Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal were reunited on Friday afternoon as the Normal People co-stars attended the socially distanced Virgin Media BAFTA British Academy Television Awards held at Television Centre in London.
The pair were in high spirits as they made an early red carpet showing at the star studded event, their first joint appearance since being propelled to stardom on the BBC Three show.
The actors were joined by a host of glamorous arrivals at the television studios including Emily Atack, 30, and Stacey Dooley, 33, while nominees including Killing Eve star Jodie Comer celebrated from home.
Old friends: Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal were reunited on Friday afternoon as the Normal People co-stars attended the socially distanced Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards
Adhering to the social distancing guidelines that have been put in place as a consequence of COVID-19, onscreen lovers Paul and Daisy stayed two metres apart while posing for photos.
Referencing the abrupt changes to protocol, the pair held each end of a tape measure for the benefit of waiting photographers as they stood the required distance apart.
Looking appropriately glamorous, Daisy, 22, commanded attention in a sweeping black gown with mesh embellishments while joining her former co-star.
With a delicately cinched waistline, the outfit drew attention to her slender physique, while a notable lack of accessories gave the overall look an understated flourish.
Safety first: Referencing the abrupt changes to protocol, the pair held each end of a tape measure for the benefit of waiting photographers as they stood the required distance apart
Cheers! Killing Eve star Jodie Comer celebrated from home after previously joking she’d attend in her pyjamas
Stunning: Looking appropriately glamorous, Daisy, 22, commanded attention in a sweeping black gown with mesh embellishments while joining her former co-star
Stay back: Adhering to the social distancing guidelines that have been put in place as a consequence of COVID-19 , the onscreen lovers stayed two metres apart
Behind closed doors: The annual event which was previously postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is being held at the Television Centre, with all nominees accepting their awards virtually from home
Time to celebrate! Jessica Hynes and Nina Toussaint were both signing the Taittinger Methuzelah backstage
Emily and Stacey were among the first of the glamorous arrivals at the TV BAFTAs, which is being held in a closed studio in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
The comedian and TV presenter, 30, still pulled out all the stops despite the unusual circumstances, as she donned a chic duck egg blue shorts suit for the occasion.
Emily teamed her stylish linen suit with a plunging black top, while completing her look with a pair of strappy black heeled sandals.
Amping up the glamour, Emily wore her blonde tresses in a pretty up do, while also sporting an expertly-applied coat of make-up at the event.
The annual event which was previously postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is being held at the Television Centre, with all nominees accepting their awards virtually from home.
Postponed: The BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were originally scheduled for 26 April and 17 May
New date: Organisers confirmed at the time that following government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year
Raring to go: Glam teams were seen preparing make-up backstage wearing surgical masks
Pretty: Amping up the glamour, Emily wore her blonde tresses in a pretty up do, while also sporting an expertly-applied coat of make-up at the event
Sizzling: Stacey opted for a stunning form-fitting dress which puffed out into a decadent fishtail
Here he is! Host Richard Ayoade arrived wearing a grey suit and red die ahead of his BAFTAs presenting debut
The BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were originally scheduled for 26 April and 17 May.
Organisers confirmed at the time that following government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year.
The awards show is being held in a BBC studio and in accordance with government guidelines the ceremony will be socially distanced, with nominees accepting their prizes virtually.
Smart: Paul looked the part in a two piece suit, teamed with a white T-shirt and trainers
Tasteful: With a delicately cinched waistline, the outfit drew attention to her slender physique, while a notable lack of accessories gave the overall look an understated flourish
Upbeat: Daisy and Paul laughed and joked outside the venue before making their way inside
Making his debut as host of the all-star ceremony, actor and comedian Richard Ayoade will steer audiences through this years’ nominations, with nominees invited to get involved through video link-ups.
Richard, who has himself won a BAFTA, previously joked about hosting the socially distanced programme: ‘I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.’
Earlier this month the full list of nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards 2020 were announced.
High glamour: Daisy adjusted her sweeping dress while preparing to make her entrance
I say: The actress’s backless gown drew further attention to her slimline figure as she chatted to fellow guests at the socially distanced event
Plenty to smile about: Daisy beamed while chatting to a pal outside the BBC venue
Killing Eve star Jodie has led a bevvy of stars preparing to celebrate the 2020 British Academy Television Awards’ first ever socially-distanced ceremony from home.
The actress, 27, shared a stunning social media snap of the plunging mixed-printed dress as she prepared to mark the occasion with her BBQ at her Liverpool home.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many stars have been forced to stay at home for the usually lavish and glitzy awards ceremony, which will take place at Television Centre with strictly distancing measures in place.
