It’s the biggest night of the year for stars of the small screen.

And the best of the UK’s acting, presenting and reality show talent descended upon London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night for the British Academy Television Awards 2018, putting on a dazzling display on the red carpet.

Leading the glamour at the star-studded event were Michelle Keegan, Abbey Clancy and Binky Felstead, who exuded elegance in an array of gorgeous gowns as the celebrations kicked off in style.

Strike a pose: Michelle Keegan, Abbey Clancy and Binky Felstead (from left to right) descended upon London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night for the British Academy Television Awards 2018, putting on a dazzling display on the red carpet

Michelle looked radiant in a lemon yellow dress with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt, with the pastel number perfectly complementing her deep tan.

The Our Girl actress opted for a dramatic updo and pulled her look together with a sparkling clutch bag.

Abbey showed off her incredible model figure in a low-cut polka dot number, with ruffle detailing at the bust adding to the dramatic effect of the dress.

The Britain’s Next Top Model judge styled her golden locks in messy, bedhead waves and sported heavy black kohl to line her eyes.

Beautiful: Michelle looked radiant in a lemon yellow dress with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt

Wow: Former Made In Chelsea star Binky was also one of the best dressed on the night, donning a silver silk dress with a daring thigh-high split

Revealing: Abbey flashed a hint of sideboob in her jewel embellished dress, boasting lace ruffles on the sleeves

Former Made In Chelsea star Binky was also one of the best dressed on the night, donning a silver silk dress with a daring thigh-high split.

The young mum – who raises baby daughter India with boyfriend JP Patterson – showed off her amazing post-baby body in the stunning ensemble.

Also putting in glamorous appearances were Lucy Mecklenburgh, Laura Whitmore and Amanda Holden, who turned heads in bold and bright gowns.

Dazzling: The Our Girl actress opted for a dramatic updo and pulled her look together with bronzed make-up

Joining forces: Abbey posed alongside fellow presenter Emma Willis on the red carpet, putting on an animated display

Stunning in silver: Binky exuded confidence in her flowing silk dress, accessorised with matching heels 

Beaming: The former Made In Chelsea star was the picture of excitement as she made her way into the venue

Lucy looked incredible in a hot pink dress with an extreme plunging neckline and floaty sleeves.

The former TOWIE star turned fitness fanatic added a touch of sparkle to her look thanks to dazzling drop earrings and a coordinating clutch bag.

Also opting for an eye-catching shade was Laura, who looked lovely in a bright yellow column dress featuring lace embellishment on the hips.

The MTV presenter wore her blonde locks pulled back in a bun and set off the look with a slick of bright red lipstick.

Bold and bright: Lucy Mecklenburgh, Laura Whitmore and Amanda Holden (from left to right) also put on a very stylish display in eye-catching jewel coloured dresses

Taking the plunge: Former TOWIE star Lucy looked incredible in her sweeping pink gown with floaty gauze sleeves

Stunning: The brunette beauty went braless in her extreme plunging number, showing off a liberal amount of cleavage 

Turning heads: Laura captured attention in her yellow gown with lace embellishment on the hips and back

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda was the belle of the ball in a fuchsia dress featuring a full, floor-skimming skirt.

Hosted by Sue Perkins, 48, the 2018 Virgin TV BAFTAs will see the finest shows on TV battle it out for the coveted gong.

The nominations for the event were first revealed on April 4, with digital streaming service Netflix picking up six nominations across a total of 26 categories.

Amongst its more popular shows, Royal biopic The Crown scooped three, while Charlie Brooker’s bleak dystopian drama Black Mirror has claimed an equal amount across the show’s most hotly contested groupings.

Gorgeous: Amanda was hard to miss in her dramatic dress, featuring a low cut neckline and a full skirt 

Hand-in-hand: Amanda brought her lookalike daughter Alexa along to the event, making their red carpet debut togetherPretty in pink: The Britain’s Got Talent judge and her mini-me both opted for shades of pink for their moment in the spotlight 

Belle of the ball: The presenter ensured all eyes were on her as she enjoyed her moment in the spotlight 

Date night: Declan Donnelly was joined by his pregnant wife Ali Astall on the red carpet, with presenting partner Ant McPartlin giving the event a miss in light of his recent drink driving case

Claire Foy has been named in the category for Leading Actress for the second consecutive for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.

The 33-year old narrowly missed out on the award in 2017, with the honour going to Sarah Lancashire for her leading role in Happy Valley.

