Katie Leung named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit!
BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry, is a BAFTA initiative now in it’s second year, developed with the ambition of celebrating and supporting the UK’s emerging talent. The 2014 group was carefully selected by a panel of expert jury members who included Richard Ayoade, Barbara Broccoli OBE, [Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director] Mike Newell and Olivia Colman.
Katie is currently studying acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is due to appear in an upcoming BBC drama called One Child.
I can’t really believe it. As an Asian actor it’s very difficult to get work… I came really close to giving it all up. I don’t come from a family of actors, which makes it difficult to get feedback. But to know that BAFTA is backing me and that my work is being appreciated just means the world.
Watch a video below where Katie talks about being picked for the list, who inspires her, and why she acts:
Also on the list is Charu Desodt, an engineer who was a producer of Wonderbook: Book of Spells for Sony.
You never feel like you’ve reached your potential. I always feel like there’s more to do. I am always inspired by other people and what they’re doing… being named a Breakthrough Brit has made me reassess what I might be able to achieve and how I could help the industry evolve.
See the full list of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, and find out more here.
Congratulations, Katie and Charu! A wonderful achievement, and we look forward to seeing all your future projects!