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BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Killing Eve’ & Benedict Cumberbatch Win Big

Updated May 13, 2019
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Killing Eve‘ and ‘Patrick Melrose‘ emerged as the big winners at the BAFTA TV Awards 2019. The ceremony took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday. ‘Killing’ Eve,’ which is a BBC America drama, took home three top prizes including the best drama series, the best actress for Jodie Comer and the best-supporting actress for Fiona Shaw. Benedict Cumberbatch earned the best actor award for his performance as the titular character in the Sky/Showtime drama Patrick Melrose, which also won a BAFTA for the best mini-series.

Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, ‘Killing Eve’ features Comer as a murderous woman Villanelle. She beat her ‘Killing Eve’ co-actor Sandra Oh, who plays the titular character, Eve Polastri. Keeley Hawes, for her breakout role as The Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP in BBC’s ‘Bodyguard,’ and Ruth Wilson, for her iconic character in BBC One’s ‘Mrs Wilson,’ were the two major contenders. Comer didn’t forget to thank the show creator Bridge for the “inspiration” and Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham who supported the actress in her career. “I feel so lucky to say I worked with you, also to call you a friend. You’re the most talented person I know, also an inspiration,” the actress said while receiving the award.

Benedict Cumberbatch took home a BAFTA for the best actor while ‘Patrick Melrose’ won the best mini-series award. This is Cumberbatch’s first win out of the last six nominations and 14 years after his first nomination. He earned the feat defeating Chance Perdomo, for his stunning portrayal of the character Jerome in BBC Three drama series ‘Killed by My Debt,’ Channel 4 crime drama ‘Kiri’s’ Lucian Msamati and Hugh Grant of BBC One comedy series ‘A Very English Scandal.’ Accepting the award, Cumberbatch said, “I think I’m going to fall over, I’m very used to being a bridesmaid not the bride.”

Check out the list of winners below.

Drama series:
‘Killing Eve’

International:
‘Succession’

Miniseries:
‘A Very English Scandal’

Leading actress:
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)

Leading actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)

Supporting actress
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)

Supporting actor:
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)

Scripted comedy:
‘Sally4Ever’

Female performance in a comedy program:
Jessica Hynes (There She Goes)

Male performance in a comedy program:
Steve Pemberton: (Inside No. 9)

Single drama:
‘Killed By My Debt’

Single documentary:
‘Gun No. 6’

Comedy entertainment program:
‘A League Of Their Own’

Entertainment performance:
Lee Mack: (Would I Lie To You?)

Entertainment program:
‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Specialist factual:
‘Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley’

Reality & constructed factual:
‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’

Factual series:
‘Louis Theroux’s Altered States”’

Features:
‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Current affairs:
‘Myanmar’s Killing Fields (Dispatches)’

Live event:
‘The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance’

News coverage:
‘Cambridge Analytica Uncovered’ (ITN/Channel 4)

Short form program:
‘Missed Call’

Soap & continuing drama:
‘Eastenders’

Sport:
‘2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden’

Virgin TV’s must-see moment (voted for by the public)
‘Bodyguard’

BAFTA Fellowship (Announced Early)
Joan Bakewell

Special award (Announced Early)
Nicola Shindler

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