Celebrities’ Style Secrets At TV BAFTAs

The BAFTA TV awards will take place at the Theatre Royal in London on 10 May, with stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Ant and Dec and some of our fave soap stars.

Normally, it’s about two to three weeks before a big awards ceremony that the stars and their stylists start to search for the perfect dress. Once they’ve found that they know what shoes and jewellery are needed and whether a clutch bag adds or detracts from the dress.  The dress choice also depends on what colour make-up a celebrity can wear – a red dress and red lipstick can be too much while too much smoky eye and a black dress will leave anyone looking like a vampire. Last year Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman co-ordinated their dresses with complementary shades of brown – cute!


This year, to solve everyone’s problems, the BAFTA TV Awards have partnered with The Corinthia hotel in London to put on a couple of days of style suites for the celebrities and their stylists. Before the event, the stars can pop in to browse clothes, pick jewellery and book hair and make-up consultations. Before it opens to the stars themselves, journalists were invited to go and take a peek to find out what it takes to get ready for the big day.

I’ve always wondered what glam Hollyoaks stars and Coronation Street stars do to get ready and I have heard it takes a long time so I was pretty nervous when I walked through the doors of The Corinthia. ‘Hello, would you like Evian water or Champagne?’ I was asked when I pushed open the doors of the opulent suite on the 6th floor of the hotel. Obviously, I went for Champagne…

The key to getting ready is to have a timetable. I was told that we’d start with tanning, move on to hair then dress, jewellery, hair and make-up. The whole process can take two hours if you allow around 20 mins for each step of the process. It is quick but there are professionals with you at every step of the way so it’s not like you are putting your own make-up on or doing something fiddly to your hair. I had the St Tropez classic self tan, which is apparently the same one that was applied to Kate Moss in her poster for the brand.


At the Oscars, a lot of celebrities wore their hair down so my stylist advised tonging my hair into soft waves. We didn’t have time to wash it (but thankfully it was clean before). Using a tong like the Remington silk ultimate styler took less than 15 minutes and I had smooth waves.


I really liked the dramatic eyes that actress Sheridan Smith wore last year. She’s nominated again this year for her role in the TV drama Cilla and I suspect she’ll win it. My make-up artist went heavy on the kohl liner and eyeshadow to create a smoky eye like she had and I felt very dramatic. It’s more than I’d normally wear, but big awards ceremonies only come around once.


Now…the dress! I find that I suit block colours like reds and whites and blacks ans blues rather than embellishment. We’re all different and that’s just what suits me. So I jumped on a red dress and then I find out it had a big split up the front and there was a lace dress unerneath it. That happened completely by accident but I loved it. What do you think?

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Here’s a full length shot:

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As you can see, I’m wearing a lot of jewellery, like the jewel drop statement ear-rings.


A bangle is a must to capture the light when you pose with your hands on your hips. I do like the Hot Diamonds sterling silver bangle at Very.


The split levels on my dress remind me of the River Island maxi dress. I remember when Angelina Jolie wore a dress with a long split to The Oscars and everyone was interested! If it’s good enough for Angie, then I’m not going to turn it down.


Now I cannot wait to see what everyone else wears on 10 May! The nominees are:

Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (BBC1)
Toby Jones – Marvellous (BBC2)
James Nesbitt – The Missing (BBC1)
Jason Watkins – The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (ITV)

Leading actress

Georgina Campbell – Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC3)
Keeley Hawes – Line of Duty (BBC2)
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley (BBC2)
Sheridan Smith – Cilla (ITV)

Supporting actor

Adeel Akhtar – Utopia (Channel 4)
James Norton – Happy Valley (BBC1)
Stephen Rea – The Honourable Woman (BBC2)
Ken Stott – The Missing (BBC1)

Supporting actress

Gemma Jones – Marvellous (BBC2)
Vicky McClure – Line of Duty (BBC2)
Amanda Redman – Tommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This (ITV)
Charlotte Spencer – Glue (E4)

Entertainment performance

Ant and Dec – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)

Female performance in a comedy programme

Olivia Colman – Rev (BBC2)
Tamsin Greig – Episodes (BBC2)
Jessica Hynes – W1A (BBC2)
Catherine Tate – Catherine Tate’s Nan (BBC1)

Male performance in a comedy programme

Matt Berry – Toast of London (Channel 4)
Hugh Bonneville – W1A (BBC2)
Tom Hollander – Rev (BBC2)
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special (BBC1)

Single drama

A Poet in New York (BBC2)
Common (BBC1)
Marvellous (BBC2)
Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC3)


Cilla (ITV)
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (ITV)
Our World War (BBC3)
Prey (ITV)
Happy Valley (BBC1)
Line of Duty (BBC2)
The Missing (BBC1)
Peaky Blinders (BBC2)

Soap and continuing drama

Casualty (BBC1)
Coronation Street (ITV)
EastEnders (BBC1)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)


The Good Wife (More4)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
True Detective (Sky Atlantic)

Factual series

15,000 Kids and Counting (Channel 4)
Educating the East End (Channel 4)
Life and Death Row (BBC3)
Protecting Our Parents (BBC2)


George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4)
Grand Designs (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC1)
Long Lost Family (ITV)

Reality and constructed factual

The Apprentice (BBC1)
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4)
The Undateables (Channel 4)

Entertainment programme

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
The Voice (BBC1)

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme

Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe (BBC2)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2)
Would I Lie to You (BBC1)

Radio Times audience award (voted for by members of the public)

Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off
The Missing
Strictly Come Dancing

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24th April 2015
Written by Zoe Griffin