Billie Piper made a show-stopping arrival to the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 on Sunday.
Stepping onto the red carpet in a thigh-skimming black dress, the 38-year-old actress’ gown was given a dramatic touch with a single puffy pink sleeve, which descended into a matching bow and train.
Billie wore her hair styled into a cascading half-up, half down do and was rocking a dramatic smoky eye to the star-studded ceremony.
Wow: Billie Piper, 38, made a show-stopping arrival to the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 on Sunday in a thigh-skimming black dress with a single puffy pink sleeve
The other half of Billie’s dress was covered in dazzling sequins.
The star – who has been nominated for her turn in I Hate Suzie – toted a clutch bag, while she opted to accessorise with a glittering statement necklace.
She added height to her frame in a pair of chic black heels and appeared in high spirits while posing for photographers ahead of the glitzy event.
The star-studded evening, hosted by Richard Ayoade, has a collection of guest presenters including Lydia, who will co-present a gong with co-star Olly, who played the lead role of AIDS-stricken Ritchie Tozer.
Train: Billie’s pink sleeve descended into a matching bow and train and trailed behind the star as she walked the carpet
Olly will also open the ceremony with a dazzling performance of his new track Starstruck.
Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Strictly winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, and Daisy May Cooper are all set to present.
Tom Allen and AJ Odudu, meanwhile, are presenting the Virgin Media BAFTAs: Back to the Red Carpet show.
Glam: Billie wore her hair styled into a cascading half-up, half down do and was rocking a dramatic smoky eye to the star-studded ceremony
Standing tall: She added height to her frame in a pair of chic black heels and appeared in high spirits while posing for photographers ahead of the glitzy event
It was revealed earlier this week the awards show is set to beam celebrities who can’t attend Sunday’s event in person onto the red carpet as holograms.
Presenters Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope will introduce the hologram guests to those actually at the socially distanced ceremony.
Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – will all appear via video call during the ceremony.
Covid restrictions mean TV fans can’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual this year and some nominees won’t be able to attend because of filming bubbles.
In an attempt to ensure everyone can access the awards, Virgin Media will beam them onto the red carpet through the latest hologram technology.
Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega (left) and Letitia Wright (right) leads this year’s nominations with 15 nods
Small Axe leads this year’s nominations with 15 nods.
The BBC One anthology film series, directed by Sir Steve McQueen, picked up six TV nominations and nine in the craft categories, including a nod for the Mini-Series gong alongside Normal People, Adult Material and I May Destroy You.
Small Axe – which features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s – also picked up two Leading Actor nominations with John Boyega and Shaun Parkes both receiving nods.
Letitia Wright, who also starred in the series, is up for the Leading Actress prize, and she will face competition from Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie), Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People), Hayley Squires (Adult Material), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You).
Nominee: I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu (left) will go up against John Boyega and Shaun for Parkes for the Leading Actor award
In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade
Coming-of-age drama: Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal are up for the Leading Actress/ Actor award
Tough competition: Jodie Comer (left in Killing Eve) will go head-to-head with Billie Piper (right in I Hate Suzie) for Leading Actress
Elsewhere, I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu will go up against John and Shaun for the Leading Actor award, as well as Normal People actor Paul Mescal, Baghdad Central’s Waleed Zuaiter, and The Crown’s Josh O’Connor.
The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade alongside I Hate Suzie, Save Me Too and Gangs of London.
Other nods included This Country, Man Like Mobeen, Inside No. 9, and Ghosts for the Scripted Comedy prize, and siblings and This Country creators Daisy May and Charlie Cooper received nominations for the Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme gongs, respectively.
Shortlist: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) was nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award
Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist
Several of the year’s biggest TV moments will be celebrated on Sunday, with Diversity’s controversial BLM-inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent, which sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom, featured in the must-see moment category.
The category, which is voted for by the public, also sees nods to Penelope being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season.
BAFTA TV have reportedly ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards ahead of Sunday’s ceremony.
Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations
It comes after Noel Clarke, who has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment and bullying, was suspended from BAFTA amid the allegations after he won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award in April.
It was recently reported the British Academy of Film and Television Awards spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke, 45, prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours.
According to reports, bosses have suspended ‘all the individual honours’ which are ‘in the gift of the Academy’ ahead of the ceremony, with The Mirror stating bosses are fearing giving an award to another scandal-ridden industry figure.
The Mirror claims a message was sent to members last week which explained that BAFTA were ‘reviewing its selection protocols for its prestigious solo accolades’.
The publication reported that the message said: ‘We wanted to let you know that while we review the processes behind selecting the awards that are ‘in the gift of the Academy’ – the Special Awards and Fellowships – we have temporarily paused these kinds of awards and they will not feature in Sunday’s ceremony.’
The Mirror claims that the only other time a TV Fellowship was ‘given and then cancelled’ was Rolf Harris.
The disgraced children’s entertainer was stripped of his BAFTA Fellowship after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, and was sentenced to six years behind bars.
