British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

This is a list of the British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor. The Best Actor award was initially given as an "individual honour", without credit to a particular performance, until 1962, when Rupert Davies won for his performance in Maigret. Since 1970, nominees have been announced in addition to the winner. The Actor category was split into Leading Actor and Supporting Actor starting in 2010.

British Academy Television Award
Jared Harris 2014.jpg
2020 Recipient: Jared Harris
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded1955
Currently held byJared Harris for Chernobyl (2020)
Websitehttp://www.bafta.org/

Winners and nomineesEdit

1950sEdit

Year Actor
1955
Paul Rogers
1956
Peter Cushing
1957
Michael Gough
1958
Michael Hordern
1959
Donald Pleasence

1960sEdit

Year Actors Work
1960
Patrick McGoohan
1961
Lee Montague
1962
Rupert Davies Maigret
1963
Harry H. Corbett Steptoe and Son
1964
Alan Badel
1965
Patrick Wymark
1966
Alan Badel The Count Of Monte Cristo; Meeting Point; A Couple of Dry Martinis; Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life; Famous Gossips
Richard Briers Simon and Laura; Marriage Lines; Points of View; Present Laughter - Excerpt; Charley's Aunt; To You At Home Today
Ian Carmichael Simon and Laura; The World of Wooster
Patrick Wymark The Plane Makers; Crime and Punishment; Once a Jolly Swagman; Malatesta; Sherlock Holmes; I Remember the Battle; Four of Hearts – Tilt
1967
Warren Mitchell Till Death Us Do Part
1968
Eric Porter The Forsyte Saga
1969
Roy Dotrice Brief Lives

1970sEdit

Year Actors Work
1970
Edward Woodward Callan
John Alderton Please Sir!
Colin Blakely Son of Man, The Way We Live Now
Arthur Lowe Dad's Army
1971
Keith Michell The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Michael Bryant The Roads to Freedom
Anthony Hopkins The Great Inimitable Mr Dickens, Uncle Vanya, Hearts and Flowers, Danton
Michael Jayston Charles Dickens, Mad Jack, Beethoven
Freddie Jones Germinal/Omnibus: John Clare "I Am..."/Sweeney Todd/Uncle Vanya/Menace: The Straight And Narrow
1972
John Le Mesurier Traitor
Alfred Burke Public Eye
Frank Finlay Casanova
Kenneth Haigh Search for the Nile, Man at the Top
1973
Anthony Hopkins War and Peace
Michael Bryant The Duchess of Malfi, Colditz
Nicol Williamson The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
1974
Frank Finlay The Adventures of Don Quixote; Candide; The Death of Adolf Hitler
Michael Crawford Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Bernard Hepton The Adventures of Don Quixote, Colditz
Laurence Olivier Long Day's Journey Into Night
1975
Peter Barkworth Crown Matrimonial
Michael Bryant Mr Axelford's Angel
Gordon Jackson Upstairs, Downstairs
Arthur Lowe Microbes and Men, David Copperfield
1976
John Hurt The Naked Civil Servant
Alan Bates Plaintiffs and Defendants, Two Sundays
Tony Britton The Nearly Man
Timothy West Edward the Seventh
1977
Derek Jacobi I, Claudius
James Bolam When the Boat Comes In
Tom Conti The Glittering Prizes
Jack Shepherd Bill Brand, Ready When You Are Mr McGill
1978
Peter Barkworth Professional Foul
James Bolam When the Boat Comes In
Derek Jacobi Philby, Burgess and Maclean
Robert Powell Jesus of Nazareth
1979
Edward Fox Edward and Mrs Simpson
Tom Bell Out
Ian Holm Night School, Flayed, Mirage, The Lost Boys
Bob Hoskins Pennies From Heaven

1980sEdit

Year Actors Work
1980
Alec Guinness Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Robert Hardy Speed King & All Creatures Great and Small
Leo McKern Rumpole of the Bailey
Timothy West Churchill and the Generals; Henry VIII; Crime and Punishment; Timothy West as Beecham
1981
Denholm Elliott Gentle Folk; In Hiding; Blade on the Feather; The Stinker (Tales of the Unexpected)
Trevor Howard The Shillingbury Blowers; Staying On
Leo McKern Rumpole's Return
Sam Waterston Oppenheimer
1982
Anthony Andrews Brideshead Revisited
Robert Hardy Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years; Fothergill
John Gielgud Brideshead Revisited
Nickolas Grace
Jeremy Irons
1983
Alec Guinness Smiley's People
George Cole Minder
Bernard Hill Boys from the Blackstuff
Laurence Olivier A Voyage Round My Father
1984
Alan Bates An Englishman Abroad
Leo McKern Rumpole of the Bailey; Reilly, Ace of Spies
Ronald Pickup Orwell on Jura; Waters of the Moon
Martin Sheen Kennedy
1985
Tim Pigott-Smith The Jewel In The Crown
George Cole Minder
Charles Dance The Jewel In The Crown
Art Malik
1986
Bob Peck Edge of Darkness
Alec Guinness Monsignor Quioxte
Joe Don Baker Edge of Darkness
Ben Kingsley Silas Marner
1987
Michael Gambon The Singing Detective
Colin Blakely Drums Along Balmoral Drive
Denholm Elliott Hotel du Lac
Paul McGann The Monocled Mutineer
Patrick Malahide The Singing Detective
David Threlfall Paradise Postponed
1988
David Jason Porterhouse Blue
Kenneth Branagh Fortunes of War; The Lady's Not for Burning
Ray McAnally A Perfect Spy; Scout
Robbie Coltrane Tutti Frutti
1989
Ray McAnally A Very British Coup
Alan Bennett A Chip in the Sugar
Colin Firth Tumbledown
Ian Holm Game, Set and Match

