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The BME Stars Nominated for This Years BAFTA Awards

NOMINEE: Thandie Newton (Photo credit: BBC)

THIS YEAR'S BAFTA nominations are out, featuring some of the UK’s best BME talent who graced British screens in 2017.

Actor Samson Kayo received a nomination for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his starring role in Famalam. The BBC Three and BBC Two sketch that first aired in September, hailed an all black cast with Kayo causing waves of laughter on social media.

The production was met with high praise for its diverse narrative that combined an African and black British spin on comedy. This comes after writer and actor Tom Moutchi said “There’s been a whole shift in diversity with films like Black Panther. Now more than ever, everyone wants to see more prominent, strong-melanin characters on screen and this is the perfect show for that”.

Thandie Newton has been nominated for lead actress for the popular BBC One police television series,Line of Duty. The star born to Zimbabwean and English parents captivated audiences in the nail biting drama that broadcasted last year.

Prior to taking on the lead role, Newton spoke out on the lack of diverse roles in British television. Despite her love of Britain, she said that she couldn’t work after feeling reluctant to star in the likes of Downtown Abbey and Call The Midwife, calling it “slim pickings for people of colour”.

Another standout nominee is ITV2 sitcom Timewasters, which has been nominated for best scripted comedy. The entertaining show stars four black travellers from south London, as they travel back in time to the 1920’s. Timewasters stars Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Josh Cole and George Kane.

See the full list of nominees on BAFTA's website.

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