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BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Killing Eve wins big

BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Killing Eve wins big

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Killing Eve picked up a whole host of wins at the 2019 BAFTA TV Awards last night (12 May).

Held at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Killing Eve scooped up three trophies, including Best Actress for Jodie Comer, who plays Villanelle.

The hit BBC show also picked up Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress for Fiona Shaw.

Killing Eve follows the lives of assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and her tumultuous and often romantic relationship with MI5 employee Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh).

During her acceptance speech, Comer thanked writer and creator of the show Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

‘I feel so lucky to not only say that I have worked with you, but to call you a friend,’ she said. ‘You are the most talented person I know. Thank you for being such an inspiration.’

She also thanked her family, but especially her grandmother.

‘I would love to dedicate this to my Nana Frances,’ she said. ‘[She] sadly passed away the first week of filming so she never got to see Villanelle, but she was the life and soul of everything. When she was here, she’d say to me: “You get it off me, you know!”‘

Fiona Shaw, who identifies as a lesbian, also thanked Waller-Bridge in her acceptance speech. She plays MI6 agent Carolyn Martens.

‘Since I began to play Carolyn in Killing Eve, which has been probably the greatest pleasure of my life,’ she said in her acceptance speech. ‘People have begun to think that I’m a spy.

‘Thanks to my astonishing wife, Sonali Deraniyagala, whose life inspires many more than me,’ she added.

During her acceptance speech for Best Drama Series, Waller-Bridge thanked the whole Killing Eve cast and crew. She also thanked her mom.

BAFTA TV Awards 2019 winners

Gay actor Ben Whishaw won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Norman Scott in A Very English Scandal.

It’s about the 1976–1979 Jeremy Thorpe scandal and the more than 15 years of events leading up to it.

Whishaw was in New York so couldn’t accept his award, but director Stephen Frears said: ‘He didn’t send me a speech — he’s useless. He’s a very, very good actor and it was a pleasure and an honor to direct him.’

BBC One soap EastEnders picked up the award for Best Soap and Continuing Drama, while Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley won Best Specialist Factual.

I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! won Best Reality and Constructed Factual, while Britain’s Got Talent won Best Entertainment Programme.

Derry Girls, which features lesbian character Clare, was nominated for best Scripted Comedy, but missed out on an award.

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