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Killing Eve sweeps top awards at TV Baftas

Comer beats co-star to the best actress accolade    

Jodie Comer, winner of best actress award for Killing Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch, best leading actor award for Patrick Melrose
Jodie Comer, winner of best actress award for Killing Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch, best leading actor award for Patrick Melrose
Winner of the supporting actress award for Killing Eve Fiona Shaw
Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O'Donnell
Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Steve Pemberton
Nicola Shindler, winner of the special award

By Emma Bowden

Killing Eve triumphed at the TV Baftas, with its star Jodie Comer shedding tears as she was named best actress.

Comer (26), who plays assassin Villanelle in the hit thriller, shook off her cold screen alter-ego to turn on the "waterworks" on stage.

She beat co-star Sandra Oh - who plays the operative on a mission to catch her - to the gong.

"Thank you so much," Comer said. "Sorry I'm the only one who's turned on the waterworks."

She dedicated the award to her grandmother, saying: "Nana Frances sadly passed away on the first week of filming. She never got to see Villanelle, the life and soul of everything."

Comer, who revealed she spent years as a child watching the Baftas in her bedroom, also paid tribute to the show's creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge as well as Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham, a fellow Liverpudlian.

Killing Eve won best drama series, beating another BBC hit, Bodyguard. Waller-Bridge said: "I can't speak it's so unbelievably exciting".

Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw won best supporting actress, beating Billie Piper, Keeley Hawes and Monica Dolan.

Bodyguard had been its main opposition, but it had to make do with one gong - the only award voted for by viewers - Virgin Media's must-see moment. It claimed the prize for the death of Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in an explosion.

Benedict Cumberbatch won the leading actor award for his role as Patrick Melrose in the Sky Atlantic drama of the same name.

Piers Morgan's hopes of a win were dashed by Cambridge Analytica Uncovered (Channel 4), which triumphed in the news coverage category.

Ben Whishaw won best supporting actor for A Very English Scandal.

The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle lost out in the live event category. The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance, also on BBC One, won the gong.

BBC Three's Killed By My Debt won best single drama, beating Netflix show Bandersnatch: Black Mirror.

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