Film fan Prince William is getting into the movie biz!
The royal toured a public exhibit on Monday that celebrates the best of the U.K.’s films and TV shows, including international hits Killing Eve and The Favourite (for which actress Olivia Colman won an Oscar) and the British children’s show The Clangers.
The audio-visual display of scripts, storyboards and costumes from film, games and television productions from the past 75 years are brought together in BAFTA: Behind the Scenes. (The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars.) It is the first time that memorabilia and materials from award-winning and nominated TV and movies have been brought together for public display by the organization that champions British film and TV makers.
William, 37, was on hand to officially open BAFTA Piccadilly, which will be the charity’s temporary home while its headquarters has a two-year renovation to allow it to double its work with new and emerging talent.
He also attended a reception and met scholars who have taken part in BAFTA’s “Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television” program.
During the outing, William was gifted a pair of the children’s pajamas worn by Killing Eve star Jodie Comer she played cold-bloodied assassin Villanelle in the second season of the show.
Producer Sally Woodward Gentle told reporters, “We gave him a pair of Villanelle’s pajamas. They are the ones with the cartoon all over them. She wears them in episodes one and two — they are a little boy’s pajamas which she nicks, and she wears. They have got ‘Kapow!’ And cartoony stuff all over them.”
“They are meant to be worn quite small,” said Woodward Gentle. “But they are adult-sized. We had them made up especially for the show. We had a few made up, and that’s the last pair left.”
Woodward Gentle and costumer designer Phoebe de Gaye revealed that William he told them he was a fan of the show.
“Apparently he has watched it all,” said Woodward Gentle. “We didn’t test him, but he did say it was quite a final ending to series two. So at least he watched the last three minutes of the last episode! He said he loved it. He talked about the dark humor of it, and Jodie and Sandra [Oh, her co-star], how amazing they both are. And he talked about the humor you can get through the costumes, which is what Phoebe [de Gaye] is so clever at.”
de Gaye added: “He said he didn’t quite get it to start with, but then he got into it.”
During his tour he also watched two versions of The Clangers (which was relaunched by the BBC in 2015), he remarked on how the puppets had changed over 50 years.
“They have had a wash!” he joked.
William was also given a hand-knitted Clanger to give to 4-year-old Princess Charlotte.
“I’ve made enough clangers, so this will go down extremely well!” he said with a laugh.
William also met the actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who won a Best Actor BAFTA for his performance in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave.
Ejiofor said: “We were talking about BAFTA, and how incredible an institution it is, and how excited I have been through my career to work with BAFTA.”
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William, who has been President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since February 2010, supports the organization’s charitable activities by attending events across the charity’s learning programs, including Young Game Designers and BAFTA Kids events.
In February, he and wife Kate Middleton went glam for a date night at the BAFTAs. Kate wore a white asymmetrical Alexander McQueen dress with floral embellishments on her left shoulder. She paired the elegant gown with a white clutch, a diamond bracelet and a pair of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s pearl and silver earrings. William opted for a simple black tuxedo with a white pocket square.