Michaela Coel wins big, bags two awards at 2021 BAFTA’s. See full list of winners

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British actress Michaela Coel was the star of the night at the just concluded Bafta TV Awards 2021 held on Sunday June 6, at London’s iconic Television Centre in celebration of the best and brightest talent from the British TV industry from the past year.

Michaela Coel came tops at the event as her BBC and HBO series I May Destroy You scooped two of the biggest prizes of the evening during the awards ceremony hosted by Richard Ayoade, who won Best Male Comedy Performance BAFTA for The IT Crowd seven years ago.

She walked away with the best leading actress for her performance as s3xual assault survivor Arabella, while I May Destroy You also scooped best mini-series, beating Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.

“I am very surprised, actually. I genuinely was not expecting to win for leading actress, so I’m still feeling a bit stunned and so grateful to BAFTA,” Coella said after scooping the two awards.

Referencing the series’ storyline and her character Arabella being inspired by some of her worst experiences in the TV industry, she added: “It really helped me get past some troubling stuff.

“And what it enabled me to do is to sort of pair something quite tragic with something quite beautiful and that was being able to make a show and create opportunities and see everybody’s talents come together. It has kind of replaced bad memories with really nice ones.”

Other award winners at the event include; Paul Mescal, who took home the BAFTA for best leading actor for his turn in BBC Three and Hulu drama Normal People. He beat hotly-tipped rivals including John Boyega (Small Axe) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown).

 

See full list of other winners below;

 

Entertainment performance

 

 

Adam Hills The Last Leg; Channel 4

 

Bradley Walsh Beat the Chasers’; ITV

 

Claudia Winkleman Strictly Come Dancing; BBC One

 

David Mitchell Would I Lie to You? at Christmas; BBC One

 

Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show; Channel 4

 

Romesh Ranganathan The Ranganation; BBC Two – WINNER

 

Scripted comedy

 

Ghosts BBC One

 

Inside No 9 BBC Two – WINNER

 

Man Like Mobeen BBC Three

 

This Country BBC Three

 

Supporting actress

 

Helena Bonham Carter The Crown; Netflix

 

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Leila Farzad I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic

 

Rakie Ayola Anthony; BBC One – WINNER

 

Siena Kelly Adult Material; Channel 4

 

Sophie Okonedo Criminal: UK; Netflix

 

Weruche Opia I May Destroy You; BBC One

 

Virgin Media’s must-see moment (voted for by the public)

 

Bridgerton Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown; NetSKY TV

 

Gangs of London; Sky Atlantic

 

I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic

 

Save Me Too; Sky Atlantic – WINNER

 

The Crown; Netflix

 

Leading actor

 

John Boyega Small Axe; BBC One

 

Josh O’Connor The Crown; Netflix

 

Paapa Essiedu I May Destroy You; BBC One

 

Paul Mescal Normal People; BBC Three – WINNER

 

Shaune Parkes Small Axe; BBC One

 

Waleed Zuaiter Baghdad Central; Channel 4

 

 

Leading actress

 

Billie Piper I Hate Suzie; Sky Atlantic

 

Daisy Edgar-Jones Normal People; BBC Three

 

Hayley Squires Adult Material; Channel 4

 

Jodie Comer Killing Eve; BBC One

 

Letitia Wright Small Axe; BBC One

 

Michaela Coel I May Destroy You; BBC One – WINNER

 

Short form programme

 

Criptales BBC Four

 

Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities Vice/Noisey

 

The Main Part BBC iPlayer

 

They Saw The Sun First Red Bull TV – WINNER

 

 

Current affairs

 

 

America’s War on Abortion (Exposure); ITV – WINNER

 

Italy’s Frontline: a Doctor’s Diary; BBC Two

 

The Battle for Hong Kong (Dispatches); Channel 4

 

The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations); Al Jazeera

 

Single documentary

 

American Murder: The Family Next Door Netflix

 

Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me BBC One

 

Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) BBC Four – WINNER

 

Surviving Covid Channel 4

 

 

International

 

 

Little America Apple TV+

 

Lovecraft Country HBO/Sky Atlantic

 

Unorthodox Netflix

 

Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville); BBC Four – WINNER

 

Sport

 

Bahrain Grand Prix Sky Sports Formula One

 

England V France: The Autumn Nations Cup Final Amazon Prime Video

 

England V West Indies Test Cricket Sky Sports Cricket – WINNER

 

London Marathon 2020 BBC One

 

News coverage

 

BBC News at Ten: Prime Minister Admitted to Intensive Care BBC One

 

Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy Channel 4

 

Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis BBC Two

 

Sky News: Inside Idlib Sky News – WINNER

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