Jodie shared a stunning snap of her dress, which boasted a plunging front and an array of floral prints as she posed with her blonde billowing in the breeze, joking she ‘nearly had to wear her pyjamas to the ceremony’ as her outfit had been delivered just hours earlier.
Ready to go! Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones also shared a snap ahead of the ceremony, wearing her character Anne Lister’s signature top hat
Glass of champagne in hand, the star revealed she’d be celebrating at her home with a laid-back BBQ.
Her caption read: ‘BAFTA is looking a little different this year…. I’ve swapped the Royal Festival Hall for a BBQ in the back garden!! Shout out to the legend General Manager at Liverpool Parcelforce who hand delivered this beautiful @duroolowu dress to me this morning.
‘After saying I was going to wear my pyjamas to this year’s BAFTAs I nearly got what I wished for! And thanks to @noblepanacea for the glow. Congratulations to all the nominees, let’s dance!’
Jodie is nominated for Leading Actress for her performance as the ruthless assassin Villanelle, and will go head-to-head with Gentleman Jack’s Suranne Jones, I Am Kirsty star Samantha Morton for I Am Kirsty, and Elizabeth Is Missing’s Glenda Jackson.
That’s a way to do it! The Virtues star Stephan Graham – who is nominated for Best Leading Actor – shared how he was attempting to stay cool with his wife Hannah Walters during the warm weather, by posing in a paddling pool
Suranne Jones also paid tribute to her character Anne Lister from the acclaimed period drama, as she donned her signature top hat for a fun snap ahead of the ceremony.
Posing alongside a thermometer on what’s been confirmed as the hottest day of the year, she penned: ‘Happy BAFTA day: tonight at 7pm. Good luck to all the nominees.
‘The Gentleman Jack team are very honoured to have been included in the Drama series category. With so much content out there to choose from.. this is already a massive win for us.’
Suave: Actor and director Adrian Anthony Lester OBE opted for smart casual in a tweed blazer and jeans
The Virtues star Stephan Graham – who is nominated for Best Leading Actor – shared how he was attempting to stay cool with his wife Hannah Walters during the warm weather, by donning their red carpet outfits and posing in a paddling pool.
He captioned the post: ‘Back garden Baftas! @BAFTA @HannahWalters74.’
Chernobyl, Fleabag, The Crown, Giri/Haji and The Virtues all lead the way with three nominations each.
Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl has taken the world by storm and scored a higher IMDb rating than Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
The five-part series follows an investigative commission appointed in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident on April 26, 1986.
Actors Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard have been recognised in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories.
Elsewhere, Girl/Haji has also picked up nominations. The eight-part series is set in England and Japan with dialogue in English and subtitled Japanese, and has a pair of brothers at its heart, Kenzo and Yuto Mori.
Main man: Paul stood out as he arrived at the event, just days after being nominated for a Primetime Emmy
That’s better: Daisy quickly fixed her hair before being ushered inside
Overnight success: The star has become a household name thanks to her role in Normal People
Protection: Inbetweeners actor Greg Davies wasn’t taking any risks he donned a face mask for the event
Kenzo is a respectable Tokyo-based detective, and Yuto is rumoured to be part of the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and is lying low in London after allegedly murdering a Japanese businessman there.
Nominations include Takehiro Hira in the Leading Actor category and Supporting Actor (for Will Sharpe) at the awards.
Channel 4 drama The Virtues, starring Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham has picked up nominations in the Leading Actor, Mini-Series and Supporting Actress (for Helen Behan) categories.
Sex Education picked up a nod in the Breakthrough Talent for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme (for Ncuti Gatwa).
Rounding off the top nominees, Top Boy, which was revived in 2019, has scored a nod for Supporting Actress (for Jasmine Jobson) categories.
Notable snubs include EastEnders, which won Best Soap at the 2019 awards, but has failed to be nominated at the 2020 show.
The shortlist was selected by an independent BAFTA-approved jury of media experts, with BAFTA Television Committee Chair Hannah Wyatt heading the group.
While the BAFTA Television Awards is typically a glitzy affair, winners will accept their awards from home, while presenters will appear live in the studio.
The star-studded presenting line-up in the studio includes, Adrian Lester, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Greg Davies, Himesh Patel, Jessia Hynes, Joe Cole, Nina Sosanya, Paul Mescal, Sope Dirisu and Stacey Dooley.
