‘Appropriate Adult’ Wins Big at BAFTA TV Awards

The British miniseries took home three of the top four dramatic acting awards as "Downton Abbey" and "Modern Family" go home empty handed

“Appropriate Adult,” an ITV miniseries about serial killer Fred West, took home three of the top four acting prizes at Sunday's BAFTA TV awards, edging out nominees from “Sherlock” and “Downton Abbey.”

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Dominic West, known stateside for playing Jimmy McNulty in “The Wire,” won the leading actor award for his portrayal of West, a serial killer who tortured, raped and murdered various women throughout the 1970s.

Emily Watson, whose credits include “Breaking the Waves” and “Gosford Park,” took home the award for leading actress.

Both actors beat out nominees from “This is England ’88,” a drama that won the prize for best miniseries.

Monica Dolan brought “Appropriate Adult” its third acting prize, besting three nominees, including Maggie Smith from “Downton Abbey.”

The final dramatic acting prize, for supporting actor, went to Andrew Scott from “Sherlock.”

Outside of acting, the awards were spread among a wide variety of shows. 

Danish thriller “Borgen” won for best international TV show, beating a crop of nominees that included “Modern Family.”

Jennifer Saunders and Darren Boyd won the top acting prizes for comedy, representing “Absolutely Fabulous” and “Spy,” respectively.

“The Fades,” Jack Thorne’s show about an English teenager who has apocalyptic dreams, won best dramatic series.

Finally, BAFTA revealed that government really does trump sports, handing the Sport & Live Event award to the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding.

For a full list of winners, click here.