1990sEdit

Year Actors Work Character
1990
John Thaw Inspector Morse Endeavour Morse
Joss Ackland First and Last Alan Holly
John Gielgud Summer's Lease Haverford Downs
Alfred Molina The Accountant Lionel Ellerman
1991
Ian Richardson House of Cards Francis Urquhart
Albert Finney The Green Man Maurice Allington
David Suchet Agatha Christie's Poirot Hercule Poirot
John Thaw Inspector Morse Endeavour Morse
1992
Robert Lindsay G.B.H. Michael Murray
Tom Bell Prime Suspect Bill Otley
John Thaw Inspector Morse Endeavour Morse
Michael Palin G.B.H. Jim Nelson
1993
John Thaw Inspector Morse Endeavour Morse
Alan Bates Unnatural Pursuits Hamish Partt
Brian Cox The Lost Language of Cranes Owen Benjamin
Ian Richardson An Ungentlemanly Act Rex Hunt
1994
Robbie Coltrane Cracker Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Michael Kitchen To Play the King The King
Ian Richardson Francis Urquhart
Neil Pearson Between the Lines Tony Clark
1995
Robbie Coltrane Cracker Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Pete Postlethwaite Martin Chuzzlewit Montague Tigg
Paul Scofield Old Martin Chuzzlewitt
Tom Wilkinson Seth Pecksniff
1996
Robbie Coltrane Cracker Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy
Benjamin Whitrow Mr. Bennet
Robert Lindsay Jake's Progress Jamie Diadoni
Ian Richardson The Final Cut Francis Urquhart
1997
Nigel Hawthorne The Fragile Heart Edgar Pascoe
Christopher Eccleston Our Friends in the North Dominic 'Nicky' Hutchinson
Peter Vaughan Felix Hutchinson
Albert Finney Cold Lazarus / Karaoke Daniel Feeld
1998
Simon Russell Beale A Dance to the Music of Time Kenneth Widmerpool
Robert Carlyle Hamish Macbeth Hamish Macbeth
Derek Jacobi Breaking the Code Alan Turing
Tom Wilkinson Cold Enough for Snow Hugh Lloyd
1999
Tom Courtenay A Rather English Marriage Roy Southgate
Robert Carlyle Looking after Jo Jo John Joe "Jo Jo" McCann
Albert Finney A Rather English Marriage Reggie Conyngham-Jervis
Timothy Spall Our Mutual Friend Mr. Venus

2000sEdit

Year Actors Work Character
2000
Michael Gambon Wives and Daughters Squire Hamley
Aiden Gillen Queer as Folk Stuart Alan Jones
Pete Postlethwaite Lost for Words Deric Longden
Timothy Spall Shooting the Past Oswald Bates
2001
Michael Gambon Longitude John Harrison
Steven Mackintosh Care Davy Younger
Pete Postlethwaite The Sins Len Green
Ken Stott The Vice Pat Chappel
2002
Michael Gambon Perfect Strangers Raymond Symon
Alan Bates Love in a Cold Climate Matthew Alconleigh
Timothy Spall Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Tommy Rag
David Suchet The Way We Live Now Augustus Melmotte
2003
(49th)
Albert Finney The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill
Kenneth Branagh Conspiracy Reinhard Heydrich
Shackleton Ernest Shackleton
James Nesbitt Bloody Sunday Ivan Cooper
2004
(50th)
Bill Nighy State of Play Cameron Lloyd
Jim Broadbent The Young Visiters Alfred Salteena
Christopher Eccleston The Second Coming Steven Baxter
David Morrissey State of Play Stephen Collins
2005
(51st)
Rhys Ifans Not Only But Always Peter Cook
Benedict Cumberbatch Hawking Stephen Hawking
Mark Strong The Long Firm Harry Starks
Michael Sheen Dirty Filthy Love Mark Furness
2006
(52nd)
Mark Rylance The Government Inspector Dr. David Kelly
Bernard Hill A Very Social Secretary David Blunkett
Denis Lawson Bleak House John Jarndyce
Rufus Sewell ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio
2007
(53rd)
Jim Broadbent Longford Frank Pakenham
John Simm Life on Mars Sam Tyler
Andy Serkis Longford Ian Brady
Michael Sheen Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Kenneth Williams
2008
(54th)
Andrew Garfield Boy A Jack Burridge / Eric Wilson
Tom Hardy Stuart: A Life Backwards Stuart Shorter
Matthew MacFadyen Secret Life Charlie Webb
Antony Sher Primo Primo Levi
2009
(55th)
Stephen Dillane The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Anthony Hurndall
Jason Isaacs The Curse of Steptoe Harry H. Corbett
Ken Stott Hancock & Joan Tony Hancock
Ben Whishaw Criminal Justice Ben Coulter

2010sEdit

Year Actors Work Character
2010
(56th)
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
(57th)
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
(58th)
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
(59th)
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
(60th)
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
(61st)
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
(62nd)
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
(63rd)
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
(64th)
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
(65th)
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

2020sEdit

Year Actors Work Character
2020
(66th)
Jared Harris Chernobyl Valery Legasov
Stephen Graham The Virtues Joseph Lowery
Takehiro Hira Giri/Haji Kenzo Mori
Callum Turner The Capture Shaun Emery

Actors with multiple wins and nominationsEdit

Multiple winsEdit

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

Multiple nominationsEdit

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