‘Sherlock’ wins big at BAFTA TV Awards

Detective drama wins two awards, but Benedict Cumberbatch is beaten to Best Actor

Sherlock was the big winner at last night’s BAFTA TV Awards, claiming two gongs.

Steven Moffat‘s modern-day update of Conan Doyle‘s classic detective series was named Best Drama yesterday (May 22), and Martin Freeman won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Doctor Watson.

But star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the lead actor category to Daniel Rigby for his role in BBC Four series Eric And Ernie, which told the story of Morcambe And Wise. He also saw off competition from Matt Smith‘s Doctor Who.

Sherlock also lost out in the public-voted Youtube Audience Award to The Only Way Is Essex, in a surprise result, which also saw the reality show beat cult drama The Killing and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.


Other notable wins saw Vicky McClure named Best Actress for her role in This Is England ’86, Eastenders given the Best Continuing Drama award and The Killing honoured as Best International.

Newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald was given the BAFTA Fellowship in honour of his lengthy career.