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

Taskmaster

The Ranganation 

CURRENT AFFAIRS 

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) 

DRAMA SERIES

The Crown

Gentleman Jack

Giri/Haji

The End of the F***ing World  

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE  

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 

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME 

Strictly Come Dancing

The Voice

The Greatest Dancer

The Rap Game UK 

FACTUAL SERIES

Crime and Punishment

Leaving Neverland

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer

Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure 

FEATURES  

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

Snackmasters

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 

INTERNATIONAL 

Succession

When They See Us

Euphoria 

Unbelievable   

LEADING ACTOR

Stephen Graham for The Virtues

Jared Harris for Chernobyl

Takehiro Hira for Giri/Haji

Callum Turner for The Capture 

LEADING ACTRESS 

Jodie Comer for Killing Eve

Suranne Jones for Gentleman Jack

Samantha Morton for I Am Kirsty 

Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth Is Missing 

LIVE EVENT 

Blue Planet Live

Election 2019 Live: The Results

Glastonbury 2019

Operation Live  

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  

MINI-SERIES 

Chernobyl  

A Confession

The Virtues 

The Victim 

NEWS COVERAGE

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 

Celebrity Gogglebox

Race Across The World

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Harry’s Heroes: The Full English  

SCRIPTED COMEDY 

Derry Girls 

Fleabag

Derry Girls

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)  

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

The Abused

The Family Secret

The Last Survivors

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me  

SINGLE DRAMA 

Brexit: The Uncivil War

Elizabeth Is Missing

The Left Behind

Responsible Child  

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA  

Coronation Street

Casualty

Holby City 

Emmerdale 

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

8 Days: To The Moon and Back

Seven Worlds: One Planet

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution

Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story 

SPORT     

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   

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Joe Absolom for A Confession

Josh O’Connor for The Crown 

Stellan Skarsgard for Chernobyl

Will Sharpe for Giri/Haji      

SUPPORTING ACTRESS  

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  

COSTUME DESIGN

Caroline McCall for His Dark Materials 

Joanna Eatwell for Beecham House 

Michele Clapton for Game of Thrones 

Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Chernobyl   

DIRECTOR: FACTUAL     

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    

DIRECTOR: MULTI-CAMERA  

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  

EDITING: FACTUAL 

 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   

EDITING: FICTION   

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      

ORIGINAL MUSIC 

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   

SOUND: FACTUAL   

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  

SOUND: FICTION    

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  

WRITER: COMEDY 

Danny Brocklehurst for Brassic

Phoebe Waller- Bridge for Fleabag

Jamie Demetriou for Stath Let Flats

Sam Leifer, Tom Basden for Plebs  

WRITER: DRAMA     

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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