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Bafta TV Awards 2010: Branagh, Hurt and Walters among nominees

Kenneth Branagh in Wallander

Story by Jack Foley

KENNETH Branagh will be looking to repeat his Bafta winning success of 12 months ago now that he’s been nominated for best actor at the 2010 TV Bafta awards for his performance in Wallander.

But the actor faces stiff competition from the likes of John Hurt, who has also been nominated for reprising the role of Quentin Crisp, which won him his first Bafta 34 years ago [in 1976] for The Naked Civil Servant.

Hurt is up for best actor for An Englishman in New York, while there’s further competition from Brendon Gleeson, for Into The Storm, and David Oyelowo for Small Island.

The women’s category is no less competitive, with Julie Walters nominated twice – her 13th and 14th nominations – as well as Sophie Okonedo, Helena Bonham Carter and Miranda Hart.

Walters has two best actress nominations for her performances in Mo, in which she played former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlem, and A Short Stay in Switzerland.

She will take on Bonham Carter, who received her first TV nomination for BBC Four’s Enid, and Sophie Okonedo for Mrs Mandela, which was made for the same channel.

Okonedo will also compete in a new category – best supporting actress – for her role in Criminal Justice, which pits her against Imelda Staunton, for Cranford, Rebecca Hall for Red Riding 1974 and Lauren Socha for The Unloved.

In the best supporting actor category, Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Small Island, Tom Hollander for Gracie, Gary Lewis for Mo and Matthew Macfadyen for Criminal Justice.

Other nominees at a glance

Of the other high profile nominees, TV presenter Harry Hill has been nominated for entertainment performance for his TV Burp Show for the third year running – an award he has won twice.

This year, he faces first-time nominee Michael McIntyre for his Comedy Roadshow, Stephen Fry for QI and Ant and Dec for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Political satire The Thick Of It is also in the running for two prizes – star Peter Capaldi is up for best male comedy performance for his role as venomous spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, alongside Simon Bird for The Inbetweeners, Hugh Dennis for the Outnumbered Christmas Special and Peep Show‘s David Mitchell.

While Capaldi’s co-star Rebecca Front is up for for her role as MP Nicola Murray alongside Joanna Scanlan and Jo Brand for for Getting On and Miranda Hart for Miranda.

ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent has received a nomination for best entertainment programme – but The X Factor missed out on a nomination despite having won the same category last year.

In the soap category, Coronation Street returns following a two-year absence in the continuing drama category, alongside The Bill, now in its final series, Casualty and EastEnders.

The nominees for best drama series, meanwhile, are Being Human, Misfits, The Street and Spooks, while Small Island, Red Riding, Unforgiven and Occupation will compete for best drama serial.

View the nominees in full