Olivia Colman wins two Bafta awards

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Olivia Colman has won two Baftas, taking the prizes for best supporting actress for Accused and best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve.

Colman said of her win for Accused: "Turns out it does mean a lot. And I'm not going to cry."

BBC Olympic satire Twenty Twelve also won best sitcom at the TV Bafta Awards.

BBC One's Last Tango in Halifax took best drama series and Channel 4's London 2012 Paralympic Games won best sport and live event.

The Paralympics beat the BBC's coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, Super Saturday and the men's Wimbledon final.

Ade Adepitan, who co-presented the award-winning Paralympic coverage with Clare Balding, thanked Channel 4 for "allowing us to show the Paralympics warts and all" and for "allowing us to be ourselves", referring to his fellow Paralympic athletes.

Colman thanked Accused writer Jimmy McGovern and paid tribute to co-star Anne Marie Duff, adding: "If it's alright with everyone, it's for Anne Marie and me to share - we're Anne Malivia Colemuff, we did it together and I couldn't have done it without her to play off."

When she collected her second award for Twenty Twelve, the Broadchurch star praised her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis, joking: "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."

Who won what?

  • Actor - Ben Whishaw
  • Actress - Sheridan Smith
  • Female comedy performance - Olivia Colman
  • Male comedy performance - Steve Coogan
  • Supporting actor - Simon Russell Beale
  • Supporting actress - Olivia Colman
  • Drama series - Last Tango in Halifax
  • Sport and live event - The London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • News coverage - Hillsborough - The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)
  • Current Affairs - The Shame of the Catholic Church
  • Sitcom - Twenty Twelve
  • Soap and continuing drama - EastEnders
  • Audience award - Game of Thrones

A tearful Sheridan Smith won best lead actress for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs. She thanked the whole team behind the show, apologising for her tears, adding: "I can't believe it."

Ben Whishaw won best actor for Richard II (The Hollow Crown) on BBC Two, and looked stunned.

The actor, who also played the role of Q in the James Bond film Skyfall, said: "I'm really, really surprised, I was hoping it would be one of the others just so I wouldn't have to come up here and say anything. I'm thrilled, it's amazing - I can't believe it."

Simon Russell Beale won best supporting actor for Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown), but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Michael Palin, who was presented with a Bafta fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, said: "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."

He also thanked the BBC, saying: "No other broadcasting company in the world would have given me the opportunity to do what I've done."

Balding, who won a Bafta Special Award, said she was "aware this would not have happened if it weren't for the magic of last summer", referring to the 2012 Games, when she presented for both the BBC's Olympic and Channel 4's Paralympic coverage.

"I'm so grateful to the BBC and Channel 4 for putting me at the heart of those events," she said, before tearfully thanking her parents and her partner.

BBC Two's The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World) won the best current affairs Bafta, beating the BBC One's Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special), ITV's The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (Exposure) and Al Jazeera Investigates' What Killed Arafat?.

Bafta wins per broadcaster

  • BBC - 15
  • Channel 4 - 4
  • Sky - 3
  • ITV - 2

Other winners included Murder, from The Killing director Birger Larsen, which took the prize for best single drama, beating The Girl. Game of Thrones took the prize for audience award.

Anne Reid, who starred in Last Tango with Sir Derek Jacobi, said: "I'm so happy that the BBC at last have decided to do love stories about people who are over 35. Some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70."

BBC Two's 7/7 One Day in London won for best single documentary and ITV's Hillsborough - The Truth at Last (Granada Reports) took the Bafta for best news coverage.

Room at the Top won best mini-series, beating Accused, Mrs Biggs and Parade's End and The Great British Bake Off won best features. Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl had been up for four Baftas but left empty-handed.

Graham Norton hosted the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall, where he won best entertainment performance for The Graham Norton show. He thanked the BBC, the guests and his team, who he joked did not enjoy being up on stage.

Michael Palin Michael Palin said he felt "slightly guilty" at winning an award for such an enjoyable career

Steve Coogan won best male performance in a comedy programme for Sky Atlantic's Welcome to the Places of My Life. He was not there to collect his award but a message from him read: "Thanks very much, I've got five now... ". BBC Three's The Revolution Will Be Televised was named the best comedy programme.

Channel 4's Alan Carr won best entertainment performance for Alan Carr: Chatty Man while the channel's All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry won best specialist factual show.

