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BAFTA Cymru Awards 2023 nominations announced

Sep 7, 2023

BAFTA in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, today announces the nominations for the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2023, honouring excellence and celebrating creative talent across film and television in Wales.

Nominations for all 22 competitive categories spanning craft, performance and production are unveiled, with the winners to be announced at the Cymru Awards ceremony on 15 October. View the full list of nominations HERE

The highlights are:

  • Seven nominations for Y Sŵn
  • Five nominations for Stori’r laith
  • Four nominations for Greenham
  • Three nominations for Chris a’r Afal Mawr
  • Three nominations for Television Dramas His Dark Materials, The Lazarus Project and The Pact.
  • Five first time BAFTA Cymru nominees in the performance categories including, Graham Land, Katie Wix, Owain Arthur, Rakie Ayola and Taron Egerton.

As previously announced, the Siân Phillips Special Award, one of BAFTA Cymru’s highest accolades, has been awarded to Welsh actress Rakie Ayola. See press release here

BAFTA Cymru chair, Angharad Mair said: With film and production work created and made by Welsh talent reaching every part of the globe – celebrating, promoting and championing the hard work and creativity coming out of our country is more important than ever. Over recent years, we’ve seen enormous growth in the creative sectors here in Wales and it’s also been incredible to see a rise in the number of Welsh locations and productions on screen globally and internationally. 

The BAFTA Cymru Awards are here to celebrate excellence across the screen industries, and as Chair of BAFTA Cymru, I’m very proud and excited to see what excellent creative gems and moments this year’s Cymru Awards will bring. Congratulations to all the nominees and I look forward to celebrating with you during this special evening.”

BAFTA Cymru today announces beloved Welsh actress Rakie Ayola as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Siân Phillips Award. ©Ejatu Shaw, 2022

For the 2023 edition, the ceremony will be held for the first time at the ICCW in Newport, with audiences at home about to follow the action as it unfolds on BAFTA’s YouTube. Beloved Welsh TV presenter Alex Jones is returning to host, and will be joined by a host of stars to help present the awards on the night.

Alex is one of the UK’s best loved TV presenters and has co-hosted The One Show, BBC One’s flagship magazine show, for 13 years. Alex began her career as a television researcher in her native Wales before moving to the other side of the camera with her first presenting job on BBC Choice. Alex then joined S4C as a presenter on the singing programme Can i Gymru (A Song for Wales) and went on to front a variety of children’s, sports and travel programmes. Ahead of the awards, Alex expressed her joy at hosting again this year.

“I am thrilled to be hosting the BAFTA Cymru Awards again this year and to celebrate all the fantastic Film and Television productions being produced in Wales. Being part of an evening that champions all the wonderful talent and creativity coming out of my home country is such a pleasure. Huge congratulations to all of the nominees and I look forward to joining you on the night.”

The BAFTA Cymru Award sponsors and partners for 2023 have been confirmed as Acqua Panna, Bad Wolf, BBC Cymru Wales, Champagne Taittinger, Channel 4, Deloitte, EE, Eric James Transport Services, Gorilla, Lancôme, S4C, S.Pellegrino, Villa Maria.

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