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Olly Alexander kicked off the 2021 British Academy Television Awards on Sunday with a stellar performance of his single Starstruck.

The It’s A Sin star, 30, caught the eye in a bold mustard enseble after gracing the stage at London‘s Television Centre to begin the star-studded ceremony.

Olly’s career has gone from strength to strength in recent months after earning critical acclaim for his role in It’s A Sin, and continued to impress with an incredible performance opposite Elton John at the BRIT Awards last month.

Sensational: Olly Alexander, 30, kicked off the 2021 British Academy Television Awards on Sunday with a stellar performance of his single Starstruck

Olly was every inch the showman in his mustard jacket and matching trousers, with both featured a contrasting black snakeskin print.

The Years And Years hitmaker commanded the stage with a performance of his song Starstruck to kick off the awards.

The star-studded evening, hosted by Richard Ayoade, has a collection of guest presenters including Lydia, who will co-present a gong with co-star Olly, who played the lead role of AIDS-stricken Ritchie Tozer.

Showman: The It’s A Sin star caught the eye in a bold mustard enseble after gracing the stage at London’s Television Centre to begin the star-studded ceremony

Standing out: Olly was every inch the showman in his mustard jacket and matching trousers, with both featured a contrasting black snakeskin print

Gracing the stage! The Years And Years hitmaker commanded the stage with a performance of his song Starstruck to kick off the awards

Olly will also open the ceremony with a dazzling performance of his new track Starstruck.

Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Strictly winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse and Daisy May Cooper are all set to present.

Tom Allen and AJ Odudu, meanwhile, are presenting the Virgin Media BAFTAs: Back to the Red Carpet show. 

It was revealed earlier this week the awards show is set to beam celebrities who can’t attend Sunday’s event in person onto the red carpet as holograms.  

Rising star: Olly’s career has gone from strength to strength in recent months after earning critical acclaim for his role in It’s A Sin

Stellar: He has continued to impress with an incredible performance opposite Elton John at the BRIT Awards last month

Presenters Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope will introduce the hologram guests to those actually at the socially distanced ceremony.

Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – will all appear via video call during the ceremony. 

Covid restrictions mean TV fans can’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual this year and some nominees won’t be able to attend because of filming bubbles.

In an attempt to ensure everyone can access the awards, Virgin Media will beam them onto the red carpet through the latest hologram technology.   

BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Nominations

DRAMA SERIES

GANGS OF LONDON

I HATE SUZIE

SAVE ME TOO 

THE CROWN

LEADING ACTOR

JOHN BOYEGA – Small Axe

JOSH O’CONNOR – The Crown

PAAPA ESSIEDU – I May Destroy You

PAUL MESCAL – Normal People

SHAUN PARKES – Small Axe

WALEED ZUAITER – Baghdad Central

LEADING ACTRESS

BILLIE PIPER – I Hate Suzie

DAISY EDGAR-JONES – Normal People 

HAYLEY SQUIRES – Adult Material 

JODIE COMER – Killing Eve

LETITIA WRIGHT – Small Axe

MICHAELA COEL – I May Destroy You

SUPPORTING ACTOR

KUNAL NAYYAR – Criminal: UK

MALACHI KIRBY – Small Axe 

MICHAEL SHEEN – Quiz

MICHEAL WARD – Small Axe 

RUPERT EVERETT – Adult Material

TOBIAS MENZIES – The Crown

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The Crown

LEILA FARZAD – I Hate Suzie 

RAKIE AYOLA – Anthony 

SIENA KELLY – Adult Material

SOPHIE OKONEDO – Criminal: UK 

WERUCHE OPIA – I May Destroy You

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

CHARLIE BROOKER’S ANTIVIRAL WIPE 

ROB & ROMESH VS Jack Shillaker

THE BIG NARSTIE SHOW

THE RANGANATION

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

AIMEE LOU WOOD – Sex Education

DAISY HAGGARD – Breeders

DAISY MAY COOPER – This Country

EMMA MACKEY – Sex Education 

GBEMISOLA IKUMELO – Famalam

MAE MARTIN – Feel Good

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

CHARLIE COOPER – This Country

GUZ KHAN – Man Like Mobeen

JOSEPH GILGUN – Brassic

NCUTI GATWA – Sex Education

PAUL RITTER – Friday Night Dinner

REECE SHEARSMITH – Inside No.9

MINI-SERIES

ADULT MATERIAL

I MAY DESTROY YOU 

NORMAL PEOPLE 

SMALL AXE

CURRENT AFFAIRS

AMERICA’S WAR ON ABORTION (EXPOSURE) 

