The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has chosen Krishnendu Majumdar as chair—the first person of colour to hold the highly esteemed position in BAFTA’s 73 years of activity, and the youngest in 35 years. The decision was announced at the BAFTA’s recent digital Annual General Meeting.

Known for ‘An Idiot Abroad’ (2010-2012) and ‘Sick of It’ (2018-2020), Mr Majumdar served as deputy chair for one year prior to this appointment. His tenure as chair will last three years, which is a newly revised and extended term for all future BAFTA chairs. Pippa Harris of ‘1917’ (2019) fame, whom he succeeds, will stay on as deputy chair.


‘This year has been a difficult and turbulent time for many in our industry, working with Pippa, BAFTA’s talented and committed staff and membership, I want BAFTA to be at the heart of rebuilding the industry post-COVID’, Mr Majumdar said in a statement.

He added: ‘It is vital to ensure that we support people of all backgrounds, races and genders. Diversity and inclusion are crucial for the lifeblood of BAFTA, and we will continue to be a leader for real change across our industry.’

Pippa Harris offered her own thoughts on this selection. ‘I am delighted that Krish has been elected as deputy chair of BAFTA. He has been a passionate supporter and advocate of our work for many years, especially our learning and new talent initiatives. I’m looking forward to working closely with him over what promises to be an exciting year ahead.’

Carol Reed, David Lean and Richard Attenborough are among previous BAFTA chairs.