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'Misfits', 'Sherlock' lead BAFTA nominations

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Misfits has received four nominations at this year's Philips British Academy Television Awards.

The E4 drama is recognised in the 'Drama Series' and 'New Media' categories. Its stars Robert Sheehan, who played Nathan, and Lauren Socha, who portrays Kelly, are nominated in the 'Supporting Actor' and 'Supporting Actress' categories respectively.

BBC One's Sherlock, Channel 4's Any Human Heart and BBC Four drama The Road to Coronation Street receive three nominations each.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes in Steven Moffat's modern-day adaptation, is nominated for the 'Leading Actor' award, where he will face Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart), Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).

The nominees for 'Leading Actress' are Anna Maxwell Martin (South Riding), Vicky McClure (This Is England '86), Natalie Press (Five Daughters) and Juliet Stevenson (Accused).

Graham Norton, who will host the ceremony, also receives a nomination this year in the 'Entertainment Performance' category for The Graham Norton Show, where he will face Rob Brydon (The Rob Brydon Show), Stephen Fry (QI) and Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burp).

Voting is already open for the Audience Award, where Downton Abbey, Miranda, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Sherlock, The Killing and The Only Way Is Essex will compete for the public vote.

The BBC achieves a total of 49 nominations across its four channels, with Channel 4, More 4 and E4 receiving a combined total of 25 nominations. ITV1 is recognised 8 times, and Sky's channels collect a total of six nominations.

The Philips British Academy Television Awards take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, May 22. The awards will be broadcast on BBC One on the same evening.

> In Full: BAFTA Television Awards 2011 nominees

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