Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge picks her chin hairs during BAFTA nominations

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Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown - Getty Images

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Things got a little... weird during the virtual Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards tonight (July 31).

It was odd enough without the celebrities in their usual elaborate outfits and the live audience due to lockdown restrictions, but when it came to the Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme award, the four ladies were all, er, picking their faces.

When Greg Davies announced the nominees – Gbemisola Ikumelo for Famalam, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, Sarah Kendall for Frayed and Sian Clifford for Fleabag – they were all picking hairs off their chins.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Waller-Bridge actually had her tweezers out and doing a rather thorough job of it, which was quite something.

Anyway, once the chin picking was all done, Fleabag triumphed for the second year and this time it was Clifford who took the award for the category.

"I don't know what to say," she said, very surprised to get the gong.

"This is so stupid and so weird and so surreal, and Sarah and Gbemisola are amazing. I hope you're celebrating today because we're all winners here."

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

She was very emotional and surprised to receive the award, unlike some, who were very composed in their pre-recorded speeches.

Host Richard Ayoade explained that some of the nominees had pre-recorded their acceptances in advance to help things along.

"Some nominees have recorded their acceptance speeches in advance without knowing whether they've won or not, allowing them to watch their own acceptance speech as it is broadcast live to the nation," he explained to viewers.

"I doubt if anyone in showbusiness has ever dreamed that such multi-leveled, self-congratulation was even possible. Thank you, COVID-19."

The 2020 Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards aired on BBC One on Friday (July 31) at 7pm.

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