Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jewels in the Crown as Royal Drama Series Picks Up Five Bafta Nominations

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jewels in the Crown as Royal Drama Series Picks Up Five Bafta Nominations

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

ROYAL drama The Crown looks set to dominate this year's TV Bafta awards after picking up five nominations, including a best actress nod for star Claire Foy.

The actress, who plays the Queen in the Netflix show, is joined by co-stars Jared Harris and John Lithgow who are shortlisted for supporting actor as George VI and Winston Churchill. Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, is shortlisted for supporting actress and the show is in the running for best drama series.

Creator Peter Morgan, who wrote the film The Queen and play The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren as the monarch, said he was "giddy and delighted".

He said: "I am beyond thrilled for The Crown to have been recognised in a year where so much wonderful work has been achieved in British television." The Crown, which also stars Matt Smith as a younger Prince Philip in the story of the royal couple's early life, is reportedly due to film a third series, jumping years into the future. Foy faces competition from Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, Nikki Amuka-Bird in the adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel NW and Jodie Comer, who played a kidnap victim in BBC drama Thirteen.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean starring role in The Hollow Crown sees him nominated for best actor, while Robbie Coltrane is shortlisted for National Treasure. Also nominated are Babou Ceesay, as the father of the murdered schoolboy in Damilola, Our Loved Boy and Adeel Akhtar in Murdered By My Father.

Ceesay's co-star Wunmi Mosaku is nominated for supporting actress for her role as Damilola's mother Gloria, along with Kirby, Siobhan Finneran for Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax's Nicola Walker.

The supporting actor shortlist also includes Line Of Duty's Daniel Mays and The Night Manager's Tom Hollander. However, Hollander's co-stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman and the show itself missed out on being nominated. …

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