'Killing Eve' Triumphs at the BAFTA TV Awards with Wins for Best Drama Series, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw
And the winner is... Killing Eve! BBC America's hit show took home three top prizes at the BAFTA TV Awards in London last night (May 12), including Best Drama Series.
Jodie Comer was named Best Actress for her awesome performance as slippery assassin Villanelle in a category that also included her co-star Sandra Oh. In an endearingly emotional speech, Comer apologized for "being the one to turn on the waterworks," and paid tribute to her late grandmother, who had passed away during the first week of filming.
Earlier in the evening, Fiona Shaw collected the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her performance as formidable spy boss Carolyn Martens.
She told the audience at the London Palladium that since she began playing Carolyn, "people have started to suspect that I am a spy." She also paid tribute to the "glass-shattering genius and wayward imagination" of the show's developer and executive producer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Killing Eve had previously won prizes for Best Sound Team and Best Original Music (for David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia) at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards, announced on April 28, which takes its overall BAFTA haul to five, from a massive 15 nominations!
Other winners at last night's BAFTA TV Awards included Benedict Cumberbatch, who was named Best Actor for his performance in Patrick Melrose, the five-part adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's autobiographical novels which he also exec-produced. Patrick Melrose was named Best Miniseries on the night, too.
Cumberbatch's BAFTA win was his first from eight nominations (seven at the TV awards, one in film), and he told the crowd self-deprecatingly: "I'm very used to being the bridesmaid, but not the bride."
Meanwhile, Ben Whishaw won the Best Supporting Actor prize for his performance in Russell T Davies' political miniseries A Very English Scandal, adding to the Golden Globe he already won for the role.
Oh, and if you haven't got involved yet, season two of Killing Eve continues Sundays at 8/7c, simulcast on BBC America and AMC.
Have you watched all of season one of KE yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!