Timothy Spall has won the BAFTA TV Award for Leading Actor this evening, beating out top-name competition.

Spall emerged as the winner ahead of Brian Cox for Succession, Dominic West for The Crown, Kane Robinson for Top Boy, Papa Essiedu for The Lazarus Project and Steve Coogan for The Reckoning.

Lashana Lynch presented the British actor with the prize.

His win meant The Crown went home empty-handed despite being up for four acting awards and a number of others.

In true-crime drama The Sixth Commandment, from Wild Mercury Productions and True Vision Productions, aired on BBC1 last July in the UK. It starred Spall as university lecturer, Peter Farquhar, who was manipulated and eventually murdered by his former student and lodger, Ben Field, who was played by Éanna Hardwicke, nominated earlier today in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Last year’s winner was Ben Whishaw for his performance in BBC medical drama This is Going to Hurt.

The awards took place today (May 12) in London at the Royal Festival Hall. Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett hosted again, with scores of the UK’s biggest stars in attendance.



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