Recipients of 2017 BAFTA acting scholarships announced

Kalungi Ssebandeke and Sade Malone have both won BAFTA acting scholarships
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Two acting students have received funding from BAFTA to help with the cost of their training, as part of the academy’s annual scholarship programme.

Kalungi Ssebandeke, 27, from London, and Sade Malone, 20, from Leeds have each been given £5,000 to support their studies.

Ssebandeke’s funding will contribute to the cost of his master’s degree in acting at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, while Malone has been given the money towards the third year of her BA in acting at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

They will receive free access to BAFTA events and one-on-one mentoring from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees in addition to their financial support.

Malone said: “Getting the BAFTA scholarship is amazing. A sense of weight has now been lifted from mine and my family’s shoulders regarding finance for the future, and the mentoring opportunities BAFTA can provide is what any young aspiring actress could hope for.”

Jonny Lavelle, who won a scholarship in 2015 to support his studies at Guildhall, has been awarded a grant for a second time.

It is the third time BAFTA has included actors in its annual scholars, of which there are 39 this year. The list covers acting, film and television production, video games design, directing and film-making.

The scholarships are also awarded to Chinese individuals studying in the UK, as well as young people studying in New York and Los Angeles.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “BAFTA is dedicated to making sure that talented individuals are given every possible opportunity to succeed n the film, games and television industries.

“We are thrilled to be providing this international community of students with not only the financial means necessary to launch their careers, but also the chance to build lasting relationships with leading industry figures, whose contribution to supporting the next generation is invaluable.”