The nominations for the 2021 National Television Awards have been revealed, with Welsh actors and presenters up for gongs, as well as nods to TV shows that were made or set in Wales.

Among the Welsh nominees for the Drama Performance award is Michael Sheen, whose previous dramatic roles include playing figures such as Tony Blair and Brian Clough.

The multiple BAFTA- and Olivier Award-nominated actor, who grew up near Newport before moving to Port Talbot, has been shortlisted for the Drama Performance NTA for his performance as Who Wants to be a Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant in ITV miniseries Quiz, which premiered last year.

Quiz is a dramatisation of the real-life scandal surrounding Millionaire contestant Charles Ingram, who won the top prize on the game show in 2001.

Also up for the Drama Performance NTA is Luke Evans for his leading role in the ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders.

Evans, who grew up in the Rhymney Valley, played Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins in the three-part series, stacked full of Welsh actors, that dramatised the police investigation into two unsolved murder cases in West Wales.

Both Quiz and The Pembrokeshire Murders are also up for the NTA for New Drama, while Sheen also starred in Staged, a BBC One comedy filmed during the pandemic, that is nominated for the Comedy award.


Other shows nominated for the New Drama NTA which have a Welsh link include It's a Sin, the Channel 4 drama which followed the lives of a group of gay men living in London during the HIV/Aids crisis.

The series was created by Russell T Davies, who is from Swansea, and whose other work includes the revival of Doctor Who.

Welsh director Gareth Evans is best known for his The Raid Indonesian martial arts films but set his most recent work, Gangs of London, closer to home.

Evans, from Hirwaun, was the writer and co-director of the Sky drama, which tells the tale of warring criminal factions in the UK capital.

Among the nominees for the Returning Drama award is long-running medical show Casualty, which has been produced by BBC Cymru Wales for the past decade.

Doctor Who, which is also made by BBC Cymru Wales and regularly sees the Timelord and their companions in adventures around the country, is also nominated for the Returning Drama NTA.

The Welsh connection on that shortlist continues with Liar, the ITV series starring Ioan Gruffudd, who was born in Aberdare and grew up in Cardiff.

Netflix hit show Sex Education, filmed at the now-closed Caerleon campus in Newport and a number of other locations around the city, is up for the Comedy NTA, while I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here – which last year swapped the Australian jungle for Gwrych Castle, near Abergele – has been nominated for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.

Finally, two Welsh personalities are up for the NTA for Presenter: Gethin Jones, who is from Cardiff, and Alex Jones, who is from Ammanford.