29 May 11
• BBC's Sherlock sweeps 5 awards • Stuart Brennan is Best Actor, Mali Harries is Best Actress • Gareth Gwenlan wins Lifetime's Achievement Award
In a glittering ceremony tonight (Sunday) at Wales Millennium Centre to mark its 20th annual British Academy Cymru Awards, BAFTA in Wales celebrated the best of the nation's television, film and interactive industry. Sian Williams and Jason Mohammad hosted the ceremony which saw 26 programme, craft and performance categories in all being awarded.
BBC's Sherlock swept the board winning 5 categories in all, including Best Television Drama, Director: Fiction (Euros Lyn), Production Design, Hair & Make-Up and Photography: Fiction.
The Best Actor Award went to Stuart Brennan, who spent 5 years in training for his role as the Welsh boxer Howard Winstone, in Risen: The Howard Winstone Story. Mali Harries won The Best Actress for her role in The Indian Doctor (Rondo for BBC). Wedi 7's Angharad Mair was awarded Best Presenter.
The comedian Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience for BBC Wales won best Factual Series for his trials with the Bin Men. In a fitting tribute to the popular actress, the children's series, The Sarah Jane Adventures - starring the late Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, won Best Children"s Programme.
Television comedy producer, Gareth Gwenlan, received BAFTA in Wales' Lifetime Achievement Award for his long and rich contribution to the British and Welsh television industry. The Hollywood actor from Cardiff, Matthew Rhys, was also honoured with The Sian Phillips Award. BBC Wales' Snowdonia 1890 was given the Gwyn Alf Williams Award.
BBC Cymru Wales productions took 11 out of the 26 Awards. Independent production company Rondo Media won Awards in 4 categories, closely followed by Fiction Factory with 3 Awards. S4C programmes received Awards in 8 categories.
BAFTA IN WALES 2011 SPONSORS
The loyalty and commitment of our partners and sponsor play a vital role in BAFTA in Wales’ commitment to excellence. In addition to our new Event Sponsor, NEP CYMRU, we would also like to recognise the support of CREATIVE INDUSTRY SECTOR OF THE WELSH GOVERNMENT, CINEWORLD CINEMAS, ORCHARD MEDIA AND EVENT GROUP, PUSH 4 AUDIO VISUAL, ETHOS CREATIVE, CARDIFF COUNTY COUNCIL, MERCURE CARDIFF HOLLAND HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, MWNCI, NATIONAL SCREEN AND SOUND ARCHIVE WALES, AB ACOUSTICS, PRG, ELP LIGHTING, SILENT ARENA, CRANC, SASSOON and TAITTINGER.
Also, exciting NEW sponsors, AUDI, BACARDÍ, PICTURE BOOTH, PERFECT FUNCTIONS and AUTOGRAFFEG.
Grateful thanks also to the Broadcasters: BBC CYMRU WALES, ITV WALES, S4C
We’re also pleased to recognise Wales Millennium Centre as our Official Host Venue.