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
Judi Dench On Giant's Shoulders
Kate Nelligan Measure for Measure
Beryl Reid Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
1981
Peggy Ashcroft Cream in My Coffee / Caught on a Train
Celia Johnson Staying On
Kate Nelligan Dreams of Leaving / Therese Raquin / Forgive Our Foolish Ways
Pamela Stephenson Not the Nine O'Clock News
1982
Judi Dench Going Gently / A Fine Romance / The Cherry Orchard
Claire Bloom Brideshead Revisited
Celia Johnson The Potting Shed
Diana Quick Brideshead Revisited
1983
Beryl Reid Smiley's People
Jane Asher A Voyage Round My Father / Love Is Old, Love Is New
Maureen Lipman Outside Edge / Rolling Home
Julie Walters Boys from the Blackstuff / Say Something Happened
1984
Coral Browne An Englishman Abroad
Blair Brown Kennedy
Judi Dench Saigon: Year of the Cat
Maggie Smith Mrs Silly
1985
Peggy Ashcroft The Jewel in the Crown
Geraldine James The Jewel in the Crown
Judy Parfitt The Jewel in the Crown
Susan Wooldridge The Jewel in the Crown
1986
Claire Bloom Shadowlands
Frances de la Tour Duet for One
Mary Steenbergen Tender is the Night
Joanne Whalley Edge of Darkness
1987
Anna Massey Hotel du Lac
Joan Hickson Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage
Wendy Hiller All Passion Spent
Patricia Hodge Hotel Du Lac
Alison Steadman The Singing Detective
Julie T. Wallace The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
1988
Emma Thompson Fortunes of War / Tutti Frutti
Jean Alexander Coronation Street
Joan Hickson Miss Marple: Nemesis
Miranda Richardson After Pilkington
1989
Thora Hird Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under The Settee
Jane Lapotaire Blind Justice
Patricia Routledge Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters
Maggie Smith Talking Heads: A Bed Among the Lentils

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1990
Diana Rigg Mother Love
Peggy Ashcroft She's Been Away
Judi Dench Behaving Badly
Gwen Taylor A Bit of a Do
1991
Geraldine McEwan Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Emily Aston Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Charlotte Coleman Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Susannah Harker House of Cards
1992
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect
Lindsay Duncan G.B.H.
Prunella Scales A Question of Attribution
Zoe Wanamaker Prime Suspect
1993
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 2
Maggie Smith Memento Mori
Juliet Stevenson A Doll's House
Zoe Wanamaker Love Hurts
1994
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 3
Olympia Dukakis Armistead Maupins Tales of the City
Siobhan Redmond Between the Lines
Julie Walters Wide-Eyed and Legless
1995
Juliet Aubrey Middlemarch
Siobhan Redmond Between the Lines
Geraldine Somerville Cracker
Victoria Wood Pat and Margaret
1996
Jennifer Ehle Pride and Prejudice
Geraldine James Band of Gold
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 4
Juliet Stevenson The Politician's Wife
1997
Gina McKee Our Friends in the North
Alex Kingston Moll Flanders
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 5
Pauline Quirke The Sculptress
1998
Daniela Nardini This Life
Francesca Annis Reckless
Kathy Burke Tom Jones
Miranda Richardson A Dance to the Music of Time
1999
Thora Hird Talking Heads: Waiting For The Telegram
Francesca Annis Reckless
Natasha Little Vanity Fair
Joanna Lumley A Rather English Marriage

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2000
Thora Hird Lost for Words
Francesca Annis Wives and Daughters
Lindsay Duncan Shooting the Past
Maggie Smith David Copperfield
2001
Judi Dench The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
Geraldine James The Sins
Amanda Redman At Home with the Braithwaites
Fay Ripley Cold Feet
Alison Steadman Fat Friends
2002
Julie Walters My Beautiful Son
Lindsay Duncan Perfect Strangers
Sheila Hancock The Russian Bride
Lesley Sharp Bob & Rose
2003
Julie Walters Murder
Sheila Hancock Bedtime
Jessica Hynes Tomorrow La Scala!
Vanessa Redgrave The Gathering Storm
2004
Julie Walters The Canterbury Tales
Gina McKee The Lost Prince
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
Miranda Richardson The Lost Prince
2005
Anamaria Marinca Sex Traffic
Brenda Blethyn Belonging
Anne-Marie Duff Shameless
Lia Williams May 33rd
2006
Anna Maxwell Martin Bleak House
Gillian Anderson Bleak House
Lucy Cohu The Queen's Sister
Anne-Marie Duff Shameless
2007
Victoria Wood Housewife, 49
Anne-Marie Duff The Virgin Queen
Samantha Morton Longford
Ruth Wilson Jane Eyre
2008
Eileen Atkins Cranford
Judi Dench Cranford
Gina McKee The Street
Kierston Wareing It's a Free World...
2009
Anna Maxwell Martin Poppy Shakespeare
June Brown EastEnders
Maxine Peake Hancock and Joan
Andrea Riseborough Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2010
Julie Walters Mo
Helena Bonham Carter Enid
Sophie Okonedo Mrs. Mandela
Julie Walters A Short Stay in Switzerland
2011
Vicky McClure This is England '86
Anna Maxwell Martin South Riding
Natalie Press Five Daughters'
Juliet Stevenson Accused
2012
Emily Watson Appropriate Adult
Romola Garai The Crimson Petal and the White
Vicky McClure This is England 88
Nadine Marshall Random
2013
Sheridan Smith Mrs Biggs
Rebecca Hall Parade's End
Sienna Miller The Girl
Anne Reid Last Tango in Halifax
2014
Olivia Colman Broadchurch
Helena Bonham Carter Burton & Taylor
Kerrie Hayes The Mill
Maxine Peake The Village

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.

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