ITALY’S FRONTLINE: A DOCTOR’S DIARY

THE BATTLE FOR HONG KONG (DISPATCHES)

THE CYPRUS PAPERS UNDERCOVER (AL JAZEERA INVESTIGATIONS)

DAYTIME

JIMMY MCGOVERN’S MOVING ON 

RICHARD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES

THE CHASE 

THE GREAT HOUSE GIVEAWAY  

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

ADAM HILLS – The Last Leg

BRADLEY WALSH – Beat the Chasers

CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN – Strictly Come Dancing

DAVID MITCHELL – Would I Lie to You? At Christmas 

GRAHAM NORTON – The Graham Norton Show 

ROMESH RANGANATHAN – The Ranganation 

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY 

LIFE & RHYMES

STRICTLY COME DANCING 

THE MASKED SINGER

FACTUAL SERIES

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

HOSPITAL

LOSING IT: OUR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ

FEATURES

BIG ZUU’S BIG EATS

LONG LOST FAMILY: BORN WITHOUT TRACE

MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING 

THE REPAIR SHOP  

NEWS COVERAGE

BBC NEWS AT TEN: PRIME MINISTER ADMITTED TO INTENSIVE CARE 

CHANNEL 4 NEWS: DETERRING DEMOCRACY 

NEWSNIGHT: COVID CARE CRISIS 

SKY NEWS: INSIDE IDLIB 

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS 

RACE ACROSS THE WORLD 

THE SCHOOL THAT TRIED TO END RACISM 

THE WRITE OFFS 

SINGLE DRAMA

ANTHONY

BBW (ON THE EDGE)

SITTING IN LIMBO 

THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA

CASUALTY

CORONATION STREET

EASTENDERS

HOLLYOAKS  

INTERNATIONAL

LITTLE AMERICA 

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

UNORTHODOX

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE (STORYVILLE)

LIVE EVENT

LIFE DRAWING LIVE! 

SPRINGWATCH

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

THE THIRD DAY: AUTUMN Production Team 

SCRIPTED COMEDY

GHOSTS 

INSIDE NO. 9 

MAN LIKE MOBEEN

THIS COUNTRY

SHORT FORM PROGRAMME

CRIPTALES 

DISABLED NOT DEFEATED: THE ROCK BANS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – DELTA 7 

THE MAIN PART 

THEY SAW THE SUN FIRST

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR 

ANTON FERDINAND: FOOTBALL, RACISM & ME

LOCKED IN: BREAKING THE SILENCE (STORYVILLE) 

SURVIVING COVID 

VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)

BRIDGERTON – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown 

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

EASTENDERS – Gray kills Chantelle  

GOGGLEBOX – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference

NIGELLA’S COOK, EAT, REPEAT – Mee-cro-wah-vay

THE MANDALORIAN – Luke Skywalker arrives

 

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Amy Winehouse’s best friend says he was the ‘only one who knew what she was really going through’

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Amy Winehouse’s childhood best friend Tyler James has spoken about the singer’s final days on the tenth anniversary of her death from alcohol poisoning aged 27.

On Monday, Tyler told Nine’s Today show he was the ‘only person who knew what she was really going through’.

‘I lived with Amy most of her adult life and I’m the only person who knows what it was really like to be her,’ he said.

Amy Winehouse’s tragic last days: Singer’s best friend Tyler James has said he’s the ‘only one who knew what she was really going through’ on the 10-year anniversary of her death

‘When I meet Amy, she was 13 and I was 12, and I had this instinct straight away that I needed to look after her.’

