BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Paul Mescal looks dashing in a tuxedo as he hopes to scoop Leading Actor gong

Paul Mescal arrived at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on Sunday looking dapper.

The Normal People star is up for a Leading Actor gong at the awards this year, after his stand-out turn in the role of Connell Waldron last summer.

He is up against I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu, Baghdad Central’s Waleed Zuaiter, The Crown’s Josh O’Connor, and Small Axe actors John Boyega and Shaun Parkes.

Leading man: Paul Mescal arrived at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on Sunday looking dapper

Leading man: Paul Mescal arrived at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on Sunday looking dapper

Leading man: Paul Mescal arrived at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on Sunday looking dapper

Paul, 25, looked suave in a black tux, glistening loafers and a bow tie.

He added a silver nail lapel pin to the ensemble for a touch of flair.

Paul’s Normal People co-star, and on-screen lover, Daisy Edgar-Jones is up for the Leading Actress prize.

She will face Letitia Wright (Small Axe), Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie), Hayley Squires (Adult Material), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You). 

Nominee: The Normal People star is up for a Leading Actor gong at the awards this year, after his stand-out turn in the role of Connell Waldron last summer

Nominee: The Normal People star is up for a Leading Actor gong at the awards this year, after his stand-out turn in the role of Connell Waldron last summer

Nominee: The Normal People star is up for a Leading Actor gong at the awards this year, after his stand-out turn in the role of Connell Waldron last summer

Stiff competition: He is up against I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu, Baghdad Central's Waleed Zuaiter, The Crown's Josh O'Connor, and Small Axe actors John Boyega and Shaun Parkes

Stiff competition: He is up against I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu, Baghdad Central's Waleed Zuaiter, The Crown's Josh O'Connor, and Small Axe actors John Boyega and Shaun Parkes

Stiff competition: He is up against I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu, Baghdad Central’s Waleed Zuaiter, The Crown’s Josh O’Connor, and Small Axe actors John Boyega and Shaun Parkes

All smiles: Paul was seen arriving at the ceremony in West London, waving to bystanders

All smiles: Paul was seen arriving at the ceremony in West London, waving to bystanders

All smiles: Paul was seen arriving at the ceremony in West London, waving to bystanders

Paul was seen arriving at the ceremony in West London, waving to bystanders.

The event remains a low-key affair amid the pandemic – with celebrities who can’t attend in person being beamed onto the red carpet as holograms.

Presenters Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope will introduce the hologram guests to those actually at the socially distanced ceremony.

The star-studded evening, hosted by Richard Ayoade, has a collection of guest presenters including Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Strictly winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, Maya Jama, and Daisy May Cooper. 

Making an entrance: Paul, 25, looked suave in a black tux, glistening loafers and a bow tie

Making an entrance: Paul, 25, looked suave in a black tux, glistening loafers and a bow tie

Making an entrance: Paul, 25, looked suave in a black tux, glistening loafers and a bow tie

Nailed it: He added a silver nail lapel pin to the ensemble for a touch of flair

Nailed it: He added a silver nail lapel pin to the ensemble for a touch of flair

Nailed it: He added a silver nail lapel pin to the ensemble for a touch of flair

Coming-of-age drama: . Paul's Normal People co-star, and on-screen lover, Daisy Edgar-Jones is up for the Leading Actress prize

Coming-of-age drama: . Paul's Normal People co-star, and on-screen lover, Daisy Edgar-Jones is up for the Leading Actress prize

Coming-of-age drama: . Paul’s Normal People co-star, and on-screen lover, Daisy Edgar-Jones is up for the Leading Actress prize

Tom Allen and AJ Odudu, meanwhile, are presenting the Virgin Media BAFTAs: Back to the Red Carpet show. 

Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – will all appear via video call during the ceremony. 

Covid restrictions mean TV fans can’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual this year and some nominees won’t be able to attend because of filming bubbles.

Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega leads this year's nominations with 15 nods

Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega leads this year's nominations with 15 nods

Serious: The five-part series also stars Letitia Wright among a vast cast

Serious: The five-part series also stars Letitia Wright among a vast cast

Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega (left) and Letitia Wright (right) leads this year’s nominations with 15 nods

Small Axe leads this year’s nominations with 15 nods.  

The BBC One anthology film series, directed by Sir Steve McQueen, picked up six TV nominations and nine in the craft categories, including a nod for the Mini-Series gong alongside Normal People, Adult Material and I May Destroy You.

Small Axe features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade alongside I Hate Suzie, Save Me Too and Gangs of London.

Other nods included This Country, Man Like Mobeen, Inside No. 9, and Ghosts for the Scripted Comedy prize, and siblings and This Country creators Daisy May and Charlie Cooper received nominations for the Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme gongs, respectively.

