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'This is your moment': UK stars back anti-harassment campaign ahead of BAFTAs

British actors urge other women to "be part of this" as they prepare to use tonight's BAFTAs to shine a light on the issue.
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   Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, Emma Watson, and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke have all signed the letter

Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke and Jodie Whittaker are among those demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of tonight's BAFTAs.

They are among more than 190 of Britain's leading female stars who have signed an open letter - which begins "Dear Sisters" - published in The Observer.

The women say they stand united with the Time's Up movement in calling for an end to harassment and abuse in a world "ripe for change" - and urge other women to "be part of this".

At the BAFTA ceremony on Sunday night, some of the film industry's biggest stars will be joined by activists on the red carpet, with attendees also wearing black in solidarity with Time's Up.

The letter, which follows the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, says the British film and TV industry has a "huge" role in promoting a "vision of an equal society".

"We believe we need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us," the letter says.

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Another of the dozens of actors backing the call is Humans star Gemma Chan

"We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world.


"As we approach the BAFTAs – our industry’s time for celebration and acknowledgement – we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity.

"Perhaps Time’s Up seems a million miles away to you – started by a group of women with privilege.

"The truth is, we are all workers, and whether we're in the limelight or in the shadows, our voices matter. With our collective power, we can galvanise others.

"If you have said 'time’s up', if the stories you have read in the papers have resonated and distressed you – join us in shifting the dial.

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"Let’s make 2018 the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse.

"This is your moment too."

Also among the signatories are Emma Thompson, Thandie Newton, Gemma Chan and Carey Mulligan.

According to The Observer, Andrea Riseborough will walk into the BAFTA ceremony with trade unionist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who is also co-founder of UK Black Pride.

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