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BAFTA TV Awards 2013: Double triumph for Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman

Story by Jack Foley

OLIVIA Colman was the toast of the TV BAFTAs after picking up two prizes – for best supporting actress for Accused (pictured) and best female in a comedy programme for Olympics satire Twenty Twelve.

The British star, who is riding high off the back of widespread critical acclaim for Broadchuch (another show that is hotly topped to bring her future BAFTA success), said of her win for Mo’s Story, part of Jimmy McGovern’s Accused: “Turns out it does mean a lot. And I’m not going to cry.”

She went on to thank McGovern and paid tribute to co-star Anne Marie Duff, saying: “If it’s alright with everyone it’s for Anne Marie and me to share – we’re Anne Malivia Colemuff, we did it together and I couldn’t have done it without her to play off.”

Upon collecting her second award for Twenty Twelve – which also won best sitcom – she praised her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis, joking: “I’m not even the funniest one in our own programme.”

Other major awards on the night went to Sheridan Smith, who won best lead actress for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.

Ben Whishaw won best actor for Richard II (The Hollow Crown) and said: “I’m really, really surprised. I was just hoping it would be one of the others just so I wouldn’t have to come up here and say anything. I’m thrilled, it’s amazing – I can’t believe it.”

HBO drama Game of Thrones took the prize for audience award, BBC One’s Last Tango in Halifax took best drama series and Channel 4’s London 2012 Paralympic Games won best sport and live event.

Presenter Clare Balding, who won a BAFTA Special Award, said she was “aware this would not have happened if it weren’t for the magic of last summer”, referring to the 2012 Games.

She presented coverage for both the BBC’s Olympics coverage and Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage.

“I’m so grateful to the BBC and Channel 4 for putting me at the heart of those events,” she said, before shedding a tear as she thanked her parents and her partner.

Ade Adepitan, who co-presented the award-winning Paralympic coverage with Balding, added: “I’d like to thank Channel 4 for allowing us to show the Paralympics warts and all, so thank you Channel 4 for allowing us to be ourselves.”

Room At The Top won best mini-series, beating Accused, Mrs Biggs and Parade’s End.

Graham Norton, who hosted the ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall, won best entertainment performance for The Graham Norton Show and Steve Coogan won best male performance in a comedy programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life.

EastEnders was named best soap while Made In Chelsea took the prize for best reality and constructed factual show.

View the winners in full