Tyler also discussed Amy’s tragic last days and said all ‘she ever wanted was to be sober’.

‘When Amy passed away, I got this feeling that people thought it was inevitable [but] Amy didn’t take drugs for the last three years of her life,’ he said.

Close: On Monday, Tyler told Nine’s Today show ‘I lived with Amy most of her adult life and I’m the only person who knows what it was really like to be her’

‘She would be sober for six weeks and she would relapse for three or four days. Every time she would get back onto being sober again and that’s what she wanted. I don’t think people realise that.’

Tyler’s new book My Amy tells the story of the icon’s troubled life after the pair met at London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School when they were both teenagers.

Amy soared to fame upon the release of Frank in 2003, as she gained both critical and commercial success with the debut as her jazz-inspired vocals won fans all over before her second album Back To Black’s introduction three years later.

‘Amy didn’t take drugs for the last three years of her life’: Tyler also discussed Amy’s tragic last days and said all ‘she ever wanted was to be sober’

In a heartbreaking turn of fate, the London-born icon’s dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of drink and drug addiction.

As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons – in drink, drugs and also eating disorders.

In 2011, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood.

This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system.

Candid: Tyler’s new book My Amy tells the story of the icon’s troubled life after the pair met at London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School when they were both teenagers

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Elizabeth Hurley flaunts her sensational figure in a yellow bikini and dances to the Spice Girls

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She’s no stranger to posting bikini-clad snaps for her fans on social media. 

And Elizabeth Hurley made the most of the British heat wave as she flaunted her incredible figure in a canary yellow bikini on Monday. 

The actress, 56, displayed her toned physique as she danced around to the Spice Girls’ hit Who Do You Think You Are in the sunshine with a female pal.

Wow: Elizabeth Hurley, 56, made the most of the UK heat wave as she flaunted her sensational figure in a canary yellow bikini on Monday

Elizabeth looked incredible in the plunging yellow bikini that clasped together by a single string. 

The brunette bombshell wore her tresses loose and let them cascade around her shoulders as she swayed her hips to the girl power anthem. 

She asked her Instagram followers: ‘Who doesn’t dance to the Spice Girls on a sunny birthday weekend in Blighty?’ 

Keeping accessorising to a minimum on the hot day, Elizabeth completed her sunbathing ensemble with a simple silver charm necklace and a slick of eyeliner.  

‘Who doesn’t dance to the Spice Girls on a sunny birthday weekend in Blighty?’:  The actress displayed her toned physique as she danced to Who Do You Think You Are in the sunshine

Revealing: Elizabeth looked incredible in the plunging yellow bikini that clasped together by a single string

Playful: The brunette bombshell wore her tresses loose and let them cascade around her shoulders as she swayed her hips to the girl power anthem

Elizabeth celebrated her 56th birthday on Thursday and has been spending her time enjoying the British countryside. 

‘Happy Birthday to me!’ wrote the star as she rolled around in some long grass in a pair of tiny denim shorts and a butterfly print white vest top. 

And, later that week, Elizabeth celebrated in style as she donned a golden Versace dress and captioned the sizzling snap ‘About last night’. 

Having fun? She asked her Instagram followers: ‘Who doesn’t dance to the Spice Girls on a sunny birthday weekend in Blighty?’

‘Happy Birthday to me!’: Elizabeth also celebrated her 56th birthday on Thursday and has been spending her time enjoying the British countryside

Elizabeth cut a glamorous figure as she shared a series of stunning snaps of herself wearing the Versace gown on Instagram on Sunday. 

The actress showcased her jaw-dropping physique as she ditched her underwear to model the gold garment. 

Elizabeth styled her brunette locks into loose waves while she added to her look with a light pallet of makeup.

Striking a series of poses, the Bedazzled star also donned a silver necklace as she fixed the camera with a sultry stare.

Stunning: And later that week Elizabeth celebrated in style as she donned a golden Versace dress and captioned the sizzling snap ‘About last night’

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s son Damian shared a throwback photo of himself on Sunday where he could be seen cradling his dog in a shirtless snap.  

