Aled Jones gushes about daughter's BAFTA nod before joking he 'can't afford' to bring her on tour

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Aled Jones gushed about his daughter Emilia’s successes during an appearance on Good Morning Britain’s Friday installment.

The singer, 51, revealed his pride at the 19-year-old actress’s BAFTA nomination for her stellar performing in the coming-of-age Apple TV+ film, CODA.

Revealing she’s currently working hard in sunny Los Angeles, the Walking In The Air songster joked that he ‘can’t afford’ to bring the multi-talented singer on his upcoming cathedral tour.

Proud dad: Aled Jones gushed about his daughter Emilia's successes during an appearance on Good Morning Britain's Friday installment

Proud dad: Aled Jones gushed about his daughter Emilia’s successes during an appearance on Good Morning Britain’s Friday installment

He told presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: ‘Emilia is in LA. She’s been nominated for a BAFTA. She’s such a hard worker and did it all off her own back.

‘It’s been great for me to watch from the background. She loves what she’s doing and is great at it. She’s so level headed, she does it for the work and loves being on set.’

While discussing her role as the only hearing member of a deaf family in the comedy-drama, he continued: ‘She’s fluent in American Sign Language. She really loves it and the film is about a deaf family. CODA.’

Showing off his sense of humour, Aled concluded: ‘But she’s too busy to work with me. Forget it. She’s more into pop music than my scene but she sings all the time. I cant afford to bring her on tour with me.’

Talented: The singer, 51, revealed his pride at the 19-year-old actress's BAFTA nomination for her stellar performing in the coming-of-age Apple TV+ film, CODA

Talented: The singer, 51, revealed his pride at the 19-year-old actress’s BAFTA nomination for her stellar performing in the coming-of-age Apple TV+ film, CODA 

The vocal powerhouse recently announced a very special tour for February and March 2022, as he brings his unique concert of music and stories to cathedrals and churches around the UK. 

It comes after Emilia told the PA news agency she was asleep during the live BAFTA announcement earlier this month because ‘never in a million years’ did she think she would be considered ‘against such talented nominees’.

The star plays Ruby Rossi in the critically acclaimed movie – the only hearing member of a deaf family who dreams of going to Berkley.

Emilia, who is up for leading actress alongside Lady Gaga, Joanna Scanlan and Tessa Thompson, said: ‘I’m just so grateful that people loved Coda because I did work so hard. I was 17 when we shot so I had a big, big work load for 17, so it’s nice people are being so lovely.

Hilarious: Revealing she's currently working hard in sunny Los Angeles, the Walking In The Air songster joked that he'can't afford' to bring the multi-talented singer on his upcoming cathedral tour

Hilarious: Revealing she’s currently working hard in sunny Los Angeles, the Walking In The Air songster joked that he ‘can’t afford’ to bring the multi-talented singer on his upcoming cathedral tour

Enthusiastic: He told presenters Ben Shephard (left) and Kate Garraway:'Emilia is in LA. She's been nominated for a BAFTA. She's such a hard worker and did it all off her own back'

Enthusiastic: He told presenters Ben Shephard (left) and Kate Garraway: ‘Emilia is in LA. She’s been nominated for a BAFTA. She’s such a hard worker and did it all off her own back’

‘I trained for nine months with American Sign Language and had singing lessons too because I loved singing, but I’d never had a singing lesson before, but I also had to learn how to fish, so I’d wake up at 3am every morning for two weeks and we’d go out three miles at sea and catch fish for hours and hours, and the Massachusetts accent, I had to learn that too.

Emilia also revealed that her dad has been ‘so supportive’ of her career. ‘My dad text my mum, “What the hell, she’s done it,”‘ she revealed.

‘They’re so supportive and they’ve sacrificed a lot for me to do this so I’m very grateful to have them.

‘You always have to make sacrifices… there have been times for me where I have been invited to things with my friends and I haven’t gone because I wanted to work and better myself as an actor and focus on my auditions. You say no more than you say yes but you shouldn’t let it get you down.’

Famous family: Aled found fame as a gifted boy soprano and later as a TV presenter, recording artist and concert performer (pictured in 2015 with wife Claire and son Lucas)

Famous family: Aled found fame as a gifted boy soprano and later as a TV presenter, recording artist and concert performer (pictured in 2015 with wife Claire and son Lucas)

Emilia discussed her nine-month journey learning sign language for her turn CODA during an appearance on This Morning last month.

The rising star spoke about her desire to represent the deaf community, explaining: ‘The sign language and the singing I had to work the most on, I trained for nine months. It was a lot of hard work but it was so rewarding when I finished.

‘Our director wanted everything to be authentic. I went away and worked on the sign and thought it was really moving. I showed my American Sign Language director and she burst out laughing and she said, “you’ve just told me you had indigestion.”

‘CODA stands for child of deaf adults and my character Ruby is a CODA. I spoke to a lot of CODAs in preparation because I’m representing a community I don’t belong to so I wanted to do it accurately.

