On the 12th May, the 2019 BAFTA Television Awards were held in the Royal Festival Hall, London. While the 72nd BAFTAs were held in February, this award show was all about British television and celebrating the actors and shows that have had us glued to our screens over the past year. The red carpet was adorned with stunning fashion ensembles that rivalled the beauty and shine of the awards.
The TV BAFTAs celebrate and champion incredible television shows and actors. Killing Eve received the most awards, with Jodie Comer winning Best Actress for her role as Villanelle, Fiona Shaw winning Best Supporting Actress and the series winning Best Drama Series. Benedict Cumberbatch won the Best Actor BAFTA for playing the character, Patrick Melrose. The night also saw Ant McPartlin’s return to award shows and our TV screens, following his rocky 2018 and his step-back from TV. His co-star Dec Donnelly took over as the lead presenter for I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Britain’s Got Talent, both of which won awards at the event.
The fashion of the evening was dazzling, as both men and women got out their best gladrags for the event. Dresses were mainly flowy and floor length and the one shoulder dress was a big trend, with Shirley Ballas, Scarlett Moffat and Jodie Comer rocking the look. While previous award shows in 2019 were mostly black and white, there was a lot more block colours on the carpet, like pink, red and blue. Sheer fabrics were also a hit on the carpet, with Rochelle Humes and Holly Willoughby giving glitz, glamour and class to the see-through trend. Pantsuits were also popular, with Konnie Huq, Jennifer Metcalfe and Tess Daly storming the red carpet wearing smart suits. Jewellery was minimal and toned back to the basics, with drop earrings and bracelets proving to be very popular.
Let’s take a look at some of the best TV BAFTA looks this year.
Maya Jama is really having a moment this year. She is making a name for herself in the media, starring in countless TV shows, hosting her own Radio 1 show and podcast. Most recently, she is on the front cover of British Vogue, so her BAFTAs look needed to be show-stopping - and wow... did she deliver. Maya wore a strapless white dress embellished with tassels, that perfectly hugged her curves. She wore her hair slicked back and sported the Bulgari Serpenti Necklace, which has been seen countless times this year at previous award shows, most memorably by Charlize Theron at the 2019 Oscars. The necklace is worth £250,000 (!!!) and perfectly completed Maya’s edgy look.
Graham Norton has been hosting the BAFTAs for years and he didn’t disappoint as host this year. His hilarious opening monologue poked fun at our favourite TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off. Graham wore a black velvet suit featuring stunning gold detailing, giving the suit a polka dot effect. Straying away from the black suit and tie, the velvet suit made a statement and injected some fun and glamour into his outfit.
The big winner of the evening, Jodie Comer took home the Best Actress BAFTA for her role as Villanelle in the hit TV show, Killing Eve. Jodie dazzled in an off the shoulder magenta pink dress, designed by Stella McCartney. The dress was floor length and her one shoulder sleeve also fell down to the floor. Keeping her hair and jewellery simple so as to make the dress the star of the show, Jodie balanced out her asymmetrical look with diamond bracelets. Villanelle is known for her own iconic fashion moments but at the BAFTAs, Jodie gave her a run for her money.
Known for playing Julia Montague in the incredible BBC drama The Bodyguard, Keeley Hawes chose a dress that embodied the classic style of old Hollywood. Keeley wowed in a silver ball gown with a Bateau neckline. The off the shoulder gown came in at her waist and fell down to the floor, giving her a classic princess look - and it had pockets. She kept her jewellery minimal so as not to distract from her stunning dress. Instead, she chose a bold red lip to add a pop of colour to her silver gown and donned a pair of classic silver drop earrings.
Comedian and actress Lolly Adefope strayed away from the block colour ‘theme’ of the evening and instead went for a bright and bold dress. She wore an off the shoulder rainbow dress, complete with neutral pink platform heels. The rainbow colours were arranged in stripes that fell down the length of the dress, with a subtle ruffle detailing at the bottom. Completing her look, Lolly wore a pair of gold hoops, keeping her earrings classic and subtle to show off her colourful ensemble.
Special mention - Daisy May Cooper
Star of the comedy series This Country, actress Daisy May Cooper made a bold statement with her outfit. She wore a dress made out of bin bags, with a trail made up of discarded rubbish and a headpiece featuring a dustbin can and a pigeon. Daisy said that her mother made the dress and that it only cost £5. She donated the money she would have spent on a dress to a food bank.