Suranne Jones leads nominees posing for BAFTA's virtual photo shoot
Suranne Jones poses in shed and Samantha Morton goes ‘topless’ as nominees bring red-carpet glamour to their homes and gardens for glitzy online shoot by Rankin ahead of virtual Bafta TV Awards
- Unconventional portraits of nominees taken through video calls set up by the thespians in their own homes
- Gentlemen Jack star Suranne Jones, 41, and I am Kirsty actress Samantha Morton, 43, among those pictured
- Baftas will be held as a closed-studio, socially distanced show for the first time, hosted by Richard Ayoade
- Chernobyl has a staggering 14 nominations while The Crown racked up seven ahead of the July 31 ceremony
There is no red carpet this year – just patio furniture and even a garden shed.
But the fact that the Bafta nominees face spending UK television’s glitziest night stuck in their homes has not stopped them dressing to the nines.
Suranne Jones, Samantha Morton and Glenda Jackson were among stars posing for a shoot by photographer Rankin ahead of tomorrow’s virtual ceremony.
And incredibly, virus restrictions meant it was all done without the snapper even visiting their homes. Instead, the 53-year-old took the portraits through video calls set up by the thespians in their houses.
Miss Jones, 41, up for leading actress for her role in ITV’s Gentleman Jack, chose a cluttered garden shed as her backdrop. But her sharp white suit added a touch of glamour to the proceedings – as did the Bafta award next to her, which she won in 2016 for her role in Dr Foster.
Meanwhile her rival for leading actress, Miss Morton, struck a rather more risque pose. The 43-year-old, who played a single mother in I am Kirsty, clutched her hands together to cover her seemingly naked top half.
Sensational: Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones, 41, who is nominated in the Leading Actress category for her role in Gentleman Jack, was photographed in her cosy shed surrounded by clutter as she did a crossword puzzle in a newspaper
Location, location: Meanwhile, Katie was photographed in an unexpected setting as she was dressed up in a white lace dress while posing on a tractor
Posing up a storm: Leading actress nominee Samantha Morton appeared to be topless as she posed in a sleeveless grey dress for her portrait, which was taken in front of a floral backdrop in her home
Showing his funny side: Not one to be outdone, Stephen Graham also took part in a hilarious portrait with the renowned photographer, as he jumped on a trampoline while wearing a suit
And Stephen Graham, 46, was jumping for joy at his leading actor nomination for his role in Channel 4’s The Virtues. The star, from Kirkby, near Liverpool, was pictured leaping on a trampoline in his back garden while sockless in a blue suit.
Up against him is The Capture’s Callum Turner for his role as Lance Corporal Shaun Emery in the hit BBC series.
Turner, 30, was all smiles for his shoot – dressed in a brown jacket as he posed against a wall, with his arms crossed and a wide grin on his face.
Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn seemed to view the photoshoot as an opportunity to give the lawn a quick trim.
The actress, 27 – nominated for a ‘must see moment’ for her role as cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker – wore a white dress, playfully matched with gardening gloves while sitting on a ride-on mower.
And for Miss Jackson, 84, who is up for leading actress for her role in the BBC ‘s Elizabeth is Missing, there will be no waiters bringing round bottles of bubbly – just a cuppa at the patio table.
Some other nominees who were photographed by Rankin included comedian Jamie Demetriou and Top Boy actress Jasmine Jobson.
Standing out: Rising star nominee Naomi Ackie put on a stylish display in a bright pink co-ord ensemble that featured a chic embroidered print
All dressed up: Gbemisola Ikumelo, who is nominated for leading acress in a comedy, posed in a gorgeous black gown
Glamorous: Glenda Jackson, who is nominated in the Leading Actress category looked stylish in a black floral-print ensemble
Ready for the red carpet: Supporting Actress nominee Helen Behan oozed glamour in a green gown
Stylish: Fellow nominee Jasmine Jobson looked effortlessly chic in a red blazer and a plunging black top
Stunning: Line Of Duty’s Rochenda Sandall put on a stylish display in her home while posing in a yellow wrap-front dress
And Naomi Ackie, 27, nominated for her role in The End of the F***ing World, wore en embroidered, hot pink suit as she posed in front of a fire place surrounded by shoes.
