Olivia Colman was the big winner at the TV BAFTAs, held at the Royal Festival Hall last night (12.05.13).
The 39-year-old actress was honoured with two accolades at the ceremony, picking up the best Supporting Actress award for her role in Accused and the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme trophy for Twenty Twelve, which also scooped the award for Situation Comedy.
Speaking at the Winners Press Conference, Colman said: “I’m a bit wobbly. I just can’t believe I’ve won. I keep thinking it’s wrong and they’ve made a mistake.
“I thought I might be in with a chance for the drama award because Accused is such a beautiful script. But the comedy award I didn’t think I would stand a chance against those girls.”
First-time nominee Sheridan Smith beat off stiff competition from Sienna Miller, Rebecca Hall and Anne Reid to win the prestigious Leading Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of the titular character in Mrs Biggs.
The 31-year-old actress said: “I’m just in complete and utter shock. When the nominations were announced I thought it was my mate winding me up until I went on Twitter and checked it was real.
“I was so convinced there was no chance I would win. But when they said my name it was like an out of body experience. It was surreal.”
Ben Whishaw received the Leading Actor award for his performance as Richard II in the four part series The Hollow Crown, while Simon Russell Beale was named Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Falstaff in Henry IV Part 2.
Alan Carr won his first ever BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for his series Alan Carr Chatty Man, beating the ceremony’s host Graham Norton.
He said: “Ant and Dec always win and so does Graham Norton so I was ready to do that face again and then they said my name. People might think I’m a moron but I’m a BAFTA-winning moron!
The Great British Bake Off won the Features BAFTA, and Made in Chelsea took home the Reality and Constructed Factual award.
Channel 4’s coverage of The London 2012 Paralympics won the highly contested BAFTA for Sport & Live Event.
Full list of winners at the official site here.