Benedict Cumberbatch scooped one of the top television BAFTA awards of the night for his role as Sherlock Holmes - the only one voted for by the public.
But the Hollywood actor was not at the ceremony to collect the award, and instead was said to be looking after his new wife who is heavily pregnant.
The gong goes some way to make up for his Oscar disappointment earlier this year, when he was beaten to best actor by Eddie Redmayne.
The red carpet has started to fill up as stars of the small screen arrive for the BAFTA ceremony.
This year's glitzy ceremony, which will be hosted by Graham Norton, is taking place tonight at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London .
The career of broadcaster and TV critic Clive James will be celebrated at tonight's TV Bafta awards.
The audience at the event in Drury Lane in London will see a short-film of his career which includes travel documentaries, landmark series looking at some of the stranger aspects of foreign TV and his stint as the television critic of The Observer.
Comic Charlie Brooker will lead the tributes and the film will also include footage of James receiving his Bafta Special Award earlier this year.
Australian-born James is also a critically-acclaimed poet and his series of memoirs tracking his travels from Australia to Fleet Street fame were best-sellers.
He was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago but has continued to work, joking in a recent interview that "the end is nigh, but not that nigh".
Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship which is the highest accolade given for "outstanding and exceptional contribution" to the film, television and games industry
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Finally, the film about Professor Stephen Hawking's life took two of the top prizes at the Baftas. It scooped Outstanding British Film and the Best Actor prize for actor Eddie Redmayne. Boyhood won best film, and The Grand Budapest Hotel also did very well.
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US actresses including Leading Actress award winner Julianne Moore chose to wear British designers at tonight's Baftas.Read the full story ›
Here is a full list of winners at the 2015 Bafta Film Awards:
- Best Film - Boyhood
- Director - Richard Linklater for Boyhood
- Leading Actor - Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything
- Leading Actress - Julianne Moore for Still Alice
- Outstanding British Film - The Theory Of Everything
- EE Rising Star - Jack O'Connell
- Original Music - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Documentary - CitizenFour
- Make-up and hair - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Production design - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- British Short Film - Boogaloo And Graham
- British Short Animation - The Bigger Picture
- Editing - Whiplash
- Sound - Whiplash
- Animated Film - The Lego Movie
- Special Visual Effects - Interstellar
- Supporting Actor - JK Simmons for Whiplash
- Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema - BBC Films
- Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
- Cinematography - Birdman
- Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer - Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone for Pride
- Original Screenplay - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Film Not In The English Language - Ida
- Adapted Screenplay - The Theory Of Everything
- Costume Design - The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Fellowship - Mike Leigh
The Bafta for best film has been awarded to Richard Linklater's film Boyhood.