Other nominees including Ncuti Gatwa, Samantha Morton and Youseff Kerkour also posed for the unconventional photos.
The shoot was virtually connected, directed and delivered through a series of video calls, with the help of the families and friends of the nominees who took part.
Rankin said: ‘I am so excited to have shot the 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs nominee portraits.
‘Despite the limitations, we have created a memorable series of photographs and it has been a real honour to capture some of the biggest TV stars in the intimacy of their own homes.
‘To be able to virtually connect, direct, shoot and deliver these portraits without any physical interaction has been a fun challenge and our TV celebrities put on quite the performance for us!’
Dapper: Ncuti Gatwa (L), who is nominated for Sex Education, looked handsome in his white suit jacket and black turtleneck top, while Will Sharpe, who has a Supporting Actor nod for Giri/Haji, dressed up in a black waistcoat and trousers
Amusing: Youssef Kerkour (L) put on a dapper display in his tuxedo as he posed on the floor of his children’s playroom, as Guz Khan (R) showed his comedic side in his photo as he posed with his hands in the air as his children posed with water pistols
The BAFTA Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards are being held in a closed studio on July 31 after the original date was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were originally scheduled for April 26 and May 17.
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.
Fancy a cuppa? Jamie Demetriou, who is nominated twice for Stath Let Flats, posed while making a cup of tea in a wine glass
Suited and booted: Joe Absolom (L), who is nominated for A Confession, looked sharp in his navy tuxedo and crisp white shirt, while Callum Turner (R) couldn’t help but smile brightly for his portrait
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.
Mr Ayoade, 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.’
Last month, the full list of nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards and Television Craft Awards 2020 were announced.
Acclaimed: Explosive show Chernobyl leads the nods at the BAFTA Television Awards and Television Craft Awards 2020
New guard: The Crown has picked up seven nominations for the newest series which saw Olivia Colman take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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.
Royal roles: Josh O’Connor who plays Prince Charles, and Helena Bonham-Carter, who portrays Princess Margaret have been nominated in the Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories
Huge haul: Actors Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard have also been recognised in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories for their roles as Valery Legasov and Boris Shcherbina in Chernobyl
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.
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 has picked up nominations in the Leading Actor, Mini-Series and Supporting Actress (for Helen Behan) categories.
Multi-award winner: Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Fleabag has scored an incredible six nominations, including a nod for Must-See moment and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Suspense: BBC’s thriller series Giri/Haji picked up six nominations across the two awards shows including nods for supporting actor Will (end left) and lead actor Takehiro Hira (centre)
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.
Can she do it again? Killing Eve has scored one television award nomination for Jodie Comer’s Villanelle (left), a role which has already landed her 2019’s Best Actress BAFTA Television Award
Nominations debut: Sex Education star Ncuti received his first BAFTA nomination in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category, while Top Boy’s Jasmine (right) has been recognised in the Supporting Actress category
The BAFTA Television Awards is typically a glitzy affair, but this year winners will accept their awards from home while presenters appear live in the studio.
The star-studded presenting line-up includes Adrian Lester, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Greg Davies, Himesh Patel, Jessia Hynes, Joe Cole, Nina Sosanya, Paul Mescal, Sope Dirisu and Stacey Dooley.
Mr Ayoade will also be joined virtually by 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 be treated to two performances from internationally-acclaimed comedian, musician, actor and writer Tim Minchin, including an original song composed specially for the event.
Snubbed: EastEnders, which won Best Soap at the 2019 awards, has been snubbed in the 2020 nominations
Not to be: Britain’s Got Talent (left) has failed to pick up a nod in the Entertainment Programme category while now defunct show The Greatest Dancer (right) has
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.
Shortlist: The nominees for BAFTA Television Awards 2020’s Must-See Moment saw Nessa’s proposal to Smithy in the Gavin and Stacey special getting a nod
What a moment: Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett, played by Stephen Graham, is also up for the award, which is voted on by fans
Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett 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, The End of the F***ing World’s Naomi 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.
Tune in to the Virgin Media BAFTAs on Friday 31 July from 19.00 BST on BBC One
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
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