The Crown Scoops 5 BAFTA Nominations

Netflix's sumptuous royal drama The Crown has reigned supreme at the BAFTA television award nominations for 2017, picking up five nods.

Miss Foy, who was raised partly in Leeds, has already been named best actress at America's Golden Globe awards and by the Screen Actors Guild.

John Lithgow and Jared Harris were each nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Vanessa Kirby was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the show.

BBC dramas Fleabag and Happy Valley also received three nominations each, including best female performance in a comedy for Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Meanwhile, Foy faces competition in her category from Thirteen's Jodie Comer, NW's Nikki Amuka-Bird and Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire.

Season 2 of The Crown is expected to hit Netflix in November, with a third season to follow next year.

"I am beyond thrilled for The Crown to have been recognised in a year where so much wonderful work has been achieved in British television", he said.

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Robbie Coltrane, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adeel Akhtar and Babou Ceesay are nominated for Leading Actor.

"We are all giddy and delighted".

Last year's series of Strictly Come Dancing received nods in both the best entertainment programme and best entertainment performance categories, while Ed Balls' famous Gangnam Style routine made the list of must-see TV moments of the year.

Notable for its absence among the nominees however was The Night Manager, which despite picking up Golden Globes and being an global hit for the BBC, received only one nomination - best supporting actor for Tom Hollander - while both Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie missed out.

Earlier this year Netflix did scoop up its first BAFTA Film award, for Ava DuVernay's 13th, but its TV series have yet to be honoured by the British Academy.

The awards ceremony takes place at London's Royal Festival Hall on 14 May. Fortunately, "The Crown" actress Claire Foy and actor Matt Smith, who plays the respective characters, won't be carrying the burden for too long.

  • Sonia Alvarado