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David Harewood: black actors face lack of roles in UK

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.

It’s great to see them come but also I’m wondering what’s going on in England that they are having to leave.

– David Harewood

Black artists hold their own awards amid Oscars row

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".

You know I don’t think you should worry about somebody else’s event, you should worry about your own event.

They will do their thing on Sunday, but tonight is our night.

– Ice Cube

The award will be broadcast on Sunday night, putting them squarely up against coverage of the Oscars.