'History of discrimination' in the arts
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Ayesha Casely-Hayford: 'History of discrimination' in the arts

British actor Ed Skrein has pulled out of a role in the upcoming film Hellboy after a backlash against his casting as a character of Asian heritage.

Actor Ayesha Casely-Hayford is the chair of trustees at The Act for Change Project, a charity that campaigns for better representation across the live and recorded arts.

She told Radio 4's World at One Skrein's actions were "refreshing and beautiful".

Casely-Hayford added that casting directors had to be "much stronger and much more forceful" in order to make change.

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