Baftas: Olivia Colman leading lady with two awards

Colman won best supporting actress for her role in Accused and best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve. Picture: PA
Colman won best supporting actress for her role in Accused and best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve. Picture: PA
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Olivia Colman was crowned leading lady at this year’s TV Baftas after picking up two awards.

She won best supporting actress for her role in Accused and best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve.

Speaking backstage, Colman said she was “thinking there has been a mistake” after winning her second award.

She joked “I’m a bit doomed now, I’m never going to work again” and said her appeal was down to people thinking she was “safe”, adding: “I’m never going to take anyone’s husband”.

Other winners of the night, which was hosted by comedian Graham Norton, included Sheridan Smith, who was named leading actress for her role in Mrs Biggs, while the Bafta for leading actor went to Ben Whishaw for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).

He said he was “really, really surprised”, adding: “I was just hoping it would one of the others so I wouldn’t have to say anything.”

Norton introduced the show with a series of gags about the spate of recent celebrity arrests, saying the show had to start before “any of our presenters or guests are unavoidably detained”.

Lewis was then joined by his Homeland co-star David Harewood to present the evening’s first award - for best drama series - to Last Tango in Halifax.

The show, about a pair of pensioners who rekindle a romance late in life, beat competition including ITV cop show Scot and Bailey.

One of its stars, Anne Reid, said it was the “most fantastic series to be a part of” and added: “I am so happy the BBC has decided to do love stories about people who are over 35 because some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70.”

The award for factual series went to BBC Three’s Our War which followed events on the frontline in Afghanistan from the perspective of the troops on the ground.

This World’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church won the award for current affairs, beating ITV’s documentary about Jimmy Savile’s sex crimes, a Panorama special on the crisis in Britain’s housing and Al Jazeera’s investigation into the death of Yasser Arafat.

The award for news coverage went to Granada Reports programme, Hillsborough - The truth at last.

BBC Two’s Murder was named the best single drama, while 7/7: One Day In London won the award for single documentary.

The BBC’s adaptation of John Braine’s novel Room at the Top, which starred Doctor Who’s Jenna-Louise Coleman, won the award for mini-series.

The award for sport and live event was won by Channel’s 4’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympics.

One of the presenters, Ade Adepitan, said the win was “an absolute honour”.

He said: “Thank you Channel 4, for letting us be ourselves.”

Shameless star Anne Marie Duff announced the award for supporting actor went to Shakespearean veteran Simon Russell Beale for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC version of Henry IV Part 2.

Olympic satire Twenty Twelve won the sitcom award.

The award for entertainment programme went to Norton’s chatshow with the Irish comic accepting his own award before returning to hosting duties.

He said: “It’s funny how that can cheer an evening up”.

The features award went to The Great British Bake Off with co-host Mel Giedroyc saying: “Who knew there could be so much drama in a scone? Amazing.”

However Scots actor Peter Capaldi, who was nominated for the supporting actor gong for his performance in The Hour as well best male performance in a comedy programme for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It, came home empty handed.

The award for male in a comedy went to Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life while the award for entertainment performance went to Alan Carr for his chatshow.

Accepting his award, he said: “I’m going to kill the person who selects the clips because it is normally funny”.

The winners in full:

Leading Actor

Ben Whishaw - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Leading Actress

Sheridan Smith - Mrs Biggs

Supporting Actor

Simon Russell Beale - Henry IV Part 2(The Hollow Crown)

Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman - Accused (Mo’s Story)

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life

Single Drama



Room At The Top

Drama Series

Last Tango In Halifax

Soap and Continuing Drama




Factual Series

Our War

Specialist Factual

All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

Single Documentary

7/7: One Day In London


The Great British Bake Off

Reality and Constructed Factual

Made In Chelsea

Current Affairs

The Shame Of The Catholic Church (This World)

News Coverage

Hillsborough - The Truth At Last (Granada Reports)

Sport and Live Event

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Entertainment Programme

The Graham Norton Show

Comedy Programme

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Situation Comedy

Twenty Twelve

Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)

Game of Thrones

Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Special Award

Clare Balding