BBC sees off Netflix as drama Peaky Blinders leads the pack

Carla Harmon
May 15, 2018

Sean Bean won the award for Leading Actor for his performance as a Catholic priest in Broken against Joe Cole for the "Hang the DJ" episode of Black Mirror, Tim Piggott-Smith for King Charles III and Jack Rowan for Born to Kill. "Soon maybe they will be here as well because I think they deserve to be", he said during his acceptance speech. "And I just want to say thank you to everyone for recognizing how selfless that is and how fearless that is". The Handmaid's Tale, financed and first released through U.S. streaming service Hulu, won Best International Drama.

Love Island received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual, and Channel 5 won its first BAFTA since 2011, for Cruising with Jane McDonald in the Features category.

There was also room for a joke about Harvey Weinstein and his alleged sexual assaults. "For me Jodie was the ideal choice because if this year has taught us one thing it's that if anyone can fight off monsters it's actors".

Britain's Got Talent won entertainment programme and Casualty was named best soap and continuing drama.

It was not a successful night for diverse nominees.

Netflix was one of the winners at this year's BAFTAs but it failed to pick up the Best Drama category.

BBC Three comedy This Country picked up two gongs at the ceremony, with star Daisy May Cooper landing the female performance in a comedy programme prize, while the show won the scripted comedy award. It was his first ever Bafta win.

"To be recognized for one's work is always special, but to be recognized by BAFTA is truly an honor", commented North, who's also appeared in other major franchises like Destiny, Assassin's Creed, and Call of Duty.

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