The Crown dominates the Bafta TV Awards nominations with five nods

The Crown received five nods as the Bafta TV Awards nominees were announced, while Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Fleabag and Happy Valley each received three

The Crown has been nominated for five Bafta TV awards, including best actress and best drama series.

Claire Foy was given a nod for her portrayal of the younger Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show’s first season.

Matt Smith in The Crown (Netflix)
Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown (Netflix)


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

Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby secured best supporting actor nominations for their roles in the programme, which will return for a second series in November.

Claire Foy
Claire Foy as the Queen (Netflix)


Claire, who recently revealed the next series would be her last in the role, faces competition from Thirteen’s Jodie Comer, NW’s Nikki Amuka-Bird and Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire for best actress.

Benedict Cumberbatch leads the list of best actor nominees for his role in The Hollow Crown, alongside Robbie Coltrane in National Treasure, Babou Ceesay in Damilola, Our Loved Boy and Adeel Akhtar in Murdered By My Father.

Meanwhile, The Crown is up against The Durrells, Happy Valley and War & Peace for best drama series.

Hapy Valley starring Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Ben Blackall/Red Productions/BBC)
Happy Valley starring Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Ben Blackall/Red Productions/BBC)


Last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing received nods in both the best entertainment programme and best entertainment performance categories, while Ed Balls’ famous Gangnam Style routine made the list of Must-see TV moments of the year.

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show were also named in the best entertainment programme line-up, while the final BBC series of The Great British Bake Off is up for best feature.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was broadcast live from Disney World (ITV)


The Crown, which also stars Matt Smith as a younger Duke of Edinburgh in the retelling of the royal couple’s early life, is reportedly due to film a third series jumping years into their future.

Creator and writer Peter Morgan 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.

“We are all giddy and delighted.”

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

See the full list of Bafta TV Awards nominations here.

The winners will be announced on May 14 at a ceremony hosted by Sue Perkins in London’s Royal Festival Hall.