Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film is one of the categories of the annual Satellite Awards in film and television. Many of the recipients have also been awarded or nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards.

Winners and nomineesEdit

  • "†" indicates a Primetime Emmy Award–winning performance.
  • "‡" indicates a Primetime Emmy Award-nominated performance.


Year Winners and nominees Film or Series Role
1996 Alan Rickman Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Grigori Rasputin
Beau Bridges Hidden in America Bill Januson
Ted Danson Gulliver's Travels Lemuel Gulliver
Eric Roberts In Cold Blood Perry Smith
James Woods The Summer of Ben Tyler Temple Rayburn
1997 Gary Sinise George Wallace George C. Wallace
Armand Assante The Odyssey Odysseus
Gabriel Byrne Weapons of Mass Distraction Lionel Powers
Sidney Poitier Mandela and de Klerk Nelson Mandela
Ving Rhames Don King: Only in America Don King
1998 Delroy Lindo Glory & Honor Mathew Henson
Cary Elwes The Pentagon Wars Lt. Colonel James Burton
Laurence Fishburne Always Outnumbered Socrates Fortlow
Kevin Pollak From the Earth to the Moon Joseph Francis Shea
Patrick Stewart Moby Dick Captain Ahab
1999 William H. Macy A Slight Case of Murder Terry Thorpe
Beau Bridges P. T. Barnum P. T. Barnum
Don Cheadle A Lesson Before Dying Grant Wiggins
Delroy Lindo Strange Justice Clarence Thomas
Brent Spiner Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Earl Mills


Year Winners and nominees Film or Series Role
2000 James Woods Dirty Pictures Dennis Barrie
Andy García For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Arturo Sandoval
Louis Gossett Jr. The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Lou Hastings
Bob Hoskins Noriega: God's Favorite Manuel Noriega
Matthew Modine Flowers for Algernon Charlie Gordon
2001 Richard Dreyfuss The Day Reagan Was Shot Alexander Haig
William Hurt Varian's War Varian Fry
Ben Kingsley Anne Frank: The Whole Story Otto Frank
Damian Lewis Band of Brothers Major Richard "Dick" Winters
Jeffrey Wright Boycott Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2002 William H. Macy Door to Door Bill Porter
Ted Danson Living with the Dead James Van Praagh
Albert Finney The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill
Harry J. Lennix Keep the Faith, Baby Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Patrick Stewart King of Texas John Lear
2003 James Woods Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Rudy Giuliani
Robert Carlyle Hitler: The Rise of Evil Adolf Hitler
Troy Garity Soldier's Girl Barry Winchell
Lee Pace Soldier's Girl Scottie / Calpernia Addams
Al Pacino Angels in America Roy Cohn
Tom Wilkinson Normal Roy Applewood
2004 Jamie Foxx Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story Stan "Tookie" Williams
Keith Carradine Deadwood Wild Bill Hickok
Mos Def Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas
Alan Rickman Something the Lord Made Dr. Alfred Blalock
Geoffrey Rush The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peter Sellers
2005 Jonathan Rhys Meyers Elvis Elvis Presley
Ted Danson Our Fathers Mitchell Garabedian
Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ed Harris Empire Falls Miles Roby
Christian Campbell Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical Jimmy Harper
Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking Sherlock Holmes
2006 Bill Nighy Gideon's Daughter Gideon Warner
Andre Braugher Thief Nick Atwater
Charles Dance Bleak House Mr. Tulkinghorn
Hugh Dancy Elizabeth I Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
Ben Kingsley Mrs. Harris Herman Tarnower
2007 David Oyelowo Five Days Matt Wellings
Jim Broadbent Longford Frank Pakenham, Earl of Longford
Robert Lindsay The Trial of Tony Blair Tony Blair
Aidan Quinn Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Henry L. Dawes
Tom Selleck Jesse Stone: Sea Change Det. Jesse Stone
Toby Stephens Jane Eyre Edward Fairfax Rochester
2008 Paul Giamatti John Adams John Adams
Benedict Cumberbatch The Last Enemy Stephen Ezard
Ralph Fiennes Bernard and Doris Bernard Lafferty
Stellan Skarsgård God on Trial Baumgarten
Kevin Spacey Recount Ron Klain
Tom Wilkinson Recount James Baker
2009 Brendan Gleeson Into the Storm Winston Churchill
Kevin Bacon Taking Chance Michael Strobl
Kenneth Branagh Wallander Kurt Wallander
William Hurt Endgame Will Esterhuyse
Jeremy Irons Georgia O'Keeffe Alfred Stieglitz
Ian McKellen The Prisoner Number Two / Curtis


