Actress and Whizz-Kidz Champion Ruth Madeley has been announced as one of BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits of 2016.
Ruth is one of 18 talented newcomers from the world of film, television and games who will take part in a year-long mentoring and guidance programme with BAFTA, designed to cultivate future stars in the creative industries
The Breakthrough Brits, which were selected by an international jury including actors Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), rounds off what has been a remarkable year for Ruth. Her performance in BBC Three’s Don’t Take My Baby earned her a BAFTA nomination for Leading Actress, and she has also appeared in ITV’s new drama The Level, her first non-disability specific role.
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz said:
“Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is thrilled to see Ruth get the recognition she deserves for her enormous talent.
“Not only is she a fantastic actress, but she is also an excellent role model, and seeing a wheelchair user performing on prime time national television is a huge inspiration for many of the young disabled people we support.
“We are delighted that BAFTA continue to champion Ruth and it is extremely encouraging to see them nurturing diverse talents both behind and in front of the camera.”