Belfast Telegraph

TV stars sizzle ahead of Baftas

Stars including Ricky Gervais, EastEnder Jacqueline Jossa and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch paraded in the sunshine on a Union flag-themed red, white and blue carpet at the 2012 TV Baftas.

They were joined by some of the biggest names from the small screen including Holly Willoughby, Dominic West and the cast of Coronation Street who posed for pictures and signed autographs on a blazing hot day outside the Royal Festival Hall by the Thames in London.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss joked: "It feels a bit like Cannes because it's so warm - it's the closest I'll ever get to Cannes."

Benedict Cumberbatch said his sky rocket to success in the last year has left him "cross-eyed".

Speaking on the red carpet, the actor admitted the success of the show, combined with being cast in Star Trek 2 and The Hobbit was amazing.

Benedict said: "It's amazing but I just take a deep breath and try to treat every job as the first time I've ever worked, as otherwise I'd get cross-eyed with the weight of it."

The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star said the popularity of the show and the cult status it has achieved with fans just made him want to make the next series even better.

He said: "It's extraordinary. We made it with confidence and it's sort of grown and considering we only have six episodes - it was shock to all of us.

"And we loved doing it and I guess the expectations are higher so we have to keep working harder, that's a really nice gauntlet to have thrown down for all of us, the production team the writers and the actors.

"So we'll develop and keep on giving it our best effort. It's a good thing in that sense."

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