British Academy Television Award for Best Actress

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British Academy Television Award
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded 1954 (presented 1955)
Last awarded 2012 (presented 2013)
Official website http://www.bafta.org/

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

Notes:

  • From 1955-1968 the award was an 'Individual Honour', no particular performance was credited until Wendy Craig's win in 1969. Also, only a winner was announced, there were no other nominees.
  • The BAFTA Award database credits Judi Dench's win as an 'Individual Honour', while a number of other sources credit Talking to a Stranger.[1]

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1970
Margaret Tyzack The First Churchills
Sheila Allen The Confessions of Marian Evans
Eileen Atkins The Letter / The Heiress / Double Bill
Gwen Watford A Walk Through the Forest
1971
Annette Crosbie Catherien of Aragon: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Glenda Jackson Howards End
Gemma Jones The Lie / The Spoils of Poynton
Rosemary Leach Germinal / The Roads to Freedom
Dorothy Tutin Anne Boleyn: The Six Wives of Henry VIII / Flotsam and Jetsam (Somerset Maugham Series)
1972
Patricia Hayes Edna, the Inebriate Woman
Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R
Gemma Jones The Man in the Side Car / The Cherry Orchard
Rosemary Leach The Mosedale Horseshoe (ITV Playhouse) / Cider with Rosie
1973
Billie Whitelaw The Sextet (8 plays)
Pauline Collins Upstairs Downstairs / Crippled Bloom (Country Matters)
Anne Stallybrass The Onedin Line / The Strauss Family
1974
Celia Johnson Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Francesca Annis A Pin to See the Peepshow
Rosemary Leach The Adventures of Don Quioxte (BBC Play of the Month)
Billie Whitelaw The Withered Arm (Wessex Tales)
1975
Lee Remick Jennie
Judy Cornwell Cakes and Ale
Janet Suzman Florence Nightingale / Hedda Gabler (BBC play for Today) / Antony and Cleopatra / Athol Fugard (2nd House)
Dorothy Tutin South Riding
1976
Annette Crosbie Edward the Seventh
Francesca Annis Madame Bovary
Virginia McKenna Cheap in August
Helen Ryan Edward the Seventh
1977
Siân Phillips How Green Was My Valley / I, Claudius
Julie Covington Rock Follies
Gemma Jones The Duchess of Duke Street
Penelope Keith Private Lives
1978
Penelope Keith The Norman Conquests
Geraldine James Dummy
Jane Lapotaire Marie Curie / The Return
Susan Littler Spend, Spend, Spend
1979
Francesca Annis Lillie
Peggy Ashcroft Edward and Mrs. Simpson / Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures
Cheryl Campbell Pennies from Heaven
Cynthia Harris Edward and Mrs. Simpson

