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Adam Deacon: Britain's Latest Leading Man (VIDEO)

Posted: 02/13/2012 9:52 am

It was all go in the entertainment industry last night as the BAFTAs took over our TV screens here and the Grammys had the viewing public fixated on the other side of the pond. While the Grammys honoured those in the world of music, with Brit Adele sweeping the board with six gongs, the BAFTAs focused on cinematic feats a little closer to home, of which there have been plenty to celebrate. Host Stephen Fry opened the show by letting us know that 2011 was a record breaking year for British cinema - the first time ever that box office takings had exceeded £1billion.

And with British cinema entering a new golden era, it's only fair that a new wave of talent comes to the fore also. Step forward Adam Deacon, Hackney boy, actor, producer, director and now, the BAFTA Orange Rising Star winner for 2012. Deacon, 28, who has been battling tough critics since he started acting at 12, was up against Cambridge educated favourites Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne, as well as action star Chris Hemsworth and Hollywood breakthrough Chris O'Dowd, yet still walked away with the accolade, surprising even himself.

'This is a win for the underdog', Deacon said, 'what this award means to me is acceptance. The gritty, urban genre of filmmaking was bound to get more mainstream. This is a culture -- it's not a black thing, it's not rudeboys -- it's a London culture.' Crane.tv chat to Deacon and find out why this BAFTA winner is happy to spearhead change in a tired industry.

Text by Holly Fraser for Crane.tv

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