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#BAFTABlackout: Protesters line red carpet in diversity row

PEACEFUL PROTEST: Groups lined the streets holding placards calling for equality

A PROTEST led by Alien 3 actor Leon Herbert took to the red carpet at yesterday’s (Feb 14) British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony over the lack of non-white actors recognised at the show.

The peaceful demonstration, organised by the Creatives of Colour Network, ties into the #OscarsSoWhite debate over the lack of diversity in the film industry.

Protestors, armed with leaflets and Bafta shaped placards and the hashtag #BAFTABlackout, were stationed outside the London's Royal Opera House and chanted “cameras, lights, action, diversity and satisfaction” as A-list guests, including Idris Elba and Leonardo DiCaprio, made their way into the ceremony.

Leaflets baring the slogan #BaftaBlackOut had been handed out in the build up to the event, as well as a huge banner describing the entire industry as "male, pale and stale".

On their Facebook page, Creatives of Colour wrote: "Throughout the 90’s Corizon Visual Network peacefully protested the BAFTA awards due to the lack of diversity and opportunity within the film/ TV industry. In 2016, it seems nothing has changed! With only a couple of nominations this year at BAFTA people of colour still are NOT represented fairly on TV and Film.

"Creatives of Colour Network would like to dress up in Black and White on the 14th February and once again and peacefully protest this event, along with support Jon Boyega and Idris Elba on their nominations."

Beasts Of No Nation star Idris Elba, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Star Wars actor John Boyega, who won the EE Rising Star BAFTA, were the only black actors on this year’s shortlist.

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