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


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




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






Little America Apple TV+


Lovecraft Country HBO/Sky Atlantic


Unorthodox Netflix


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




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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