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BAFTA Television Nominations Announced: Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards & British Academy Television Craft Awards

28 April 2021

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards. These awards reward the very best in television craft and television programmes broadcast in the UK in 2020. The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 6 June on BBC One and BBC One HD, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on Monday 24 May.

The highlights from today’s nominations are:

  • 15 nominations for Small Axe
  • 10 nominations for The Crown
  • Eight nominations for I May Destroy You
  • Seven nominations for Normal People
  • Six nominations for Sex Education
  • Five nominations for Adult Material and I Hate Suzie
  • Four nominations for This Country, Once Upon a Time in Iraq and Strictly Come Dancing

The nominations for the public-voted Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment are:

  • 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

Members of the public can now vote for their favourite Must-See Moment online at and Virgin Media customers can also vote via their TiVo®, V6 or Virgin TV 360 box.

Notes for editors
BAFTA is supported by official partners to the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards (Mad Dog 2020 Casting, Adobe, 3 Mills Studios, The Farm, Hotcam, Microsoft, Sara Putt Associates, ScreenSkills High-end Television Skills Fund and Spotlight).

Photography is available at 

Top nominees
Small Axe (15): - Costume Design, Director: Fiction, Editing Fiction, Make-up & Hair Design, Photography & Lighting: Fiction, Production Design, Scripted Casting, Sound: Fiction, Writer Drama, Leading Actor (2), Leading Actress, Mini-Series and Supporting Actor (2) – nine Craft/six Television Awards nominations

The Crown (10): - Costume Design, Director: Fiction, Make Up & Hair Design, Original Music, Sound Fiction, Special, Visual & Graphic Effects, Drama Series, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress – six Craft/four Television

I May Destroy You (8): - Director Fiction, Editing Fiction, Make Up & Hair Design, Writer: Drama, Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Mini-Series and Supporting Actress – four Craft/four Television

Normal People (7): - Director: Fiction, Editing Fiction, Photography & Lighting: Fiction, Sound: Fiction, Leading Actor, Leading Actress and Mini-Series – four Craft/three Television

Sex Education (6): - Costume Design, Production Design, Scripted Casting, Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme (2) – three Craft/three Television

Adult Material (5): - Writer: Drama, Leading Actress, Mini-Series, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress – one Craft/four Television

I Hate Suzie (5): - Emerging Talent: Fiction, Writer: Drama, Drama Series, Leading Actress and Supporting Actress – two Craft/three Television

This Country (4): - Writer: Comedy, Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and Scripted Comedy – one Craft/three Television

Once Upon a Time in Iraq (4): - Director: Factual, Editing: Factual (2) and Factual Series – three Craft/one Television

Strictly Come Dancing (4): - Director: Multi-Camera, Entertainment Craft Team, Entertainment Performance and Entertainment Programme – two Craft/two Television

First time nominees in Performance Categories

Aimee Lou Wood
Bradley Walsh
Daisy Edgar-Jones
Daisy Haggard
Emma Mackey
Kunal Nayyar
Leila Farzad
Mae Martin
Malachi Kirby
Paapa Essiedu
Paul Mescal
Paul Ritter
Rakie Ayola
Shaun Parkes
Siena Kelly
Tobias Menzies
Waleed Zuaiter
Weruche Opia

First time Television Awards nominees in Performance Categories

Hailey Squires (nom in Film in 2017)
John Boyega (won EE Rising Star 2016)
Letitia Wright (won EE Rising Star 2019)
Micheal Ward (won EE Rising Star 2020)
Rupert Everett (nom in Film in 1998)

For further information, please contact:

Will Wood, Managing Director, Multitude Media
M: 07817 014 515
E: [email protected]

Amanda Hearn, Publicity Director - Television at Multitude Media
M: 07950 803 771
E: [email protected]

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