UK actors and Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2019 Himesh Patel and Viveik Kalra are among the jurors for the 2019 Bafta Elevate scheme, which this year is supporting actors from underrepresented backgrounds.
As well as Patel and Kalra, who starred in music-themed box office hits Yesterday and Blinded By The Light respectively this summer, the jury includes This Is England star Chanel Cresswell, Channel 4 head of comedy Fiona McDermott, ITV head of screen diversity Ade Rawcliffe, and former Screen Stars Ashley Walters (2004), Mahalia Belo (2012), and Hong Khaou (2013).
The full list of jurors is available below.
The jury met on September 23 to select participants for this year’s Elevate programme, from a shortlist collated by industry consultants.
The participants on the Elevate scheme will be announced on October 8.
The scheme was launched in 2017 to improve access to the industry for those from underrepresented backgrounds or groups.
The inaugural programme supported 15 female directors seeking to progress in high-end TV and features; while last year’s edition focused on writers.
Bafta Elevate 2019 jury
Himesh Patel, actor
Chanel Cresswell, actor
Viveik Kalra, actor
Hong Khaou, director
Mahalia Belo, director
Tom George, director
Julia Crampsie, casting director
Lucy Pardee, casting director
Lila Rawlings, producer
Ade Rawcliffe, head of screen diversity, ITV
Fiona McDermott, head of comedy, Channel 4