Letitia Wright was named EE rising star at this year’s BAFTAs and receives the award with a beautiful, heartfelt and brave acceptance speech. Opening up about her battle with depression and while sharing her faith, Letitia encourages the whole ceremony with the love of God. Wow! Here’s the speech in full:
“I identify myself as a child of God and I can’t get up here without thanking God. A few years ago I saw myself in a deep depression and I literally wanted to quit acting. The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith. my family, and an email from BAFTA saying that they wanted me to be a part of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits and I was like ‘let me try again’. So this wasn’t an overnight thing. This wasn’t a click of the finger success. It’s still a work in progress. I’m still a work in progress.
But I just want to thank God, I want to thank my family, I want to thank my team. I want to thank everybody who said yes to me. I want to say thank you to everybody who gave me a chance and just saw my talents or what God placed in me and said yes. I want to encourage young people – matter of fact you don’t even have to be young, you can be any age. I just want to encourage you, anybody that is going through a hard time or something in their soul that they have lost their light. God made you and you are important.
There might be some of you going through a bad time and you’re putting on a smile on your face and nobody can see that. But you know it that and God knows it. I just want to say that God loves you and let your light shine. God bless you all and thank you so much. And the category that I’m in, to be a part of this category means so much to me. I’m so honoured, you guys all inspire me. Thank you Jesus, thank you thank you.”