BAFTA 2017: The Crown makers 'giddy and delighted' after five award nominations

Posted April 13, 2017

The BAFTA TV Awards will take place on May 14 in London and will be hosted for the first time by former Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.

Leading Actress Claire Foy is up for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, actors Jared Harris and John Lithgow have both been nominated for Supporting Actors and Vanessa Kirby for Supporting Actress.

The hit Netflix series, which starred Claire Foy and Matt Smith, has emerged as the top BAFTA frontrunner with a whopping five nominations...

That could all be about to change, however, with the royal family detailing drama The Crown having just been nominated for a raft of awards.

Meanwhile, The Crown is up against The Durrells, Happy Valley and War & Peace.

Only Tom Hollander, who portrayed the fearsome henchman Corky, was mentioned in the main categories with a nomination for best supporting actor.

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A one-off drama "Damilola" tied with "Happy Valley" and "Fleabag" for three nominations each.As well as its leading actor and supporting actress nominations "Damilola" will contest the best single drama category.

Taking home the gong in the global category, an award it's once again nominated for, Amazon's Transparent saw off competition from Netflix's Narcos to receive the coveted accolade.

The poignant feature-length drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy - based on the tragic murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor in 2000 - followed with three nominations.

The nominations were announced by actors Andrew Buchan and Michaela Coel at Bafta's headquarters on Tuesday morning.

BBC1's The Night Manager, its star Tom Hiddlestone and The Missing were the notable absentees from the nominations.

The nominations for the publicly-voted Virgin TV's Must See Moment are: Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards, The Late Late Show with James Corden: Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama, Line of Duty: Urgent Exit Required, Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase, Strictly Come Dancing: Ed Balls' Gangnam Style and Who Do You Think You Are?