All the winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2021

All the winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2021
Source: Reuters, BAFTA, Scott Garfitt

This year’s BAFTA TV Awards was a big night for British actor Michaela Coel, whose HBO series “I May Destroy You” bagged two of the biggest awards of the event.

In the pre-recorded ceremony at the Television Centre in London, Coel took the award for Best Leading Actress. The miniseries, which sees her play a sexual assault survivor named Arabella, also took home the Best Miniseries award. The show also won several awards last month at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, which celebrates those working behind the scenes. At that event, Coel won a BAFTA mask for Best Drama Writer and Best Director.

The 33-year old actor dedicated her award to the show’s intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, saying, “Thank you for your existence in our industry, for making the space safe for creating physical, emotional, and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process. I know what it’s like to shoot without an intimacy director, the messy, embarrassing feeling for the crew, the internal devastation for the actor. Your direction was essential to my show. And I believe essential for every production company that wants to make work exploring themes of consent.”

Coel has been vocal about abuse in the television industry and has taken a stand with the 20 women who accused actor and producer Noel Clarke of misconduct. Clarke has denied all allegations against him.

Other popular winners from the event include Paul Mescal’s win for Best Leading Actor for his role in the Hulu series “Normal People,” and actor Raykie Ayola taking the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Gee Walker in “Anthony.”

Popular Netflix show “The Crown” surprisingly did not take away any awards this year. However, another popular show on the streaming platform, “Sex Education,” saw actor Aimee Lou Wood take the Best Female Performance award.

The Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award, an award voted by the British public, saw the dance group “Diversity” win the award for their “Black Lives Matter” performance on the popular show “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Jordan and Ashley Banjo humbly accepted the award, and thanked the thousands of people who criticized the performance of the dance troupe. The performance showed a man dressed in police uniform kneeling on Banjo, referencing the murder of the late George Floyd. The performance sparked outrage, with more than 24,000 complaints lodged to the UK’s Ofcom. However, they dismissed all the complaints, stating the performance’s “central message was a call for social cohesion and unity.”

According to Jordan and Ashley Banjo, their win was a step forward in the right direction toward pushing the importance of equality.

“This is mad, this is so much more than just an award. I want to just say first thank you to every single person who voted for us, it means so much. Thank you to everyone who stood by us. Every phone call, text, comment, DM, you guys made the difference to what was a really dark time, being in the storm of 30,000 complaints and just a torrent of racially charged abuse, threats, all of it, it was a dark time and that support made all the difference.

“In a way, I have to say thank you to the people that complained, the people that did all of that abuse because you showed the truth. You showed exactly why this performance, this moment, was necessary. But for all of those people, just take a look, because as much as there are so many conversations and so much that needs to change, this is what change looks like. And I’m so proud to be standing here and so thankful to all of those people.

“And for me, this is about not representing the minority. It felt like we weren’t at the time, but standing here right now, this represents the majority. So thank you all so much. Let’s keep having those difficult conversations, let’s keep standing up for what’s right regardless of the color of our skin and we will achieve that equality.”

See the full list of the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 nominees and winners below (winners are highlighted in bold).

Comedy Entertainment Programme

“Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe”

“Rob & Romesh Vs”

“The Big Narstie Show”

“The Ranganation”

Current Affairs

“America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)”

“Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary”

“The Battle For Hong Kong (Dispatches)”

“The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations)”


“Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On”

“Richard Osman’s House Of Games Two”

“The Chase”

“The Great House Giveaway”

Drama Series

“Gangs Of London”

“I Hate Suzie”

“Save Me Too”

“The Crown”

Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills – “The Last Leg”

Bradley Walsh – “Beat the Chasers”

Claudia Winkleman – “Strictly Come Dancing”

David Mitchell – “Would I Lie to You? At Christmas”

Graham Norton – “The Graham Norton Show”

Romesh Ranganathan – “The Ranganation”

Entertainment Programme

“Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway”

“Life & Rhymes”

“Strictly Come Dancing”

“The Masked Singer”

Factual Series

“Crime & Punishment”


“Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency”

“Once Upon A Time In Iraq”


“Big Zuu’s Big Eats”

“Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace”

“Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing”

“The Repair Shop”

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – “Sex Education”

Daisy Haggard – “Breeders”

Daisy May Cooper – “This Country”

Emma Mackey – “Sex Education”

Gbemisola Ikumelo – “Famalam”

Mae Martin – “Feel Good”


“Little America”

“Lovecraft Country”


“Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)”

Leading Actor

John Boyega – “Small Axe”

Josh O’Connor – “The Crown”

Paapa Essiedu – “I May Destroy You”

Paul Mescal – “Normal People”

Shaun Parkes – “Small Axe”

Waleed Zuaiter – “Baghdad Central”

Leading Actress

Billie Piper – “I Hate Suzie”

Daisy Edgar-Jones – “Normal People”

Hayley Squires – “Adult Material”

Jodie Comer – “Killing Eve”

Letitia Wright – “Small Axe”

Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You”

Live Event

“Life Drawing Live!”

“Springwatch 2020”

“The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance”

“The Third Day: Autumn”

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – “This Country”

Guz Khan – “Man Like Mobeen”

Joseph Gilgun – “Brassic”

Ncuti Gatwa – “Sex Education”

Paul Ritter – “Friday Night Dinner”

Reece Shearsmith – “Inside No 9”


“Adult Material”

“I May Destroy You”

“Normal People”

“Small Axe”

News Coverage

“BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care”

“Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy”

“Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis”

“Sky News: Inside Idlib”

Reality & Constructed Factual

“MasterChef: The Professionals”

“Race Across The World”

“The School That Tried To End Racism”

“The Write Offs”

Scripted Comedy


“Inside No. 9”

“Man Like Mobeen”

“This Country”

Short-form Programme


“Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities”

“The Main Part”

“They Saw The Sun First”

Single Documentary

“American Murder: The Family Next Door”

“Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me”

“Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)”

“Surviving Covid”

Single Drama


“BBW (On The Edge)”

“Sitting In Limbo”

“The Windermere Children”

Soap & Continuing Drama


“Coronation Street”



Specialist Factual

“Extinction: The Facts”

“Putin: A Russian Spy Story”

“The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty”

“The Surgeon’s Cut”


“Bahrain Grand Prix”

“England v France: The Final Of Autumn Nations Cup”

“England v West Indies Test Cricket”

“London Marathon 2020”

Supporting Actor

Kunal Nayyar – “Criminal: UK”

Malachi Kirby – “Small Axe”

Michael Sheen – “Quiz”

Micheal Ward – “Small Axe”

Rupert Everett – “Adult Material”

Tobias Menzies – “The Crown”

Supporting Actress

Helena Bonham Carter – “The Crown”

Leila Farzad – “I Hate Suzie”

Rakie Ayola – “Anthony”

Siena Kelly – “Adult Material”

Sophie Okonedo – “Criminal: UK”

Weruche Opia – “I May Destroy You”

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (voted for by the British public)

“Bridgerton” – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown

“Britain’s Got Talent” – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

“EastEnders” – Gray kills Chantelle

“Gogglebox” – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference

“Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat” – Mee-cro-wah-vay

“The Mandalorian” – Luke Skywalker arrives

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