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“Maybe I can win a BAFTA one day” – Barking make-up artist celebrates prestigious scholarship

A woman from Barking who received a rare scholarship from the the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) says it could “change her life.”

Alesha Ledatte-Williams was awarded £12,000 after receiving a Prince William Scholarship in Film,Games and Television.

It means she can study an Advanced Certificate in Make-Up and Hair Artistry at The Iver Make-Up Academy.

The 31-year-old had previously studied Business Management Marketing at Brunel University before working in education both in the UK and Japan.

Alesha, who currently works part-time as a make-up artist, said: “I’m overwhelmed to have been chosen for the scholarship and I think it’s really important that make-up is being awarded funding as there really isn’t enough out there for people wanting to study at this level.

“I feel that it has cemented the path that I want to follow and being awarded this scholarship is an affirmation that I’m heading in the right direction with my career goals.

“I’m really excited to start my course and am looking forward to learning all that The Iver Make-up Academy has to offer, as well as being a BAFTA Scholar, supported by Warner Bros! I especially want to be able to help others in the future whether it’s mentoring or potentially, even teaching as time goes on.”

Only eight British people received a scholarship with three people in China also getting one.

Alesha tells Time 107.5 it has allowed her to dream.

She added: “Some people get out of bed every day and hate their job, now I skip out of bed like Bambi!

“I think it speaks to how I feel about the industry as a whole and i’m so excited to put what I learn into practice, see what I can do and put my own spin on it – maybe I can win a BAFTA one day, that would be great!”

It’s the fifth year the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television, was awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. 

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “Over the years we have seen the BAFTA Scholarships programme evolve into a truly global initiative.

“Becoming a BAFTA scholar offers incredible opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration as well as giving this talented group of people every possible chance to succeed in the film, games and television industries.”

The Scholarship is supporter by film studio Warner Bros.

Speaking about it Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said: “For several years now, Warner Bros. has been proud to partner with BAFTA in this important scholarship programme, giving students the financial support, mentoring and access they need to pursue their passion, and we’ve seen some remarkable achievements from our talented alumni, many of whom now work regularly on major feature films, TV shows and in games development, or have won awards for their own creative content.

“I am very proud that through our own Warner Bros. Creative Talent programme, of which these scholarships are part, we are providing support and practical opportunities for the next generation of talent in our company and the industry as a whole.”

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