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British actors of color may have it worse than Americans

British actors of color may have it worse than Americans

There were plenty of black stars to be seen at last month's awards show for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Angela Bassett and Cuba Gooding Jr. were flown in as presenters. Acting legend Sidney Poitier was given a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award via video link. And Londoner John Boyega picked up the audience's Rising Star award for his work in the new "Star Wars" film.

The lack of diversity among nominees at this year's Oscars was the butt of jokes at the BAFTAs all night.

But is the situation in Britain any better? The answer, members of the local film and TV industries say, is most definitely no. It may actually be worse.

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