Acclaimed:  The actress plays Ruby Rossi in the critically acclaimed movie - the only hearing member of a deaf family who dreams of going to Berkley (pictured in-character)

Acclaimed:  The actress plays Ruby Rossi in the critically acclaimed movie – the only hearing member of a deaf family who dreams of going to Berkley (pictured in-character)

‘To be deaf is so much more than sign language, it’s an experience no hearing person can understand.’

Her efforts paid off, after she recently won the Verified Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Onscreen performance.

The film has also received a plethora of award show nods, including a Critics Choice Award nomination for Emilia in the Best Young Performer category.

Vogue has hailed the actress as ‘2022’s Breakout Star to Watch’. Her father Aled found fame as a gifted boy soprano and later as a TV presenter, recording artist and concert performer.

Rising star: Emilia, who is up for leading actress alongside Lady Gaga, Joanna Scanlan and Tessa Thompson, said:'I'm just so grateful that people loved Coda'

Rising star: Emilia, who is up for leading actress alongside Lady Gaga, Joanna Scanlan and Tessa Thompson, said: ‘I’m just so grateful that people loved Coda’

Aled, from Llandegfan, Anglesey, was 16 when he ended his four-year career as a boy soprano, during which he sold six million records, gave a private performance for Charles and Diana and sang at the Vatican.

A stint at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School followed and by the age of 25, he was back on stage as the lead in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Despite standing ovations every night he could not escape the feeling that something was missing.

It was then he met his wife Claire, and the two married in 2001, welcoming two children: Emilia and Lucas.

Committed: Emilia discussed her nine-month journey learning sign language for her turn CODA during an appearance on This Morning last month (pictured in January 2022)

Committed: Emilia discussed her nine-month journey learning sign language for her turn CODA during an appearance on This Morning last month (pictured in January 2022)

Emilia’s acting career began when she was just eight-years-old when she won small parts in the film One Day and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

She was later praised for her small performance in an episode of Doctor Who.

The same year she made her theatrical debut after playing the princess Young Fiona in the original cast of Shrek the Musical in London.

At the time her father was blown away by her performance, saying: ‘She’s a little rocket. She’s not scared of anything.

‘‘It’s what she wants to do, who am I to stop her? I just worry because I don’t want her to get a job – or not get a job – because of me.’

She would later appear in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s stage adaptation of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw.

In December 2018, she landed her big break when it was announced that she was cast as Kinsey Locke, one of the main characters in the Netflix fantasy drama series Locke & Key. 

BAFTAs 2022: THE NOMINATIONS

Best Film

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

Dune

Licorice Pizza

The Power of the Dog

 

Outstanding British Film

After Love

Ali & Ava

Belfast

Boiling Point

Cyrano

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

House of Gucci

Last Night in Soho

No Time To Die

Passing

Best Film: Dune is up for the big going as well as 10 more gongs

Best Film: Dune is up for the big going as well as 10 more gongs

Leading Actress

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Emilia Jones, CODA

Renata Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World

Joanna Scanlan, After Love

Tessa Thompson, Passing

 

Leading Actor

Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava

Mahershala Ali, Swansong

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Stephen Graham, Boiling Point

Will Smith, King Richard

 

Supporting Actress

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast

Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Ruth Negga, Passing

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ann Dowd, Mass

Leading Actress: Lady Gaga has a nod for House of Gucci

Leading Actress: Lady Gaga has a nod for House of Gucci

Supporting Actor

Mike Faist, West Side Story

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

 

Director

Aleem Khan, After Love

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Audrey Diwan, Happening

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Julia Ducournau, Titane

 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

After Love

Boiling Point

The Harder They Fall

Keyboard Fantasies

Passing

Original Screenplay: Being the Ricardos is up for the gong

Original Screenplay: Being the Ricardos is up for the gong 

Adapted Screenplay

CODA

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog  

 

Original Screenplay

Being the Ricardos

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

EE Rising Star Award

Harris Dickinson

Millicent Simmonds

Lashana Lynch

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Ariana DeBose

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch is nominated

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch is nominated

Cinematography

Dune

Nightmare Alley

No Time To Die

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

Animated Film

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs The Machines

 

Documentary

Becoming Cousteau

Cow

Flee

The Rescue

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Costume Design: Cruella has been nominated

Costume Design: Cruella has been nominated

Film Not in the English Language

Drive My Car

The Hand of God

Parallel Mothers

Petite Maman

The Worst Person in the World

 

Costume Design

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

 

Make Up & Hair

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Original Score: Don’t Look Up is up for a gong

Original Score: Don’t Look Up is up for a gong 

Original Score

Being The Ricardos

Don’t Look Up

Dune

The French Dispatch

The Power of the Dog

 

Editing

Belfast

Dune

Licorice Pizza

No Time To Die

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

 

Production Design

Cyrano

Dune

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Sound

 

Special Visual Effects

British Short Animation

Casting

Boiling Point

Dune

The Hand of God

King Richard

West Side Story

Editing: Black and white film Belfast is nominated

Editing: Black and white film Belfast is nominated

 

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