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Source: Bafta

The Bafta Elevate 2019 jury

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