BAFTA TV best actress Georgina Campbell: 'I want to be an Olivia Colman!' (VIDEO)

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Just under a year ago, Georgina Campbell caused a shock the BAFTA TV Awards when she was announced as the Leading Actress winner for her performance in harrowing BBC3 drama Murdered By My Boyfriend.

That night in May she beat Keeley Hawes, Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith to the award and a year later she told What's on TV: "I wasn't prepared for it. I mean there was a picture circulated at the time, my eyes are kind of popping out of my face. I hadn't thought of a speech so as I was heading up there I was, head in hands, 'Oh my god, what am I going to say?' A lot of people came up to me after and said it's quite exciting having someone going up there who genuinely had no idea they were going to get it because you kind of get a real response, a nervous response!"


Georgina's career has diversified since her BAFTA win, working in comedy (E4's Tripped, Sky 1's After Hours) and drama (new Guy Ritchie movie King Arthur and the BBC's One of Us): "Last year [has been the first] I started doing comedy so... I kind of love doing drama, it's my bread and butter, I'm good at crying and getting very upset. So doing comedy is a whole new thing, a whole new skill set."

Would the 23-year-old prefer to known as a comic or dramatic actress? "Both! I want to be an Olivia Colman, like she's got both of them down. It would be fantastic to be able to switch between."

Georgina presented the BAFTA TV nominations with Dermot O'Leary today.

Here are the contenders for the awards, which will be handed out on Sunday May 8.

Leading actor:

Mark Rylance has won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award

Mark Rylance has won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award – and an Oscar ( Amy Sussman/AP/PA)


Ben Whishaw – London Spy

Idris Elba – Luther

Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

Stephen Graham – This Is England ’90

Leading actress:

Damian Lewis and Claire Foy in Wolf Hall

Claire Foy with Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Anne (BBC/Company Productions Ltd/Ed Miller)


Claire Foy – Wolf Hall

Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith – The C-Word

Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster

Supporting actor:

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen (Ian West/PA)


Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall

Cyril Nri – Cucumber

Ian McKellen – The Dresser

Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten

Supporting actress:

Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who (BBC)

Michelle Gomez as Missy in Doctor Who (BBC)


Chanel Cresswell – This Is England ’90

Eleanor Worthington-Cox – The Enfield Haunting

Lesley Manville – River

Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who

Entertainment performance:

Graham Norton

Graham Norton (Ian West/PA Wire)


Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice

Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur

Stephen Fry – QI

Female performance in a comedy programme:

Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart (Ian West/PA)


Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum

Miranda Hart – Miranda

Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe

Male performance in a comedy programme:

Hugh Bonneville (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Hugh Bonneville (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Hugh Bonneville – W1A

Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show

Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share

Toby Jones – Detectorists

Single drama:

The C-Word


Don’t Take My Baby

The Go-Between


Doctor Foster

The Enfield Haunting

London Spy

This is England ’90

Drama series:


The Last Panthers

No Offence

Wolf Hall

Soap and continuing drama:

EastEnders' Ross Kemp, Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden in 2006

EastEnders’ Ross Kemp, Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden in 2006 (David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock)


Coronation Street



Holby City


The Good Wife




Factual series:

The Detectives

Great Ormond Street

The Murder Detectives

The Tribe

Specialist factual:

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

Grayson Perry’s Dream House

The Hunt

Rudolf Nureyev’s Dance To Freedom

Single documentary:

Bitter Lake

Life After Suicide

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids

My Son The Jihadi


Back In Time For Dinner

The Great British Bake Off

Kevin McCloud: Escape To The Wild

Travel Man

Reality and constructed factual:

I'm A Celebrity's Ant and Dec

I’m A Celebrity’s Ant and Dec (ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)


First Dates


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds

Current affairs:

Children of the Gaza War

Escape From Isis (Dispatches)

Jihad: A British Story

Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World)

Entertainment programme:

Claudia and Tess (BBC Pictures)

Strictly’s Claudia and Tess (BBC Pictures)


Adele At The BBC

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

TFI Friday Anniversary Special

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme:

Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe

Have I Got News For You


Would I Lie To You

Scripted comedy:

Chewing Gum

Peep Show

People Just Do Nothing

Peter Kay’s Car Share

Radio Times audience awards (voted for by members of the public):

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (BBC)

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (BBC)

Doctor Foster

The Great British Bake Off


Making A Murderer

Peter Kay’s Car Share


Watch the full interview with Georgina Campbell, above.



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