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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

HOLLYWOOD CALLINGS of ADE OYEFESO




 A  20-year-old NIGERAN London actor  has been named by BAFTA as one of the best young talents in film and television after a starring role in E4's Youngers.

Ade Oyefeso, who is self-trained, will make his Hollywood debut alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in The Gunman, due out in 2014.

He was inspired to pursue his dreams by actor Dev Patel after seeing him in Slumdog Millionaire.

He said: "I remember in school the one subject I was passionate about was drama.

"Then when I saw Dev Patel it clicked with me that you didn't have to be a producer's cousin to get in the industry. I really didn't want to do anything else."

After his TV break came success on the big screen, and a new type of role model.

He said: "The first time I met Sean Penn I tried to avoid contact, and act cool.

"But it was amazing to share scenes with him, and in a way I felt I had to step up because of who he was.

"Then when he came to London, he called me to meet up, and I was able to ask him for advice. Because of who he is, it was real advice."

He cites Elba as an inspiration, and points to him as proof other young British actors can make it.

A self-trained actor from north London will appear alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba as he is tipped as a future star by Bafta.9:53pm UK, Wednesday 30 October 2013



Sky's Kay Burley interviews Bafta chairman John Willis as the organisation names 17 "Breakthrough Brits" tipped to excel in their fields

A 20-year-old London actor has been named by Bafta as one of the best young talents in film and television after a starring role in E4's Youngers.Ade Oyefeso, who is self-trained, will make his Hollywood debut alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in The Gunman, due out in 2014.
He was inspired to pursue his dreams by actor Dev Patel after seeing him in Slumdog Millionaire.

He said: "I remember in school the one subject I was passionate about was drama.

"Then when I saw Dev Patel it clicked with me that you didn't have to be a producer's cousin to get in the industry. I really didn't want to do anything else."

After his TV break came success on the big screen, and a new type of role model.

He said: "The first time I met Sean Penn I tried to avoid contact, and act cool.

"But it was amazing to share scenes with him, and in a way I felt I had to step up because of who he was.

"Then when he came to London, he called me to meet up, and I was able to ask him for advice. Because of who he is, it was real advice."

He cites Elba as an inspiration, and points to him as proof other young British actors can make it.

Bafta chairman John Willis said: "I think Ade is a really talented young actor, but I think he's a person who has not been to drama school and needs nourishment and support.

"It's our job now to find that support to help him reach his goal."

Oyefeso is one of 17 newcomers from the film, TV and gaming worlds chosen by a panel of industry experts as a "Breakthrough Brit".

The awards are designed to "turbocharge" the careers of those chosen, who get mentoring and guidance sessions from industry experts.
Ade Oyefeso, a self-trained actor from north London, was one of the winners.

The 20-year-old first played Yemi in E4 series Youngers, and will next be seen on the big screen alongside Sean Penn and Idris Elba in The Gunman, which is due out next year.

Mitu Khandaker, 29, was also named as one to watch in the video games industry.

She founded games studio The Tiniest Shark Ltd while doing a PhD in creative technologies, where she looked at novel video game controllers.

Khandaker said she was "absolutely honoured" to have been chosen for the Breakthrough Brits award.

"My future plans already included continuing to work and expand my current one-woman games company, but being selected as a Breakthrough Brit has given me further confidence to pursue this," she explained.

Other winners at the London event included 27-year-old actor Paul Brannigan, from Glasgow.

Brannigan already appears on the path to big things and will act opposite Scarlett Johansson in the film Under The Skin.

In 2012, he also helped create and film the documentary Born To Lose?, looking at the links between addiction and genetics.

The programme helped raise more than £2m for charity as part of the STV Charity Appeal.

Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams is also tipped for great things as a television presenter.

The 27-year-old from Cheltenham was paralysed in a car crash in 2007 and last summer received rave reviews as part of Channel 4's Paralympics coverage.

He also reported on the channel's D-Day As It Happened programme and followed it up with another documentary, The Plane That Saved Britain, about the World War II plane the Mosquito.

"I still really can't quite comprehend I have been successfully nominated," said Williams.

"This is huge to me ... With a Breakthrough Brit nomination under my belt it gives me a lot more appeal for future employment, and gives me more confidence for a future on this career path."

John Willis, Bafta's chairman, said the idea is to help the brightest and best fulfil their potential.

"The initiative is amazing," said panel member Shane Meadows. "What’s really nice about it is that it’s not just actors or it’s not just directors - there are game designers and producers and writers."


Bafta chairman John Willis said: "I think Ade is a really talented young actor, but I think he's a person who has not been to drama school and needs nourishment and support.

"It's our job now to find that support to help him reach his goal."

Oyefeso is one of 17 newcomers from the film, TV and gaming worlds chosen by a panel of industry experts as a "Breakthrough Brit".

The awards are designed to "turbocharge" the careers of those chosen, who get mentoring and guidance sessions from industry experts.

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