ITV, the UK business broadcaster behind world hits like Downton Abbey and Midsomer Murders, has revealed that it’s casting actors from various backgrounds in additional than 1 / 4 of lead roles in its drama collection.
ITV printed the determine in its Range Acceleration Plan report, which supplies a well being verify on variety and inclusion commitments made by the broadcaster in July final 12 months, on the peak of the Black Lives Matter motion.
ITV mentioned 26% of the out there 2,886 lead roles in its dramas had been stuffed by Black, Asian, and minority ethnic expertise between July 2020 and April 2021. That’s a 33% improve on the identical 10-month interval to April 2020, when 572, or 21%, of two,731 headline roles went to various expertise.
For instance of progress, the broadcaster pointed to the casting of Tala Gouveia in Mammoth Display’s crime collection McDonald & Dodds. Gouveia has beforehand advised The Guardian that it “means rather a lot” to be a lady of coloration in a conventional British detective present.
ITV additionally revealed good points behind the scenes on drama collection, the place the share of writers of coloration contributing to tasks on-air and in growth has elevated. In growth, for instance, 29% of reveals had been being labored up by writers from various backgrounds final 12 months, in contrast with 6% in 2019.
The findings come after ITV’s Social Function Influence report for 2020 confirmed that variety on-screen had gone backwards. Some 17.6% of all contributions had been from BAME expertise final 12 months, which was down on 21.4% in 2019.