British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives for the British Academy Film Awards 2014 After Party at the Grosvenor Hotel, in central London, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
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Black British actors have been taking Hollywood by storm, with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Oscar nomination for "12 Years a Slave" just the latest example, but at home they still face a lack of roles that has driven some from the country.He said the civil rights movement in the United States had allowed Black Americans to "force change" but that in Britain "we have adopted a more passive approach".Oguns added that in British acting school there were quotas but that they led to only around two ethnic minority actors in a group of 30 .The artistic exile that many black British actors now find themselves forced into is a setback for the cause of equal rights, actors say.Vaizey meanwhile proposed "blind casting", or castings in which the colour of the actor being sought is not set out.The Bafta awards earlier this month honoured three black artists: director Steve McQueen took best film for "12 Years a Slave", Ejiofor won best actor in the same film, while Somali-American Barkhad Abdi took best supporting actor for his portrayal of a Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips".
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