Idris Elba, Strictly Come Dancing and Adele among 2016 Bafta TV nominations

Idris Elba (opens in new tab) is in the running to pick up a Bafta television award for his performance in Luther (opens in new tab).

The star, who plays DCI John Luther in the BBC series, is nominated for the best actor award alongside Ben Whishaw (opens in new tab) for London Spy (opens in new tab), Stephen Graham (opens in new tab) for This Is England '90 (opens in new tab) and Mark Rylance (opens in new tab) for Wolf Hall (opens in new tab).

Idris Elba in Luther

Idris Elba in Luther (Steffan Hill/BBC)


Mark’s Wolf Hall co-star Claire Foy (opens in new tab) is nominated for best actress alongside Sheridan Smith (opens in new tab) for The C-Word (opens in new tab), Suranne Jones (opens in new tab) for Doctor Foster (opens in new tab) and Ruth Madeley (opens in new tab) for Don't Take My Baby (opens in new tab).

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

It was a successful year for Wolf Hall, which received four nominations.

Claire Foy Wolf Hall

Claire Foy in Wolf Hall (BBC)


In addition to Mark and Claire’s best actor and actress nominations, Anton Lesser (opens in new tab) was recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category.

The historical drama, which depicts Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court, was also nominated for Best Drama series. It will need to fend off competition from Humans, (opens in new tab) The Last Panthers (opens in new tab) and No Offence (opens in new tab).

TV favourite The Great British Bake Off (opens in new tab), which sees amateur bakers face off in a series of challenges, received its fifth consecutive nomination.

The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

Mary Berry and The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)


It is nominated in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013.

Singer Adele (opens in new tab) has received her first Bafta nomination, for the TV special Adele At The BBC (opens in new tab).

Adele performing as an Adele impersonator

Adele performing as an Adele impersonator for her TV special (BBC)


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

Adele is up for Best Entertainment programme alongside Britain’s Got Talent (opens in new tab), Strictly Come Dancing (opens in new tab) and the TFI Friday (opens in new tab) anniversary special.

The British Academy Television Awards (opens in new tab) will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, May 8.

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