Idris Elba nominated for best actor Bafta for Luther

Idris Elba as 'Luther'

Idris Elba is in the running to pick up a Bafta television award for his performance in Luther.

The star, who plays DCI John Luther in the BBC series, is nominated for the best actor award alongside Ben Whishaw, Mark Rylance and Stephen Graham.

Mark’s Wolf Hall co-star Claire Foy is nominated for best actress alongside Sheridan Smith, Suranne Jones and Ruth Madeley.

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.

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

In addition to Mark and Claire’s best actor and actress nominations, Anton Lesser 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, The Last Panthers and No Offence.

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.

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