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1980
Cheryl Campbell Testament of Youth / Malice Aforethought / The Duke of Wellington Vera Brittain / Madeleine Cranmere / The Duchess of Wellington
Judi Dench On Giant's Shoulders Hazel Wiles
Kate Nelligan Measure for Measure Isabella
Beryl Reid Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Connie Sachs
1981
Peggy Ashcroft Cream in My Coffee / Caught on a Train Jean Wilsher / Frau Messner
Celia Johnson Staying On Lucy Smalley
Kate Nelligan Dreams of Leaving / Therese Raquin / Forgive Our Foolish Ways Caroline / Thérèse Raquin / Vivien Lanyon
Pamela Stephenson Not the Nine O'Clock News Various Roles
1982
Judi Dench Going Gently / A Fine Romance / The Cherry Orchard Sister Scarli / Laura Dalton / Madame Ranevskaya
Claire Bloom Brideshead Revisited Lady Marchmain
Celia Johnson The Potting Shed Mrs. Callifer
Diana Quick Brideshead Revisited Julia Flyte
1983
Beryl Reid Smiley's People Connie Sachs
Jane Asher A Voyage Round My Father / Love Is Old, Love Is New Elizabeth / Katha
Maureen Lipman Outside Edge / Rolling Home Maggie / Val
Julie Walters Boys from the Blackstuff / Say Something Happened Angie Todd / June Potter
1984
Coral Browne An Englishman Abroad Herself
Blair Brown Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Judi Dench Saigon: Year of the Cat Barbara Dean
Maggie Smith Mrs. Silly Mrs. Silly
1985
Peggy Ashcroft The Jewel in the Crown Barbara Batchelor
Geraldine James The Jewel in the Crown Sarah Layton
Judy Parfitt The Jewel in the Crown Mildred Layton
Susan Wooldridge The Jewel in the Crown Daphne Manners
1986
Claire Bloom Shadowlands Joy Gersham
Frances de la Tour Duet for One Stephanie Anderson
Mary Steenbergen Tender is the Night Nicole Warren Diver
Joanne Whalley Edge of Darkness Emma Craven
1987
Anna Massey Hotel du Lac Edith Hope
Joan Hickson Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Marple
Wendy Hiller All Passion Spent Lady Slane
Patricia Hodge Hotel Du Lac Monica
Alison Steadman The Singing Detective Mrs. Marlow
Julie T. Wallace The Life and Loves of a She-Devil Ruth
1988
Emma Thompson Fortunes of War / Tutti Frutti Harriet Pringle / Suzi Kettles
Jean Alexander Coronation Street Hilda Ogden
Joan Hickson Miss Marple: Nemesis Miss Marple
Miranda Richardson After Pilkington Penny 'Patch' Newhouse
1989
Thora Hird Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under The Settee Doris
Jane Lapotaire Blind Justice Katherine Hughes
Patricia Routledge Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters Irene Ruddock
Maggie Smith Talking Heads: A Bed Among the Lentils Susan

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1990
Diana Rigg Mother Love Helena Vesey
Peggy Ashcroft She's Been Away Lillian Huckle
Judi Dench Behaving Badly Bridget Mayor
Gwen Taylor A Bit of a Do Rita Simcock
1991
Geraldine McEwan Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Mother
Emily Aston Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Small Jess
Charlotte Coleman Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jess
Susannah Harker House of Cards Mattie Storin
1992
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect Jane Tennison
Lindsay Duncan G.B.H. Barbara Douglas
Prunella Scales A Question of Attribution H.M.Q.
Zoe Wanamaker Prime Suspect Moyra Henson
1993
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 2 Jane Tennison
Maggie Smith Memento Mori Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew
Juliet Stevenson A Doll's House Nora Helmer
Zoe Wanamaker Love Hurts Tessa Piggott
1994
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 3 Jane Tennison
Olympia Dukakis Armistead Maupins Tales of the City Anna Madrigal
Siobhan Redmond Between the Lines Maureen “Mo” Connell
Julie Walters Wide-Eyed and Legless Diana Longden
1995
Juliet Aubrey Middlemarch Dorothea Brooke
Siobhan Redmond Between the Lines Maureen “Mo” Connell
Geraldine Somerville Cracker Jane Penhaligon
Victoria Wood Pat and Margaret Margaret Mottershead
1996
Jennifer Ehle Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet
Geraldine James Band of Gold Rosemary "Rose" Garrity
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 4 Jane Tennison
Juliet Stevenson The Politician's Wife Flora Matlock
1997
Gina McKee Our Friends in the North Mary Soulsby
Alex Kingston The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders Moll Flanders
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 5 Jane Tennison
Pauline Quirke The Sculptress Olive Martin
1998
Daniela Nardini This Life Anna Forbes
Francesca Annis Reckless Anna Fairley
Kathy Burke Tom Jones Honour
Miranda Richardson A Dance to the Music of Time Pamela Flitton
1999
Thora Hird Talking Heads: Waiting For The Telegram Violet
Francesca Annis Reckless Anna Fairley
Natasha Little Vanity Fair Becky Sharp
Joanna Lumley A Rather English Marriage Liz Franks

