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East Anglian talent triumphs at TV Baftas

10:00 19 May 2014

Olivia Colman with the Leading Actress Award for Broadchurch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 18, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Olivia Colman with the Leading Actress Award for Broadchurch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 18, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

The TV Baftas had a distinctintly East Anglian flavour, with both top acting awards going to stars hailing from the region.

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Oliva Colman won her third TV Bafta in two years, taking the “leading actress” award for her appearance in the crime drama Broadchurch.

Colman was born in Norfolk and attended Norwich High School for Girls between 1982 and 1990 and Gresham’s School, in Holt, for her sixth-form years, between 1990 and 1992.

Meanwhile, Sean Harris, was named “leading actor” for his part in Southcliffe, also a crime drama.

Harris was born in Bethnal Green, east London, but grew up in Lowestoft. He returned to London, aged 23, when he went to drama school.

Colman, who is set to star in the second series of Broadchurch, burst into tears on stage after being named leading actress, saying: “Oh sorry, not cool”.

Another Norfolk link was provided by The IT Crowd, which picked up two wins with the Bafta for female performance in a comedy programme going to Katherine Parkinson and her co-star Richard Ayoade getting the Bafta for male performance in a comedy programme. The show is written by Norwich resident Graham Linehan.

The awards, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, was hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London’s West End.

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