The Bafta TV Awards 2021 held on Sunday June 6, celebrating the best and brightest talent from the British TV industry from the past year. The award, which took place at London’s iconic Television Centre was hosted by Richard Ayoade, who won Best Male Comedy Performance BAFTA for The IT Crowd seven years ago. The event was kicked off by Years and Years, with lead singer Olly Alexander performing his new single Starstruck on an outdoor stage, dressed for the occasion in a stylish co-ord. It was a big night for Michaela Coel, whose BBC and HBO series I May Destroy You scooped two of the biggest prizes of the evening. Coel walked away with the best leading actress for her performance as sexual assault survivor Arabella, while I May Destroy You also scooped best mini-series, beating Steve McQueen’s Small Axe. Speaking after collecting her award Coel said: “I am very surprised, actually. I genuinely was not expecting to win for leading actress, so I’m still feeling a bit stunned and so grateful to BAFTA.” Referencing the series’ storyline and her character Arabella being inspired by some of her worst experiences in the TV industry, she added: “It really helped me get past some troubling stuff. “And what it enabled me to do is sort of pair something quite tragic with something quite beautiful and that was being able to make a show and create opportunities and see everybody’s talents come together. It has kind of replaced bad memories with really nice ones.” Other big winners on the night included Paul Mescal, who took home the BAFTA for best leading actor for his turn in BBC Three and Hulu drama Normal People. He beat hotly-tipped rivals including John Boyega (Small Axe) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown). See full list of winners below. Entertainment performance Adam Hills The Last Leg; Channel 4Bradley Walsh Beat the Chasers’; ITVClaudia Winkleman Strictly Come Dancing; BBC OneDavid Mitchell Would I Lie to You? at Christmas; BBC OneGraham Norton The Graham Norton Show; Channel 4Romesh Ranganathan The Ranganation; BBC Two – WINNER Scripted comedy Ghosts BBC OneInside No 9 BBC Two – WINNERMan Like Mobeen BBC ThreeThis Country BBC Three Supporting actress Helena Bonham Carter The Crown; NetflixAdvertisementLeila Farzad I Hate Suzie; Sky AtlanticRakie Ayola Anthony; BBC One – WINNERSiena Kelly Adult Material; Channel 4Sophie Okonedo Criminal: UK; NetflixWeruche Opia I May Destroy You; BBC One Virgin Media’s must-see moment (voted for by the public) Bridgerton Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown; NetSKY TVGangs of London; Sky AtlanticI Hate Suzie; Sky AtlanticSave Me Too; Sky Atlantic – WINNERThe Crown; NetflixLeading actor John Boyega Small Axe; BBC OneJosh O’Connor The Crown; NetflixPaapa Essiedu I May Destroy You; BBC One Paul Mescal Normal People; BBC Three – WINNER Shaune Parkes Small Axe; BBC OneWaleed Zuaiter Baghdad Central; Channel 4 Leading actressBillie Piper I Hate Suzie; Sky AtlanticDaisy Edgar-Jones Normal People; BBC ThreeHayley Squires Adult Material; Channel 4Jodie Comer Killing Eve; BBC OneLetitia Wright Small Axe; BBC OneMichaela Coel I May Destroy You; BBC One – WINNER Short form programme Criptales BBC FourDisabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities Vice/NoiseyThe Main Part BBC iPlayerThey Saw The Sun First Red Bull TV – WINNER Current affairs America’s War on Abortion (Exposure); ITV – WINNERItaly’s Frontline: a Doctor’s Diary; BBC TwoThe Battle for Hong Kong (Dispatches); Channel 4The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations); Al Jazeera Single documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door NetflixAnton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me BBC OneLocked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) BBC Four – WINNERSurviving Covid Channel 4 International Little America Apple TV+Lovecraft Country HBO/Sky AtlanticUnorthodox NetflixWelcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville); BBC Four – WINNER Sport Bahrain Grand Prix Sky Sports Formula OneEngland V France: The Autumn Nations Cup Final Amazon Prime VideoEngland V West Indies Test Cricket Sky Sports Cricket – WINNERLondon Marathon 2020 BBC One News coverage BBC News at Ten: Prime Minister Admitted to Intensive Care BBC OneChannel 4 News: Deterring Democracy Channel 4Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis BBC TwoSky News: Inside Idlib Sky News – WINNERThe post BAFTA TV Awards 2021: See the full list of winners appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.