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Benedict, Olivia Colman up for TV Baftas

Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman are among the nominees for this year’s Bafta TV awards, with the latter cited for the fourth consecutive year.

Cumberbatch, 38, is up for best lead actor for Sherlock, the third time he has been nominated for the role. Colman is up for best female comedy performance for her role as a vicar’s wife in Rev, reported BBC online.

The 41-year-old actress won a Bafta last year for Broadchurch and received two awards in 2013. Sarah Lancashire, recognised last year for Last Tango in Halifax, is also nominated again, this time in the lead actress category for Happy Valley.

Cumberbatch’s competition includes Toby Jones, nominated for his portrayal of a man with learning difficulties in Marvellous, and James Nesbitt, shortlisted for his work in The Missing.

Lancashire is up against Keeley Hawes, Georgina Campbell - nominated for the first time for Murdered by My Boyfriend - and Sheridan Smith, recognised for her role as the young Cilla Black in Cilla.

Cilla is also up for best mini-series alongside fellow ITV productions Prey and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

The Bafta TV awards will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London on May 10, hosted by Graham Norton.
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