UK producer Duncan Kenworthy OBE has been appointed as vice president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
He will join Michael Grade, the outgoing ITV executive chairman, who took over from Lord Puttnam as vice president in 2004. The academy is able to appoint up to the three vice presidents.
Kenworthy, representing the film industry, and Grade, representing TV, will formally share the duty of chairing the Bafta Council and supporting the Academy’s president Lord Attenborough.
Kenworthy, whose credits include three of the most successful British films of all time - Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral, is a past Chairman of the Academy and a multiple Bafta award winner.
He is currently producing Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic The Eagle Of The Ninth, which is shooting in Scotland and Hungary and stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong.
“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,” said Kenworthy.
Bafta chairman David Parfitt added: “Duncan is a major figure in the film industry and this is fantastic news for the Academy. Bafta is now in the extremely fortunate position of having two vice presidents whose contribution to, and knowledge of, film and television is immense”.