Thursday 22 February 2018

Sheridan nominated for Cilla Bafta

Sheridan Smith won acclaim for her portrayal of Cilla Black
Sheridan Smith won acclaim for her portrayal of Cilla Black
Benedict Cumberbatch could pick up a TV Bafta for his role as Sherlock Holmes

Sheridan Smith could pick up a TV Bafta for her portrayal of Cilla Black - a year after Cilla herself was honoured at the awards.

She is up against L ine Of Duty star Keeley Hawes, Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley, and Georgina Campbell from Murdered By My Boyfriend for the leading actress award.

Smith's portrayal of the singer, who was given a special award for her 50 years in television at last year's bash, was so popular it propelled the Scouse singer's 1 964 number one, Anyone Who Had A Heart, back into the charts.

Other big names in the running include Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for leading actor for his performance in Sherlock.

The star, who lost out on a best actor Oscar earlier this year, is nominated alongside Toby Jones for Marvellous, James Nesbitt for The Missing, and Jason Watkins for The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies.

It is Cumberbatch's third nomination for his performance in the hit show.

BBC dramas dominate with Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line Of Duty all leading the way with three nods.

But BBC bosses could be left red-faced if Campbell wins her category or her show, BBC3's Murdered By My Boyfriend, is named best single drama just as the corporation moves to axe the digital channel and replace it with an online-only service.

Lancashire's co-star in Happy Valley, James Norton, is nominated for the supporting actor award and the show is in the running for best drama.

Toby Jones's co-star in Marvellous, Gemma Jones, was nominated for best supporting actress - her first nod since 1977.

Ken Stott's role in The Missing sees him nominated for best supporting actor, alongside Adeel Akhtar from Channel 4's Utopia and Stephen Rea for The Honourable Woman.

Line Of Duty's Vicky McClure is nominated for best supporting actress alongside Amanda Redman for ITV's Tommy Cooper biopic and Charlotte Spencer for E4's Glue.

Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman is nominated for best entertainment performance alongside chatshow host Graham Norton, Ant and Dec and Celebrity Juice's Leigh Francis.

The nominations were announced at Bafta's central London headquarters by actors Freddie Fox and Sherlock star Amanda Abbington.

This year's ceremony is at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on Sunday May 10.

Olivia Colman's nomination for female performance in a comedy programme for Rev is her fourth consecutive nod for the TV Baftas and her co-star Tom Hollander is also recognised, with a nomination for male performance in a comedy programme.

Colman is up against W1A's Jessica Hynes, Tamsin Greig for Episodes, and Catherine Tate for Catherine Tate's Nan.

Hollander faces competition from Hynes' co-star Hugh Bonneville, Toast Of London's Matt Berry, and the brains behind Mrs Brown's Boys Brendan O'Carroll.

Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing both receive a second nomination for entertainment programme, where they are up against The Voice and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

The Graham Norton Show picks up a second nomination in comedy and comedy entertainment programme alongside Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, Would I Lie to You and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are nominated in scripted comedy for Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos, with James Corden and Mathew Baynton for The Wrong Mans, Chris O'Dowd for Sky 1's Moone Boy, and Detectorists which starred Toby Jones and was written and directed by Mackenzie Crook.

The international shows nominated are Netflix's Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards, along with The Good Wife and True Detective.

Channel 4's The Undateables and The Island with Bear Grylls are nominated alongside The Apprentice and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in the reality and constructed factual category.

Also nominated at the event, formally known as t he British Academy Television Awards, are Hollyoaks, Casualty, EastEnders and Coronation Street, which will fight it out to win the soap and continuing drama award.

Bookmaker William Hill immediately tipped S mith and Cumberbatch for success. making them 1/2 and 11/10 favourites respectively to win their categories.

The firm's spokesman Joe Crilly said: " Benedict has already been to the Oscars and Baftas this year without success b ut the TV Baftas could be where he finally picks up a gong."

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