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Broadchurch gives Olivia Colman her third BAFTA award

Olivia Colman in Broadchurch. Audience figures for ITV dramas fell in 2013, according to Ofcom. Photo: ITV/Patrick Redmond
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Olivia Colman has picked up her third BAFTA award, this time for her performance in ITV’s crime drama Broadchurch.

Broadchurch was one of the night’s big winners, also taking home the award for best drama series and best supporting actor, for David Bradley’s performance.

Colman, who was named best leading actress, beat Maxine Peake, Helena Bonham Carter and Kerrie Hayes to the prize.

Her win follows on from the success she had last year, when she won a BAFTA for both her appearance in the BBC’s Accused and the comedy Twenty Twelve. She has now won a BAFTA in each of the performance categories.

Colman said: “I am so pleased everyone likes Broadchurch. We love it.”

She added that working opposite David Tennant was a “joy and a treat”.

Broadchurch itself beat E4’s Mad Fat Diary, BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC1’s The Village to win the best drama series section.

Writer Chris Chibnall, collecting the award, said he had been given “the greatest cast he ever could have hoped for as a writer”.

He added: “I am in shock, I didn’t expect it all. I came along very pessimistic and am blown away.”

In the best supporting actor category, Broadchurch’s Bradley beat Jerome Flynn, Rory Kinnear and Nico Mirallegro to the prize.

The leading actor prize was won by first time nominee Sean Harris, for Southcliffe on Channel 4. He beat Jamie Dornan, who was up for BBC2’s The Fall, Luke Newberry, from BBC3’s In the Flesh, and Dominic West, who was nominated for BBC4’s Burton and Taylor.

In the supporting actress category, Sarah Lancashire won for BBC1’s Last Tango in Halifax. She took the prize over Shirley Henderson, Claire Rushbrook and her co-star Nicola Walker.

The prize for best mini series went to In the Flesh, shown on BBC3.

Its writer, Dominic Mitchell, also took home the writer prize at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards last month.

Mitchell said he had been given his big break by the BBC Writersroom and called for more initiatives that give emerging writers a chance.

He said: “I would love to see more schemes like that. The BBC Writersroom has a skeleton staff and they go above and beyond [their duty] for new writers. It’s really important for that to continue.”

Meanwhile, the show’s director, Jonny Campbell, expressed concern that BBC3 is to be axed, with its content moving online.

“BBC3 gave the opportunity for a first time writer to do a show that sounded a bit out there. It’s important they find another way of allowing these shows to be made,” he said.

Meanwhile, the gong for best single drama was scooped by Channel 4’s Complicit, written by Guy Hibbert.

The sitcom award went to Him and Her – the Wedding, shown on BBC3, while the female performance in a comedy prize was taken by Katherine Parkinson, for The IT Crowd on Channel 4.

“It feels lovely. There’s a nice affection that has been built in the industry for the show,” she said, adding that filming the last series had been “emotional”.

“I started that job when I was 26. I feel like I’ve grown up on that show. It was quite emotional,” she said.

Her co-star, Richard Ayoade, won the award for best male performance in a comedy at the event, which was hosted by Graham Norton and which also saw Julie Walters given a fellowship.

Cilla Black was honoured for her career in television with a special award recognising her 50 years in entertainment.

She said: “I have been doing exactly what I wanted to do all my life. To have the whole audience stand up was amazing.”

Winners in full:

Leading actor

Sean Harris for Southcliffe – Channel 4

Leading actress

Olivia Colman Broadchurch – ITV

Supporting actor

David Bradley for Broadchurch – ITV

Supporting actress

Sarah Lancashire Last Tango in HalifaxBBC1

Entertainment performance

Ant and Dec for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV

Female performance in a comedy

Katherine Parkinson The IT Crowd – Channel 4

Male performance in a comedy

Richard Ayoade The IT Crowd – Channel 4

Single drama

ComplicitMany River Films for Channel 4

Mini series

In the Flesh – BBC Drama production for BBC3

Drama series

Broadchurch Kudos and Imaginary Friends for ITV

Soap/continuing drama

Coronation Street ITV Studios/ITV

Entertainment programme

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway


Him and Her: The Wedding Big Talk Productions/BBC3

Radio Times audience award

Doctor Who – Day of the Doctor



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