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Here’s how stars at the BAFTAs will be protesting against sexual harassment

Stars attending the upcoming BAFTAs are expected to wear black to the event, in protest against sexual harassment and abuse within the entertainment industry.

The choice of black attire was chosen by the Time’s Up movement – which saw actors do the very same at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.

“More than half of all women and nearly two-thirds of women [in the UK] aged 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment at work,” read a letter circulated around the UK TV and movie industry.

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“We hope that those of us privileged enough to have a platform can use it to raise awareness of the experiences of women beyond our industry, whose experiences are often silenced and marginalized.”

It urged attendees “to wear black to the awards ceremony, to follow suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes.”

Those taking part are expected to include the likes of Emma Thompson, Daisy Ridley, Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton, Keira Knightley, Jodie Whittaker, Emilia Clarke, Noma Dumezweni, Natalie Dormer and Felicity Jones.

The BAFTAs will take place next month

Despite their nominations being criticised for a ‘lack of diversity‘, the BAFTAs have pledged to ‘shine a spotlight’ on sexual harassment within the industry.

“People obviously feel it’s a very powerful platform,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Barrie. “The film awards go out globally so that makes it even more powerful, so we never say to people, ‘Don’t say anything, please just thank the crew or whatever it is.

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“Because if somebody feels passionately about it, they are going to say it. ‘There has been a lot of conversation to date and obviously that conversation continues, awards season shines a very bright spotlight on that conversation.’”

Meanwhile, Joanna Lumley will be replacing veteran host Stephen Fry.

The BAFTA Awards 2018 will take place in London on Sunday February 18.

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