The star, who plays DCI John Luther in the BBC series, is nominated for the best actor award alongside Ben Whishaw for London Spy, Stephen Graham for This Is England ’90 and Mark Rylance for Wolf Hall.
Idris Elba in Luther (Steffan Hill/BBC)
The nominations were announced at Bafta’s London headquarters in Piccadilly by X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and last year’s leading actress winner Georgina Campbell, who starred in Murdered By My Boyfriend.
It was a successful year for Wolf Hall, which received four nominations.
Claire Foy in Wolf Hall (BBC)
In addition to Mark and Claire’s best actor and actress nominations, Anton Lesser was recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category.
The historical drama, which depicts Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court, was also nominated for Best Drama series. It will need to fend off competition from Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence.
TV favourite The Great British Bake Off, which sees amateur bakers face off in a series of challenges, received its fifth consecutive nomination.
Mary Berry and The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)
It is nominated in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013.
Adele performing as an Adele impersonator for her TV special (BBC)
The programme saw her in conversation with Graham Norton about her career and comeback, and she also performed songs from her new album, 25.
The British Academy Television Awards will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, May 8.