British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor

The British Academy Television Awards are given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). They are informally known as the BAFTA TV Awards.

British Academy Television Award
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2019 Recipient : Ben Whishaw
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded2010
Currently held byBen Whishaw for A Very English Scandal (2019)

They have been awarded since 1954.

From 1968-1997, the BAFTA TV Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards were presented in one joint ceremony. Since 1998, there have been two separate ceremonies. The film awards are held in February, two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards (Oscars) in America, while the Television awards are held in late May. The BAFTA TV Award is the UK equivalent to the Emmy Award in the United States.

The awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress were first presented at the 2010 ceremony.


Year Actor Work Character
Matthew Macfadyen Criminal Justice Joe Miller
Benedict Cumberbatch Small Island Bernard Bligh
Tom Hollander Gracie! Monty Banks
Gary Lewis Mo' Adam Ingram
Martin Freeman Sherlock Dr. John Watson
Brendan Coyle Downton Abbey John Bates
Johnny Harris This is England '86 Michael "Mick" Jenkins
Robert Sheehan Misfits Nathan Young
Andrew Scott Sherlock Jim Moriarty
Martin Freeman Sherlock Dr. John Watson
Joseph Mawle Birdsong Jack Firebrace
Stephen Rea The Shadow Line Gatehouse
Simon Russell Beale Henry IV, Parts I & II: "The Hollow Crown" Falstaff
Peter Capaldi The Hour Randall Brown
Stephen Graham Accused Tony
Harry Lloyd The Fear Matty Beckett
David Bradley Broadchurch Jack Marshall
Jerome Flynn Ripper Street Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake
Nico Mirallegro The Village Joe Middleton
Rory Kinnear Southcliffe David Whitehead
Stephen Rea The Honourable Woman Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle
Adeel Akhtar Utopia Wilson Wilson
James Norton Happy Valley Tommy Lee Royce
Ken Stott The Missing Ian Garrett
Tom Courtenay Unforgotten Eric Slater
Anton Lesser Wolf Hall Thomas More
Ian McKellen The Dresser Norman
Cyril Nri Cucumber Lance Sullivan
Tom Hollander The Night Manager Major "Corky" Lance Corkoran
Daniel Mays Line of Duty Danny Waldron
Jared Harris The Crown King George VI
John Lithgow The Crown Winston Churchill
Brían F. O'Byrne Little Boy Blue Steve Jones
Adrian Dunbar Line of Duty Ted Hastings
Anupam Kher The Boy with the Top Knot Sathnam’s Father
Jimmi Simpson Black Mirror: USS Callister James "Wally" Walton
Ben Whishaw A Very English Scandal Norman Josiffe
Kim Bodnia Killing Eve Konstantin Vasiliev
Stephen Graham Save Me Fabio "Melon" Melonzola
Alex Jennings Unforgotten Tim Finch
2020 Joe Absolom A Confession Christopher Halliwell
Josh O'Connor The Crown Charles, Prince of Wales
Will Sharpe Giri/Haji Rodney Yamaguchi
Stellan Skarsgård Chernobyl Boris Shcherbina


Record Actress Programme Age (in years)
Oldest winner Tom Courtenay Unforgotten 79
Oldest nominee
Youngest winner Andrew Scott Sherlock 35
Youngest nominee Nico Mirallegro The Village 23

Actors with multiple wins and nominationsEdit

Multiple nominationsEdit

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

Programmes with multiple wins and nominationsEdit

Multiple AwardsEdit

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