BAFTA TV Awards Crown ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Happy Valley’

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Photo Source: “Fleabag”: Luke Varley/Amazon Studios

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the year’s winners for British TV’s highest honors. Presented May 14 at London’s Royal Festival and hosted by Sue Perkins, the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards recognized “Fleabag,” “American Crime Story,” and more 2016 TV highlights. Could any of these series go on to win Emmy Awards as well?

Although Netflix’s “The Crown” notched an impressive five BAFTA nominations, it failed to secure any wins. The show and its lead, Golden Globe and SAG winner Claire Foy, were bested by BBC1’s cop drama “Happy Valley,” which took home the trophies for drama series and leading actress Sarah Lancashire. And despite Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s breakthrough comedy “Fleabag” falling to BBC3’s “People Just Do Nothing” in the comedy series category, the writer-actor herself earned the BAFTA for leading actress in a comedy.

Documentarian Nick Fraser won a special award, while “Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley took home BAFTA’s fellowship honor. Adeel Akhtar became the first non-white actor to win in the leading actor category for his work in BBC3’s “Murdered by My Father.”

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In the international TV category, FX’s “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” prevailed over awards contenders “The Night Of,” “Stranger Things,” and “Transparent,” all of which will be major contenders—in different categories—at this year’s Emmy Awards. “American Crime Story” dominated last year’s ceremony; a second installment won’t be eligible until 2018.

For a full list of this year’s BAFTA TV Award winners, click here. And don’t forget to mark your calendars—Emmy nominations will be announced July 13!

Drama series
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Durrells” (ITV)
***“Happy Valley” (BBC1)
“War and Peace” (BBC1)

Scripted comedy
“Camping” (Sky Atlantic)
“Fleabag” (BBC3)
“Flowers” (Channel 4)
***“People Just Do Nothing” (BBC3)

Leading actor
***Adeel Akhtar, “Murdered By My Father” (BBC3)
Babou Ceesay, “Damilola, Our Loved Boy” (BBC1)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Hollow Crown” (BBC2)
Robbie Coltrane, “National Treasure” (Channel 4)

Leading actress
***Sarah Lancashire, “Happy Valley” (BBC1)
Nikki Amuka-Bird, “NW” (BBC2)
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Jodie Comer, “Thirteen” (BBC3)

Female performance in a comedy programme
Diane Morgan, “Cunk on Shakespeare” (BBC2)
Lesley Manville, “Mum” (BBC2)
***Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” (BBC3)
Olivia Colman, “Fleabag” (BBC3)

Male performance in a comedy programme
Asim Chaudhry, “People Just Do Nothing” (BBC3)
David Mitchell, “Upstart Crow” (BBC2)
Harry Enfield, “The Windsors” (Channel 4)
***Steve Coogan, “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle” (Sky Atlantic)

Supporting actor
Daniel Mays, “Line of Duty” (BBC2)
Jared Harris, “The Crown” (Netflix)
John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
***Tom Hollander, “The Night Manager” (BBC1)

Supporting actress
Nicola Walker, “Last Tango in Halifax” (BBC1)
Siobhan Finneran, “Happy Valley” (BBC1)
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown” (Netflix)
***Wunmi Mosaku, “Damilola, Our Loved Boy” (BBC1)

“The Night Of” (HBO/Sky Atlantic)
***“The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX/BBC)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“Transparent” (Amazon Prime)

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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