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2021 Virgin Media BAFTAs: the winners!

2021 Virgin Media BAFTAs: the winners!

Ahead of the 2022 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, let’s take look back at who won what at last year’s ceremony in 2021 – plus interviews with all the winners

By Virgin TV Edit

Bringing you closer to the shows, series and stars you love is what we do best. With the 2022 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards on the horizon – plus the opportunity to vote for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment for your chance to win tickets to the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards – let’s look back at last year’s event.


On Sunday 6 June 2021, the prestigious ceremony to celebrate top television from the past 12 months was held at BBC Studios. Telly’s biggest stars attended in person with social distancing, and virtually.


For the second year in a row, The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade announced this year’s winners. Michaela Coel and Paul Mescal won the Leading Actress and Leading Actor awards for their roles in I May Destroy You and Normal People, respectively. 


Drama Series went to Lennie James’ Save Me Too, while Rakie Ayola picked up a gong for Supporting Actress for her part in Anthony. The award for Supporting Actor went to Malachi Kirby for Small Axe (Mangrove), and The Great House Giveaway was victorious in the newly introduced Daytime category.


Virgin Media was at the heart of the action, gaining exclusive chats with the winners, either backstage or via video chat. Check out our Twitter and Instagram pages for even more highlights from the night.


Other winners on the night included Romesh Ranganathan (Entertainment Performance – The Ranganation) and This Country star Charlie Cooper (Male Performance In A Comedy Programme). This year’s worthy winner of Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award, the only award voted for by the Great British public, was Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020.


Make sure you check out our BGT episode of The Telly That Kept Us Talking, where award-winning documentary film-maker Cassam Looch asked the nation why the performance meant so much to them.


If you didn’t catch the ceremony, you can watch the whole thing in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer right now!


Read on to find out all the 2021 Virgin Media BAFTAs winners and watch our exclusive backstage interviews with the stars

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment

: Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown

Britain’s Got Talent: Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

EastEnders: Gray kills Chantelle

Gogglebox: Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference

Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat: Mee-cro-wah-vay

The Mandalorian: Luke Skywalker arrives


Leading Actress

Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Hayley Squires – Adult Material

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Letitia Wright – Small Axe

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You


Leading Actor

John Boyega – Small Axe

Josh O’Connor – The Crown

Paapa Essiedu – I May Destroy You

Paul Mescal – Normal People

Shaun Parkes – Small Axe

Waleed Zuaiter – Baghdad Central


Supporting Actress

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown 

Leila Farzad – I Hate Suzie

Rakie Ayola – Anthony

Siena Kelly – Adult Material

Sophie Okonedo – Criminal: UK

Weruche Opia –  I May Destroy You


Supporting Actor

Kunal Nayyar – Criminal: UK

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe

Michael Sheen – Quiz

Micheal Ward – Small Axe

Rupert Everett – Adult Material

Tobias Menzies – The Crown


Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education

Daisy Haggard – Breeders

Daisy May Cooper –  This Country

Emma Mackey – Sex Education

Gbemisola Ikumelo – Famalam

Mae Martin – Feel Good


Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – This Country

Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen

Joseph Gilgun – Brassic

Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education

Paul Ritter – Friday Night Dinner

Reece Shearsmith – Inside No.9


Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills – The Last Leg

Bradley Walsh – Beat The Chasers

Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing

David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? At Christmas

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation


Drama Series

Gangs Of London 

I Hate Suzie 

Save Me Too 

The Crown 


Scripted Comedy


Inside No. 9 

Man Like Mobeen 

This Country



Adult Material 

I May Destroy You 

Normal People 

Small Axe

Single Drama


BBW (On The Edge) 

Sitting In Limbo 

The Windermere Children 


Soap & Continuing Drama


Coronation Street 





Little America

Lovecraft Country 


Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville) 


Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Life & Rhymes 

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer 


Comedy Entertainment Programme

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe 

Rob & Romesh Vs 

The Big Narstie Show 

The Ranganation 


Reality & Constructed Factual

Masterchef: The Professionals 

Race Across The World 

The School That Tried To End Racism 

The Write Offs 



Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On 

Richard Osman’s House Of Games 

The Chase 

The Great House Giveaway 


Single Documentary

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me 

Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville) 

Surviving COVID



Big Zuu’s Big Eats 

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace 

Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

The Repair Shop 


Factual Series

Crime & Punishment 


Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency 

Once Upon A Time In Iraq 



Bahrain Grand Prix 

England V France: The Final Of Autumn Nations Cup 

England V West Indies Test Cricket 

London Marathon 2020


Live Event

Life Drawing Live! 

Springwatch 2020

The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance 

The Third Day: Autumn 


Specialist Factual

Extinction: The Facts 

Putin: A Russian Spy Story 

The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty 

The Surgeon’s Cut 


Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary 

The Battle For Hong Kong (Dispatches) 

The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations) 

News Coverage

BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care

Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy 

Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis 

Sky News: Inside Idlib 


Short Form Programme


Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities

The Main Part 

They Saw The Sun First 


When is the 2022 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards on TV?

The 2022 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards airs on BBC One HD (CH 101) on Sunday 8 May. It is also available for 30 days in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.


Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment

Virgin TV is for everyone. So, as official sponsors of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, we’re rolling out the red carpet and inviting you to the fanciest night in British TV.

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