Bafta TV 2021 nominations: Small Axe, The Crown lead the nods

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2021 nominations have been announced and Small Axe has proved to be miles ahead of its competition. 

Sir Steve McQueen’s compelling anthology series, which featured the films Lovers Rock and Mangrove, is leading this year’s awards after receiving a staggering 15 nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards.

These include leading actor for John Boyega who starred as real life police officer Leroy Logan in the Small Axe film Red, White and Blue, while Shaun Parkes has also earned a nod for his performance as Frank Crichlow in Mangrove. 

The Crown has brought in 10 nominations for Netflix, which include leading actor for Josh O’Connor who played Prince Charles, supporting actor for Tobias Mezies who starred as Prince Philip and supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter who took on the role of Princess Margaret in season 4. 

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You has received wide recognition with an impressive eight nominations. These include a leading actress nod for Coel, leading actor for Paapa Essiedu, supporting actress for Weruche Opia and best mini-series. 

Normal People has earned seven nominations, with Paul Mescal scooping a leading actor nod and Daisy Edgar-Jones landing leading actress. 

The six nominees for Leading Actor 👏🎭
📺 John Boyega – Small Axe
📺 Josh O’Connor – The Crown
📺 Paapa Essiedu – I May Destroy You
📺 Paul Mescal – Normal People
📺 Shaun Parkes – Small Axe
📺 Waleed Zuaiter – Baghdad Central #VirginMediaBAFTAs pic.twitter.com/x6q3WcJawG

The six nominees for Leading Actress 👏🎭
📺 Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie
📺 Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People
📺 Hayley Squires – Adult Material
📺 Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
📺 Letitia Wright – Small Axe
📺 Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You#VirginMediaBAFTAs pic.twitter.com/VjFV1YgxNz

Strictly Come Dancing has earned four nominations, including entertainment programme, in which they’re up against Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Masked Singer and Life & Rhymes. 

Among the first time Bafta nominees are Normal People’s Mescal and Edgar-Jones, I May Destroy You’s Opia and Small Axe’s Parkes.

It’s also the first time that Boyega, Micheal Ward and Rupert Everett have been nominated in performance categories.

Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 nominations full list

Leading actress

Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie 

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Hayley Squires – Adult Material

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Letitia Wright – Small Axe

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You 

Leading actor

John Boyega – Small Axe

Josh O’Connor – The Crown

Paapa Essiedu – I May Destroy You

Paul Mescal – Normal People

Shaun Parkes – Small Axe

Waleed Zuaiter – Baghdad Central

Comedy entertainment programme

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe

Rob & Romesh

The Big Narstie Show

The Ranganation 

Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion 

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary 

The Battle For Hong Kong

The Cyprus Papers Undercovert

Daytime

Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On

Richard Osman’s House Of Games

The Chase 

The Great House Giveaway

Drama Series

Gangs of London 

I Hate Suzie

Save Me Too

The Crown

Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills – The Last Leg

Bradley Walsh – Beat the Chasers

Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing

David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? 

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation 

Entertainment Programme 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Life & Rhymes

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

Factual Series

Crime & Punishment

Hospital 

Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency 

Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Features 

Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

The Repair Shop

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education 

Daisy Haggard – Breeders 

Daisy May Cooper – This Country

Emma Mackey – Sex Education 

Gbemisola Ikumelo – Famalam 

Mae Martin – Feel Good

International 

Little America

Lovecraft Country 

Unorthodox 

Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge 

Leading actress

Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie 

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Hayley Squires – Adult Material

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Letitia Wright – Small Axe

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You 

Live event

Life Drawing Live! 

Springwatch 2020 

The Royal British Legion Festivel of Remembrance

The Third Day: Autumn 

Male performance in a comedy programme 

Charlie Cooper – This Country

Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen

Joseph Gilgun – Brassic 

Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education 

Paul Ritter – Friday Night Dinner

Reece Shearsmith – Inside No.9

Miniseries 

Adult Material 

I May Destroy You 

Normal People

Small Axe

News Coverage

BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted to Intensive Care

Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy 

Newsnight: Covid Care

Sky News Inside Idlib

Reality & constructed factual

Masterchef: The Professionals

Race Across The World 

The School That Tried To End Racism 

The Write Offs

Scripted Comedy 

Ghosts

Inside No.9 

Man Like Mobeen

This Country

Short form programme

Criptales

Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Bans With Learning Disabilities – Delta 7

The Main Part

They Saw The Sun First

Single documentary 

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me

Locked In: Breaking The Silence

Surviving Covid 

Single drama

Anthony 

BBW (On The Edge) 

Sitting In Limbo

The Windermere Children

Soap & continuing drama

Casualty 

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Hollyoaks

Specialist Factual 

Extinction: The Facts

Putin: A Russian Spy Story

The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty 

The Surgeon’s Cut

Sport

Bahrain Grand Prix

England v France: The Final of Autumn Nations Cup

England v West Indies Test Cricket

London Marathon 2020 

Supporting actor

Kunal Nayyar – Criminal: UK 

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe 

Michael Sheen – Quiz

Micheal Ward – Small Axe 

Rupert Everett – Adult Material

Tobias Menzies – The Crown

Supporting actress

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Leila Farzad – I Hate Suzie

Rakie Ayola – Anthony 

Siena Kelly – Adult Material 

Sophie Okenedo – Criminal: UK

Weruche Opia – I May Destroy You

Virgin Media’s must-see moment

Bridgerton – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whisledown

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020  

EastEnders – Gray kills Chantelle 

Gogglebox – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference 

Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat – Mee-cro-wah-vay 

The Mandalorian – Luke Skywalker arrives

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 6 June on BBC One and BBC One HD, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on Monday 24 May.

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