The Bafta TV Awards 2021 held on Sunday June 6, celebrating the best and brightest talent from the British TV industry from the past year.
The award, which took place at London’s iconic Television Centre was hosted by Richard Ayoade, who won Best Male Comedy Performance BAFTA for The IT Crowd seven years ago.
The event was kicked off by Years and Years, with lead singer Olly Alexander performing his new single Starstruck on an outdoor stage, dressed for the occasion in a stylish co-ord.
It was a big night for Michaela Coel, whose BBC and HBO series I May Destroy You scooped two of the biggest prizes of the evening.
Coel walked away with the best leading actress for her performance as sexual assault survivor Arabella, while I May Destroy You also scooped best mini-series, beating Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.
Speaking after collecting her award Coel said: “I am very surprised, actually. I genuinely was not expecting to win for leading actress, so I’m still feeling a bit stunned and so grateful to BAFTA.”
Referencing the series’ storyline and her character Arabella being inspired by some of her worst experiences in the TV industry, she added: “It really helped me get past some troubling stuff.
“And what it enabled me to do is sort of pair something quite tragic with something quite beautiful and that was being able to make a show and create opportunities and see everybody’s talents come together. It has kind of replaced bad memories with really nice ones.”
Other big winners on the night included Paul Mescal, who took home the BAFTA for best leading actor for his turn in BBC Three and Hulu drama Normal People. He beat hotly-tipped rivals including John Boyega (Small Axe) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown).
See full list of winners below.
Adam Hills The Last Leg; Channel 4
Bradley Walsh Beat the Chasers’; ITV
Claudia Winkleman Strictly Come Dancing; BBC One
David Mitchell Would I Lie to You? at Christmas; BBC One
Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show; Channel 4
Romesh Ranganathan The Ranganation; BBC Two – WINNER
Ghosts BBC One
Inside No 9 BBC Two – WINNER
Man Like Mobeen BBC Three
This Country BBC Three
Helena Bonham Carter The Crown; Netflix
Leila Farzad I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic
Rakie Ayola Anthony; BBC One – WINNER
Siena Kelly Adult Material; Channel 4
Sophie Okonedo Criminal: UK; Netflix
Weruche Opia I May Destroy You; BBC One
Virgin Media’s must-see moment (voted for by the public)
Bridgerton Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown; NetSKY TV
Gangs of London; Sky Atlantic
I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic
Save Me Too; Sky Atlantic – WINNER
The Crown; Netflix
John Boyega Small Axe; BBC One
Josh O’Connor The Crown; Netflix
Paapa Essiedu I May Destroy You; BBC One
Paul Mescal Normal People; BBC Three – WINNER
Shaune Parkes Small Axe; BBC One
Waleed Zuaiter Baghdad Central; Channel 4
Billie Piper I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic
Daisy Edgar-Jones Normal People; BBC Three
Hayley Squires Adult Material; Channel 4
Jodie Comer Killing Eve; BBC One
Letitia Wright Small Axe; BBC One
Michaela Coel I May Destroy You; BBC One – WINNER
Short form programme
Criptales BBC Four
Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities Vice/Noisey