BAFTA Nominations Announced

Royal drama The Crown leads the nominations for the British Academy Television Awards to be awarded in May.

The first season of the critically praised show is up for five categories, including best drama and best supporting actors for Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby and John Lithgow.

Leading actress Claire Foy received a nomination for the second year in a row, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show.

Both Foy and the show have already been awarded with a Golden Globe earlier this year, making this one of the streaming giant's most successful shows yet.

Feature-length drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy followed with three nominations, including lead actor for Babou Ceesay and best supporting actress for Wunmi Mosaku.

BBC dramas Fleabag and Happy Valley also received three nominations each, including best female performance in a comedy for Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Sky Atlantic mini-series The Night Of is up for a gong in the international category, competing with Fox anthology show The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, sci-fi drama Stranger Things and Amazon's Transparent.

In the leading actor category, National Treasure's Robbi Coltrane has been nominated alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hollow Crown.

A surprise miss for actor Tom Hiddleston, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a former British soldier in John Le Carre's The Night Manager.

Sky Atlantic's hit TV show Game Of Thrones received only one nomination, in a special category for TV's must see moment.

The bloody Battle of the Bastards scene is up against Ed Balls' Gangnam Style routine in Strictly Come Dancing and Michelle Obama's carpool karaoke with James Corden.

In the comedy categories, The Windsors' Harry Enfield and Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge are competing in the male performance category, while Diane Morgan and Lesley Manville are up against Fleabag's Coman and Waller-Bridge for the female gong.

The is Coogan's 10th BAFTA nomination, this time for Sky Atlantic's Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle.

Nominated in the News Coverage category are Sky News Tonight - Aleppo: Death of a City, BBC North West Tonight: Hillsborough Inquests, Channel 4 News: Brexit - Day One and Victoria Derbyshire.

In Sport, Six Nations - England v Wales, Sky Sports' The Open the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics received nominations.

BAFTA winners will be announced at London's Royal Festival Hall on 14 May.


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