Sunday 22 April 2018

Idris Elba earns first Bafta TV nomination for Luther as Sharon Horgan and Graham Norton also bag noms

Actor Idris Elba attends the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Idris Elba attends the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Idris Elba has earned his first Bafta television nomination.

The British actor has been nominated for his performance in the title role of the hit BBC series Luther.

He will go head to head in the category with London Spy's Ben Whishaw, Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance and Stephen Graham, who is nominated for This Is England '90.

Irish writer and actress Sharon Horgan has been nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her hit Channel 4 series Catastrophe which she also co-wrote.

Graham Norton has also bagged a nomination for Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton Show.

The nominations were announced at Bafta's London headquarters in Piccadilly by X Factor host Dermot O'Leary and last year's leading actress winner Georgina Campbell, who starred in Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Historical drama Wolf Hall leads this year's nominations with a total of four nods.

Apart from Rylance's best actor nomination, his co-star Claire Foy is nominated for best actress alongside Sheridan Smith, Suranne Jones and Ruth Madeley.

In addition, the show's Anton Lesser is recognised in the best supporting actor category.

The drama, which depicts Thomas Cromwell's rise to power through Henry VIII's royal court, is also nominated for best drama series. It will need to fend off competition from Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence.

Peter Kay's Car Share and This Is England '90 have received three nominations each.

This Is England '90, which is Shane Meadows' spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, a sequel to This Is England '86 and This Is England '88, is nominated for mini-series.

In addition to Graham's best actor nomination, Chanel Cresswell has been nominated for supporting actress.

Car Share received nods including Sian Gibson for female performance in a comedy programme, Peter Kay for male performance in a comedy programme, and scripted comedy.

TV favourite The Great British Bake Off, which sees amateur bakers face off in a series of challenges, received its fifth consecutive nomination.

It is nominated in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013.

Singer Adele has received her first Bafta nomination, for the TV special Adele At The BBC.

The programme saw her in conversation with Graham Norton about her career and comeback, and she also performed songs from her new album, 25.

She is up for best entertainment programme alongside Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and the TFI Friday anniversary special.

Film and TV star Sir Ian McKellen has been nominated for supporting actor for The Dresser.

This is his first Bafta TV nomination, although he has been nominated three times for Bafta Film awards.

Michelle Gomez is recognised for her role as Missy in Doctor Who in the best supporting actress category.

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams's Cyberbully has been nominated in the single drama category, alongside Don't Take My Baby, The Go-Between and The C-Word.

Bafta chairwoman Anne Morrison said the nominations " reflect the real great range and quality of British television".

Rylance and Elba will go head to head yet again after both being nominated for best supporting actor at the Bafta film awards earlier this year. Rylance won, and went on to win the Oscar for his performance in Bridge Of Spies.

Ms Morrison told the Press Association: "It's been a great year for Mark Rylance, having won the Oscar and the Bafta.

"Here he is again with Wolf Hall and just tremendous quality in the acting, both of them brilliant talents."

On the issue of diversity in television, she said: " There's always a way to go - we can never rest on our laurels - but looking down this list I think it is a very diverse list."

This year's Oscars became the focus of a debate about diversity after all the acting nominees were white, but Morrison said the list of Bafta TV nominees was more diverse.

She said: " You've got Ruth Madeley, who uses a wheelchair, in the leading actress category. You've got a real range in diversity across ethnicity and so on, right across the board.

"So I think that things are definitely improving, things have come a long way. There is still further to go, and in Bafta we are very hot on diversity, we have big new talent programmes to try and make sure that the whole industry is as diverse as possible."

She added: " There's been a big focus on it in a lot of the broadcasters for quite some time, and I think that it is quite a lot in our control. Obviously the world of film is a bit more international.

"We've seen progress over the years but I think it is important not to be complacent, and think we've got there, because we're still a long way from the playing field being level."

