Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Broadchurch star triumphs at Baftas

Double Bafta success clearly delights Olivia Coleman
Ben Whishaw with the Best Leading Actor Award for Richard II at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards
Clare Balding with the Bafta for Outstanding Achievement in Factual Presenting

The TV Bafta awards belonged to Olivia Colman after the Broadchurch star picked up two awards for two very different roles.

The star won the supporting actress award for her role as the mother of a murdered son in Accused (Mo's Story) and picked up her second Bafta for female in a comedy for her role in Olympic satire Twenty Twelve.

Speaking backstage, Colman said she was "thinking there has been a mistake" after winning her second award. She joked: "I'm a bit doomed now, I'm never going to work again" and said her appeal was down to people thinking she was "safe", saying: "I'm never going to take anyone's husband".

Host Graham Norton introduced the show, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, from the Royal Festival Hall in London.The evening's first award - for best drama series - went to Last Tango in Halifax.

Sheridan Smith was named leading actress for her role in Mrs Biggs. A tearful Smith, who played the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in the ITV show, said: "Is this a wind-up? Is this for real?" Meanwhile, the Bafta for leading actor went to Ben Whishaw for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).

Shameless star Anne Marie Duff announced the award for supporting actor went to Shakespearean veteran Simon Russell Beale for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC version of Henry IV Part 2.

Olympic satire Twenty Twelve won the sitcom award. The award for entertainment programme went to Norton's chatshow with the Irish comic accepting his own award before returning to hosting duties.

The award for reality and constructed factual show went Made in Chelsea. EastEnders won the award for soap and continuing drama and the award for male in a comedy went to Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life. Later the Radio Times Audience Award, voted for by viewers, went to Sky's bloodthirsty fantasy series Game of Thrones.

There was a special award for sports presenter Claire Balding who hosted much of the Olympics coverage.

Monty Python star Terry Jones presented his co-star Michael Palin with the Bafta Fellowship. Accepting his award to a standing ovation, Palin said his first celebrity invite was to open some public toilets in Lambeth and said it had been "quite a journey" from there to the Royal Festival Hall.

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