Emilia Clarke said it was “outrageous” that only 16% of people working in the creative industries come from a working-class background.
The Game of Thrones actress, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, spoke as a patron of the arts organization Open Door, which aims to address the perceived imbalance by supporting budding actors.
Clarke is calling on the public to support his Big Christmas Give Challenge, with every donation matched to help “talented young people who don’t have financial support” to get into drama schools.
She said: “Accessing backstage acting and creative roles in the industry has been a closed book for far too many people for far too long, and Open Door was born out of a call to action to address the issue.
“They’ve already helped aspiring actors break into the industry who landed incredible roles, and I hope people will rally behind them during these trying times… and do their part in finding exciting new talent who.” that will no doubt grace our stages and screens.”
Open Door conducts workshops and events to bring people from poorer backgrounds into the industry.
It was also supported by Matthew Lewis and Imelda Staunton, both of whom starred in Harry Potter, and Love Actually actress Dame Emma Thompson.
His alum was said to have starring roles in an upcoming Hunger Games film, Netflix hit Bridgerton and Bafta-winning film Rocks.
Alumni Tobi King Bakare, who has starred in I May Destroy You and Cursed, said his journey with the charity has been “life-changing”.
David Mumeni, Artistic Director, Founder and CEO of Open Door, said: “Working with young people since I was 17, I could see that there were so many talented young actors and backstage creatives who didn’t have the resources to pursue a career are wanted due to their personal circumstances.”
The actor, who has appeared in the films ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Fast And The Furious,’ added, ‘We’re starting to see the first two groups of actors and creatives coming into the industry now, and they will Getting spectacular roles, which just goes to show that the talent is there when given the opportunity and that open door is necessary and works.”
Open Doors Big Christmas Give Challenge runs until December 6th and aims to raise £15,900.
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