Idris Elba and Mark Rylance will go head to head at the Bafta TV Awards


Bafta nominees Idris Elba and Mark Rylance will be among the actors hoping to take home a mask statuette at the British Academy Television Awards.

The award-winning stars will go head-to-head in the leading actor category for their work in Luther and Wolf Hall respectively.

Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall (BBC)
Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall (BBC)

They have already been nominated for Golden Globe and SAG Awards for their performances in the dramas, with Idris triumphing at the SAGs.

They are joined in the category by London Spy's Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham for This Is England 90.

Idris Elba as Luther
Idris Elba as Luther (Steffan Hill/BBC)

Other stars confirmed to attend the glittering ceremony include The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, Poldark actor Aidan Turner and Game Of Thrones heroine Maisie Williams.

The BBC's historical drama, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's hit novel, leads this year's nominations with a total of four nods.

Mark's co-star Claire Foy is nominated for best leading actress for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn, alongside Sheridan Smith for The C Word, Suranne Jones for Doctor Foster and Ruth Madeley for Don't Take My Baby.

Claire Foy has been nominated for a TV Bafta
Claire Foy has been nominated for a TV Bafta (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Wolf Hall actor Anton Lesser is nominated in the best supporting actor category against Sir Ian McKellen, who picked up his first Bafta TV nod for The Dresser, and Cyril Nri for Cucumber.

The Tudor drama, which depicts Thomas Cromwell's rise to power through Henry VIII's royal court, is also nominated for best drama series. It will need to fend off competition from Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence.

Peter Kay's Car Share and This Is England '90 picked up three nominations each.

Peter Kay, star of Car Share
Peter Kay, star of Car Share (Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

The Great British Bake Off, which sees amateur bakers face off in a series of challenges, received its fifth consecutive nomination. It is nominated in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013.

Singer Adele will be competing for her first Bafta for best entertainment programme for her TV special Adele At The BBC.

The programme, which saw her in conversation with Graham Norton about her career and comeback, is nominated alongside Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and the TFI Friday anniversary special.

Adele at the BBC
Adele at the BBC (Guy Levy/BBC)

Sir Lenny Henry will be honoured at the ceremony when he is presented with a special award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television.

The British stand-up comedian, actor and writer - who is best known for his work on Comic Relief and as a presenter of TV programmes including The Magicians, The Lenny Henry Show and Three Of A Kind - will take home the Alan Clarke Award.

Sir Lenny has previously received two Bafta nominations for The Lenny Henry Show and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.

Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The Bafta TV awards will be hosted by Graham Norton on May 8 and broadcast on BBC One at 8pm.