Published on May 16, 2013 | by Ben Grazebrook


British Academy awards 2013 round-up

Two Bafta statuettes side by side

Bafta statuettes were awarded to some of this year’s most successful television actors. [Flickr: placidmanc]


The Royal Opera House was filled with the stars of British film and television on Sunday night (May 12) for the annual British Academy (BAFTA) ceremony.

Olivia Colman took home two awards: for best supporting actress in Accused and best female in a comedy in the BBC Olympic satire Twenty Twelve.

The programme was also judged best sitcom.

BBC One’s Last Tango in Halifax took best drama series, while Channel 4’s coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening ceremony won best sport and live event.

An emotional Sheridan Smith won best lead actress for the ITV drama Mrs Biggs. A stunned Ben Whishaw, the new Q in the James Bond film Skyfall, won best actor for Richard II. The actor said: “I’m really really surprised, I was hoping it would be one of the others just so I wouldn’t have to come up here and say anything. I’m thrilled, it’s amazing – I can’t believe it.”

Simon Russell Beale won best supporting actor for Henry IV Part 2. BBC Two’s The Shame of the Catholic Church won the Bafta for best current affairs program. Game of Thrones took the Radio Times audience award.

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