New mother Suranne Jones 'very happy with lot' after Bafta win


Suranne Jones cannot believe she won a Bafta less than two months after giving birth.

The star picked up the best actress award for her role in BBC drama Doctor Foster after becoming a mother for the first time in March.

Clutching her mask statuette backstage, she told the Press Association: "If someone had told me I would have had a husband, a baby and a Bafta in 2016, I would not have believed them. I'm very happy with my lot."

Laurence Akers and Suranne Jones at the Baftas
Suranne Jones and her husband Laurence Akers (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Poldark star Aidan Turner said that winning a Bafta is the most surreal thing that had happened since the show began.

"This is pretty cool, winning a Bafta audience award," he said.

He added: "It's rare I get offered anything but this was one that you read and can't turn down. I don't think any of us could expect the success it would be."

However, he remained tight-lipped about the second series of the hit drama, saying: "I can't tell you anything, I would get fired."

Debbie Horsfield, screenwriter of the show, was a little more forthcoming, saying: "It's darker, more intense, a few more tears."

Poldark stars at the Baftas
Stars of Poldark (Ian West/PA)

Aidan was equally tight-lipped about rumours he is in the running to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig, saying: "It's just rumours, I don't know anything about it."

Sir Tom Courtenay, who won best supporting actor for Unforgotten, said he was glad the ceremony ends a long run of awards ceremonies that started when he won the top acting prize at the Berlin Film Festival last February for 45 Years.

He said: "I'm glad this is the last one, I do find them a bit trying, they are very lengthy.

"I don't like going past people wanting autographs, I just want to say 'get a life'. Then they want a photograph too to prolong the agony."

BBC Two's period drama Wolf Hall was one of the big winner's at this year's awards.

The popular series, directed by Peter Kosminsky, was named best drama, and actor Mark Rylance took home the coveted leading actor category.

Wolf Hall cast at the Baftas
Wolf Hall cast (Ian West / PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Comedian Peter Kay also had a successful evening, winning two of the main awards. The comedian showed why he was named winner of the male performance in a comedy programme category for Peter Kay's Car Share as he took to the stage and opted not to give a speech, instead just resting on the podium looking shocked.

After feigning shock at winning, he stood on stage silently, and then simply said "Cheers, thank you" as he exited the stage.

The TV show also picked up the Bafta for Scripted Comedy.