Bafta TV 2019 took place on Sunday evening (12 May), with the stars of British television putting on their glad rags and heading to London’s Southbank for the prestigious occasion.
Although Bodyguard and A Very British Scandal racked up a number of nominations, the real buzz was around Killing Eve, which received 14 nominations. With Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the helm of the BBC Three black-comedy drama about assassin Villanelle, it’s little wonder why the world is obsessed.
Although Sandra Oh, who plays the series’ titular character, wasn’t able to attend the event, her co-stars Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Fiona Shaw (Carloyn Martens) joined PWB for a Killing Eve dominated night. Unsurprisingly, such a reunion provided some powerful moments – let’s take a look at some.
Phoebe Waller Bridge arrived with Hot Priest on the red carpet
OK, so this was more of a Fleabag moment rather than Killing Eve. But anyone who appreciates PWB will be very into her reunion with ‘Hot Priest’ Andrew Scott.
Later on, they presented the Best Mini Series award together, and provided a perfect comedy moment loaded with innuendo. “Just because something feels perfect, doesn’t mean it should last forever,” said Waller-Bridge.
“The nominees for this first award know that it’s not just the length of a thing, but what you do with it, is what matters,” replied Scott.
Jodie Comer’s BAFTA TV win speech had Phoebe Waller-Bridge in tears
Stylist Remarkable Women Awards winner Jodie Comer picked up the Bafta TV for Best Actress. Her touching speech was dedicated to PWB and her nan. Aww.
“Pheeb, I feel so lucky not only to say that I have worked with you, but to call you a friend. You are the most talented person I know. Thank you for being such an inspiration,” she started. The camera then cut to her friend, who looked pretty emotional over the shout-out.
Comer continued: “I would love to dedicate this to my nana Frances, who sadly passed away the first week of filming. She never got to see Villanelle, but she was the life and soul of everything. When she was here she used to say, ‘You get it off me, you know?’ And I just want to stand up here tonight and say nana Frances, you were right all along.”
We are now more obsessed with Comer than ever before.
Fiona Shaw called playing Carolyn the ‘greatest pleasure of her life’
Fiona Shaw has enjoyed an illustrious acting career, so calling her part in Killing Eve the ‘greatest pleasure of her life’ while picking up her Best Supporting Actress award was high praise indeed.
“Since I began to play Carloyn in Killing Eve, which has been probably the greatest pleasure of my life, people have begun to suspect that I am a spy,” she joked. “And I just want to thank the director Harry Bradbeer for that. Because he said, ‘No no, you can’t play this part with an Irish accent’.”
Shaw continued: “Thank you to my beautiful cast who I work with all the time. The gorgeous Kim and Jodie and Sandra. And thanks to my astonishing wife Sonali Deraniyagala, whose life inspires many more than me. And my final thanks is of course to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose glass-shattering genius and wayward imagination produces things out of her mind from coke cans to rats to Russia.”
While holding up the Bafta, she added: “And all I can say Phoebe is, ‘Look, no hands.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge dropped the F-bomb during her speech
The first thing Waller-Bridge did as she approached the stage to accept Best Drama along with the Killing Eve cast and crew was shout “Fuck”, which then had to be bleeped out by the BBC.
She went on to say: “I can’t speak it’s so unbelievably exciting. Thanks for everyone for taking risks. Jodie Comer almost swallowed a wasp in Tuscany. It was a really edgy moment that we did capture on camera.”
Jodie Comer revealed that she counts Helen Mirren and Taylor Swift as big fans
Despite being one of the UK’s - nay, world’s - biggest and most talented actors right now, Jodie talked about how much she couldn’t believe stars such as Taylor Swift and Helen Mirren had nothing but praise for her.
“I met Taylor Swift very briefly at the Golden Globes,” Comer told journalists after picking up her award. “She said that she loved Dr Foster and I was like ‘Whaaat’. Seriously, she watches Dr Foster and that was incredible.” (Comer also delighted Dr Foster fans by posing with co-star Suranne Jones on the red carpet.)
She then continued: “What was also quite surreal was that I bumped into Dame Helen Mirren, quite literally, in a lift, and I was like, ‘Oh my god’. But then she said: ‘I know, I feel exactly the same’.”