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BAFTA TV Awards 2016: Mark Rylance and Idris Elba lead nominees

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winner Mark Rylance and Luther star Idris Elba have both been nominated as best leading actor at this year’s BAFTA TV awards.

The former – who won the best supporting actor Oscar for “Bridge of Spies”: last month – is nominated for the historical drama Wolf Hall, in which he played Thomas Cromwell. Both men are nominated alongside Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham, who are cited for London Spy and This is England ’90 respectively.

Wolf Hall emerged with the most nominations overall, totalling four. These also include a nod in the best drama series category, alongside Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence, as well as Claire Foy’s performance as Anne Boleyn and Anton Lesser’s supporting performance as Sir Thomas More.

Foy and Smith are joined in the leading actress category by Suranne Jones and Ruth Madeley, who are nominated for BBC One’s Doctor Foster and BBC Three’s Don’t Take My Baby respectively, as well as early favourite Sheridan Smith, for her role as a woman with cancer in The C-Word.

Among the other main nominees are This Is England ’90, which landed a total of three nods, along with Peter Kay’s Car Share.

The former is also shortlisted in the best mini-series category alongside Doctor Foster, London Spy and The Enfield Haunting, while Chanel Cresswell is up for best supporting actress.

Peter Kay’s Car Share, meanwhile, finds its leading man and creator Kay nominated for best male performance in a comedy programme, along with his co-star Sian Gibson (for best female performance in a comedy programme). The show itself is up for best scripted comedy.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville receives a nomination for best male performance in a comedy programme, for spoof BBC documentary W1A.

While screen legend and two-time Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellen landed his first BAFTA TV nomination for The Dresser. The X-Men icon has also been the recipient of four BAFTA film award nominations.

Ironically, his role in The Dresser was the same one for which Sir Tom Courtenay was nominated for a BAFTA film award in 1985.

Channel 4 dominates the reality and constructed factual category with nominations for First Dates, Gogglebox and The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds, with ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! being the only non-Channel 4 contender in the category BAFTA first introduced in 2012.

In the soap and continuing drama category, the usual suspects – Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Holby City – once again go head to head. Coronation Street has won for the last two years.

The international award, meanwhile, pits Netflix drama Narcos and Amazon Prime’s Transparent against CBS show The Good Wife and BBC Four’s French import Spiral. Interestingly, there was no nod for Game of Thrones.

The BAFTA TV Awards will be held on May 8, 2016, in London.

View the nominations in full