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2000
Thora Hird Lost for Words Annie Longden
Francesca Annis Wives and Daughters Hyacinth Gibson
Lindsay Duncan Shooting the Past Marilyn Truman
Maggie Smith David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood
2001
Judi Dench The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Elizabeth Gold
Geraldine James The Sins Gloria Green
Amanda Redman At Home with the Braithwaites Alison Braithwaite
Fay Ripley Cold Feet Jenny Gifford
Alison Steadman Fat Friends Betty Simpson
2002
Julie Walters My Beautiful Son Sheila Fitzpatrick
Lindsay Duncan Perfect Strangers Alice Hagerty
Sheila Hancock The Russian Bride Dora Blossom
Lesley Sharp Bob & Rose Rose Cooper
2003
Julie Walters Murder Angela Maurer
Sheila Hancock Bedtime Alice Oldfield
Jessica Hynes Tomorrow La Scala! Victoria Stevenson
Vanessa Redgrave The Gathering Storm Clementine Churchill
2004
Julie Walters The Canterbury Tales Beth Craddock
Gina McKee The Lost Prince Charlotte Bill
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Jane Tennison
Miranda Richardson The Lost Prince Queen Mary
2005
Anamaria Marinca Sex Traffic Elena Visinescu
Brenda Blethyn Belonging Jess Cople
Anne-Marie Duff Shameless Fiona Gallagher
Lia Williams May 33rd Ella Wilson
2006
Anna Maxwell Martin Bleak House Esther Summerson
Gillian Anderson Bleak House Lady Dedlock
Lucy Cohu The Queen's Sister Princess Margaret
Anne-Marie Duff Shameless Fiona Gallagher
2007
Victoria Wood Housewife, 49 Nella Last
Anne-Marie Duff The Virgin Queen Elizabeth I
Samantha Morton Longford Myra Hindley
Ruth Wilson Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
2008
Eileen Atkins Cranford Deborah Jenkyns
Judi Dench Cranford Matilda "Matty" Jenkyns
Gina McKee The Street Jan Parr
Kierston Wareing It's a Free World... Angela
2009
Anna Maxwell Martin Poppy Shakespeare N
June Brown EastEnders Dot Cotton
Maxine Peake Hancock and Joan Joan Le Mesurier
Andrea Riseborough Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Margaret Thatcher

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2010
Julie Walters Mo Mo Mowlam
Helena Bonham Carter Enid Enid Blyton
Sophie Okonedo Mrs. Mandela Winnie Mandela
Julie Walters A Short Stay in Switzerland Dr. Anne Turner
2011
Vicky McClure This is England '86 Lorranie "Lol" Jenkins
Anna Maxwell Martin South Riding Sarah Burton
Natalie Press Five Daughters Paula Clennell
Juliet Stevenson Accused Helen Ryland
2012
Emily Watson Appropriate Adult Janet Leach
Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and the White Sugar
Vicky McClure This is England '88 Lorranie "Lol" Jenkins
Nadine Marshall Random Sister
2013
Sheridan Smith Mrs Biggs Charmian Biggs
Rebecca Hall Parade's End Sylvia Tietjens
Sienna Miller The Girl Tippi Hedren
Anne Reid Last Tango in Halifax Celia Dawson
2014
Olivia Colman Broadchurch Ellie Miller
Helena Bonham Carter Burton & Taylor Elizabeth Taylor
Kerrie Hayes The Mill Esther Price
Maxine Peake The Village Grace Middleton
2015
Georgina Campbell Murdered by My Boyfriend Ashley Jones
Keeley Hawes Line of Duty Lindsay Denton
Sarah Lancashire Happy Valley Catherine Cawood
Sheridan Smith Cilla Cilla Black

Multiple wins for BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]

Note: Julie Walters' two mentions in 2010, count as two separate nominations.

References[edit]