Hugh Grant

With the BAFTA television awards just around the corner, an intriguing showdown is building between Hollywood heartthrobs Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Best known for their film work, both actors took hugely successful steps into television last year. Grant has been lauded asa revelation” for his role as Jeremy Thorpe in A Very British Scandal, while Cumberbatch’s presence in Patrick Melrose has been described as a “brilliant performance by a great actor in a desperately grim story.

Grant Ahead by a Nose

According to William Hill, Grant currently has the edge at odds of 11/8, with Cumberbatch at 6/4. Also competing in the category are Chance Perdomo for his role in Killed By My Debt and Lucian Msamati for Kiri.

In what could be a double achievement for A Very British Scandal, Grant’s co-star Ben Whishaw is also favoured to pick up the best supporting actor award.

The award nominations are dominated by Killing Eve which received the nod in 15 categories. A Very English Scandal picked up 12 nominations while Bodyguard and Patrick Melrose both have 6.

Bodyguard has been a huge success for the BBC, thrilling critics and audiences alike. Keeley Hawes has been nominated for best actress, but to the fury of his many fans, Hawes’s co-star  Richard Madden has been overlooked. However, if, as widely rumoured, he lands the part of the next James Bond, he can probably get over this BAFTA snub.