The Radio Times’ first ever annual list of the 100 most influential people in TV includes graduates Claire Foy and Babou Ceesay. The list was compiled by top TV and broadcasting executives on the basis of the stars they believe to have had an exceptional 12 months in the industry.
Of Claire they write: Claire Foy has always had regal credentials but the last 12 months have seen her crowned the queen of Netflix. Since cutting her royal teeth in Wolf Hall as the ill-fated Anne Boleyn, she has made her mark on global television audiences as Queen Elizabeth II in the streaming service’s big-budget drama The Crown. May her reign continue for years to come.
Of Babou: The tragic tale of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor was retold on BBC1 last year with Babou Ceesay playing his father, Richard – a performance that earned him a Bafta nomination for Best Actor. He eventually lost out to Adeel Akhtar (Murdered by My Father) but Ceesay’s star is firmly on the rise: he also landed a leading role in John Ridley’s Sky Atlantic drama Guerrilla, appearing alongside Freida Pinto in the mini-series executive produced by Idris Elba.