Ncuti Gatwa Receives BAFTA TV Award Nomination For Role In Sex Education
Ncuti Gatwa has been nominated for a BAFTA TV award for his role in Sex Education.
The 27-year-old plays Eric Effiong in the hit Netflix series and has been nominated for the 'Male Performance in a Comedy Programme' category.
Gtawa, who was born in Rwanda and raised in Scotland, revealed in a recent interview that he almost quit acting before being cast in Sex Education - a role he landed by twerking in his audition.
Speaking to Backstage, he said: "A couple of weeks before I started auditioning for Sex Education I was very convinced I was going to quit acting. Then I had gotten into the final stages of Sex Education and then I'd been offered this other TV role. Sex Education was a very long audition process, but by the time I got to the end of it, I kind of didn't care anymore - I was like, I'm either going to quit or do this other job.
"I just started twerking. My final audition for Eric, I was reading a scene with another actor reading for Otis, and it was a scene where they were getting ready to go to Aimee's party in season one and Eric gives Otis a hat and calls him 'Hat Man'. I just thought, Eric needs to twerk now, and so I did.
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"I've never done that in auditions before, and I don't know if I ever would again. But I looked at all the producers' faces and they were all crying with laughter. And I was like, 'Oh, my God, twerking has booked me this job.'"
Well, that twerk could yet prove to be his first step/gyration towards a BAFTA too.
Huge congratulations to Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education), Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy), Josh O'Connor and Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) for their @BAFTA nominations! :heart: pic.twitter.com/d3rke39203
- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 4, 2020
BAFTA said there has been a 22 percent increase of nominees of colour across the performance categories this year compared with 2019, according to the BBC. It comes after the academy came under fire in January after announcing an all-white list of acting nominees for the BAFTA Film Awards.
This year's ceremony will be hosted in a closed studio by Richard Ayoade, with winners giving acceptance speeches virtually - because of the coronavirus pandemic, obviously.
The ceremony will take place on 31 July and will be broadcast on BBC One.
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