Sarah Lancashire incredibly surprised to win BAFTA for ‘Happy Valley’ and gives a lovely speech (video)

Sarah Lancashire surprised to win BAFTA Award for ‘Happy Valley‘ last night

British actress Sarah Lancashire was incredibly surprised to win a BAFTA award for ‘Happy Valley‘ last night. The Oldham-born actress was up for a BAFTA for Best Actress against Claire Foy, Jodie Comer and Nikki Amuka-Bird, but it was Lancashire that walked away with the prize.


When her name was announced, Lancashire looked incredibly shocked. She kissed her husband, TV producer Peter Salmon, and then walked slowly up to the stage where, upon arrival, she stood for quite a few seconds silent and then finally exclaimed “I can’t breathe”.

Lancashire went on to give a lovely acceptance speech, saying thank you to “the most extraordinary company of actors (on ‘Happy Valley’), and it’s a privilege to work alongside each and every one of you. The brilliant Siobhan Finneran, Kevin Doyle, Con O’Neill, Jenny Henderson, James Norton, George Costigan, Rick Warden — you’re all just fantastic and…” then she smiled and added, “Gosh, I even want to thank Nicola Walker and she’s not even in it”.

Which got a huge laugh from the audience, and from Walker herself, who co-starred with Sarah Lancashire in the superb series ‘Last Tango in Halifax‘.

Lancashire then added what, I think, we all think about writer and creator of ‘Happy Valley‘ Sally Wainwright — “And, of course, the phenomenally and scarily talented Sally Wainwright. Sally, you are the most brilliant producer, an extraordinary director, an extraordinary writer — thank God you can’t act”.

Lancashire ended her speech with a lovely accolade to, Claire Foy star of ‘The Crown’ and one of the women nominated with her.

“Can I just say, Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet I’ve ever had”, to which Foy looked completely overwhelmed.

And, can I just say, Sarah Lancashire deserved that BAFTA award for Best Actress as she is brilliant in ‘Happy Valley‘.

You can watch it on Netflix to see just how brilliant, if you haven’t seen her yet.

And, of course, watch Lancashire’s BAFTA acceptance speech in the video below. Awwwwww.


Michelle Topham

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