Nominee: I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu (left) will go up against John Boyega and Shaun for Parkes for the Leading Actor award

Nominee: I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu (left) will go up against John Boyega and Shaun for Parkes for the Leading Actor award

Nominee: I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu (left) will go up against John Boyega and Shaun for Parkes for the Leading Actor award

In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations - four for TV and six for the craft categories - including a nod for the Drama Series accolade

In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations - four for TV and six for the craft categories - including a nod for the Drama Series accolade

In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade

Nominated: Jodie Comer has been nominated for the Leading Actress award for her role in Killing Eve

Nominated: Jodie Comer has been nominated for the Leading Actress award for her role in Killing Eve

Tough competition: Billie Piper is also in the running for her role as the central character in I Hate Suzie

Tough competition: Billie Piper is also in the running for her role as the central character in I Hate Suzie

Tough competition: Jodie Comer (left in Killing Eve) will go head-to-head with Billie Piper (right in I Hate Suzie) for Leading Actress

Shortlist: Diversity's controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) was nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021's Must-See Moment award

Shortlist: Diversity's controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) was nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021's Must-See Moment award

Shortlist: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) was nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award

Drama: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Drama: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Several of the year’s biggest TV moments will be celebrated on Sunday, with Diversity’s controversial BLM-inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent, which sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom, featured in the must-see moment category.  

The category, which is voted for by the public, also sees nods to Penelope being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season.   

BAFTA TV have reportedly ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards ahead of Sunday’s ceremony.

Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly 'temporarily paused' Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations

Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly 'temporarily paused' Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations

Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations

It comes after Noel Clarke, who has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment and bullying, was suspended from BAFTA amid the allegations after he won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award in April.

It was recently reported the British Academy of Film and Television Awards spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke, 45, prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours. 

According to reports, bosses have suspended ‘all the individual honours’ which are ‘in the gift of the Academy’ ahead of the ceremony, with The Mirror stating bosses are fearing giving an award to another scandal-ridden industry figure.

The Mirror claims a message was sent to members last week which explained that BAFTA were ‘reviewing its selection protocols for its prestigious solo accolades’. 

The publication reported that the message said: ‘We wanted to let you know that while we review the processes behind selecting the awards that are “in the gift of the Academy” – the Special Awards and Fellowships – we have temporarily paused these kinds of awards and they will not feature in Sunday’s ceremony.’ 

The Mirror claims that the only other time a TV Fellowship was ‘given and then cancelled’ was Rolf Harris.

The disgraced children’s entertainer was stripped of his BAFTA Fellowship after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, and was sentenced to six years behind bars.

Harris was released from HMP Stafford on parole in May 2017 after serving just three years of his sentence. 

Over the years, a collection of people have been awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, including Joan Bakewell, Kate Adie, Jon Snow, Julie Walters and Joanna Lumley.

While the likes of Idris Elba, Lenny Henry and the late Cilla Black have previously won a Special Award during the ceremony.

However, the BAFTA website states that awards ‘in the gift of the Academy’ are ‘presented at the discretion of the BAFTA Television Committee; therefore they may not all be presented in any given year’.

MailOnline contacted BAFTA for comment at the time.         

BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Nominations

DRAMA SERIES

GANGS OF LONDON

I HATE SUZIE

SAVE ME TOO 

THE CROWN

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

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

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

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

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

CHARLIE BROOKER’S ANTIVIRAL WIPE 

ROB & ROMESH VS Jack Shillaker

THE BIG NARSTIE SHOW

THE RANGANATION

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

MINI-SERIES

ADULT MATERIAL

I MAY DESTROY YOU 

NORMAL PEOPLE 

SMALL AXE

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)

DAYTIME

JIMMY MCGOVERN’S MOVING ON 

RICHARD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES

THE CHASE 

THE GREAT HOUSE GIVEAWAY  

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 

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY 

LIFE & RHYMES

STRICTLY COME DANCING 

THE MASKED SINGER

FACTUAL SERIES

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

HOSPITAL

LOSING IT: OUR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ

FEATURES

BIG ZUU’S BIG EATS

LONG LOST FAMILY: BORN WITHOUT TRACE

MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING 

THE REPAIR SHOP  

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 

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS 

RACE ACROSS THE WORLD 

THE SCHOOL THAT TRIED TO END RACISM 

THE WRITE OFFS 

SINGLE DRAMA

ANTHONY

BBW (ON THE EDGE)

SITTING IN LIMBO 

THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA

CASUALTY

CORONATION STREET

EASTENDERS

HOLLYOAKS  

INTERNATIONAL

LITTLE AMERICA 

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

UNORTHODOX

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE (STORYVILLE)

LIVE EVENT

LIFE DRAWING LIVE! 

SPRINGWATCH

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

THE THIRD DAY: AUTUMN Production Team 

SCRIPTED COMEDY

GHOSTS 

INSIDE NO. 9 

MAN LIKE MOBEEN

THIS COUNTRY

SHORT FORM PROGRAMME

CRIPTALES 

DISABLED NOT DEFEATED: THE ROCK BANS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – DELTA 7 

THE MAIN PART 

THEY SAW THE SUN FIRST

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR 

ANTON FERDINAND: FOOTBALL, RACISM & ME

LOCKED IN: BREAKING THE SILENCE (STORYVILLE) 

SURVIVING COVID 

VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)

BRIDGERTON – 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

 

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