Director Beeban Kidron has been made a non-party political peer, having been selected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Kidron, a film, TV and documentary film director with 30 years' experience, was selected under a system referred to as "the people's peers". A BAFTA winner, Kidron is perhaps best known for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and as co-founder of FilmCLUB, an education charity that gives children access to films and arranges visits to schools from film industry professionals.
Kidron is also a governor for the BFI, the UK’s lead film organisation, a role she has held since April 2011.
Speaking about her appointment, Kidron said:
"I am delighted and honoured that the Lords Appointments Commission has chosen to select me to sit as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. I am looking forward to the responsibility of participating fully in the work of the House, most particularly in the areas of media and creative industries, arts, young people, women and the furthering of minority access to the political process."