TV Baftas 2014: Sean Harris wins Best Actor for Southcliffe


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Sean Harris has won Best Leading Actor at the Bafta TV Awards for his role as Stephen Morton in Channel 4's Southcliffe.

The drama, about the aftermath of a series of shootings in a small village, also starred Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson, both of whom were nominated ahead of tonight's ceremony.

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Harris's acceptance speech won laughs from the star-studded audience at London's Theatre Royal, as he thanked his dad, his drama teacher and, importantly, his mates down the pub.

“I'll try not to mumble, I'll try and speak clearly,” Harris said, after his latest role as smuggler Joss Merlyn in Jamaica Inn was plagued by sound problems.

“I'd like to thank my agent, who's really nervous at the moment. He said 'If you win, which you won't, don't f**k it up!'”


The English actor, also known for The Borgias, went on to thank the cast of Southcliffe, with a special mention for Henderson whom he starred with on his first ever job.

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