The model, who bears a strong resemblance to his famous mother, captioned the post: ‘9 months ago… lil man’s my size now’. 

It comes after Damian paid a sweet tribute to his glam mum Elizabeth on Mother’s Day in March with a series of personal snaps.  

Throwback: Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s son Damian shared a throwback photo of himself on Sunday where he could be seen cradling his dog in a shirtless snap

Taking to Instagram, the teen shared a cute photo of himself when he was a child, splashing around in a pool with his famous mother.

He also shared a more recent picture of the actress, barely having aged, in a plunging swimsuit, sat on a boat.

Smiling for the camera, Damian captured his mum as she sat underneath a rainbow in the sky above her. 

Sweet: Damian paid a sweet tribute to his glam mum Elizabeth on Mother’s Day with a series of personal snaps

Glam: Taking to Instagram, the teen also shared a more recent picture of the actress barely having aged, in a plunging swimsuit, sat on a boat

He also shared a more recent snap of the both of them, in the countryside.

He rounded off the tribute with a snap of Elizabeth wrapped up in winter clothes, karate kicking.

He captioned the images: ‘All hail all mamas everywhere. Especially mine because she’s supreme. Happy mama’s day xxx’

Elizabeth replied: ‘My beautiful baby

Close: He also shared a more recent snap of the both of them, in the countryside

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Salma Hayek reveals she stays calm by meditating ‘very often’ with her rescued pet owl Kering

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Salma Hayek revealed she finds peace by finding time to meditate with her beloved Southern white-faced owl named Kering, who she rescued just two years ago. 

While the Like A Boss star, 54, originally gifted the bird to her husband François-Henri Pinault for Valentine’s Day, her bond with their family pet has only grown. 

While speaking about her favorite self-care rituals and how to combat stress, she surprised fans by explaining she meditates with her ‘owl very, very often.’  

Unique: Salma Hayek revealed she finds peace by finding time to meditate with her beloved Southern white-faced owl named Kering, who she rescued just two years ago

‘The minute I go deep into meditation, she stays super still,’ she told People in a new interview, released Monday. 

Fans of the actress, who has been very busy promoting her new film Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, regularly shares photos with Kering sitting on her head or shoulders. 

They also share meals, watch television on Hayek’s iPad, and sleeps in her room when her ‘husband is not in town.’   

Bird lady: While the Like A Boss star, 54, originally gifted the bird to her husband François-Henri Pinault for Valentine’s Day, her bond with their family pet has only grown over the years

Funny: While speaking about her favorite self-care rituals and how to combat stress, she surprised fans by explaining she meditates with her ‘owl very, very often’

During a video interview for People’s 2021 Beautiful Issue, Hayek said she named Kering after her husband’s company because ‘their symbol’ is ‘of the owl.’

Even though the owl was a present for her man, she said he told her: ‘Thank you, but I know this is your own present for yourself.’ 

‘Just being in the same room [with her], there’s an energy to it, and it is mesmerizing,’ she added.  

‘The minute I go deep into meditation, she stays super still,’ she told People in a new interview, released Monday

‘Sometimes, when she is really close to me, I can feel her rubbing against me, which is really nice. And I feel so blessed,’ Hayek said. 

The mother-of-one has previously introduced her social media followers to her love of animals with videos of her dogs and two parrots.

The animal lover has never been shy about expressing her fondness for adopting unsheltered pets. 

‘Sometimes, when she is really close to me, I can feel her rubbing against me, which is really nice. And I feel so blessed,’ Hayek said

‘I have five horses, four alpacas, one cat, eight dogs, one hamster, five parrots, two fish, I’m sure I’m forgetting something!’ Salma said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2013.

‘You know this is like the Oscars you forgetting someone. Oh I forgot! I have bunny rabbits, I have turkeys, 20 chickens, same with the rabbits be careful just buy one.’

She added, ‘I don’t know something is in the air at my ranch, animals keep reproducing!’ 

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