BAFTA TV best actress Georgina Campbell: ‘I want to be an Olivia Colman!’ (VIDEO)

Just under a year ago, Georgina Campbell caused a shock the BAFTA TV Awards when she was announced as the Leading Actress winner for her performance in harrowing BBC3 drama Murdered By My Boyfriend.

That night in May she beat Keeley Hawes, Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith to the award and a year later she told What’s on TV: “I wasn’t prepared for it. I mean there was a picture circulated at the time, my eyes are kind of popping out of my face. I hadn’t thought of a speech so as I was heading up there I was, head in hands, ‘Oh my god, what am I going to say?’ A lot of people came up to me after and said it’s quite exciting having someone going up there who genuinely had no idea they were going to get it because you kind of get a real response, a nervous response!”

Georgina’s career has diversified since her BAFTA win, working in comedy (E4’s Tripped, Sky 1’s After Hours) and drama (new Guy Ritchie movie King Arthur and the BBC’s One of Us): “Last year [has been the first] I started doing comedy so… I kind of love doing drama, it’s my bread and butter, I’m good at crying and getting very upset. So doing comedy is a whole new thing, a whole new skill set.”

Would the 23-year-old prefer to known as a comic or dramatic actress? “Both! I want to be an Olivia Colman, like she’s got both of them down. It would be fantastic to be able to switch between.”

Georgina presented the BAFTA TV nominations with Dermot O’Leary today.

Here are the contenders for the awards, which will be handed out on Sunday May 8.

Leading actor:

Mark Rylance has won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award

Mark Rylance has won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award – and an Oscar ( Amy Sussman/AP/PA)


Ben Whishaw – London Spy
Idris Elba – Luther
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
Stephen Graham – This Is England ’90

Leading actress:

Damian Lewis and Claire Foy in Wolf Hall

Claire Foy with Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Anne (BBC/Company Productions Ltd/Ed Miller)


Claire Foy – Wolf Hall
Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby
Sheridan Smith – The C-Word
Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster

Supporting actor:

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen (Ian West/PA)


Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall
Cyril Nri – Cucumber
Ian McKellen – The Dresser
Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten

Supporting actress:

Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who (BBC)

Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who (BBC)


Chanel Cresswell – This Is England ’90
Eleanor Worthington-Cox – The Enfield Haunting
Lesley Manville – River
Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who

Entertainment performance:

Graham Norton

Graham Norton (Ian West/PA Wire)


Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice
Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur
Stephen Fry – QI

Female performance in a comedy programme:

Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart (Ian West/PA)


Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum
Miranda Hart – Miranda
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe

Male performance in a comedy programme:

Hugh Bonneville (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Hugh Bonneville (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Hugh Bonneville – W1A
Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show
Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share
Toby Jones – Detectorists

Single drama:
The C-Word
Don’t Take My Baby
The Go-Between

Doctor Foster
The Enfield Haunting
London Spy
This is England ’90

Drama series:
The Last Panthers
No Offence
Wolf Hall

Soap and continuing drama:

EastEnders' Ross Kemp, Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden in 2006

EastEnders’ Ross Kemp, Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden in 2006 (David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock)


Coronation Street
Holby City

The Good Wife

Factual series:
The Detectives
Great Ormond Street
The Murder Detectives
The Tribe

Specialist factual:

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
Grayson Perry’s Dream House
The Hunt
Rudolf Nureyev’s Dance To Freedom

Single documentary:
Bitter Lake
Life After Suicide
Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids
My Son The Jihadi


Back In Time For Dinner
The Great British Bake Off
Kevin McCloud: Escape To The Wild
Travel Man

Reality and constructed factual:

I'm A Celebrity's Ant and Dec

I’m A Celebrity’s Ant and Dec (ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)


First Dates
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds

Current affairs:
Children of the Gaza War
Escape From Isis (Dispatches)
Jihad: A British Story
Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World)

Entertainment programme:

Claudia and Tess (BBC Pictures)

Strictly’s Claudia and Tess (BBC Pictures)


Adele At The BBC
Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
TFI Friday Anniversary Special

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme:
Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
Have I Got News For You
Would I Lie To You

Scripted comedy:

Chewing Gum
Peep Show
People Just Do Nothing
Peter Kay’s Car Share

Radio Times audience awards (voted for by members of the public):

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (BBC)

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (BBC)

Doctor Foster
The Great British Bake Off
Making A Murderer
Peter Kay’s Car Share

Watch the full interview with Georgina Campbell, above.


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