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  • 20 May 2014, 9:56

Olivia Colman Scoops Third Bafta In Two Years

Olivia Colman has won her third Bafta in two years after picking up the leading actress award for Broadchurch.

The ITV drama about the death of an 11-year-old boy and the search for his murderer was the big winner on the night with three Baftas.

Broadchurch was recognised in three categories: supporting actor (David Bradley), drama series and leading actress.

Colman - who won Baftas last year for her performances in Accused and Twenty Twelve - was so tearful upon collecting the gong that she gave an almost incomprehensible acceptance speech.

She said: "I'm so pleased everyone likes it.

"And David Tennant, standing opposite you is a joy and a treat.

"And can I thank my parents, because they're babysitting again. And my husband, the best thing in the world."

Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd turned two of its four nominations into wins, with Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson winning their first Baftas for male and female performance in a comedy programme.

It was a highly successful night for Ant and Dec - their ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway won in the entertainment performance and entertainment programme categories.

Sky left the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane with three Baftas.

Sky Sports was recognised for its Ashes coverage, Sky One for comedy panel show A League Of Their Own, and Sky 3D for David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive.

Sir David's win in the specialist factual category makes him the first person to have won Baftas for programmes in black and white, colour, 3D, and HD.

Sean Harris won the leading actor Bafta for his role as Stephen Morton in Channel 4's Southcliffe.

The first-time nominee beat some big names to the prize, including Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Dominic West (Burton and Taylor, BBC Four).

West's co-star in Burton and Taylor - Helena Bonham Carter - also missed out on an acting Bafta, months after failing to win a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the same role.

Sarah Lancashire won the award for supporting actress in BBC One drama Last Tango in Halifax, her second nomination in as many years for the role.

Paul O'Grady presented the special award to Cilla Black for her unique contribution to entertainment over the course of more than 50 years.

The Blind Date and Surprise, Surprise host said: "Thank you to the viewers for making me feel so welcome. I've loved my shows all over the years - this is for you."

The Radio Times Audience Award - the only one voted for by the public - went to Doctor Who.

Coronation Street added a 10thBafta to its collection by beating Casualty, Eastenders, and Holby City to the soap and continuing drama award.

The Bafta Fellowship award was handed to seven-time winner Julie Walters in recognition of her 30-year contribution to television.

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