Idris Elba wins first Bafta TV nomination for Luther


Idris Elba has earned his first Bafta television nomination.

The British actor has been nominated for his performance in the title role of the hit BBC series Luther.

He will go head to head in the category with London Spy's Ben Whishaw, Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance and Stephen Graham, who is nominated for This Is England '90.

The nominations were announced at Bafta's London headquarters in Piccadilly by X Factor host Dermot O'Leary and last year's leading actress winner Georgina Campbell, who starred in Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Historical drama Wolf Hall leads this year's nominations with a total of four nods. 

Apart from Rylance's best actor nomination, his co-star Claire Foy is nominated for best actress alongside Sheridan Smith, Suranne Jones and Ruth Madeley.

In addition, the show's Anton Lesser is recognised in the best supporting actor category.

The 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 have received three nominations each.

This Is England '90, which is Shane Meadows' spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, a sequel to This Is England '86 and This Is England '88, is nominated for mini-series.

In addition to Graham's best actor nomination, Chanel Cresswell has been nominated for supporting actress.

Car Share received nods including Sian Gibson for female performance in a comedy programme, Peter Kay for male performance in a comedy programme, and scripted comedy.

TV favourite 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 has received her first Bafta nomination, for the TV special Adele At The BBC.

The programme saw her in conversation with Graham Norton about her career and comeback, and she also performed songs from her new album, 25. 

She is up for best entertainment programme alongside Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and the TFI Friday anniversary special.

Film and TV star Sir Ian McKellen has been nominated for supporting actor for The Dresser.

This is his first Bafta TV nomination, although he has been nominated three times for Bafta Film awards.

Michelle Gomez is recognised for her role as Missy in Doctor Who in the best supporting actress category.

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams's Cyberbully has been nominated in the single drama category, alongside Don't Take My Baby, The Go-Between and The C-Word.