Helena Bonham Carter is being recognized for her Elizabethan performance…
The 47-year-old part-Spanish actress has earned a nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ TV Awards.
Bonham Carter – A BAFTA winner in the film category for The King’s Speech – is nominated for Leading Actress for her portrayal of the late Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC biopic Burton and Taylor, which centers on Taylor’s ill-fated reunion with Richard Burton on and off the stage for the critically reviled 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play Private Lives.
The Oscar-nominated actress has said taking on the role was terrifying — “playing Elizabeth Taylor, a screen icon.” But that the role also became a touch irresistible.
“That’s one of the things about being an actor,” says Bonham Carter. “You get these little gifts. You get to step into the lives of these people you know about, but don’t really know. It’s a challenge.”
It’s Bonham Carter’s second BAFTA TV Award nomination. She was previously nominated for her starring role in 2009’s dramatic television film Enid, which was broadcast on BBC Four.
This year’s ceremony will be held in London on May 18.
Here’s the list of the major drama and comedy nominees:
JAMIE DORNAN, The Fall, BBC Two
SEAN HARRIS, Southcliffe, Channel 4
LUKE NEWBERRY, In The Flesh, BBC Three
DOMINIC WEST, Burton and Taylor, BBC Four
HELENA BONHAM CARTER, Burton and Taylor, BBC Four
OLIVIA COLMAN, Broadchurch, ITV
KERRIE HAYES, The Mill, Channel 4
MAXINE PEAKE, The Village, BBC One
DAVID BRADLEY, Broadchurch,
ITV JEROME FLYNN, Ripper Street, BBC One
NICO MIRALLEGRO, The Village, BBC One
RORY KINNEAR, Southcliffe, Channel 4
SHIRLEY HENDERSON, Southcliffe, Channel 4
SARAH LANCASHIRE, Last Tango in Halifax, BBC One
CLAIRE RUSHBROOK, My Mad Fat Diary, E4
NICOLA WALKER, Last Tango in Halifax, BBC One
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
RICHARD AYOADE, The IT Crowd, Channel 4
MATHEW BAYNTON, The Wrong Mans, BBC Two
JAMES CORDEN, The Wrong Mans, BBC Two
CHRIS O’DOWD, The IT Crowd, Channel 4
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME
BLACK MIRROR: BE RIGHT BACK,
THE WIPERS TIMES
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
IN THE FLESH
MY MAD FAT DIARY
TOP OF THE LAKE
HOUSE OF CARDS