Year Winners and nominees Film or Series Role
2010 Al Pacino You Don't Know Jack Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Idris Elba Luther Det. John Luther
Ian McShane The Pillars of the Earth Waleran Bigod
Barry Pepper When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Bill Wilson
Dennis Quaid The Special Relationship Bill Clinton
David Suchet Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
2011 Jason Isaacs Case Histories Jackson Brodie
Hugh Bonneville Downton Abbey Robert Crawly, Earl of Grantham
Idris Elba Luther Det. John Luther
Laurence Fishburne Thurgood Thurgood Marshall
William Hurt Too Big to Fail Henry Paulson
Bill Nighy Page Eight Johnny Worricker
2012 Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Kenneth Branagh Wallander Kurt Wallander
Kevin Costner Hatfields & McCoys Devil Anse Hatfield
Idris Elba Luther Det. John Luther
Woody Harrelson Game Change Steve Schmidt
Clive Owen Hemingway & Gellhorn Ernest Hemingway
2013 Michael Douglas Behind the Candelabra Liberace
Matt Damon Behind the Candelabra Scott Thorson
Benedict Cumberbatch Parade's End Christopher Tietjens
Chiwetel Ejiofor Dancing on the Edge Louis Lester
Matthew Goode Stanley Mitchell
Peter Mullan Top of the Lake Matt Mitcham
Al Pacino Phil Spector Phil Spector
Dominic West Burton & Taylor Richard Burton
2014 Mark Ruffalo The Normal Heart Ned Weeks
Dominic Cooper Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Ian Fleming
Richard Jenkins Olive Kitteridge Henry Kitteridge
Stephen Rea The Honourable Woman Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle
David Suchet Agatha Christie's Poirot Hercule Poirot
Kiefer Sutherland 24: Live Another Day Jack Bauer
2015 Mark Rylance Wolf Hall Thomas Cromwell
Martin Clunes Arthur & George Arthur Conan Doyle
Michael Gambon The Casual Vacancy Howard Mollison
Oscar Isaac Show Me a Hero Nick Wasicsko
Damian Lewis Wolf Hall Henry VIII of England
Ben Mendelsohn Bloodline Danny Rayburn
David Oyelowo Nightingale Peter Snowden
2016 Bryan Cranston All the Way Lyndon B. Johnson
Cuba Gooding Jr. The People v. O.J. Simpson O. J. Simpson
Tom Hiddleston The Night Manager Jonathan Pine
Anthony Hopkins The Dresser Sir
Wendell Pierce Confirmation Clarence Thomas
Courtney B. Vance The People v. O.J. Simpson Johnnie Cochran
2017 Robert De Niro The Wizard of Lies Bernie Madoff
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law The Young Pope Pope Pius XIII
Ewan McGregor Fargo Emmit and Ray Stussy
Tim Pigott-Smith King Charles III King Charles III
2018 Daniel Brühl The Alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler
Darren Criss The Assassination of Gianni Versace Andrew Cunanan
Benedict Cumberbatch Patrick Melrose Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels The Looming Tower John O'Neill
Hugh Grant A Very English Scandal Jeremy Thorpe
Jared Harris The Terror Captain Francis Crozier