Atkins, who was first nominated for a BAFTA 39 years ago, clinched the prize for Best Actress for her work on the BBC One television program "Cranford." Atkins' "Cranford" co-star, Judi Dench, was also nominated in the same category. British talk-show personality Graham Norton hosted the BAFTAs, which were presented at the London Palladium. Additional BAFTA recipients include Martin Guerre and History Boys star James Corden, who earned a Best Comedy Performance BAFTA for the popular BBC series "Gavin & Stacey," and American-born actor Andrew Garfield, who took the prize for Best Actor in "Boy A."
A partial list of winning television productions follow:
"The Mark of Cain" DRAMA SERIES
"The Street" DRAMA SERIAL
"Britz" CONTINUING DRAMA
"Holby City" INTERNATIONAL
"Heroes" FACTUAL SERIES
"The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities" For a complete list of BAFTA television winners, visit www.BAFTA.org.