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First Bafta nod for Doctor Who star

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has picked up his first Bafta nomination.

The actor, who was back on TV screens on Saturday in the first episode of the new series of the Time Lord's adventures, is nominated in the leading actor category.

He is up against veteran Jim Broadbent, recognised for his role in Any Human Heart, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daniel Rigby, who played comic Eric Morecambe in Eric And Ernie.

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Pat Phoenix in BBC drama The Road To Coronation Street.

Her co-star Lynda Baron, famous for her role as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in Open All Hours, is also nominated for the award for her portrayal of Coronation Street battleaxe Violet Carson.

The show, which followed the early days of the long-running soap, also picked up a nod for best single drama.

Channel 4's teen comedy drama about young offenders, Misfits, got four nominations including nods for its stars Robert Sheehan and Lauren Socha for supporting actor and actress.

Sherlock, Any Human Heart and The Road To Coronation Street all got three nominations.

The event, properly known as the Philips British Academy Television Awards, take place on Sunday May 22 at London's Grosvenor House.

The award show's host, Graham Norton, is also a nominee - picking up a nod for entertainment performance. His chat show is also nominated for entertainment programme alongside The X Factor, Have I Got News For You and The Cube.


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