The nominations list also sees nods for actors who straddle film and TV including Elba, Whishaw, Rylance and Sir Ian.

Ms Morrison said: " I think that we're in a much more converged world between the top end of TV drama and the world of feature films. So many companies are making both, so many actors are moving back and forth between the world of film and TV drama.

"I think this old hierarchy that there used to be has really broken down, and it's much more of a level playing field in that sense."

Here are the nominations in full:


Entertainment Programme


Adele at the BBC (BBC One)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Britain's Got Talent (ITV)

TFI Friday Anniversary Special (Channel 4)


Entertainment Performance


Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

Stephen Fry – QI (BBC Two)

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur (BBC Three)


Reality & Constructed Factual


First Dates (Channel 4)

Gogglebox (Channel 4)

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)

The Secret Life of Five Year Olds (Channel 4)


Specialist Factual


Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC History)

Grayson Perry’s Dream House (Channel 4)

The Hunt (BBC One)

Rudolf Nureyev – Dance To Freedom (BBC Two)


Factual Series


The Detectives (BBC Two)

Great Ormond Street (BBC Two)

The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)

The Tribe (Channel 4)


Female Performance in a Comedy Programme


Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum (E4)

Miranda Hart – Miranda (BBC One)

Sian Gibson – Peter Kay's Car Share (BBC iPlayer)

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4)


Male Performance in a Comedy Programme


Hugh Bonneville – W1A (BBC Two)

Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show (BBC Two)

Peter Kay – Peter Kay's Car Share (BBC iPlayer)

Toby Jones –Detectorists (BBC Four)




Doctor Foster (BBC One)

The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)

London Spy (BBC Two)

This is England ‘90 (Channel 4)


Drama Series


Humans (Channel 4)

The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)

No Offence (Channel 4)

Wolf Hall (BBC Two)




The Good Wife (CBS)

Narcos (Netflix)

Spiral (Canal +)

Transparent (Amazon Prime)


Leading Actor


Idris Elba – Luther (BBC One)

Stephen Graham – This is England '90 (Channel 4)

Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)

Ben Whishaw – London Spy (BBC Two)


Leading Actress


Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)

Ruth Madeley – Don't Take My Baby (BBC Three)

Sheridan Smith – The C-Word (BBC One)

Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster (BBC One)


Supporting Actor


Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)

Cyril Nri – Cucumber (Channel 4)

Ian McKellen – The Dresser (BBC Two)

Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten (ITV)


Supporting Actress


Chanel Cresswell – This is England '90 (Channel 4)

Eleanor Worthington-Cox – The Enfield Haunting (Sky Atlantic)

Lesley Manville – River (BBC One)

Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who (BBC One)


Soap and Continuing Drama


Coronation Street (ITV)

EastEnders (BBC One)

Emmerdale (ITV)

Holby City (BBC One)


Single Documentary


Bitter Lake (BBC iPlayer)

Life After Suicide (BBC One)

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids (BBC Two)

My Son the Jihadi (Channel 4)


Single Drama


The C-Word (BBC One)

Cyberbully (Channel 4)

Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)

The Go-Between (BBC One)




Back in Time for Dinner (BBC Two)

The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)

Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild (Channel 4)

Travel Man (Channel 4)


Current Affairs


Children of the Gaza War (BBC Two)

Escape from ISIS – Dispatches (Channel 4)

Jihad: A British Story (ITV)

Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (BBC Two)


News Coverage


BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special (BBC One)

Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre (Channel 4)

ITV News at 10: Refugee Crisis (ITV)

Sky News: From Turkey to Greece (Sky News)




The Ashes (Sky Sports)

The Grand National (Channel 4)

MOTD Live: FA Cup Final (BBC One)

Six Nations – Final Day (BBC One)


Live Event


Big Blue Live (BBC One)

The Sound of Music Live! (ITV)

Stargazing Live: Brit In Space, Tim Peake Special (BBC One)

The Vote (More4)

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