Rose Ayling-Ellis is announced as one of BAFTA Breakthrough creatives for 2022

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BAFTA Breakthrough has unveiled its creatives for 2022.

Every year, the arts charity’s flagship talent initiative selects a number of creatives, providing support in their professional development, including coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities with key industry figures.

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EastEnders star and Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis is among those named this year, alongside Big Boys writer Jack Rooke, and This Is Going To Hurt star Ambika Mod.

Former Breakthrough alumni include Spider-Man star Tom Holland, Don't Worry Darling's Florence Pugh, Black Panther's Letitia Wright and This Country's Daisy May Cooper.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Ayling-Ellis said: "It's very exciting to be part of it, it's such a great opportunity to get more opportunities.

"Being in acting is really, really hard and when you're deaf or have a disability on top, it's even harder.

"You have to really grab the moment to find the opportunity to create more opportunities because the industry isn't doing it, so you feel responsible that you have to create something for the industry.

"The industry could do a bit more for disabled actors. We are starting to see more, which is good, but I feel like we don't want to see a disabled story, I just want to see that being part of a character."

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She added to BAFTA: "It means a lot because I am very passionate on making change in the industry and encouraging more disability on the screen, because we don't see them very often."

Big Boys writer Jack Rooke added: "I certainly feel like Big Boys, although is me quite self-indulgently telling my own story, it is a very heavily collaborative piece.

"The opportunity of working with BAFTA is that I can collaborate with even more people."

Below is the full list of BAFTA Breakthroughs.

UK Breakthroughs

Alex Thomas - Director - Yorkshire Cop: Police, Racism and Me (TV)
Alyx Jones
- Dialogue Editor - Elden Ring (Games)
Ambika Mod - Performer – This is Going to Hurt (TV)
Chloë Fairweather - Director – Dying to Divorce (Film)
Diana Olifirova - Cinematographer - Heartstopper (TV)
Emily Brown - Lead Designer - Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (Games)
Jack Rooke - Writer/Executive Producer – Big Boys (TV)
Jamal Green - Composer - TOEM (Games)
Joanna Boateng
- Producer - Uprising (TV)
Leon Harrop - Performer – Ralph & Katie (TV)
Marley Morrison
- Writer/Director - Sweetheart (Film)
Morag Taylor
- Principal Technical Artist – Total War: Warhammer 3 (Games)
Nell Barlow
- Performer - Sweetheart (Film)
Nicôle Lecky
- Writer/Executive Producer/Actor - MOOD (TV)
Paul Sng
- Director - Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (Film)
Rose Ayling-Ellis
- Performer - EastEnders (TV)
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araro Mapfumo - Director – Sex Education (TV)
Sophie Cunningham
- Director – Look Away (TV)
Theo Williams
- Director – Terms & Conditions: Deeper than Drill (TV)
Zachary Soares
& Luciana Nascimento - Co-Founders, Creative Director & Artistic Director – Moonglow Bay (Games)

US Breakthroughs

Alex Pritz
- Director - The Territory (Film, Documentary)
Amrit Kaur
- Performer - The Sex Lives of College Girls (TV)
Brandon Perea
- Performer - NOPE (Film)
Charlotte Hornsby
- Cinematographer - MASTER (Film)
Clare Knight
- Director - Back to the Outback (Film)
Daphne Qin Wu - Cinematographer - The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (Film)
Ellie Foumbi
- Director/Writer - Our Father, the Devil (Film)
Megan Fox
- Founder/Games Programmer - SkateBIRD (Games)
Melissa Adeyemo
- Producer - Eyimofe (Film)
Rebeca Huntt - Director - Beba (Film, Documentary
Robert Ouyang Rusli - Composer – Test Pattern (Film)
So Yun Um
- Director - Liquor Store Dreams (Film, Documentary)

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