How a Scottish triathlete is on the brink of Bafta glory

Casting her gaze out into the audience as she accepted her award from Sienna Miller, Lesley Paterson could see some of Hollywood’s biggest names listening intently as she gave her thank you speech. A five-times world champion triathlete – who used her prize money from the sport to fund one of the movie industry’s biggest Bafta, and likely Oscar, contenders – the Scot had just pulled off another feat of endurance. For 16 years after adapting Erich Maria Remarque’s First World War epic All Quiet on the Western Front for the big screen, and failing repeatedly to gain any traction in her passion project, streaming giant Netflix had finally helped her seize the day.

And following on from that award win for Best Adapted Screenplay two weeks ago from the National Board of Review, in New York, the movie now has 14 nominations on the Bafta longlist – the largest number for any film.

Ms Paterson, 42, who is from Stirling and moved to California in 2003, is still struggling to come…

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