It may have rained as the Bafta-nominated stars arrived on the red carpet last night, but it didn’t seem to have dampened any spirits at the ceremony. Despite missing out on a Bafta for Best Leading Actress in The Girl, Sienna Miller certainly won in the style stakes, showing up in a gorgeous, understated Matthew Williamson dress.
The Leading Actress gong went to ELLE girl Sheridan Smith; a well-deserved win for her starring role in Mrs Briggs.
Olivia Coleman, chic in a deep purple off the shoulder dress, scooped two awards: the first, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in The Accused, a gritty British drama in which she plays the mother of a murdered son. Her second was Best Female in Comedy, for the satirical Twenty Twelve, a parody of last years Olympics. Her acceptance speech was a master class in how to accept an award in style, as she admitted, ‘turns out it does mean a lot… And I’m not going to cry.’
The Radio Times Audience Award, the only one voted for by the public, was won by the fantastic Game of Thrones, beating both the Great British Bake Off and the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The cast can add the BAFTA to their impressive list of accolades, which includes Golden Globes, Emmies, Hugo Awards and, of course, the best of the bunch – the Best TV Show at the ELLE Style Awards trophy from earlier this year.
Our award for the biggest laugh of the night came courtesy of Romola Garai, who had to wait for the audience’s laughter to die down before she announced the nominees following the frank admission that ‘after the recent birth of my child, I had the misfortune of having 23 stitches in my vagina. So I didn't think I'd be laughing at anything for a long time – but tonight's nominees have proved me wrong.'
Here's the winners list in full.
Ben Whishaw - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)
Sheridan Smith - Mrs Biggs
Simon Russell Beale - Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
Olivia Colman - Accused (Mo's Story)
Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show
Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life
Room At The Top
Last Tango In Halifax
Soap and Continuing Drama
All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry
7/7: One Day In London
The Great British Bake Off
Reality and Constructed Factual
Made In Chelsea
The Shame Of The Catholic Church (This World)
Hillsborough - The Truth At Last (Granada Reports)
Sport and Live Event
The London 2012 Paralympic Games
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)
Game of Thrones