BAFTA TV Awards 2020: NOMINATIONS
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg
Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids (Dispatches)
The Hunt For Jihadi John
Is Labour Anti-Semitic (Panorama)
Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulug (Exposure)
The End of the F***ing World
Frankie Boyle for Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show
Lee Mack for Would I Lie To You
Mo Gilligan for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan
Strictly Come Dancing
The Greatest Dancer
The Rap Game UK
Crime and Punishment
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer
Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Phoebe Waller- Bridge in Fleabag
Sarah Kendall in Frayed
Sian Clifford in Fleabag
Gbemisola Ikumelo in Famalam
When They See Us
Stephen Graham for The Virtues
Jared Harris for Chernobyl
Takehiro Hira for Giri/Haji
Callum Turner for The Capture
Jodie Comer for Killing Eve
Suranne Jones for Gentleman Jack
Samantha Morton for I Am Kirsty
Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth Is Missing
Blue Planet Live
Election 2019 Live: The Results
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Ncuti Gatwa for Sex Education
Guz Khan for Man Like Mobeen
Youssef Kerkour for Home
Jamie Demetriou for Stath Lets Flats
Hong Kong Protests
ITV News At Ten: Election Results
Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal (Newsnight)
Victoria Derbyshire: Men who lost loved ones to knife crime
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
Race Across The World
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Harry’s Heroes: The Full English
Stath Lets Flats
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
Anywhere But Westminster
Brain In Gear
Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle
toni_with_an_i (Born Digital: First Cuts)
The Family Secret
The Last Survivors
David Harewood: Psychosis and Me
Brexit: The Uncivil War
Elizabeth Is Missing
The Left Behind
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
8 Days: To The Moon and Back
Seven Worlds: One Planet
Thatcher: A Very British Revolution
Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story
2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL: ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 SEMI FINAL: ENGLAND V USA
WIMBLEDON 2019 MEN’S FINAL
Joe Absolom for A Confession
Josh O’Connor for The Crown
Stellan Skarsgard for Chernobyl
Will Sharpe for Giri/Haji
Helen Behan for The Virtues
Helena Bonham Carter for The Crown
Jasmine Jobson for Top Boy
Naomi Ackie for The End of the F***ing World
VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)
CORONATION STREET – The Death of Sinead Osborne
FLEABAG – Confessional scene
GAME OF THRONES – Arya Kills the Night King
GAVIN AND STACEY – Nessa Proposes to Smithy
LINE OF DUTY – John Corbett’s Death
LOVE ISLAND – Michael recouples after Casa Amor
BRITISH ACADEMY TELEVISION CRAFT AWARDS
BREAKTHROUGH TALENT sponsored by Sara Putt Associates
Aisling Bea (Writer) for This Way Up
Aneil Karia (Director) for Pure and Top Boy
Laurie Nunn (Writer) for Sex Education
Sean Buckley (Writer) for Responsible Child
Caroline McCall for His Dark Materials
Joanna Eatwell for Beecham House
Michele Clapton for Game of Thrones
Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Chernobyl
Arthur Cary for The Last Survivors
Dan Reed for Leaving Neverland
Mark Lewis for Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Robin Barnwell for Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Exposure)
DIRECTOR: FICTION sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Harry Bradbeer for Fleabag
Johan Renck for Chernobyl
Shane Meadows for The Virtues
Toby Haynes for Brexit: The Uncivil War
Bridget Caldwell for The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance
Janet Fraser Crook for Glastonbury 2019
Matthew Griffiths for Six Nations 2019 – Wales v England
Paul McNamara for ITV Racing: Cheltenham Festival
Andy R. Worboys for Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein
Jules Cornell for Leaving Neverland
Kim Horton for 63 Up
Michael Harte for Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Dan Crinnion for Killing Eve (Episode 4)
Elen Pierce Lewis for Giri/Haji
Gary Dollner for Fleabag
Simon Smith, Jinx Godfrey for Chernobyl
ENTERTAINMENT CRAFT TEAM sponsored by Hotcam
AMBER RIMELL, BRONSKI, MISTY BUCKLEY, TIM ROUTLEDGE for Glastonbury 2019 (Stormzy)
DAVID BISHOP, VICKY GILL, ANDY TAPLEY, PATRICK DOHERTY for Strictly Come Dancing
MARK BUSK-COWLEY, STEVE KRUGER, IAIN STIRLING, JAMES TINSLEY for Love Island
NIGEL CATMUR, PATRICK DOHERTY, KEVIN DUFF, ANDREW STOKES for The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGN sponsored by MAC Cosmetics
Daniel Parker, Barrie Gower for Chernobyl
Inma Azorin for The Trial of Christine Keeler