BBC One's EastEnders took best soap and best reality and constructed factual show went to Channel 4's Made in Chelsea. Girls won best international show.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary was celebrated during the ceremony with a montage of clips from the show and a sketch with the current Doctor and his assistant, played by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Overnight figures showed an average 6.1 million people tuned in to watch the awards - the highest figure since 2004 and up from last year's 3.6 million.


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    Comment number 204.

    They get paid lots of money, have a great life style and then start crying and become over emotional on nomination for awards, i wonder how i will react when i get my 20 year award at work... Not like this lot for sure....

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    Comment number 203.

    Well done to Clare Balding - that rare presenter who connects with her audience without patronising them, researches what she's presenting about, and is passionate about it.

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    Comment number 202.

    oops! a typo on my previous comment @ 196 that should've said "latter" sorry lol

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    Comment number 201.

    I have to say I cannot believe C4's coverage of the Paralympics won a Bafta last night. It was appalling. The sheer number, frequency and ridiculous timing of the ad breaks made it virtually unwatchable, and the presentation was one notch above amateurish for much of the time. I gave up with it, which was a great shame as the heroics of the competitors deserved much better coverage.

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    Comment number 200.

    Good for her.

    I personally have never found her the slightest bit funny nor an engaging actress, nor her fellow comedians that she has worked with, the likes of David Mitchell for example.

    But hey, if the luvvies don't pat themselves on the back - who will?

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    Comment number 199.

    Typical BAFA! As usual the BBC nearly wins ALL the awards. Obviously they just can't see past them. ITV has some great drama programmes. What about Scott and Bailey? an absolutely brilliant series and as for Eastenders winning again, why? Coronation Street should have won by a mile! but of course they just LOVE the BBC!!!!

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    Comment number 198.

    I was surprised that she got the comedy award. Jessica Hynes should have got that I think or Miranda. But the the drama award was well deserved. Maybe the comedy award was also in recognition for her other good comedy work, such as Look Around You.

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    Comment number 197.

    Re rating comments- If you press arrow up it puts plus 1, if you press arrow down it puts plus 1 so there does not seem to be a minus? So what's the point ?
    Editor 's pick ? "The parts she has been given? "Given? She auditioned. If that' s the Editor then no hope here. Don't bother stick to the golden rule never read the comments!!!!

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    Comment number 196.

    the comment you commented on said "middle-of-the-road" not "middle class"! She may be the later but certainly not the former.
    how about Broadchurch! just about the biggest drama on tv recently.

    Well Done Olivia and I'm looking forward to watching my recording of Mr Whicher later in the week

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    Comment number 195.

    Who. .??

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    Comment number 194.

    good old Michael Palin !!! more of that and less of the "soaps" please.......

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    Comment number 193.

    If the paralympics coverage was so good why did Clare Balding get her award off the back of it and why was so much money spent on the opening ceremony if it could have been covered better for a fraction of the price?

    Or perhaps, those "giving" the awards just had a different agenda than the rest of us....

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    Comment number 192.

    Did the judges see the same Channel 4 coverage of the Paralympics as I did? It was dreadful. The interviews were cut short for adverts, the opening ceremony seemed to be more adverts than ceremony, the only plus was the introduction to Paralympic sport that was in the lead up to the games.

    How their coverage one I will never know...

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    Comment number 191.

    Nothing against luvvies giving each other awards, but I find it very telling that the BBC won't allow us to Have our Say about anything really important.

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    Comment number 190.

    "Biggest congrats to Olivia. Shes a good actress, but she has also been lucky because the parts shes been given are extremely well written"

    No, the parts she and her agent decide to audition for. You don't get GIVEN a part. You have to audition, you know... like a job interview?

    Yes, great writers and directors but don't suggest it's handed to her. It isn't.

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    Comment number 189.

    Who is she?I must be watching something I think is better entertainment because I have never seen her on tv.Another one of the "luvvies" that only the acting"profession" know and that section of society who consider themselves as posh critics.

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    Comment number 188.

    Olivia is very good in a Joey Tribbiani way. She just plays the same character no matter the part!

    In last night's Whicher, it was just like watching Mark's ex from Peep Show in fancy dress!

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    Comment number 187.

    I never could understand all the adulation heaped on actors who earn an obscene amount of money by just pretending to be someone else.

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    Comment number 186.

    One our very best actresses. Probably most deserving for many a year. Well done.

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    Comment number 185.

    As if there is any point on having comments about the BAFTA awards?! The result is that I am commenting on this to express my dissatisfaction. For goodness sake couldn't the BBC have comments on something of national or international importance instead of nonsense like this !!!!


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