ITV’s critically-acclaimed crime drama Broadchurch has won three Baftas in the best drama, best actress, and best supporting actor categories.
At the British Academy Television Awards ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal last night, Olivia Colman and David Bradley were lauded for their performance in the programme, which returns for a second series next year.
Awards were announced by a series of star presenters, including Aaron Paul, Davina McCall, Hugh Dancy, Jeremy Piven, Marvin Humes, Martin Freeman, Mel & Sue, Mo Farah, Naomi Campbell, Paul O’Grady, Ross Kemp, Sam Neill and Sheridan Smith.
Colman, who also won two Baftas at last year’s ceremony, praised Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall as “a genius” as she accepted her award.
Broadchurch was also nominated for the viewer-chosen Radio Times Audience Award, which was won by Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor.
First-time nominee Sean Harris won best actor for his performance in Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, and Sarah Lancashire won best supporting actress for her performance in BBC One’s Last Tango in Halifax.
Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson won their first Baftas, in the best male and female comedy performance categories, for The IT Crowd, which returned to television screens last year for a final one-off special episode.
Acclaimed actresses Julie Walters and Cilla Black arrived to accept special accolades which were announced in advance.
Walters received the Academy’s most prestigious accolade, a Fellowship, in recognition of her contribution to film and TV and “ground-breaking work across a range of genres”. Black was granted this year’s Special Award, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.