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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 10th Dec 2015
A classically trained British theatre actor, Academy Award winner Colin Firth is a veteran of film, television and theatre, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades.He has appeared in three films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: “The King’s Speech,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient.” His performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” garnered an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award, Critics’ Choice Award and his second consecutive BAFTA Award in 2011.
Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. She is the sole artist thus far to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting. She has more than 75 acting and screenwriting credits including award winning roles in Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Nanny McPhee, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and Saving Mr. Banks. Emma has been at the forefront of the Helen Bamber Foundation since it was established in 2005, first as Chair of Trustees and now as President. She co-curated “Journey,” an interactive art installation which used seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade.
James Naughtie is one of the UK’s most well-known British radio presenters. For over 20 years he has been one of the main presenters of the Today programme and has written and presented many documentaries for Radio 4. He has anchored all Radio 4's election specials for more than a decade and has worked on every US presidential election since 1988. That American interest was the subject of his second book on the Blair era, The Accidental American (2004). Another special interest is music and he has presented the Proms since 1992. He is chancellor of Stirling University, was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award in 2001.