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Drama Best of 2004
Celebrating the year in television drama.

Best Actress

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Marcia Cross* [Desperate Houswives*]

Lindsay Duncan [Rome]

Verona Joseph [Holby City]

Sarah Lancashire [Cherished, The Rotters Club]

Judy Parfitt [Funland]

Patricia Potter [Holby City]



Susan Hampshire [Monarch Of The Glen]

Imelda Staunton [My Family And Other Animals, ShakespeaRe-Told]



Rebekah Gibbs [Casualty]

Lesley Sharp* [Afterlife*]



Letitia Dean [EastEnders]

Keeley Hawes [ShakespeaRe-Told, Under The Greenwood Tree*]

Sharon Small [The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, ShakespeaRe-Told]

Jessie Wallace [EastEnders]



Kristen Bell* [Veronica Mars]

Julie Walters [Ahead Of The Class*]



Dawn Steele [Sea Of Souls]



Pauline Collins [Bleak House]



Jaime Murray [Hustle, ShakespeaRe-Told]



Sue Johnston [Waking The Dead] Sarah Manners [Casualty]



Tamsin Greig [Love Soup]

Nicola Walker [Spooks]



Polly Walker [Rome]



Elaine Cassidy [Fingersmith]

Sally Hawkins [Fingersmith]



Meera Syal [Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee]



Olga Sosnovska [Spooks]



Amanda Mealing [Holby City]


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Shirley Henderson as Katherine in 'ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming Of The Shrew' 5: Shirley Henderson
[ShakespeaRe-Told] (2.33%)

Your Comments

"A versatile and fantastic actress who can turn her hand to almost anything."
Emma Drgue, Lancaster

4: Sarah Parish
[Cutting It, ShakespeaRe-Told] (2.44%)

Your Comments

"Sarah Parish is phenomenal in most of what she does. She performed excellently in both Cutting It and Much Ado About Nothing this year and deserves this award above all others."
Hannah Jane, Liverpool

"She salvaged Cutting It, which I thought was imopossible. Then her amazing performance, alongside Damian Lewis, in Much Ado About Nothing was completely fantastic. She's an amazing actress and certainly deserves to win. "
Natalie, Bromley

Sarah Parish as Allie in 'Cutting It'
Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther in 'Bleak House' 3: Anna Maxwell Martin
[Bleak House] (4.17%)

Your Comments

"Anna's performance as Esther Summerson in Bleak House was the lynchpin that held together the entire programme. Her ability to portray a character who, despite all her past problems and missing history, manages to keep her head and show an inner strength and sensibility was quite wonderful to see on screeen."
Chris Sandles, Peterborough

"The casting in Bleak House was brilliant throughout, and there were some inspired choices. Gillian Anderson was one of the best as Lady Dedlock, but Anna Maxwell Martin just pips her for her brilliant performance. It carried our interest throughout every episode and kept the plot running. When she was off the screen, I was waiting for her to come back."
Robert Dymond, Sheffield

"Fantastic controlled acting - every glance and look told a thousand words. Impossible not to fall in love with her."
John Creedon, London

2: Gillian Anderson
[Bleak House] (12.67%)

Your Comments

"Just by looking into this amazing woman's eyes, you can see the character's reflection. Her ability to play such an icilly, hurt, and secretive character is unique. She does it so perfectly, that it almost seems natural and effortless, which is what makes a brilliant actress."
Leigh, Cheshire

"Gillian Anderson's role as Lady Dedlock was mesmerising. She has the power to hold your attention and keep it there for the entire scene. Bleak House was full of wonderful acting, it's hard to find one actress, out of several talented performers. But Gillian Aderson shines through."
Barnaby Walter, Billericay, Essex

"What an actress. What an edgy, gut-wrenching performance. She made every look, every gesture, every line and even the silences full of intensity. She made Lady Dedlock unforgettable and perhaps one of the greatest tragic characters seen on TV for some time. We cannot even think of her as Scully now."
Felicity, Somerset

"Hers was a taught, convincing and moving peformance in the best drama of the year. To remain so still and yet convey so much emotion was a tour de force."
Judith, Scottish Borders

Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock in 'Bleak House'
Billie Piper as Rose in 'Doctor Who' 1: Billie Piper
[Doctor Who, ShakespeaRe-Told] (59.76%)

Your Comments

"Billie Piper stole the show for me, playing Rose Tyler as a completely believable person in super-extraordinary surroundings. She was equal to, if not even better than, the Doctor, as played by Christopher Eccleston - and that's really saying something."
Sean Gibbons, Ireland

"I doubt many could guess she would turn out as such a fantastic companion to the Doctor. Emerging as an equal rather than a piece of eye candy, she rightly deserves to be honoured for her obvious acting talent. She carried well the emotion and power of her character that could practically be felt through the screen."
J D Hutchison, Scottish Borders

"Billie was so unexpectedly good and suited to her role in Doctor Who, she was a delight to watch. Although I have to say, that I'm being a little biased as it's much easier to look at actors in well made dramas in a more favourable light than ones that were less well made. Even though the fault that these dramas were not good may not be the fault of the actors."
Dan, Gillingham, Dorset

"I'd never seen Billie act before this year and was dubious. But I was very impressed by her skills. Her role as Rose in Doctor Who really warmed me to her as she displayed every emotion you could think of, acting as any of us would if we were taken around the universe.

On top of this she gave a good performance in the ShakespeaRe-Told episode of Much Ado About Nothing, a completely different, yet believeable character. She justly deserved her award at the National TV Awards."
Mark, Eastbourne

"Not just for creating Rose as a character with as much depth and interest as the Doctor himself but also for her performance in Much Ado About Nothing. This was, without doubt, Billie's year."
Paul Butler, Fareham, Hampshire

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