Doctor Who and Sherlock to battle it out at Baftas

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to battle Doctor Who’s Matt Smith for one of the top prizes at the TV Bafta awards on Sunday night.

The pair will compete for the Best Actor award at the star-studded ceremony in London, although will face stiff competition from Jim Broadbent for his role in Channel 4’s Any Human Heart, and Daniel Rigby, who played Eric Morecambe in the biopic Eric and Ernie.

This year’s nominations are led by the Channel 4 drama Misfits, which is recognised in four categories including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for its stars Robert Sheehan and Lauren Socha.

And EastEnders star Jessie Wallace is also up for the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Pat Phoenix in the BBC Four drama The Road To Coronation Street.

Others hoping to go home with an award on Sunday include The X Factor, which is one of four shows nominated for Best Entertainment Programme alongside The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and The Cube.

And the Matt Lucas/David Walliams comedy show Come Fly With Me will compete for Best Comedy Programme – despite receiving a lukewarm response from critics when it premiered last Christmas.

Also hoping for awards success are EastEnders and Coronation Street which go head to head in the Best Continuing Drama category, while Glee and Boardwalk Empire will compete for Best International Show.

And in the Best Drama Series category, Downton Abbey is up against Being Human, Misfits and Sherlock.

The awards, hosted by Graham Norton, will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and will be screened on BBC One from 8pm.

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