Innovators, Visionaries, Pioneers
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Amanda Berry OBE

CEO, British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Berry is widely recognised as having turned BAFTA’s fortunes around. Under her tenure as CEO, she has elevated the status of the charity’s annual Film Awards (the BAFTAs) to become a true barometer for the Oscars and an essential event for the Hollywood A-list, and in so doing she has helped raise the profile of the British film industry. Additionally, Berry has overseen the expansion of BAFTA’s year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives, offering public access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes.

Benedict Cumberbatch


Cumberbatch has a huge year, starring as Khan in the summer blockbuster STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, his other 2013 releases include AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and the WikiLeaks drama THE FIFTH ESTATE. He received the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for 'British Artist of the Year'.

Chris O'Dowd


Post-Bridesmaids, O'Dowd has won over the collective hearts of womankind and become a genuinely headliner in Hollywood. His follow-up films have included THE SAPPHIRES (2012) and THIS IS 40 (2012). This year his credits include EPIC, CALVARY and THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

Eddie Redmayne


Redmayne is currently playing world famous physicist Stephen Hawking in an upcoming biopic THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2015), directed by Academy Award winning director James Marsh and costarring Felicity Jones, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. Earlier this year, he finished shooting the highly anticipated Sci-Fi film JUPITER ASCENDING, directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and also starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Redmayne was most recently seen in the Tom Hooper directed LES MISERABLES (2012), which won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of The Year and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy 2013. In September he won the 'Remy Martin Breakthrough Award' at the GQ Man of the Year Awards.

Emily Corcoran

Actress / Producer / Screenwriter, Cork Films Ltd

The founder of Cork Films, Corcoran has had a prolific presence on the British film scene this year. She has produced 4 feature films: BARKING TREES (2013), CONFINE (2013), CRYPTIC (2014) and SUPER BOB (2014) and is fully financed for the New Zealand epic THE STOLEN, which will start shooting in early 2014. She even found the time to appear in CAL (2013) and CONFINE.

Idris Elba


The Golden Globe-winning actor is in huge demand on both sides of the Atlantic. This year's credits include his most high-profile work to date - the title role in MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM - and THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

Richard Ayoade


Ayoade, star of the geektastic TV show The IT CROWD and Director of SUBMARINE (2010), has produced his 2nd film as writer-director, THE DOUBLE (2013). Based on a novel by Dostoevsky and starring Jesse Eisenberg, the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. Ayoade is seen as a real creative energy at force and one to once again look out for during next year's award season.

Steve Coogan


Alan Partridge may have been a creation of the '90s, but Coogan's beloved characted received a warm welcome at the cinemas this summer when he was reprised for ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA. Magnolia Pictures has just acquired the North American distribution rights, ensuring that the movie will also get a theatrical release in the US in 2014. This year Coogan also starred in the LOOK OF LOVE and voiced a part in DESPICABLE ME 2. He co-stars with Judi Dench in next year's PHILOMENIA.

Steve McQueen

Film Director

McQueen has followed the acclaimed HUNGER (2008) and SHAME (2011) with the shocking 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013). Based on the factual story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South, the cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tessa Ross

Controller of Film and Drama, Channel 4

Ross is a BAFTA award winning film executive. In addition to her role for Channel 4, she is a director of The Royal National Theatre and a governor of The National Film and Television School. This February at the 66th British Academy Film Awards, she received the award for 'Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema'. Ross has the respect of the film industry, with Danny Boyle once stating that he sees her as one of the few production executives who really understands how to make the business work.

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