LONDON — Seasoned British actress Julie Walters has landed two BAFTA TV nominations in the leading actress category.
She is given the nod for her role as the British politician Mo Mowlam in the Channel 4 drama “Mo” and for playing a terminally ill women contemplating assisted suicide in the BBC film “A Short Stay in Switzerland.”
Also nominated for leading actress is Helena Bonham Carter. She receives her first television nomination for “Enid,” a biopic based on the life of children’s writer Enid Blyton.
The third thesp nomianted for best actress is first-time BAFTA nominee Sophie Okonedo for “Mrs Mandela.”
Both “Enid” and “Mrs Mandela” were commissioned by upscale web BBC 4.
For the leading actor prize, John Hurt is nominated for reprising his performance as Quentin Crisp in ITV’s “An Englishman in New York.”
The nod comes 34 years after Hurt won for playing Crisp in Thames Television’s “The Naked Civil Servant.”
Hurt is competing against Kenneth Branagh, picked for “Wallander,” the cop show featuring a Swedish police officer, Brendan Gleeson who played Winston Churchill in World War II drama “Into the Storm,” and first-time nominee David Oyelowo for his role “Small Island,” a BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel about immigrants in post-war London.
In the international category “Mad Men,” last year’s winner, is slugging it out against “Family Guy,” “Nurse Jackie” and “True Blood.”
The BAFTA TV awards will be held in London June 6.