The 2021 BAFTA television nominations have officially been announced

It's looking good for Normal People...

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It's looking good for Normal People...

The British Academy Film and Television Awards are some of the most prestigious award ceremonies there are, taking place each Spring/Summer and celebrating the previous year in film and TV.

This year's film BAFTAs were held earlier this month, and 2021's TV BAFTAs are set to be held on 6 June.

But with the nominations announced today, who can we expect to be gracing the red carpet, and who will be going home with a gong?

Spoiler alert - Normal People has received a lot of nominations!

Here are the 2021 BAFTA Television awards nominations

Leading actress

Billie Piper, I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People - BBC Three Hayley Squires, Adult Material - Channel 4 Jodie Comer, Killing Eve - BBC One Letitia Wright, Small Axe - BBC One Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You - BBC One

Leading actor

John Boyega, Small Axe - BBC One Josh O'Connor, The Crown - Netflix Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You - BBC One Paul Mescal, Normal People - BBC Three Shaun Parkes, Small Axe - BBC One Waleed Zuaiter, Baghdad Central - Channel 4

Supporting actress

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown - Netflix Leila Farzad, I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic Rakie Ayola, Anthony - BBC One Siena Kelly, Adult Material - Channel 4 Sophie Okonedo, Criminal: UK - Netflix Weruche Opia, I May Destroy You - BBC One

Supporting actor

Kunal Nayyar, Criminal: UK - Netflix Malachi Kirby, Small Axe - BBC One Michael Sheen, Quiz - ITV Micheal Ward, Small Axe - BBC One Rupert Everett, Adult Material - Channel 4 Tobias Menzies, The Crown - Netflix

Entertainment performance

Adam Hills, The Last Leg - Channel 4 Bradley Walsh, Beat The Chasers - ITV Claudia Winkleman, Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You? At Christmas - BBC One Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show - BBC One Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation - BBC Two

Male performance in a comedy programme

Charlie Cooper, This Country - BBC Three Guz Khan, Man Like Mobeen - BBC Three Joseph Gilgun, Brassic - Sky One Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education - Netflix Paul Ritter, Friday Night Dinner - Channel 4 Reece Shearsmith, Inside No 9 - BBC Two

Female performance in a comedy programme

Aimee Lou Wood, Sex Education - Netflix Daisy Haggard, Breeders - Sky One Daisy May Cooper, This Country - BBC Three Emma Mackey, Sex Education - Netflix Gbemisola Ikumelo, Famalam - BBC Three Mae Martin, Feel Good - Channel 4

Drama series

Gangs of London - Sky Atlantic I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic Save Me Too - Sky Atlantic The Crown - Netflix

Single drama

Anthony - BBC One BBW - Channel 4 Sitting In Limbo - BBC One The Windermere Children - BBC Two


Adult Material - Channel 4 I May Destroy You - BBC One Normal People - BBC Three Small Axe - BBC One

Soap and continuing drama

Casualty - BBC One Coronation Street - ITV EastEnders - BBC One Hollyoaks - Channel 4


Little America - Apple TV+ Lovecraft Country - Sky Atlantic Unorthodox - Netflix Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge - BBC Four

Entertainment programme

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - ITV Life & Rhymes - Sky Arts Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One The Masked Singer - ITV

Comedy entertainment programme

Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe - BBC Two Rob & Romesh Vs - Sky One The Big Narstie Show - Channel 4 The Ranganation - BBC Two

Scripted comedy

Ghosts - BBC One Inside No 9 - BBC Two Man Like Mobeen - BBC Three This Country - BBC Three


Big Zuu's Big Eats - Dave Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace - ITV Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - BBC Two The Repair Shop - BBC One


Jimmy McGovern's Moving On - BBC One Richard Osman's House Of Games - BBC Two The Chase - ITV The Great House Giveaway - Channel 4

Must-see moment

Bridgerton - Lady Whistledown is revealed Diversity on Britain's Got Talent EastEnders - Gray kills Chantelle Gogglebox - Reactions to Boris Johnson's news conference Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat - 'Mee-cro-wah-vay' The Mandalorian - Luke Skywalker appears

Current affairs

America's War On Abortion - ITV Italy's Frontline: A Doctor's Diary - BBC Two The Battle For Hong Kong - Channel 4 The Cyprus Papers Undercover - Al Jazeera English

Single documentary

American Murder: The Family Next Door - Netflix Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me - BBC One Locked In: Breaking The Silence - BBC Four Surviving Covid - Channel 4

Factual series

Crime & Punishment - Channel 4 Hospital - BBC Two Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency - Channel 4 Once Upon A Time In Iraq - BBC Two

Reality and constructed factual

Masterchef: The Professionals - BBC One Race Across The World - BBC Two The School That Tried To End Racism - Channel 4 The Write Offs - Channel 4

Specialist factual

Extinction: The Facts - BBC One Putin: A Russian Spy Story - Channel 4 The Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty - BBC Two The Surgeon's Cut - Netflix

News coverage

BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care - BBC One Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy - Channel 4 Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis - BBC Two Sky News: Inside Idlib - Sky News


Bahrain Grand Prix - Sky Sports Formula 1 England V France: The Final of Autumn Nations Cup - Amazon Prime Video England v West Indies Test Cricket - Sky Sports Cricket London Marathon 2020 - BBC One

Live event

Life Drawing Dive! - BBC Four Springwatch 2020 - BBC Two The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance - BBC One The Third Day: Autumn - Sky Atlantic

Short-form programme

Criptales - BBC Four Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Bans With Learning Disabilities - Vice/Noisey The Main Part - BBC iPlayer They Saw The Sun First - Red Bull TV

Writer: Comedy

Charlie Brooker, Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe - BBC Two Daisy May Cooper, This Country - BBC Three Sophie Willan, Alma's Not Normal - BBC Two Writing team, Ghosts - BBC One

Writer: Drama

Alastair Siddons, Steve McQueen, Small Axe - BBC One Lucy Kirkwood, Adult Material - Channel 4 Lucy Prebble, I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You - BBC One

Go to the BAFTA website for the full list of nominations.

The BAFTA Television Awards will be taking place on June 6 2021.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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