Killing Eve Picks Up Three BAFTAs

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A little award ceremony called the BAFTAs happened last night. I know, me neither.

But before you go Googling who won and lost, I’ll tell you right now – the brilliantly dark, psychological thriller Killing Eve walked away as the biggest winner of the evening, bagging three awards.

The show, written by brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge, took home the awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Jodie Comer, and Best Supporting Actress for Fiona Shaw.

The award for Best Supporting Actress was – surprisingly – Fiona Shaw’s first BAFTA nomination and win. The actress said that, since starring in the show, ‘people have started to suspect I am a spy’.

The win for Jodie Comer, while fully deserved, was bittersweet as she was nominated alongside her co-star Sandra Oh. It was Comer’s first win, having been nominated two years ago for the same award after her role in the BBC crime drama Thirteen.

Killing Eve was up for for 14 awards in total. Despite being commissioned by BBC America, is was given special dispensation to qualify for the awards, rather than being limited to the international categories. This was thanks to its UK crew of writer, producers and actors, as Variety reports.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch picked up the Best Leading Actor award for his performance in Patrick Melrose, beating strong competition from Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal. Ben Wishaw, however, walked away with prize for Best Supporting Actor for his role in A Very English Scandal, marking his second BAFTA since winning Best Leading Actor for the 2013 drama The Hollow Crown: Richard II.

Succession, the HBO drama, took home the award in the international category, beating The Handmaid’s Tale.

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