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Bafta for Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire

Sarah Lancashire with the Supporting Actress Award for Last Tango in Halifax,  at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 18, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Sarah Lancashire with the Supporting Actress Award for Last Tango in Halifax, at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 18, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire was crowned best supporting actress at the Bafta Television Awards.

She beat off competition from co-star Nicola Walker who was also nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in the BBC drama series.

Written by Sally Wainwright of Calderdale, the drama centres on childhood sweethearts being reunited after 60 years.

Other winners on the night included actress Olivia Colman who got her third TV Bafta in two years as hit crime drama Broadchurch scored a hat-trick at the annual awards.

Colman, who is set to star in the second series of the show, burst into tears on stage after being named leading actress.

Her co-star David Bradley was named best supporting actor for his role in the show, which also picked up the Bafta for best drama.

It was a good evening for Geordie duo Ant and Dec, who each got an award to take home when they won best entertainment programme and entertainment performance for Saturday Night Takeaway.

Other big winners included Julie Walters, who was given the Bafta Fellowship.

Sean Harris won the leading actor award for his performance in Channel 4’s Southcliffe.

The awards, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London’s West End.

Gogglebox won the Bafta for reality and constructed factual.

BBC Three’s Him and Her: The Wedding was named best sitcom - one of two wins for the channel that is being axed by the corporation - along with In The Flesh which won the Bafta for mini-series.

Blind Date presenter Cilla Black picked up the Bafta Special award from her fellow scouser Paul O’Grady and got a standing ovation.

The IT Crowd picked up two wins with the Bafta for female performance in a comedy programme going to Katherine Parkinson and her co-star Richard Ayoade getting the Bafta for male performance in a comedy programme.

Breaking Bad was named best international show and the Bafta for single drama went to Channel 4’s Complicit - about the torture of terrorism suspects.

Channel 4’s Bedlam won the Bafta for factual series, before the Radio Times Audience Award - voted for by the public - went to Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor.

Other early awards included the sport and live event Bafta which went to Sky Sports’ coverage of day five of the first Ashes test and the current affairs gong which went to Channel 4’s Dispatches Syria: Across the Lines.

The Murder Trial was named best single documentary and ITV News at Ten won the award for news coverage for its work on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

The award for best soap went to Coronation Street, before Ross Kemp presented the Bafta for specialist factual to Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

The award for comedy and comedy entertainment programme went to A League of Their Own beating Norton’s chat show in the process.

 

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