Royal Turnout: Brits to Watch event takes place in LA
The UK and US have been sharing talent, ideas and resources to memorable effect for over a century. In 2011, BAFTA's burgeoning new talent programme lead to a special red carpet event in Los Angeles, supported by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: BAFTA Brits to Watch.

The Brits in question were 42 emerging talents in film, games and TV – hand-picked by an expert BAFTA panel and flown out to have their work showcased to the cream of American screen talent, including Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Judd Apatow, Jessica Chastain and Elisabeth Moss.

Many of the Brits to Watch have since gone on to enjoy success on high-profile US productions – actors Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Netflix’s Black Mirror, and director Gareth Edwards with Rogue One among them. The event’s legacy continues through our headline new talent initiative, Breakthrough Brits, which offers a year’s mentoring and guidance for up to 20 newcomers in film, games and television each year.

Image: TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry arrive at the Brits To Watch event in 2011 (BAFTA Archive/Stewart Cook).

(BAFTA Archive/Stewart Cook)

Video: BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Nigel Lythgoe and BAFTA Brits to Watch honorees, mentors and presenters share their thoughts on the BAFTA Brits to Watch programme. Includes TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry arriving at the inaugural Brits To Watch event (Source: BAFTA).