The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to meet the stars of Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Spooks when their royal tour takes them to a black-tie dinner in Los Angeles next week.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has arranged the glamorous Brits To Watch event to showcase the best of the country’s up and coming talent.
The dinner will be one of the highlights of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 11-day royal tour, which began on Thursday in Canada, and is also expected to include Hollywood A-listers who will be invited along to provide the young Britons with a vital networking opportunity.
Jessica Brown Findlay, the 21-year-old actress who plays Lady Sybil Crawley in the hit ITV1 period drama Downtown Abbey, will be among those who will join some of the most powerful figures in the film industry at the event on July 9.
Miss Brown Findlay, whose character on TV is the youngest daughter of the Earl of Grantham, will be one of the 42 British actors, directors, producers and designers mixing with household names at the 100-year-old Belasco Theater, which has recently been restored after becoming derelict.
Bafta, of which Prince William is president, will use the event to show clips of the guests’ work to the movie executives, who are likely to include casting directors and producers, as well as leading actors.
Also among those being flown out to Los Angeles for the event are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who has appeared in several episodes of Spooks and Doctor Who, Talulah Riley, who appeared in the Leonardo di Caprio blockbuster Inception, and Owain Yeoman, who played Lysander, the captain of the Trojan army, in the 2004 epic Troy.
Tom Hughes, best known as the troubled teenager Bruce Pearson in Ricky Gervais’s film Cemetery Junction, and Harry Lloyd, a 27-year-old Oxford graduate who has appeared in the TV series Robin Hood and Doctor Who, will also be among the guests.
Britain’s brightest young directors will be represented by Joe Cornish, who made the Nick Frost comedy thriller Attack the Block, and Gareth Edwards, the director of the critically-acclaimed road movie Monsters.
The Brits To Watch will also include young composers, cinematographers, video game designers and animators.
Bafta said the aim of the evening was to give the Britons, who were selected by a panel of industry insiders, the chance to make “what could be the most important introductions of their careers so far”.
A spokesman said they would be able to meet “leading film and TV studio figures from both in front of the camera and behind the camera”.