Harris was released from HMP Stafford on parole in May 2017 after serving just three years of his sentence.
Over the years, a collection of people have been awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, including Joan Bakewell, Kate Adie, Jon Snow, Julie Walters and Joanna Lumley.
While the likes of Idris Elba, Lenny Henry and the late Cilla Black have previously won a Special Award during the ceremony.
However, the BAFTA website states that awards ‘in the gift of the Academy’ are ‘presented at the discretion of the BAFTA Television Committee; therefore they may not all be presented in any given year’.
MailOnline contacted BAFTA for comment at the time.
BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Nominations
GANGS OF LONDON
I HATE SUZIE
SAVE ME TOO – WINNER
JOHN BOYEGA – Small Axe
JOSH O’CONNOR – The Crown
PAAPA ESSIEDU – I May Destroy You
PAUL MESCAL – Normal People – WINNER
SHAUN PARKES – Small Axe
WALEED ZUAITER – Baghdad Central
BILLIE PIPER – I Hate Suzie
DAISY EDGAR-JONES – Normal People
HAYLEY SQUIRES – Adult Material
JODIE COMER – Killing Eve
LETITIA WRIGHT – Small Axe
MICHAELA COEL – I May Destroy You – WINNER
KUNAL NAYYAR – Criminal: UK
MALACHI KIRBY – Small Axe – WINNER
MICHAEL SHEEN – Quiz
MICHEAL WARD – Small Axe
RUPERT EVERETT – Adult Material
TOBIAS MENZIES – The Crown
HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The Crown
LEILA FARZAD – I Hate Suzie
RAKIE AYOLA – Anthony – WINNER
SIENA KELLY – Adult Material
SOPHIE OKONEDO – Criminal: UK
WERUCHE OPIA – I May Destroy You
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
CHARLIE BROOKER’S ANTIVIRAL WIPE
ROB & ROMESH VS Jack Shillaker
THE BIG NARSTIE SHOW – WINNER
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
AIMEE LOU WOOD – Sex Education – WINNER
DAISY HAGGARD – Breeders
DAISY MAY COOPER – This Country
EMMA MACKEY – Sex Education
GBEMISOLA IKUMELO – Famalam
MAE MARTIN – Feel Good
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
CHARLIE COOPER – This Country -WINNER
GUZ KHAN – Man Like Mobeen
JOSEPH GILGUN – Brassic
NCUTI GATWA – Sex Education
PAUL RITTER – Friday Night Dinner
REECE SHEARSMITH – Inside No.9
I MAY DESTROY YOU – WINNER
AMERICA’S WAR ON ABORTION (EXPOSURE)
ITALY’S FRONTLINE: A DOCTOR’S DIARY
THE BATTLE FOR HONG KONG (DISPATCHES)
THE CYPRUS PAPERS UNDERCOVER (AL JAZEERA INVESTIGATIONS)
JIMMY MCGOVERN’S MOVING ON
RICHARD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES
THE GREAT HOUSE GIVEAWAY – WINNER
ADAM HILLS – The Last Leg
BRADLEY WALSH – Beat the Chasers
CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN – Strictly Come Dancing
DAVID MITCHELL – Would I Lie to You? At Christmas
GRAHAM NORTON – The Graham Norton Show
ROMESH RANGANATHAN – The Ranganation – WINNER
ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY
LIFE & RHYMES – WINNER
STRICTLY COME DANCING
THE MASKED SINGER
CRIME & PUNISHMENT
LOSING IT: OUR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ
BIG ZUU’S BIG EATS
LONG LOST FAMILY: BORN WITHOUT TRACE – WINNER
MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING
THE REPAIR SHOP
BBC NEWS AT TEN: PRIME MINISTER ADMITTED TO INTENSIVE CARE
CHANNEL 4 NEWS: DETERRING DEMOCRACY
NEWSNIGHT: COVID CARE CRISIS
SKY NEWS: INSIDE IDLIB
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS
RACE ACROSS THE WORLD
THE SCHOOL THAT TRIED TO END RACISM – WINNER
THE WRITE OFFS
BBW (ON THE EDGE)
SITTING IN LIMBO
THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
CASUALTY – WINNER
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE (STORYVILLE)
LIFE DRAWING LIVE!
SPRINGWATCH – WINNER
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE
THE THIRD DAY: AUTUMN Production Team
INSIDE NO. 9 – WINNER
MAN LIKE MOBEEN
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
DISABLED NOT DEFEATED: THE ROCK BANS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – DELTA 7
THE MAIN PART
THEY SAW THE SUN FIRST – WINNER
AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR
ANTON FERDINAND: FOOTBALL, RACISM & ME
LOCKED IN: BREAKING THE SILENCE (STORYVILLE)
VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)
BRIDGERTON – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020 – WINNER
EASTENDERS – Gray kills Chantelle
GOGGLEBOX – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference
NIGELLA’S COOK, EAT, REPEAT – Mee-cro-wah-vay
THE MANDALORIAN – Luke Skywalker arrives