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Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: BAFTA)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: BAFTA)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: BAFTA)

Ever wondered what it is that draws certain actors to certain roles? Now’s your chance to find out.

BAFTA put this clip up on Friday, in which prominent British thespians (and Colin Farrell, who is Irish) explain what it is they’re looking for, what inspires them when deciding which project to work on next and what factors need to be at play in order for things to go well.

There’s some sage advice from Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Colin and Hugh Dancy. But the key line comes from Jim Broadbent, who simply says, “saying no is the only real control you have over your career.”

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By Fraser McAlpine