Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s tempestuous relationship has been recognised with a TV Bafta nomination in the UK.
The pair, who appeared in a BBC drama based on the couple’s life, are in the running for the leading actor and actress awards at the annual event after nominations were announced today.
They face competition from big names including Jamie Dornan and Olivia Colman, who was one of the stars of last year’s awards.
Colman, nominated for Broadchurch, is also up against Kerrie Hayes from The Mill and Maxine Peake from The Village for the leading actress award.
Dornan is nominated for his role as the twisted killer in BBC2’s The Fall, alongside Luke Newberry from zombie thriller In The Flesh.
Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, about the aftermath of a series of shootings in a small town, triumphed with a leading actor nomination for Sean Harris and supporting actor and actress nods for fellow cast members Rory Kinnear and Shirley Henderson.
The show is also in the running in the mini-series category.
This year’s awards will be handed out during a ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London’s West End on Sunday May 18.