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High-profile British performers are planning to wear black to British Academy Film Awards to support the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment.

Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson are among those backing the gesture, which follows a similar campaign at the Golden Globes in Hollywood in January.

A letter sent to people attending the Feb 18 ceremony says wearing black is a “strong, unifying and simple statement” in support of those who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse.

When the nominees for the awards were announced last month, organisers said the disturbing revelations about a host of powerful men in the entertainment business should become “a catalyst for real, lasting change”.

Joanna Lumley is set to host the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall, happening on Feb 18. – AP

Catch the Baftas on Foxlife (Astro Ch 711/HD Ch 722) on Feb 19 at 8pm.

Keira Knightley (left) and Daisy Ridley are some of the celebrities attending Bafta wearing black outfits. Photo: AP/AFP

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