BAFTA TV Awards red carpet 2024 with bridal looks, bare chests and Queen Elizabeth I

Joe Lycett attending the BAFTA TV Awards 2024
Joe Lycett attending the BAFTA TV Awards 2024 -Credit:PA

The who's who of the small screen are out in force for one of the biggest nights of the year. The BAFTA Television Awards 2024 were taking place on Sunday night (May 12) in its usual home of the Royal Festival Hall on the sunny Southbank in London.

Comedians Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett have returned to host the ceremony and the latest celebration of the small screen sees The Crown, Black Mirror and Happy Valley leading the nominations with the most nods.

There will also be plenty of other famous faces taking to the stage to present an award with the likes of Stacey Solomon, Clive Myrie, Danny Dyer, Richard Gadd, Rob Rinder, Rylan Clark, Katherine Ryan and Sir Trevor McDonald all set to give out gongs on the night.

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Ahead of the ceremony, Bafta chairwoman Sara Putt praised the variety of talent nominated at the television awards. Speaking on the red carpet, she told the PA news agency: "It is so lovely to be able to celebrate with shows like The Crown and Succession and Happy Valley as they came to their finales, shows that gave given us so much challenge and delight are now over so to be able to celebrate with them is brilliant."

She added: "I think we have a huge amount of talent in this country, we are natural storytellers. At the craft awards a few weeks ago, the standard of writing for drama with Succession, Demon 79, Happy Valley etc is so high because of the brilliantly mixed economy we have, with public service broadcasters, other broadcasters and streamers, there are so many different routes to market, that really engenders a lot of quality."

And as the stars were hitting the red carpet in their most glamourous attire, all eyes were on comedian Joe Lycett who dressed as Queen Elizabeth I following a promise he made on live TV.

Joe Lycett -Credit:PA
Joe Lycett -Credit:PA

Taking to the red carpet, Joe wore a white cape, which resembled a gown and trailed along the floor, as well as an Elizabethan-style ruff around his neck. His unusual choice of outfit came after he promised his aunties that he would don a period dress if they managed to get 100,000 followers for their Instagram account.

Joe, who is nominated for entertainment performance for Channel 4’s Late Night Lycett, also sported a white shirt with a black bow. He carried two different types of fan on the red carpet, one battery-powered and one manual as the sun beat down on central London.

Jorgie Porter -Credit:Getty Images
Jorgie Porter -Credit:Getty Images

Meanwhile, bridal-inspired looks appeared to be popular with Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter looking sensational as she walked the red carpet in a white gown that boasted a lace bodice and a pleated skirt and slight train. Reality star Vicky Pattison also got the memo as she arrived donning a stunning bedazzled fitted dress that clung to her enviable curves.

She posed up a storm for the cameras in the dazzling, almost see-through gown that featured intricate detailing in all the right places. Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly also oozed glamour in a figure-hugging, one-shoulder dress that perfectly offset her glowing tan and golden blonde locks as she stood in front of the cameras separate to her co-host Claudia Winkleman who rocked an oversized white suit and her trademark fringe elsewhere on the red carpet.

Tess Daly -Credit:PA
Tess Daly -Credit:PA

And it wasn't just all about the ladies and their frocks as there were plenty of men looking dapper on the red carpet, including serial award-winners Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly who have made their first big public appearance since finishing their beloved ITV show, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The voice of Love Island Iain Stirling also rocked a three-piece suit, complete with dickie bow, But actor and Strictly finalist Layton Williams didn't get the 'Slayton' nickname for nothing as he bared his chest - and we can't blame him in the current heat - as he gave his best poses for the camera in a golden-detailed blazer with matching pants while gripping a gorgeous gold and black bag from its pearl-lined handle.

Layton Williams -Credit:PA
Layton Williams -Credit:PA

Rylan Clark also jetted back from Sweden for the occasion after he commentated the Eurovision Song Contest's Grand Final for BBC Radio 2 on Saturday night (May 11). There wasn't a hint of tiredness from the TV and radio star as he cut a suave figure on the red carpet with his jet black locks given the slicked back treatment on this occasion.

Meanwhile, Emily Atack cradled her blossoming baby bump in a hint of baby blue as she enjoyed a night out before the arrival of her first child, which she previously confirmed is a baby boy. The former Inbetweeners star looked glowing in the floaty number that perfectly hugged her bump.

The star looked stunning in a floor length blue gown
Emily Atack -Credit:PA

Six talked-about TV moments are also shortlisted for a Bafta, which has been voted for by the public. Ncuti Gatwa’s unveiling as the 15th Time Lord in Doctor Who, Logan Roy’s shocking death in Succession and David Beckham’s teasing of wife Victoria about her “working-class” upbringing are among the stand-out scenes in the running for the P&O Cruises memorable moment award.

Characters Catherine Cawood and Tommy Lee Royce’s final kitchen showdown in Happy Valley, blind musician Lucy’s performance in The Piano and the relationship between Bill and Frank in The Last Of Us are also in contention for the prize. Former children’s TV presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin will receive the Bafta Fellowship at the ceremony, while daytime star Lorraine Kelly will be given a special award.

The Bafta TV Awards will air on BBC One at 7pm.