The directors of Channel 4’s Damilola: the Boy Next Door and BBC2’s Subnormal: A British Scandal are among 36 individuals recognised as Bafta Breakthrough talent for 2021.
The pair – respectively, Ashley Francis-Roy and Lyttanya Shannon – appear on the list alongside Georgi Banks-Davies, director of Sky drama I Hate Suzie; Coronation Street writer and director David Proud; and two creatives on C4 comedy We Are Ladyparts: costume designer PC Williams and casting director Aisha Bywaters.
The list is drawn from the worlds of TV, film and games and includes on-screen talent including It’s A Sin actor Lydia West and Sex Education’s George Robinson.
Introduced this year, Bafta Breakthrough expands the previous Breakthrough Brits by including 12 names from the US.
Designed to recognise the next generation of talent, the initiative gives individuals individual industry meetings, group roundtable sessions, global networking opportunities and access to career coaching sessions and professional skills development.
The list was drawn up by a jury chaired by ITV group director of diversity and inclusion Ade Rawcliffe and featuring the likes of Afua Hirsch, Niamh Algar and Tim Renkow.
BAFTA Breakthrough 2021 participants
Aaron Reid, Cinematographer - Stephen
Aisha Bywaters, Casting Director - We Are Lady Parts
Alex Kanaris-Sotiriou, Creative Director/Lead Developer - Röki
Ana Naomi De Sousa, Director - Naseem, Fight with Grace
Ashley Francis-Roy, Director - Damilola: The Boy Next Door
Chad Orororo, Sound Editor/Mixer - Pele
David Proud, Director/Writer - Coronation Street
Elle Osili-Wood, Presenter - Special Characters
Ellora Torchia, Performer - In the Earth
Gemma Hurley, Writer - Host
George Robinson, Performer - Sex Education
Georgi Banks-Davies, Director - I Hate Suzie
Heather Basten, Casting Director - The Origin
Helen Jones, Producer - Censor
Joanna Haslam, Design Director - Family Feud
Jo Jackson, Sound Editor/Mixer - Radioactive
Kirsty Elizabeth Gillmore, Production Voice Director - Destruction AllStars
Laure De Mey, Programmer - Assemble With Care DLC
Lydia West, Performer - It’s A Sin
Lyttanya Shannon, Director - Subnormal: A British Scandal
Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor - Life in a Day
PC Williams, Costume Designer - We Are Lady Parts
Prano Bailey-Bond, Director/Writer - Censor
Rajita Shah, Producer - Love Sarah
Anna Franqueso-Solano, Cinematographer - The Farewell
Bao Nguyen, Director, Documentary - Be Water
Cheyenne Ford, Production Designer - Shiva Baby
Dominique Nieves - Writer/Director - Our Lady Lupe
Ember Lab: Joshua Grier. Mike Grier, Hunter Schmidt, Games - Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Hikari, Writer/Director - 37 Seconds
Orlando Perez Rosso, Composer - Allen V, Farrow
Sarah Lampert, Writer - Ginny & Georgia
Siqi Song, Animator - All In A Day’s Work
Stephanie Economou, Composer – Jupiter’s Legacy