Bafta unveils list of 'Breakthrough Brits'

Tom Holland Holland won best male newcomer at the Empire Awards in March

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Seventeen talented newcomers have been singled out by Bafta for its first list of 'Breakthrough Brits'.

A jury of industry experts selected those who have been making a name for themselves in the worlds of film, television and gaming.

This is England writer and director Shane Meadows and actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were on the panel.

The list features The Impossible star Tom Holland and Sharon Rooney, from hit E4 show My Mad Fat Diary.

The 24-year-old from Glasgow plays teen heroine Rae Earl in the comedy, which has a second series due in the New Year.

"I feel so honoured to have been chosen, it means so much," said Rooney, who started her career doing stand-up.

"Having Bafta believing in me means that I am going to start believing in myself a bit more and hopefully continue to work in the industry. It's that acceptance you dream of."

The Breakthrough Brits will be celebrated at a new talent showcase at Bafta on 21 October.

Holland, 17, has already won several awards after making his big-screen debut alongside Ewan McGregor in tsunami drama The Impossible.

Having also played Billy Elliot in the West End musical, he was recently cast as the young lead in the new Ron Howard film, In the Heart of the Sea.

Paul Brannigan's performance in Ken Loach film The Angels' Share won him praise, nominations and a best actor prize at the British Academy Scotland Awards.

Paul Brannigan Brannigan starred in The Angel's Share, which had its premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2012

The 27-year-old Glaswegian, who will next be seen in Edinburgh-set musical Sunshine on Leith and with Scarlett Johannson in Under the Skin, said he felt "blessed" to make the list.

Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams is recognised for his TV work after receiving rave reviews as a presenter on Channel 4's Bafta-winning coverage of the Paralympic Games.

Williams, who was paralysed from the waist down in a car crash in 2007, said it was "humbling" to be included and said it had given him confidence.

"This is huge to me and gives me a sense of something that is hard to find working in the TV industry - security."

Bafta chairman John Willis said they hoped to "turbocharge" the careers of those on the list, "who are just at the point of breaking through to the next level and becoming really serious players in their industry".

Writers and directors, producers, game developers and designers also make the list, which can be seen here in full.

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