The TV BAFTAs were held last night, and with two wins Olivia Coleman's name was on everybody's lips by the end of the night.
The TV-leg of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards was held last night (May 12), offering thrills, spill, tears and laughs as always, as well as indicating who the United Kingdom's next national treasure in waiting might very well be. Peep Show actress Olivia Coleman picked up two awards on the night, finally earning plaudits on the back of decades spent working on TV.
The actress, who won two BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress (Mo's Story) and Best Female Comedy Performance (Twenty Twelve), was clearly overwhelmed with her first win, and by the time her name was called out for a second time she could barely keep things together - but managed to get through without breaking down, a quality that will no doubt endear her to the British public all the more. This morning, whilst speaking to ITV's Daybreak, the actress explained her disbelief and how the wins compare with having children and getting married. She said, "I haven't come up with a good answer yet, it feels amazing, feels amazing. So I've lost the ability to be eloquent!"
Olivia Coleman's stock is on the up
Fellow winners on the night included Alan Carr and Sheridan Smith, who both picked up their first ever BAFTA awards for Best Leading Actress (Mrs Biggs) and Best Entertainment Performance (Alan Carr: Chatty Man) respectively. Like Coleman's success, Smith's win could also spell a future start in the making, and following her success despite being on Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps for most of her career, it looks as though she may be challenging for more gongs like the one she won last night during next years award season.
Other winners on the night included Steve Coogan, Made In Chelsea, Game of Thrones and Michael Palin, who was awarded BAFTA's highest honour; the Fellowship, for his enduring career on television. Sir Michael Palin anyone?
Michael Palin and his Monty Python co-scribe Terry Jones (who presented him the award)