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A killer role, but The Fall's Jamie Dornan fails to slay 'em at Baftas

By Maureen Coleman

Northern Ireland's Jamie Dornan missed out on Baftas glory despite being the bookmakers' favourite to win the Leading Actor gong.

The 32-year-old Holywood star, nominated for his performance in the edgy Belfast-based crime thriller The Fall, was pipped at the post by Southcliffe's Sean Harris.

The model-turned-actor had been tipped to win the prestigious award for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer after a double triumph at the Irish Film and Television Awards and the Breakthrough gong at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

Dornan's fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment.

"Jamie you're the best for me and always will be," wrote one.

Another bitterly added: "Hey Bafta why in the world didn't you give that award to Jamie Dornan? I hope you have nightmares where Paul Spector is chasing you."

Dornan was also up against Dominic West (Burton And Taylor) and newcomer Luke Newberry for supernatural drama In The Flesh.

The Fall, written by Allan Cubitt, was nominated in the Best Mini Series category, but it missed out to In The Flesh.

And there was disappointment too for World War One feature The Wipers Times, which was filmed in Northern Ireland.

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and starring Michael Palin and Ben Chaplin, it was in the running for Best Single Drama but lost out to Complicit. Dornan was accompanied to the star-studded awards bash by his wife of one year, Amelia Warner, who looked stunning in a cream lace vintage dress.

His co-star in The Fall, Gillian Anderson, surprisingly missed out on a Leading Actress nomination despite widespread critical acclaim for her performance as a steely detective on the hunt for Dornan's killer Paul Spector. She was unable to attend the event due to work commitments.

The Leading Actress gong was won by Olivia Colman for her role in ITV thriller Broadchurch.

Colman, who is set to star in the second series of the show, burst into tears on stage after being named leading actress, saying: "Oh sorry, not cool", then hailed the show's writer Chris Chibnall "a f****** genius".

It was also named Best Serial Drama, beating My Mad Fight Diary, Top Of The Lake and The Village.

It was a good night for Geordie duo Ant and Dec who each got an award to take home when they won Best Entertainment Programme and Entertainment Performance for Saturday Night Takeaway. Accepting the second award, Declan Donnelly joked: "I'm glad we came now."

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