It’s A Sin and Sex Education stars named on BAFTA’s Breakthrough 2021 list

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9 Dec 2021, 13:01

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The cohort of up-and-comers in TV, film and video games have been announced - and there are some fan favourites recognised this year.

Lydia West, who played Jill Baxter in the Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, is one of many chosen for the impressive coaching programme offered to promising young talent in the industry. 

Also on the prestigious list is George Robinson, who starred as Isaac in the hit Netflix series Sex Education. 

Other Brits added include Coronation Street director and writer David Proud, and I Hate Suzi director Georgi Banks-Davies. 

The Bafta Breakthrough list features 36 future stars of the big and small screen, as well as talent in the gaming industry. 

It first launched in 2013 as a UK-only initiative, but was renamed BAFTA Breakthrough to allow international talent to be included. 

The programme, which is also supported by Netflix, has previously helped a number of now household names, including The Crown’s Josh O’Connor, and Marvel star Florence Pugh. 

Speaking to Variety about being included on this year’s list, Lydia said: “To be recognised by BAFTA is such a tremendous honour and it’s something you hope for your whole career.

“When it happens so early on, it just feels like such an honour. To be amongst so many other talented individuals and trailblazers and contemporaries that I both look up to and just really appreciate their work – it is so, so amazing to be part of that.”

Now she’s on the path to stratospheric stardom, Lydia is already being tipped to take over from Jodie Whittaker as the iconic time traveller Doctor Who.

It’s A Sin showrunner Russell T. Davies is returning to the long-running franchise, but Lydia claims she has no idea if she’s in the running or not. 

She added: “If I am named as the next Doctor, Russell and I don’t yet know about it.

“But I think it’s an amazing role. I think it’s a very challenging role. I think all the Doctors that have ever been have been so brilliant, and it’s tremendously huge shoes to fill.”