‘Don’t cry, you look like a kn*b’ – Sheridan Smith sobs and swears her way through Bafta TV acceptance speech
The award for most surprised winner at last night’s British Academy Television Awards went to Sheridan Smith.
The actress burst into tears when she was named best actress for playing the wife of great train robber Ronnie Biggs in ITV’s Mrs Biggs. She struggled to compose herself during her acceptance speech, at first asking “Is this a wind up?”
Her disbelief continued through her sobs, with the actress muttering to herself “Don’t cry, you look like a knob” before swearing on live television and attempting to hide behind her gold statuette –managing to accidentally hit herself in the nose with it in the process.
Having beaten bookmaker’s favourite Sienna Miller, who was nominated for playing actress Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl, Anne Reid for Last Tango in Halifax and Rebecca Hall for Parade’s End, Smith appeared genuinely bewildered to have won.
The second prize for most surprised award-winner went to a nervous-looking Ben Wishaw who took the best actor Bafta for his portrayal of Richard II.
"I'm really, really surprised. I was just hoping it would be one of the others just so I wouldn't have to come up here and say anything," he said.
The biggest winner of the evening was Olivia Colman who won two awards: best actress in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve and best supporting actress for Accused.
Video: Sheridan Smith's acceptance speech at the Bafta Television Awards
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since TV series ended in 2004
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'