Lobster and Scoff & Banter.