Jessica Barden wins Best TV Actor at NME Awards 2020

The 'End Of The F**ing World' star won out over Kano, Zendaya and more

Jessica Barden, star of The End Of The Fucking World, has won Best TV Actor at the NME Awards 2020.

The star beat Kano (Top Boy), Zendaya (Euphoria), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) to pick up the award.

The show returned for a second series last year, and Barden was the subject of an NME Reel Talk feature alongside co-star Alex Lawther.


“I enjoy being in a show that isn’t giving kids a super-sexualised version of being a teenager,” Barden told NME. “I was kind of crippled by the thought of enjoying sex until I was about 25. That’s the reality for most women,” before lamenting that the current crop of teen dramas that are filled with “sophisticated, ridiculously good-looking” 16-year-olds who spend all their time “having sex with each other or having sex with somebody’s dad.”

The End of the Fucking World

Returning to the O2 Academy Brixton and hosted by Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga, the NME Awards celebrates the best of the last 12 months in music. The likes of The Cure, Foals, Robyn, Taylor Swift and Courtney Love were in attendance and honoured on the night. See the full list of winners here.

The evening also saw epic performances from the likes of The 1975FKA TwigsYungbludAJ TraceyBeabadoobie and Mura Masa and Slowthai.

Head to for all the news and reaction from the big event.

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