One of the UK’s brightest filmic talents, Amma Asante trained in dance and drama and was a well-known child actress with television credits including Grange Hill, Desmond’s and Birds of a Feather. She ceased acting in her late teens and turned writer and producer with the series Brothers and Sisters (1998). She debuted a director with A Way of Life (2004), which won her the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer at the BAFTA Awards and the UK Film Talent Award at the London Film Festival. The film also won the FIPRESCI and Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival and the SIGNIS Award - Special Mention at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Her second feature Belle (2013) won the SIGNIS Award at the Miami Film Festival, Directors to Watch at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Adrienne Fancey Award at the TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards. Her latest feature A United Kingdom (2016) has been nominated for several awards.