It was a busy night at the BAFTAs this weekend – as the annual event returned to its pre-pandemic levels of glamour once more
Rapper Big Zuu and comedian Mo Gilligan were among the list of winners at this year’s awards.
And many more TV stars were there, dressed to impress, as they attended the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night after being nominated for a BAFTA.
Many of the winners seemed shocked when presented with the prestigious gong, and expressed this in their acceptance speeches.
Big Zuu stunned by double win
DOUBLE BAFTA WINNER BIG ZUU pic.twitter.com/aij44NqXrV
— BAFTA ZUU (@ItsBigZuu) May 8, 2022
Big Zuu – who was originally a rapper in the grime scene – took home two prestigious awards for Best Entertainment Performance and Best Feature in regard to his popular programme ‘Big Zuu’s Big Eats’.
The TV personality was up against big names in the entertainment scene such as Graham Norton and Michael McIntyre and was shocked with his double win.
In his acceptance speech, he spoke about how he hopes he has inspired young people to believe they can achieve the same as him.
“Representation is so important. Growing up, there weren’t many chefs or people that looked like me on telly”, he said.
“Now, there’s young people watching us doing our thing, going, ‘You know what, if these wastemen can win a BAFTA, surely we can.”
Mo Gilligan goes from social media star to BAFTA winner
British comedian Mo Gilligan, who started his career by posting clips to social media, was also awarded a BAFTA on Sunday night.
His TV show, which began broadcasting on Channel 4 in 2019 – titled ‘The Lateish show with Mo Gilligan’ – won Best Comedy Entertainment Programme, beating nominees such as The Graham Norton Show and Race Around Britain.
He spoke on his mental health when accepting the prestigious award, with mental health awareness week beginning on May 9.
“This means so much to me as, in 2017, my mental health was not in the best place, and then Channel 4 offered me my own show”, he said.
“It was at a time when I was going to a lot of meetings, but people did not know what to do with me, but Channel 4 trusted me and let me bring black boy joy to the screens”.
Jodie Comer and Sean Bean win big with leading actor awards
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 8, 2022
Actors Jodie Comer and Sean Bean were among those who received awards for their performances in TV dramas.
Sean Bean was unable to attend the ceremony but won the award for Leading Male Performance in three-part TV show ‘Time’, which was also awarded with Best Mini-Series.
‘Killing Eve’ actress Jodie Comer received a gong for Leading Female Actress for her role in ‘Help’, making it her second BAFTA award.
She dedicated the award to her grandmother, who passed away during the first week of filming for the show.
Ant and Dec take home their fourth BAFTA award before stage blunder
Wow, did last night really happen?! So thrilled @itvtakeaway won the @bafta for Entertainment Programme! 🎉 Thank you #BAFTATV (and Olivia Colman!) for this wonderful award 🤩 Huge thanks to @ITV and our brilliant production team 👏 And thanks @stephenmulhern for his… thanks🦞😂 pic.twitter.com/o2zscu3POW
— antanddec (@antanddec) May 9, 2022
The hit duo who have presented ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and ‘Britain’s got Talent’, received the award for Best Entertainment Show for ITVs ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’.
They were surprised on being presented with the award, saying they did not expect it this year and only “came for a bit of a party”.
After thanking everyone, they struggled to find the exit off the stage to the amusement of the audience.