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The Crown season 3: Claire Foy talks departure after season 2

The Crown season 3: Claire Foy talks departure after season 2

The Netflix series The Crown has come in top of the nominations with no less than five possible awards including Best Drama for the series as a whole.

"The Crown" garnered nominations for best drama series; best leading actress for Claire Foy, who played the young Queen Elizabeth II; supporting actress for Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret; and supporting actor nods for both John Lithgow and Jared Harris, who played Winston Churchill and King George VI, respectively.

The nominations were announced by actors Andrew Buchan and Michaela Coel at Bafta's headquarters on Tuesday morning.

"I am thrilled to be hosting the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards this year".

In the leading actor category, National Treasure's Robbi Coltrane has been nominated alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hollow Crown. Lancashire will compete against Foy, Jodie Comer for the BBC's "Thirteen", and Nikki Amuka-Bird for the BBC's "NW".

"We are all giddy and delighted".

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Feature-length drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy followed with three nominations, including lead actor for Babou Ceesay and best supporting actress for Wunmi Mosaku.

The Crown racked up nominations for Best Drama Series, along with nominations in four acting categories.

Unusually for the Geordie duo they have missed out on the Entertainment Performance category with Adam Hills, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton and Michael McIntyre receiving nods.

Stranger Things, another Netflix original series, was nominated for the BAFTA for Best International TV series, according to Deadline.

Ed Balls' famous Gangnam Style routine made the list of must-see TV moments, along with Planet Earth II's snakes vs iguana chase, James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama, Danny Dyer's royal revelation on Who Do You Think You Are?, Game Of Thrones' Battle Of The Bastards and Line Of Duty's series three finale.

The winners will be announced May 14 at what's expected to be a glittering ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall, hosted for the first time by Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.

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