Makeup artist from Barking awarded prestigious BAFTA scholarship
PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 12 September 2018
A make-up artist from Barking has won a prestigious Bafta scholarship.
Alesha Ledeatte-Williams was announced today as the winner of the film body’s £12,000 Prince William Scholarship, which will take her the famed Pinewood Studios to study at The Iver Make-Up Academy.
The 31-year-old studied business management marketing at Brunel University before working in education both in the UK and Japan.
Currently working part-time in a cosmetics shop and as a freelance make-up artist, she is one of eight talented Brits recognised this year for their work in film, video games and television.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Describing herself as “really excited” to start her course, she said she hoped one day to mentor or teach others in the industry.
On top of financial aid, the eight British and three Chinese students handed the scholarships will receive one-on-one mentoring from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees, as well as free access to the film body’s events.
The funds, handed to “talented individuals in financial need”, aim to promote “cross-cultural collaboration”.
The new scholars will be welcomed at a reception at BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly on Monday, attended by industry figures and supporters.
“Over the years we have seen the BAFTA Scholarships programme evolve into a truly global initiative,” said the group’s chief executive, Amanda Berry.
“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.”
Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who support the Prince William Scholarships, said the film giant was “proud” to watch students “pursue their passion”.