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Joyce Mason, who was Sheridan Smith's dance teacher , from aged 4 to 16, says she is a natural down to earth girl from a grounded family who will have been genuinely shocked by her BAFTA win.
Actress Sheridan Smith has won the leading actress BAFTA Award for her role in ITV's Mrs Biggs.
Speaking to Daybreak after the show she said: "I've stopped crying… finally! It was like an out of body experience…. I'm still in shock, I can't believe it."
The actress said she was "such a massive fan" of fellow nominees Sienna Miller, Rebecca Hall and Anne Reid.
"This is mad, bonkers, brilliant!" she added.
The comedian and documentary film maker Michael Palin says he is very pleased to receive the BAFTA Fellowship at this years BAFTA Television Awards.
The Monty Python Star will be given BAFTA's highest accolade in recognition of the wide variety of work he has produced over the years.
Sheridan Smith has won the leading actress BAFTA Award for her performance in ITV's Mrs Biggs.
She beat fellow nominees Sienna Miller, Rebecca Hall and Anne Reid.