Benedict was nominated three times for the leading actor category but never won the award
Benedict Cumberbatch missed out again and it was the Jason Watkins who was named the best leading actor at Britain’s top television award on Sunday. Cumberbatch’s series Sherlock, however, won the Radio Times Audience award, edging out Cilla, Games of Thrones, Eastenders, The Great British Bake off, The Missing and Strictly Come Dancing.
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According to Reuters, the 38-year old Benedict Cumberbatch, who is best known for hit TV series Sherlock, was once again nominated in the Leading Actor category for portraying Sherlock Holmes and it was the third nomination of the Cumberbatch for the same series. But he lost out again and the award went to Jason Watkins who played the title role in “The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.” Watkins made a very emotional speech after receiving the award.
“I’d like to thank David and Teresa Yeates for letting us have their daughter Joanna at the emotional heart of our piece and I hope this has not been too painful a process for them although I hope that we can now share in the memory of their daughter.”
He also dedicated the award to his wife Clare and daughter Maude who died due to sepsis at the age of two back in 2011.
Toby Jones and James Nesbitt were the other nominees for their respective roles in “Marvelous” and “The Missing”.
Georgina Campbell won the leading actress award for her work in “Murdered by My Boyfriend” beating out Keeley Hawes, Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith.
Other winners include
Supporting actor: Stephen Rea – “The Honourable Woman”
Supporting actress: Gemma Jones – “Marvellous”
Entertainment performance: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night TakeAway”
Female performance in comedy: Jessica Hynes – “W1A”
Male performance in comedy: Matt Berry – “Toast of London”
Specialist factual: Grayson Perry – Who Are You?
Drama series: Happy Valley
Situation comedy: Detectorists
Single drama: Marvellous
Soap and continuing drama: Coronation Street
Comedy and comedy entertainment: The Graham Norton Show
Current affairs: Children On The Frontline
Single documentary: The Paedophile Hunter
Mini-series: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
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