Why This Country’s Daisy May Cooper won the TV BAFTAS – in every sense

She accepted her BAFTA barefoot in a Swindon FC dress 👌

If you’re already obsessed with This Country and its genius double act, Kerry (Daisy May Cooper) and Kurtan (Charlie Cooper), it won’t surprise you that the two were the toast of Sunday night’s BAFTA television awards.

This Country – a brilliant mockumentary series about a pair of cousins living on a council estate in the Cotswolds – won Best Scripted Comedy, while Daisy May Cooper picked up a second BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance.

Cooper had already topped the night’s best dressed list when she pitched up on the red carpet in a bespoke, sequinned Swindon FC-themed dress. ‘At least one of us is taking this seriously’ quipped Charlie about Daisy’s outfit when the pair went up to present an award. ‘At least I don’t look like a poor man’s Mackenzie Crook’ she fired back.

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Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper

By the time Cooper went up to collect her Best Female Comedy Performance award she had also shed her red high heels, to cheers from the audience.

Other big wins of the night included Peaky Blinders, who beat The Handmaid’s Tale and Line of Duty to Best Drama Series and Three Girls, a hard-hitting drama about the Rochdale sexual abuse scandal, which scooped its young lead Molly Windsor Best Actress and also won Best Mini-Series.

Molly Windsor, who picked up a BAFTA for Three Girls

Molly Windsor, who picked up a BAFTA for Three Girls

Journalist Kate Adie won the highest honour of the night, the BAFTA Fellowship, for her decades of work reporting from conflict zones, while Sir David Attenborough came on stage to collect the Virgin TV Must-See Moment award for Blue Planet II‘s heartbreaking clip of a mother pilot whale grieving the death of her calf.

BAFTA presenter Sue Perkins

The night was presented by Sue Perkins, who opened with the quip, ‘you might know me from leaving award-winning shows.’

Martin Freeman arriving at the ceremony, photo: Alan Chapman for Audi

Other stars in attendance included Sean Bean (who won Best Leading Actor for Broken), Sir Mo Farah, Martin Freeman, Vanessa Kirby (who dedicated her Best Supporting Actress win for The Crown to Princess Margaret) and Emma Willis.

Emma Willis showing solidarity with the Times Up movement, photo: Alan Chapman for Audi

Jodie Whittaker was also given a big round of applause for her hotly anticipated upcoming role as the first female Doctor Who.

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker

After the ceremony guests made their way downstairs for champagne, a three-course dinner and a go on the giant vodka luge, before the party wrapped up at 2am. 

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