Renowned actor and recent Doctorate becomes #back2blackawards patron.
Winston is delighted to be taking on this new role as a #back2blackawards patron and even more so as this is his first appointment since receiving his honourary doctorate at Birmingham University June 2016.
Winston Ellis is an actor, producer and martial artist. Born to Jamaican parents in Reading Berkshire, England, Winston is an accomplished British Actor and three-times world martial arts champion. Winston has starred alongside Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley playing the character Palifico in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Other film credits include Cass, Batman the Dark Knight with the late Heath Ledger, Shiner alongside Michael Caine; and many martial arts films including Jackie Chan’s Operation Condor, Black Mask starring Jet Li and The Quest, with Jean Claude Van Damme. More recently Winston has transitioned to the small screen starring in Sky One’s Penny Dreadful.
Winston’s passion for working with under privileged children led to his involvement with a number of charities carrying out educational workshops and inspirational talks to thousands of young people across the UK. This selfless attitude combined with his vast experience, knowledge, passion and desire to succeed, makes him a perfect candidate for this #back2blackawards role and we are more than delighted with his arrival.
This is amazing to have one award ceremony celebrating up and coming talent from the black community and by black I mean all people of colour, African Asian, West Indian all under one roof. It is mind blowing that’s why I am on board! Lets celebrate our successes ourselves, lets blow our own whistle” [Winston Ellis]