British actor David Harewood has said that generations of black actors have been forced to head to the US because of a lack of roles in the UK.
The star of drama Homeland said there was now a “flood” of young black British talent coming to America as a result of the issue.
He said that he had been offered exciting stage parts in England - but not the TV work that can hugely boost careers.
“I’m both encouraged and worried by the amount of young black actors coming here,” he told ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar.
Leading black artists in America have held their own awards ceremony to celebrate talent they say is going unrecognised by the organisers of the Oscars.
The All Def Movie Awards night was held largely in response to a row over a lack of diversity at the Academy Awards, ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports.
The rapper Ice Cube said the event was intended as a celebration - but struck out at the Oscars as he said "tonight is our night".
The award will be broadcast on Sunday night, putting them squarely up against coverage of the Oscars.