Tonight's BAFTA TV Awards will see a wealth of Welsh actors and shows nominated for prizes.

Among them are two nominations in the supporting actor categories.

Rakie Ayola, from Cardiff, is up for the BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her role in the BBC One drama Anthony

The one-off drama was based on the life of Anthony Walker, an 18-year-old student from Liverpool who was murdered in a racist attack in 2005.

Ayola plays Gee Walker, Anthony's mother, in this film that imagined what Anthony's life would have been like if he had lived. The show, by LA Productions, was based on conversations creator Jimmy McGovern had had with the real-life Mrs Walker.

The show was broadcast last July, and at the time Ayola said the drama "feeds into" the conversations around racism that had been sparked by the growing Black Lives Matter movement.

“There was no reason at all to kill that young man," she said of Anthony's murder. "It wasn’t to take his wallet, his phone, which is ridiculous enough. There is something so pointless about putting your energy into any kind of hatred in that way.

“So, if you’re of a mind to not quite understand why everyone is up in arms about this racism thing, well here you go.

“But it also means that we will take a lot of heat from people who are bored with the racism conversation right now.”

Michael Sheen is up for the Supporting Actor BAFTA for his portrayal of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant in ITV miniseries Quiz.

The three-parter retold the story of the 2001 scandal of jackpot winner Charles Ingram.

The same role has also earned Sheen, who grew up in Newport but lives near Port Talbot, a nomination in the National Television Awards, which will be held in September.


Long-running hospital series Casualty is nominated for a BAFTA in the Soap and Continuing Drama category, up against fellow heavywights EastEnders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.

Casualty has been on our screens since 1986, but for the past decade has been filmed in Cardiff's Roath Lock Studios. Most of the BBC drama's outside shots of the fictional setting of Holby are now filmed in the capital.

Another show that is generally filmed in Wales is the Netflix production Sex Education, which lists among its shooting locations the former Caerleon campus near Newport.

Cast members Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood have both been nominated for the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme award, while Ncuti Gatwa is up for the BAFTA for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme.

Director Gareth Evans, from Hirwaun, has seen his latest work, the Sky show Gangs of London, nominated for the Drama Series BAFTA. Evans created and wrote the series and directed several episodes.

Finally, the BAFTA nominees for the Daytime TV category includes Channel 4's The Great House Giveaway, which is produced by Chwarel, a television company based in Criccieth.

The BAFTA TV Awards will be broadcast live tonight on BBC One Wales from 7pm.

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