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Bafta TV Awards 2021: Oti Mabuse, Bill Bailey, Daisy May Cooper and Claudia Winkleman lead the charge on the red carpet

Oti Mabuse, the most recent winner of Strictly Come Dancing and now a judge on Masked Singer and Dancer, Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey and Strictly Come Dancing judge Claudia Winkleman on the Bafta red carpet
Oti Mabuse, Bill Bailey and Claudia Winkleman led the charge on Bafta red carpet (Credits: AP)

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards opened up the red carpet to a slew of wonderfully dressed television personalities today.

The Bafta TV Awards 2021 nominations features nods to acclaimed shows including I May Destroy You, Small Axe and The Crown, with the line-up also featuring a range of first-time nominees, including Paul Mescal, Weruche Opia and Shaun Parkes.

In a departure from tradition, this year’s guest presenters will appear in person as well as via hologram during the award show.

As they ready to battle it out at the coveted ceremony, some of the biggest TV stars were out in force in their suitably gorgeous outfits.

Showing other programmes what they’re made of, Strictly Come Dancing was represented by the glamorous Oti Mabuse, Bill Bailey and Claudia Winkleman.

Oti, the most recent winner of Strictly Come Dancing and now a judge on The Masked Dancer, wore a breathtaking dress with a thigh high split for her BAFTA outfit.

Oti looked stunning in a gown with a thigh-high split on the Bafta red carpet
Oti looked stunning in a gown with a thigh-high split (Picture: PA)
Comedian Bill Bailey wore a fabulously sequinned face mask on the Bafta red carpet
Bill Bailey wore a fabulously sequinned face mask (Picture: Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Claudia Winkleman attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on June 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Claudia wore a gorgeous fringed number (Picture: Getty Images)

Her dance partner from the last series of the competition, comedian Bill, looked perfectly glamorous with his tailored suit and sequinned mask, complete with a sewn-on moustache. Oh, and you can’t forget those reflective sunnies for a proper superstar look.

Claudia looked stunning in a black and silver fringed gown, complete with her signature blunt fringe and eyeliner.

Billie Piper wore an 80s-inspired little dress with a big pink bow and sleeve. The award-winning actress wore her long hair in a high ponytail and finished the outfit with some towering stiletto heels.

Actress Billie donned an 80s inspired dress for the Baftas
Billie donned an 80s inspired dress (Picture: Shutterstock)
Actress Helena Bonham Carter made a dramatic entrance at the Baftas
Helena made a dramatic entrance (Picture: PA)
Jodie Comer attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards
Jodie Comer looked stunning in her outfit (Picture: Shutterstock)

Actress and comedian Daisy May Cooper turned heads with her stunning blue sequined dress.

Daisy previously won a Bafta in 2010 after being nominated for the Best Female Comedy Performance award for her performance as Kerry Mucklowe in This Country.

Helena Bonham Carter made a theatrical entrance in a summery polka dot ensemble with a flowing full skirt. She has been nominated for her performance in The Crown.

Michaela Coel has been nominated for her performance in I May Destroy
Michaela Coel has been nominated for her performance in I May Destroy You (Picture: PA)
Paapa Essiedu arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards
Paapa Essiedu was nominated for his performance in I May Destroy you as well (Picture: PA)
Daisy May Cooper attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021
Daisy wowed onlookers with a sequin gown (Picture: Getty Images)

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer looked as chic as ever on the red carpet with her wavy locks, paired-back jewellery and a navy jumpsuit.

Actress, screenwriter and director Michaela Coel stood out in a black number with red sleeves and a cut out chest.

She has been recognised for her stellar performance in I May Destroy You, as has her costar Paapa Essiedu.

Zawe Ashton arrives for the Virgin Media Bafta TV awards
Zawe Ashton wowed onlookers with her dress (Picture: PA)
Jessica Plummer attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021
Jessica Plummer wore an eye catching silver top and skirt (Picture: Getty Images)
Nicola Coughlan attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021
Nicola Coughlan looked stunning in orange (Picture: Getty)

Jessica Plummer, an actress from EastEnders and a contestant on I’m A Celebrity, looked radiant in a gorgeous silver crop top and ruffled mini skirt outfit.

For her character Chantelle’s tragic death on the BBC soap, the actress is nominated for TV moment of the year.

For the full list of nominations at the 2021 Bafta TV Awards, click here.

The Bafta TV Awards airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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