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Suranne Jones and Katie McGlynn lead nominees posing for BAFTAs

There is no red carpet this year – just patio furniture and even a garden shed.

But the fact that the BAFTA nominees face spending UK television’s glitziest night stuck in their homes has not stopped them dressing to the nines.

Suranne Jones, Samantha Morton and Glenda Jackson were among stars posing for a shoot by photographer Rankin ahead of tomorrow’s virtual ceremony.

And incredibly, virus restrictions meant it was all done without the snapper even visiting their homes. Instead, the 53-year-old took the portraits through video calls set up by the thespians in their houses.

Miss Jones, 41, up for leading actress for her role in ITV’s Gentleman Jack, chose a cluttered garden shed as her backdrop. But her sharp white suit added a touch of glamour to the proceedings – as did the Bafta award next to her, which she won in 2016 for her role in Dr Foster. 

Meanwhile her rival for leading actress, Miss Morton, struck a rather more risque pose. The 43-year-old, who played a single mother in I am Kirsty, clutched her hands together to cover her seemingly naked top half.

And Stephen Graham, 46, was jumping for joy at his leading actor nomination for his role in Channel 4’s The Virtues. The star, from Kirkby, near Liverpool, was pictured leaping on a trampoline in his back garden while sockless in a blue suit.

Up against him is The Capture’s Callum Turner for his role as Lance Corporal Shaun Emery in the hit BBC series.

Turner, 30, was all smiles for his shoot – dressed in a brown jacket as he posed against a wall, with his arms crossed and a wide grin on his face.

Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn seemed to view the photoshoot as an opportunity to give the lawn a quick trim. 

The actress, 27 – nominated for a ‘must see moment’ for her role as cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker – wore a white dress, playfully matched with gardening gloves while sitting on a ride-on mower.

And for Miss Jackson, 84, who is up for leading actress for her role in the BBC ‘s Elizabeth is Missing, there will be no waiters bringing round bottles of bubbly – just a cuppa at the patio table.    

Some other nominees who were photographed by Rankin included comedian Jamie Demetriou and Top Boy actress Jasmine Jobson.     

And Naomi Ackie, 27, nominated for her role in The End of the F***ing World, wore en embroidered, hot pink suit as she posed in front of a fire place surrounded by shoes.  

Other nominees including Ncuti Gatwa, Samantha Morton and Youseff Kerkour also posed for the unconventional photos. 

The shoot was virtually connected, directed and delivered through a series of video calls, with the help of the families and friends of the nominees who took part.

Rankin said: ‘I am so excited to have shot the 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs nominee portraits.

‘Despite the limitations, we have created a memorable series of photographs and it has been a real honour to capture some of the biggest TV stars in the intimacy of their own homes.

‘To be able to virtually connect, direct, shoot and deliver these portraits without any physical interaction has been a fun challenge and our TV celebrities put on quite the performance for us!’  

The BAFTA Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards are being held in a closed studio on July 31 after the original date was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were originally scheduled for April 26 and May 17.

Organisers confirmed at the time that following Government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year.

The awards show is being held in a BBC studio and in accordance with Government guidelines the ceremony will be socially distanced, with nominees accepting their prizes virtually.

Making his debut as host of the all-star ceremony, actor and comedian Richard Ayoade will steer audiences through this years’ nominations, with nominees invited to get involved through video link-ups.

Mr Ayoade, who has himself won a BAFTA, previously joked about hosting the socially distanced programme: ‘I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.’  

Last month, the full list of nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards and Television Craft Awards 2020 were announced. 

Chernobyl, Fleabag, The Crown, Giri/Haji and The Virtues all lead the way with three nominations each. 

Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl has taken the world by storm and scored a higher IMDb rating than Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

The five-part series follows an investigative commission appointed in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. 

Actors Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard have been recognised in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories.

Elsewhere, Girl/Haji has also picked up nominations. The eight-part series is set in England and Japan with dialogue in English and subtitled Japanese, and has a pair of brothers at its heart, Kenzo and Yuto Mori. 

Kenzo is a respectable Tokyo-based detective, and Yuto is rumoured to be part of the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and is lying low in London after allegedly murdering a Japanese businessman there. 

Nominations include Takehiro Hira in the Leading Actor category and Supporting Actor (for Will Sharpe) at the awards.

Channel 4 drama The Virtues, starring Line of Duty’s Stephen has picked up nominations in the Leading Actor, Mini-Series and Supporting Actress (for Helen Behan) categories.

Sex Education picked up a nod in the Breakthrough Talent for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme (for Ncuti Gatwa).

Rounding off the top nominees, Top Boy, which was revived in 2019, has scored a nod for Supporting Actress (for Jasmine Jobson) categories.

Notable snubs include EastEnders, which won Best Soap at the 2019 awards, but has failed to be nominated at the 2020 show.

The shortlist was selected by an independent BAFTA-approved jury of media experts, with BAFTA Television Committee Chair Hannah Wyatt heading the group.

The BAFTA Television Awards is typically a glitzy affair, but this year winners will accept their awards from home while presenters appear live in the studio.

The star-studded presenting line-up includes Adrian Lester, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Greg Davies, Himesh Patel, Jessia Hynes, Joe Cole, Nina Sosanya, Paul Mescal, Sope Dirisu and Stacey Dooley.

Mr Ayoade will also be joined virtually by big names in television including Billy Porter, Chris O’Dowd, David Tennant, Jeff Goldblum, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Michael Sheen and Ruth Madeley, who will be presenting awards via video link.

Audiences will be treated to two performances from internationally-acclaimed comedian, musician, actor and writer Tim Minchin, including an original song composed specially for the event.

British actor, writer and producer Idris Elba will receive the Special Award, one of BAFTA’s highest accolades, in recognition of his exceptional career and commitment to championing diversity and new talent in the industry. There will also be some very special surprise guests dialling in to present his award on the night.

The winner of the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award will also be announced. As the only award to be voted for by the public, the Must-See Moment celebrates the dramatic scenes, cliff hangers and edge-of-your-seat moments that truly resonated with TV fans across the UK.

The conclusion to last year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special, in which Ruth Jones’ character Nessa proposed to James Corden’s alter-ego Smithy, is among the contenders in the shortlist.

Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett is up for the award, while the scene where Arya Stark kills the Night King in the final season of Game Of Thrones also got a nod.    

Elsewhere, BAFTA have responded to criticism of its lack of diversity by nominating three times as many BAME actors and performers as last year’s TV awards show. 

Nine stars including Sex Education’s Ncuti, The End of the F***ing World’s Naomi and comedians Guz Khan and Mo Gilligan are among those nominated for the individual awards.

They make up around a third of all those nominated, a marked improvement on the three from last year.

BAFTA has come under fire for its lack of representation in both its film and TV award shows in recent years.   

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