‘I May Destroy You’ Leads Winners at 2021 BAFTA TV Awards

The Michaela Coel-created television show wins big at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards, taking the coveted titles of both best leading actress and mini-series.

AceShowbiz -“I May Destroy You” creator and star Michaela Coel was the big winner at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday (06Jun21).

The British drama series, which she also wrote, co-directed, and executive produced, picked up the prize for Mini-Series as well as Leading Actress for Coel.

She previously picked up the awards for Writer: Drama and Directing: Fiction, which she shared with Sam Miller, at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards awards last month (May21).

Elsewhere, it was “Normal People” ‘s Paul Mescal who landed the Leading Actor honour – the only win for the hit show during the weekend ceremony – with Malachi Kirby taking home Supporting Actor for “Small Axe” and Rakie Ayola bagging Supporting Actress for “Anthony“.

Lennie James‘ “Save Me Too” was a surprising win, beating “The Crown” to the Drama Series prize, while “Sitting in Limbo” won Single Drama.

Taking home the Comedy Entertainment Programme prize was “The Big Narstie Show“, with Charlie Cooper taking home the Male Performance comedy prize for “This Country” and Aimee Lou Wood landing the female equivalent for her role in “Sex Education“.

Medical drama “Casualty” won Soap & Continuing Drama, while nature programme Springwatch 2020 took home the Live Event accolade.

Meanwhile, dance troupe Diversity‘s Black Lives Matter routine, as performed on the 2020 series of “Britain’s Got Talent“, was voted by the public as Virgin Media’s Must-see Moment – despite officials at British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom receiving in excess of 24,500 complaints.

The full list of BAFTA TV Awards winners is:

  • Comedy Entertainment Programme – “The Big Narstie Show
  • Current Affairs – “America’s War on Abortion” (Exposure)
  • Daytime – “The Great House Giveaway
  • Drama Series – “Save Me Too
  • Entertainment Performance – Romesh Ranganathan, “The Ranganation
  • Entertainment Programme – “Life & Rhymes
  • Factual Series – “Once Upon a Time in Iraq
  • Features – “Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
  • Female Performance in a Comedy Programme – Aimee Lou Wood, “Sex Education
  • International – “[t=Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)
  • Leading Actor – Paul Mescal, “Normal People
  • Leading Actress – Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You
  • Live Event – “Springwatch 2020
  • Male Performance in a Comedy Programme – Charlie Cooper, “This Country
  • Mini-Series – “I May Destroy You
  • News Coverage – “Sky News: Inside Idlib
  • Reality & Constructed Factual – “The School That Tried to End Racism
  • Scripted Comedy – “Inside No. 9
  • Short Form Programme – “They Saw the Sun First
  • Single Documentary – “Locked in: Breaking the Silence” (Storyville)
  • Single Drama – “Sitting in Limbo
  • Soap & Continuing Drama – “Casualty
  • Specialist Factual – “The Surgeon’s Cut
  • Sport – “England V West Indies Test Cricket
  • Supporting Actor – Malachi Kirby, “Small Axe
  • Supporting Actress – Rakie Ayola, “Anthony
  • Virgin Media’s Must-see Moment (Voted for by the Public) – “Britain’s Got Talent“, Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

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