Killing Eve is the big winner at Digital Spy Reader Awards 2020

Abby Robinson
·6-min read
Photo credit: ITV/Netflix/Digital Spy - BBC
Photo credit: ITV/Netflix/Digital Spy - BBC

From Digital Spy

It's official: the results of the Digital Spy TV reader awards are in.

You cast your votes and here, dear readers, are your 2020 winners.


Best Actor (Female)

It was a tale of two Jodies in the Best Female Actor category, with Comer coming out on top for the second year in a row. And clearly, Michaela Coel made quite an impression on you lot, clinching the bronze medal for her heavyweight performance in the sublime I May Destroy You.

"Thank you so much to the Digital Spy readers for their continued support," said Comer. "This is a lovely early Christmas present! Stay safe and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!"

Best Actor (Male)

David Tennant last picked up the Best Male Actor award in 2013 for his stint as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, and he's back with a bang for his uncanny portrayal of real-life serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's Des. And it's a double whammy for Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield, who took the second and third spots.

"David Tennant's performance as Des was incredible and I'm delighted Digital Spy has awarded him the best actor award," said ITV head of Drama Polly Hill. "It's well deserved for what is the performance of the year."

Rising Star

Emma Corrin received huge praise from critics and viewers alike for her performance as a young Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown, but Normal People's Paul Mescal is your pick for Rising Star. His partner in crime, Daisy Edgar-Jones, just pipped Corrin to second place.

"Whey! That's incredible," said Mescal. "That is pretty incredible, I'm beaming. It's still a very new thing in terms of people awarding the show. It's a huge honour, I think people are still responding to the show, like 7-8 months after, and it's really cool and I'm really honoured. Thank you very much."

Best British Drama

Killing Eve has bagged Best British Drama, beating out the likes of Netflix favourite Sex Education and Des. With season four on the way, can the series make it a hattrick?

Best Lockdown Binge

If there's one person who made us all forget about the horrors of 2020 (or exchanged them for fresh ones) for just a second, it was Joe Exotic, so it's unsurprising that Tiger King has been crowned Best Lockdown Binge. Connell and Marianne's love affair put up a good fight in Normal People, but it was no match for those big cats.

Best Drama

2019 belonged to Line of Duty, but this year's champ is Killing Eve, which took on the mighty Sex Education and The Crown, and won. After scooping Best British Drama as well, it's fair to say that you're all rather partial to this deliciously dark comedy-drama.

Best Comedy

Schitt's Creek might have won a whopping nine Emmys this year, but that's small fry compared to Best Comedy at the Digital Spy Reader Awards. Ricky Gervais's After Life and BBC sitcom Ghosts were worthy contenders, but there can only be one winner.

Best Moment

The first Black female Doctor was an historic Doctor Who moment, which makes it an extremely worthy winner. And it's fitting that The Good Place also got a nod during the year we waved goodbye to the show after four seasons.

"Thanks Digital Spy readers," said the show's producer Chris Chibnall. "Especially in a year with so much (SO MUCH!) extraordinary TV. And from February! When we could all still leave the house!

"Credit goes to the fabulous Jo Martin who nailed it from her very first syllable, director Nida Manzoor, and Jodie Whittaker who took the audience so thrillingly into her Doctor's emotional journey in those moments. And to Vinay Patel who doubled down on my crazy suggestion of another Doctor, with a buried TARDIS.

"And everyone on the production, for keeping this (and every) secret, and making it a moment we'll always be proud of."

Best Character

For the second year in a row, Villanelle has been voted as your Best TV Character, with one half of Killing Eve's leading duo relegating Baby Yoda into the silver medal position. Revenge for The Child's recent behaviour? Perhaps. But grievances aside, Jodie Comer's character is the victor.

Most Devastating Death (Spoiler alert!)

The demise of Killing Eve's Kenny (RIP!) stormed to victory in the Most Devastating Death category, hoovering up just shy of 50% of the votes. Oliver Queen and Dani didn't stand a chance.

Breakthrough Hit

Adapting Sally Rooney's best-selling novel 'Normal People' for the small screen was no small feat, but evidently, the team behind it played a blinder because you've chosen it as your Breakthrough Hit of 2020. For a hot second, we stopped wailing about the state of the world...and wailed over Connell and Marianne instead. No one does heartbreak quite like those two.

Most Incredible Twist

Line of Duty's Ted Hastings floored us all in 2019 when we discovered that the head of AC-12, the police force's guiding light, didn't know how to spell the word 'definitely'. But this year, your winner is Doctor Who's Timeless Child twist, which wiped the floor with the competition, scooping a decisive 25% of the votes.

Best Reality Show

Another year, another win for I'm a Celeb, which has claimed Best Reality Show a staggering six times at the Digital Spy reader awards. But it should be noted that this was the most closely fought category, with just 0.3% in it between first and second place, and the same again between Strictly and RuPaul's Drag Race. Will the runners-up go one better next year?

"A big thank you to Digital Spy and its readers for awarding I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! the Best Reality TV Show award," said the I'm A Celebrity production team. "We're really happy to hear that you're all enjoying watching the 20th series."

Best Documentary

A trio of grim and gruesome stories claimed the top three spots in the Best Documentary category, but it's Tiger King, also voted Best Lockdown Binge, which is this year's pick.

Best TV Presenter

After losing out to Graham Norton in 2018, Ant and Dec have gone on to scoop the Best TV Presenter crown for the past two years running. And it's a very commendable third place for former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, who was nominated in this category for the very first time.

"Thank you so much to all the readers of Digital Spy for voting us Best TV Presenters," said Ant. "We're really grateful and appreciate all of your support."

Dec added, "Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. And a big thank you for watching all our shows. See you for Saturday Night Takeaway in the new year."

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