BAFTA Honors Branagh for Stark Series ‘Wallander’

Julie Walters, competing against herself and others, wins best actress prize

Kenneth Branagh was named best actor by the BAFTA TV awards, taking the coveted prize for his role in the Scandinavian crime series "Wallander."

Branagh won Britain’s top TV honor Sunday over  John Hurt, Brendan Gleeson and David Oyelowo. Branagh, who is directing feature film "Thor" in the United States, was unable to attend the ceremony.

Julie Walters, twice nominated in the actress category, won for the political biopic "Mo." She also was nominated for the drama "A Short Stay in Switzerland."

Walters beat Helena Bonham Carter and Sophie Okonedo.

Best male and female comedy performances went to Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front, who both star in the BBC’s political satire "The Thick of It," which won for best sitcom.

"Mad Men" won the international TV prize.

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