David Tennant wins Best Actor in Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2021

David Tennant said he is “chuffed to bits” to have won the Best Actor award in the 2021 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

The 47th annual Television, Streaming and Audio awards took place virtually at lunchtime on Friday 12 March. The awards celebrate work commissioned in the UK.

Instead of the usual invitation-only lunch, attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives, the awards were announced in a virtual ceremony on Twitter (@BPGPressGuild).

Tennant, who lives in Chiswick, won the Best Actor award for his roles in the ITV mini-series drama Des and BBC comedy Staged.

Des follows the story of Dennis Nilsen, a serial killer killed up to 15 vulnerable young men in the late 70s and early 80s. Many of Nilson’s victims were gay, homeless or drug addicts, who he enticed back to his home.

Staged is the comedy Tennant filmed with Michael Sheen during the pandemic, using video conferencing technology. The series premiered on 10 June 2020 on BBC One. A second series was broadcast on BBC One starting on 4 January 2021.

The series is about the two of them apparently rehearsing a play ready for the the West End, by Zoom, but being side tracked, losing focus and having to be whipped into line by Dame Judi Dench, brought in to bang their heads together. It also features cameos by a host of big names including Samuel L Jackson.

Des was also nominated for best drama, but lost the award to Quiz, starring Michael Sheen.

Image above: David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen in ‘Des’, David Tennant as himself in ‘Staged’

“Touched and humbled” says David Tennant

In a pre-recorded response posted to Broadcasting Press Guild’s Twitter account, David Tennant said:

“Thank you, what a year this has been! Television has been so important to us all, locked in our houses as we have been and I’ve struck really lucky to be involved in two projects that have connected to people through this weird time.

Des landed here by accident, we have been developing it for such a long time – very carefully, very slowly to make sure we tell this horrific story appropriately and sensitively. Staged appeared out of nowhere with no pre-production to speak of and it could only exist in the peculiar madness of the world we have been living in, I just happened to be in the middle of both of them.

“As ever in circumstances like this, chuffed as I am to receive this award, I am very aware I am piggy-backing on the brilliant people I work with. Working with great people makes you look better and I’m very aware of of that.  In particular in terms of Staged, filmed part in this very room, I got to work with my actual wife Georgia, who makes me look better on screen and off, and to who I am of course indebted, of course.

“But I’m very indebted to the Broadcasting Press Guild. I am touched, I am humbled and I’m chuffed to bits. Thank you all so much.”

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