Bafta nominees pose for Rankin portraits

Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire
Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire

A number of Bafta nominees for the Virgin Media Bafta TV awards have posed for Rankin in a socially-distanced photoshoot.

This year’s portraits saw the friends and families of those nominated taking part, as the shoot was done remotely and directed through a series of video calls.

The results saw a fun and heart-warming collection of photos capturing the essence of some of our nominees; Stephen Graham leaps in the air on a trampoline dressed in a suit and trainers, Glenda Jackson sits in her garden with a cup of tea and Guz Khan is ambushed by his children with water pistols.

Suranne Jones reads the paper in an armchair in her garden shed, barefoot while wearing a white trousersuit and flanked by the Bafta she won in 2016 for Doctor Foster.

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa posed for a snap (Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire)
Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa posed for a snap (Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire)

Naomi Ackie poses with her collection of colourful high-heeled shoes, while Youssef Kerkour sits in a tuxedo among his daughter’s toys and Katie McGlynn poses on top of a ride-on lawn mower in a glamorous cream gown.

Graham is nominated in the leading actors category for his role in The Virtues, while Jackson is nominated in leading actress for Elizabeth Is Missing, alongside Jones for Gentleman Jack.

Khan is nominated for male performance in a comedy programme for Man Like Mobeen alongside Kerkour for Home, while Ackie is nominated in the supporting actress category for The End of the F****** World and McGlynn is nominated for the must see moment prize for Sinead Osbourne’s death in Coronation Street.

Youssef Kerkour makes use of his daughter's toys in his shoot (Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire)
Youssef Kerkour makes use of his daughter's toys in his shoot (Rankin/BAFTA/PA Wire)

Speaking about the shoot, Rankin explained: “I am so excited to have shot the 2020 Virgin Media Baftas nominee portraits. Despite the limitations, we have created a memorable series of photographs and it has been a real honour to capture some of the biggest TV stars in the intimacy of their own homes.

“To be able to virtually connect, direct, shoot and deliver these portraits without any physical interaction has been a fun challenge and our TV celebrities put on quite the performance for us!”

The TV Baftas are being held on Friday 31st July, having previously been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The closed studio event will be hosted by Richard Ayoade, who will be presenting the awards show for the first time.

The TV Baftas will air Friday 31st July at 7pm on BBC One

Additional reporting by PA

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