BAFTAs 2022: Stars Speak Out About Ukraine

Benedict Cumberbatch and other attendees showed their support

Benedict Cumberbatch

by Hanna Woodside |

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, with 2.6 million people fleeing the country, attendees at the BAFTA Awards used their platform to show support for the Ukrainian people,

On the red carpet, Benedict Cumberbatch - wearing a badge with the colours of the Ukrainian flag - told Sky News: 'We have brothers and sisters who are suffering... Everyone needs to do as much as they can. I think already today the news has broken that there's been a record number of people volunteering to take people into their homes, and I hope to be part of that myself.'

Some guests wore blue and yellow ribbons, including Millie Mackintosh and Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham. Best Supporting Actress winner Ariana DeBose wore a yellow dress, while her co-star Rachel Zegler wore blue. 'The two of us together are standing with Ukraine,' DeBose said on the red carpet.

Presenting the Best Director award, actor Andy Serkis made a dig at British home secretary Priti Patel on the subject of the UK's unwillingness to take in Ukrainian refugees. While host Rebel Wilson gave Putin the middle finger (to a loud round of applause) and more sombrely mentioned the people of Ukraine after the in memoriam section of the ceremony.

BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar acknowledged that the awards were taking place against the backdrop of the conflict in the Ukraine, saying: 'We stand with people in Ukraine and stand with the Ukrainian Film academy. We applaud all the journalists and filmmakers that are covering the war in Ukraine.'

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