British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

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British Academy Television Award
Benedict Cumberbatch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
2019 Recipient : Benedict Cumberbatch
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded1955
Currently held byBenedict Cumberbatch for Patrick Melrose (2019)
Websitehttp://www.bafta.org/

This is a list of the British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor. The Actor category was split into Leading Actor and Supporting Actor starting in 2010.

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In 2010, BAFTA split the category into Leading Actor and Supporting Actor; this is the list of BAFTA TV Awards for Leading Actor.

Year Actors Work Character
2010
Kenneth Branagh Wallander Kurt Wallander
Brendan Gleeson Into the Storm Winston Churchill
John Hurt An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp
David Oyelowo Small Island Gilbert Joseph
2011
Daniel Rigby Eric and Ernie Eric Morecambe
Jim Broadbent Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Matt Smith Doctor Who The Doctor
2012
Dominic West Appropriate Adult Fred West
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gilgun This Is England '88 Richard Woodford
John Simm Exile Tom Ronstadt
2013
Ben Whishaw The Hollow Crown Richard II
Sean Bean Accused Simon/Tracie
Derek Jacobi Last Tango in Halifax Alan Buttershaw
Toby Jones The Girl Alfred Hitchcock
2014
Sean Harris Southcliffe Stephen Morton
Jamie Dornan The Fall Paul Spector
Luke Newberry In the Flesh Kieren Walker
Dominic West Burton & Taylor Richard Burton
2015
Jason Watkins The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies Christopher Jefferies
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Toby Jones Marvellous Neil Baldwin
James Nesbitt The Missing Tony Hughes
2016
Mark Rylance Wolf Hall Thomas Cromwell
Idris Elba Luther John Luther
Stephen Graham This is England '90 Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne
Ben Whishaw London Spy Daniel Holt
2017
Adeel Akhtar Murdered by My Father Shahzad Khan
Babou Ceesay Damilola, Our Loved Boy Richard Taylor
Robbie Coltrane National Treasure Paul Finchley
Benedict Cumberbatch The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses Richard III
2018
Sean Bean Broken Michael Kerrigan
Jack Rowan Born to Kill Sam Woodford
Joe Cole Black Mirror Frank
Tim Pigott-Smith King Charles III King Charles III
2019
Benedict Cumberbatch Patrick Melrose Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant A Very English Scandal Jeremy Thorpe
Lucian Msamati Kiri Tobi Akindele
Chance Perdomo Killed by My Debt Jerome Rogers

Actors with multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

The following people have been awarded the British Academy Television Award for Actor multiple times:

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following people have been nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Actor multiple times: