Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

New mother Suranne Jones 'very happy with lot' after Bafta win

Published 08/05/2016

Actress Suranne Jones cannot believe she has won a Bafta less than two months after giving birth.

The actress picked up the best actress award for her role in BBC drama Doctor Foster after becoming a mother for the first time in March.

Clutching her mask statuette backstage, she told the Press Association: "If someone had told me I would have had a husband, a baby and a Bafta in 2016, I would not have believed them. I'm very happy with my lot."

Poldark star Aidan Turner said that winning a Bafta is the most surreal thing that had happened since the show began.

Clutching the mask statuette, he said: "This is pretty cool, winning a Bafta audience award."

He added: "It's rare I get offered anything but this was one that you read and can't turn down. I don't think any of us could expect the success it would be."

However, he remained tight-lipped about the second series of the hit drama, saying: "I can't tell you anything, I would get fired."

Debbie Horsfield, screenwriter of the show, was a little more forthcoming, saying: "It's darker, more intense, a few more tears."

Turner was equally tight-lipped about rumours he is in the running to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig, saying: "It's just rumours, I don't know anything about it."

Sir Tom Courtenay, who won best supporting actor for Unforgotten, said he is glad the ceremony ends a long run of awards ceremonies that started when he won the top acting prize at the Berlin Film Festival in last February for 45 Years.

Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off won best features programme at the BAFTAS. Pic Ian West/PA Wire
Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off won best features programme at the BAFTAS. Pic Ian West/PA Wire
Nadiya Hussain (right) and Mary Berry during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mary Berry attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Nadiya Hussain (right) and Mary Berry (left) and Katherine Jenkins during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lenny Henry with the special award during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mark Rylance during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mark Rylance and Helen McCrory during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (L to R) Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed, accepting the Radio Times BAFTA Audience Award for 'Poldark', pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Leigh Francis during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman win the award for best entertainment programme during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Suranne Jones with the award for leading actress and Tom Hiddleston during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Michaela Coel poses with the award for Breakthrough Talent in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Peter Kay with the award for best male performance in a comedy programme during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Chanel Cresswell with the award for best supporting actress and James Norton during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (L to R) Claire Foy, Peter Kosminsky, Colin Callender, Mark Pybus and Peter Straughan, accepting the Best Drama award for 'Wolf Hall', pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Mark Rylance, accepting the Best Drama award for 'Wolf Hall', poses in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jon Snow poses with the award for Best News Coverage for the Paris Massacre in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Tom Courtenay with the award for best supporting actor during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jeffrey Tambor, accepting the Best International award for 'Transparent', poses in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Sir Tom Courtenay, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Unforgotten', and presenter Georgina Campbell pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

He said: "I'm glad this is the last one, I do find them a bit trying, they are very lengthy.

"I don't like going past people wanting autographs, I just want to say 'get a life'. Then they want a photograph too to prolong the agony."

Mary Berry, who collected the best features Bafta, explained how her life had changed since the show started.

She said: "It does mean that if I'm shopping people stop me, so often they touch me on the shoulder and say, 'I love the Bake Off' and 'I make your lemon drizzle cake'. They never criticise it and say the whole family watches. Many parents say all generations and a baby in arms are all watching it together and it's so satisfying.

"There are so many baking competitions on Fridays now with people taking cakes into work. It really has got everybody raising money through baking too."

Ian Hislop, who collected the award for best comedy and comedy entertainment programme for Have I Got News For You and performed a little jig backstage, said he did not believe the show would fare well if plans to reform the BBC went ahead.

He said: "I don't think we would be on, I can't imagine it, the tendency to interfere is always there, politicians do it and it's one of the reasons I made a fuss about the Leveson proposals.

"If you get the state regulating the press then the press can no longer regulate the state and the same is true about broadcasting. They have got a royal charter and it's not helping them much.

" It's so extreme. We have all had a lot of fun with John Whittingdale and suddenly he's proposing something absolutely extraordinary, that the state appoints the editorial board of the national broadcaster, it's ludicrous."

Leigh Francis, who triumphed in the entertainment performance category for hosting Celebrity Juice as his alter ego Keith Lemon, said he never expected to win.

He said: " I'm rarely up for an award as Leigh Francis, I was trembling and now I'm thinking of all the people I should have thanked for helping me to be Keith Lemon and I didn't, I just lost it. I'm never me, I don't want to be.

"I've got d ry mouth and my hands smell like I've been holding a bag of change because this is really metally and heavy. I just want to see my wife now. There might be some tears."

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph