(Photo from bfi.org.uk)
According to the British Film Institute (BFI), 60% of UK Films in the last 10 years featured no black actors. The statistic was revealed at the Black Star BFI London Film Festival. The research shows that the number of black actors cased for leading roles hasn’t really changed over ten years. The film industry needs to champion diversity and open up leading roles castings for people of colour and not just for films that are gang, violence, colonialism or racism related. The genre most likely to feature black people is the crime genre, with 65% casting black talent (BFI statistic). Popular British black actors who have played leading roles in the UK since 2006 include: Noel Clarke, Ashley Walters, Naomie Harris, Idris Elba and Thandie Newton.