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Benedict Cumberbatch and Robbie Coltrane lead BAFTA TV Award nominations

The Sherlock star has received a nod for Hollow Crown while Robbie was recognised for his portrayal of a television star accused of sexual abuse in National Treasure.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Robbie Coltrane will battle it out for the Leading Actor gong at the BAFTA TV Awards next month (May17).

The Sherlock star has received a nod for Hollow Crown while Robbie was recognised for his portrayal of a television star accused of sexual abuse in National Treasure. The pair will battle it out against Babou Ceesay for Damilola, Our Loved Boy and Adeel Akhtar for Murdered By My Father.

On the female front, Claire Foy was nominated for Lead Actress for her role in hit Netflix period drama The Crown, while Sarah Lancashire was mentioned for Happy Valley. Jodie Comer also featured in the category for her role in Thirteen, plus Nikki Amuka-Bird for her part in NW.

Olivia Colman was recognised for her role in Fleabag, while co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will also be competing for the Female Performance in a Comedy gong. Lesley Manville was also nominated for Mum and Diane Morgan for Come Come Shakespeare, making this a hotly-fought category.

Happy Valley was also named in the Drama Series category, alongside War and Peace and The Durrells.

Critically-acclaimed series The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was nominated in the International category, but will have some tough competition if it is to beat Stranger Things, Transparent, The Night Of and The Crown - which earned five nominations in total.

Comedian Michael McIntyre will be facing off against Graham Norton for the Entertainment Performance prize, with the pair up for their respective shows alongside Claudia Winkleman for co-hosting Strictly Come Dancing and Adam Hills for his presenting on comedy show The Last Leg.

Michael is also nominated for Entertainment Programme for his Big Show, but has some incredibly tough competition in the form of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain's Got Talent and Strictly.

Strictly also received a mention in the must-see TV moments category thanks to politician Ed Balls' famous performance of Gangnam Style on the programme. But Game of Thrones' Battle of B**tards, James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama, Line of Duty's Urgent Exit Required, Danny Dyer's Who Do You Think You Are? and a Planet Earth episode are also competing for that prize.

The winners will be announced at London's Royal Festival Hall on 14 May (17).

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