Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said black people in the UK's film industry are going abroad because of "lazy stereotypes".
Mr Umunna, who has been widely tipped to succeed Ed Miliband as the next Labour leader if they fail to reclaim power in the 2015 elections, said that not enough attention was given to black role models.
The left-wing lawmaker, who was speaking at a Black History Month event, commented that to escape stereotypes, afro-caribbean actors in the UK must go to the US to establish themselves or face a middling career.
"That is unacceptable and has got to change. As a society, we cannot allow people to default to lazy stereotype."
While Mr Umunna did not provide any direct examples of this, he did say that he has a powerful desire for all Britons, regardless of race, to be able to do what they want.
By Francesca Witney