Kirstin Chalmers for Catherine The Great
Loz Schiavo for Peaky Blinders
David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia for Killing Eve
Adrian Johnston for Giri/Haji
Andrew Phillips for War In The Blood
Hildur Guðnadóttir for Chernobyl
PHOTOGRAPHY: FACTUAL sponsored by The Farm
BERTIE GREGORY, HOWARD BOURNE, JOHN SHIER for Seven Worlds, One Planet
DOUG ANDERSON, ROGER HORROCKS, GAVIN THURSTON for Our Planet (Coastal Seas)
JAMIE MCPHERSON, HECTOR SKEVINGTON-POSTLES, BARRIE BRITTON for Our Planet (Frozen Worlds)
PATRICK SMITH, NEIL HARVEY for Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein
PHOTOGRAPHY & LIGHTING: FICTION sponsored by ScreenSkills
Adriano Goldman for The Crown
Jakob Ihre for Chernobyl
Joe Anderson for Top Boy
Suzie Lavelle for His Dark Materials
PRODUCTION DESIGN sponsored by Microsoft
Laurence Dorman for Killing Eve
Luke Hull, Claire Levinson-Gendler for Chernobyl
Martin Childs, Alison Harvey for The Crown
Samantha Harley, Miri Katz for Sex Education
SCRIPTED CASTING sponsored by Spotlight
Des Hamilton for Top Boy
Lauren Evans for Sex Education
Nina Gold, Robert Sterne for Chernobyl
Yoko Narahashi, Shaheen Baig, Layla Merrick-Wolf for Giri/Haji
Graham Wild, Kate Hopkins for Seven Worlds, One Planet
Graham Wild, Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens for Our Planet (One Planet)
Nick Fry, Steve Speed, James Evans, Nick Adams for Formula 1: Drive to Survive
SOUND TEAM for Battle of the Brass Bands
Dillon Bennett, Jon Thomas, Gareth Bull, James Ridgeway for His Dark Materials
Ian Wilkinson, Lee Walpoke, Fraser Barber, Stuart Hilliker for A Christmas Carol
Stefan Henrix, Joe Beal, Stuart Hilliker, Vincent Piponnier for Chernobyl
SOUND TEAM for The Crown
SPECIAL, VISUAL & GRAPHIC EFFECTS
Ben Turner, Chris Reynolds, Asa Shoul for The Crown
Framestore, Painting Practice, Real SFX, Russell Dodgson for His Dark Materials
Lindsay McFarlane, Claudius Christian Rauch, Jean-Clement Soret, DNEG for Chernobyl
Milk Visual Effects, Gareth Spensley, Real SFX for Good Omens
TITLES & GRAPHIC IDENTITY
Alex Maclean for The Durrells
Elastic for Catherine the Great
Elastic, Painting Practice for His Dark Materials
Light Creative for Ghosts
Danny Brocklehurst for Brassic
Phoebe Waller- Bridge for Fleabag
Jamie Demetriou for Stath Let Flats
Sam Leifer, Tom Basden for Plebs
Charlie Covell for The End of the F***ing World
Craig Mazin for Chernobyl
Jesse Armstrong for Succession
Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne for The Virtues – Warp Films, Big Arty Productions/Channel 4
Acclaimed: Chernobyl – starring Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard – has scored 14 nods
Richard will also be joined virtually by some big names in television including Billy Porter, Chris O’Dowd, David Tennant, Jeff Goldblum, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Michael Sheen and Ruth Madeley, who will be presenting awards via video link.
Audiences will also be treated to two performances from internationally-acclaimed comedian, musician, actor and writer Tim Minchin, including an original song composed specially for the event.
British actor, writer and producer Idris Elba will receive the Special Award, one of BAFTA’s highest accolades, in recognition of his exceptional career and commitment to championing diversity and new talent in the industry. There will also be some very special surprise guests dialling in to present his award on the night.
The winner of the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award will also be announced. As the only award to be voted for by the public, the Must-See Moment celebrates the dramatic scenes, cliff hangers and edge-of-your-seat moments that truly resonated with TV fans across the UK.
The conclusion to last year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special, in which Ruth Jones’ character Nessa proposed to James Corden’s alter-ego Smithy, is among the contenders in the shortlist, which is voted for by the British public.
Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett, played by Stephen Graham, is up for the award, while the scene where Arya Stark kills the Night King in the final season of Game Of Thrones also got a nod.
Elsewhere, BAFTA have responded to criticism of its lack of diversity by nominating three times as many BAME actors and performers as last year’s TV awards show.
Nine stars including Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, The End of the F***ing World’s Naomi Ackie and comedians Guz Khan and Mo Gilligan are among those nominated for the individual awards.
They make up around a third of all those nominated, a marked improvement on the three from last year.
BAFTA has come under fire for its lack of representation in both its film and TV award shows in recent years.