Bafta TV nods to Rylance and Elba


Oscar-winner Mark Rylance is facing competition from Luther star Idris Elba in the bid to be named best leading actor at this year’s Bafta TV awards.

The pair are nominated alongside Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham, cited for London Spy and This is England ‘90.

Sheridan Smith is in the running for the leading actress award, for her role as a woman with cancer in The C-Word.


Wolf Hall, based on the novel by Hilary Mantel, picked up four nominations for the awards, to be held on May 8.

The historical drama is nominated in the best drama series category, alongside Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence.

It has also received nominations for Claire Foy’s performance as Anne Boleyn and Anton Lesser’s supporting performance as Sir Thomas More.


Foy and Smith are joined in the leading actress category by Suranne Jones and Ruth Madeley, who are nominated for BBC One’s Doctor Foster and BBC Three’s Don’t Take My Baby respectively.

Rylance, who won an Oscar last month for his supporting role in Bridge of Spies, is nominated for his role as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s right hand man.

Doctor Foster, London Spy and This is England ‘90 are minated in the best mini-series category, as is Sky production The Enfield Haunting.

The C-Word is up for the single drama prize, alongside BBC One’s The Go-Between, Don’t Take My Baby and Channel 4’s Cyberbully.

Sharon Horgan is up for the best female performance in a comedy programme award, for Channel 4’s Catastrophe.

So are Sian Gibson, for Peter Kay’s Car Share, Miranda Hart for Miranda, and Michaela Coel for E4’s Chewing Gum.

Hugh Bonneville receives a nomination for best male performance in a comedy programme, for spoof BBC documentary W1A.

Peter Kay is nominated in the same category for Car Share, alongside Javone Prince, for The Javone Prince Show, and Detectorists’ Toby Jones.

Michelle Gomez gets a supporting actress nomination for Doctor Who, while Adele’s BBC music special gets a nod in the entertainment programme category.

The programme, which saw Adele sing and take part in sketches as well as be quizzed by Graham Norton, is up against Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and TFI Friday’s 20th anniversary special.

Lesser’s competition in the supporting actor category includes Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Ian McKellen, who are nominated for Unforgotten and The Dresser respectively.

It is the first time Sir Ian, a two-time Oscar nominee and recipient of four Bafta film award nominations, has been nominated for a Bafta TV award.

His role in The Dresser was the same one for which Sir Tom Courtenay was nominated for a Bafta film award in 1985.

The Great British Bake Off received its fifth consecutive nomination in the features category, an award it won in 2012 and 2013.

The BBC ratings winner is also up for the Radio Times audience award,announced on Tuesday, a prize to be decided by public vote.

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