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And the nominees are…

Posted April 1, 2016 - Blog Posts

The Television Bafta’s are back and Idris Elba, star of hard-hitting drama Luther, has been nominated for the very first time.

He’s got some serious competition though. Nominated alongside him for the best actor award are London Spy’s Ben Whishaw, Stephen Graham of This is England ’90, and Mark Rylance.

Oscar winner Rylance is nominated for his role as Thomas Cromwell in historical drama Wolf Hall. Based on the novel by Hilary Mantel, the show has picked up four nominations, the most at this year’s awards.

The nominations, announced at Bafta’s London headquarters by X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and last year’s leading actress winner Georgina Campbell, also saw Sheridan Smith nominated for the leading actress award, for her role in The C-Word.

Peter Kay’s Car Share and This Is England ‘90 both received three nominations, while The Great British Bake Off received its fifth consecutive nomination in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013.

Surprisingly though, Downton Abbey, which has never won a Bafta, didn’t receive a single nomination.

Elsewhere, Sir Ian McKellen has been nominated for his first Bafta TV nomination, thanks to his supporting actor role in The Dresser. He has been nominated three times for Bafta Film awards though, so don’t feel too sorry for him.

And Channel 4 looks set to dominate the reality and constructed factual category with nominations for First Dates, Gogglebox and The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds. The show tasked with breaking up their monopoly? ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! of course.

Want to find out if your favourite show or actor has been nominated for a Bafta? You can find out here

All the nominees will be taking a stroll down the red carpet at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the 8th of May, but you can watch the whole evening unfold right here on Freeview.

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