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Nominees were announced this week for the BAFTA Television Awards and the BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2021, we are proud to acknowledge and celebrate the actors, theatre technicians and designers who trained at RADA, some as far back as 30 years ago.

For the Television Craft Awards, theatre production graduate David Bishop is nominated twice for Entertainment Craft Team in his role as lighting designer on both Last Night of the Proms and Strictly Come Dancing. David received a BAFTA nomination for the same award for Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.

The writing team for Ghosts, which includes acting graduate Martha Howe-Douglas (graduated 2003), is nominated for Writer: Comedy alongside another graduate Daisy May Cooper, for her work on This Country. Martha was not only a writer on Ghosts but also performer and an Executive Producer and the production team is also nominated for Scripted Comedy.

Our most recent graduate to be nominated for the Television Awards is Aimee Lou Wood, who studied BA (Hons) in Acting 2017. Nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme in her debut role of Aimee Gibbs in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Sex Education, a British comedy drama series created by Laurie Nunn.

Aimee Lou Wood is in brilliant company in this category and is nominated along with Daisy May Cooper for her role of Kerry Mucklowe, in This Country. Daisy-May Cooper has already picked up this award in 2018, for the same role.

Nominated for Supporting Actress for her role of Julia Bryce in Criminal: UK, Sophie Okonedo (graduated 1990) is among the long list of RADA graduates that have been recognised on several occasions by BAFTA. Okonedo has also been nominated twice in 2010, for her role as supporting actress in Criminal Justice and Leading Actress in Mrs Mandela.

Graduate Michael Sheen is nominated for Supporting Actor for his portrayal of legendary Who Wants To be A Millionaire? show host Chris Tarrant in drama television serial Quiz by James Graham. The series remembers former army major Charles Ingram as he cheats (and coughs) his way to winning the one-million-pound jackpot.

Also nominated for Supporting Actor is 1998 RADA graduate Tobias Menzies for his multi-faceted performance of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in historical drama The Crown.

Shaun Parkes (graduated 1994) is nominated for Leading Actor for his breath-taking performance of Frank Gilbert Crichlow in Steven McQueen’s wildly acclaimed anthology film series, Small Axe.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Award night for the Television Awards will be on Sunday 6 June and will be hosted by Richard Ayoade. The Television Craft Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 24 May.

You can see the full lists of nominees on the BAFTA website.