David Oyelowo and David Harewood are among actors backing TriForce Creative Network.
Two British actors who have both broken through Hollywood, are teaming up with an initiative that aims to increase diversity in television and film.
Homeland’s David Harewood and Selma lead David Oyelowo are among more than a dozen figures from TV and film lending their support to a network aimed at increasing diversity on screen and behind the camera.
They have signed up as patrons of TriForce Creative Network, which was founded in 2004 by actors Jimmy Akingbola and Fraser Ayres to help bring together broadcasting professionals and up and coming talent from across all backgrounds, reported The Guardian.
TriForce has recently been building on the growing awareness created by Lenny Henry’s Bafta speech calling for action to tackle the “appalling” lack of black, Asian and ethnic minority faces in the industry.
Other new patrons include The Walking Dead’s David Morrisey, actor and director Noel Clarke and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald.
Co founder Akingbola said: “TriForce Creative Network is all about diversity of experience and our impressive list of supporters reflects that. We are honoured to have such fantastic patrons and partners for 2015, who are all hugely committed to nurturing and supporting the next generation of British film talent, and we are very excited to see the breadth of talent to come through the door this year.”.