Glenda Jackson ‘stunned’ by Bafta TV triumph

Glenda Jackson ‘stunned’ by Bafta TV triumph

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Glenda Jackson has won best actress at the Bafta TV Awards for Elizabeth Is Missing, her first television role in 27 years.

The 84-year-old, who was last nominated for a Bafta in 1974, said she was “absolutely stunned”.

Sky Atlantic miniseries Chernobyl, starring Jared Harris, won awards for best miniseries and best leading actor.

The event was held as a closed studio, socially distanced show and awards were accepted virtually.

Host Richard Ayoade made light of the unusual circumstances during a sardonic opening address from BBC Television Centre in west London.

“It’s sad it had taken a pandemic to enforce the most basic parameters of personal space,” he joked.

The result, he said, would be “the least touchy-feely Baftas to date”.

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Jackson accepted the last award of the evening via video link

His intro was followed by a satirical song from Tim Minchin about the pandemic’s impact on the film, TV and theatre industries.

“If Matilda stays closed, am I still rich?” he sang, referencing his own stage musical in a video filmed in Australia.

The first award of the night went to Mo Gilligan for best entertainment performance.

He was recognised for his Channel 4 programme The Lateish Show, beating Frankie Boyle and previous winners Graham Norton and Lee Mack.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge lost out to her co-star Sian Clifford for the female performance in a comedy programme award.

A tearful Clifford called her win “stupid, weird and surreal” while insisting the nominees in her category were “all winners”.

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Clifford expressed delight as she accepted her first Bafta award

Jamie Demetriou, who appeared in Fleabag’s first series, picked up the prize for male performance in a comedy programme for his role in Stath Lets Flats.

He used his speech to thank a childhood friend for “getting me to do comedy when I was trying to be the bad boy of musical theatre when I was 21”.

Stath Lets Flats went on to win the award for best scripted comedy, beating Fleabag, Catastrophe and Derry Girls.

Double winners

  • Chernobyl– Mini-series, Leading actor (Jared Harris)
  • The End of the F***Ing World– Drama series, Supporting actress (Naomi Ackie)
  • Stath Lets Flats– Scripted

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