It would be one of five disappointments for Netflix and The Crown, with the show also losing out in the fields of Best Actor (Matt Smith), Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow), Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby) and Best Drama, a category also won by Happy Valley

Loved-up: Kate Wright and boyfriend Rio Ferdinand made their first red carpet appearance together at the TV BAFTAsWalk on the wild side: Claudia Winkleman was putting on a stylish display in a red leopard print dress with wrap detailing

Striking: The Strictly Come Dancing presenter’s daring dress complemented her dark locks and was set off with nude heels

In a year defined by hard hitting British drama, Claire will compete with Molly Windsor for harrowing drama Three Girls, Little Boy Blue’s Sinead Keenan and Thandie Newton, who made a successful transition from film to television in Line of Duty.

Vanessa Kirby, 29, will also be given a second opportunity to claim the best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Princess Margaret.

The British actress will vie for the honour alongside Anna Friel, for Broken, Julie Hesmondhalgh for her moving performance in Broadchurch series three, and Liv Hill – another nomination for the critically acclaimed Three Girls.

Nude ambition: Michelle Collins wowed in a flesh-coloured column dress with dramatic shoulder detailing

The Crown, Peter Morgan’s historical drama about Queen Elizabeth’s formative years as head of the British monarchy, has also been given a second consecutive nomination for Best Drama.

Line Of Duty, The End of the F***ing World and the hugely popular Peaky Blinders will compete for the award.

As the TV BAFTAs loom, inside images of the ceremony’s seating plan sadly show Declan Donnelly’s spot without his trusty sidekick Ant McPartlin nearby.

Behind-the-scenes snaps show the star will be sandwiched between Ashley Banjo and Thandie Newton, as Ant continues his treatment for substance abuse issues.

The hosts are regular guests at the bash and won the Best Entertainment Performance prize in both 2014 and 2015, yet Dec will be flying the flag solo at the bash, where Saturday Night Takeaway is up for the Entertainment Programme gong.

Ant was recently fined a record £86,000 and banned from the road for one year and eight months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Meanwhile Joe Cole has been named in the category for Leading Actor courtesy of his role in Hang The DJ, the fourth stand alone episode from the fourth series of Black Mirror.Putting in appearances: The likes of Michelle Collins and Love Island’s Marcel Somerville were early arrivals as the celebrations kicked off in style

Glamorous: Hollyoaks star Nadine Rose Mulkerrin wowed in a lemon strapless dress with a thigh-high split 

He will compete with Jack Rowan for Born To Kill, Sean Bean for Broken, and Tim Pigott-Smith, who won plaudits for leading role in King Charles III.

The episode, directed Tim Van Patten, written by show creator Brooker and co-starring Georgina Campbell and Gina Bramhill, is also up for best Single Drama.

But it will face competition from the hard-hitting Murdered For Being Different, gay biographical drama Against The Law and King Charles III.

Rounding off the nominations, American actor Jimmi Simpson, 42, features among the best Supporting Actor nominations for his role in Black Mirror’s USS Callister.

Adrian Dunbar, for Line Of Duty, The Boy with the Topknot’s Anupam Kher and Brian F. O’Byrne for Little Boy Blue have also been named.

2018 British Academy Television Awards: The Nominations

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Britain’s Got Talent

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

The Voice UK 

 

LEADING ACTOR 

Jack Rowan – Born to Kill

Joe Cole – Hang the DJ (Black Mirror)

Sean Bean – Broken

Tim Pigott Smith – King Charles III

LEADING ACTRESS 

Claire Foy – The Crown

Molly Windsor – Three Girls

Sinead Keenan – Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton – Line of Duty

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME  

Murder in Successville

Taskmaster

The Last Leg

Would I Lie To You?

CURRENT AFFAIRS  

Raped: My Story

Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (Dispatches)

Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets (Panorama)

White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure)

DRAMA SERIES 

Line Of Duty

Peaky Blinders

The Crown

The End of the F***ing World

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Adam Hills – The Last Leg

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

Sandi Toksvig – QI

FACTUAL SERIES 

Ambulance

Catching A Killer

Drugsland

Hospital

FEATURES 

Antiques Roadshow

Cruising with Jane MacDonald

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?

The Secret Life of the Zoo

SINGLE DRAMA 

Against The Law

Hang The DJ (Black Mirror)

King Charles III

Murdered for Being Different

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA

Casualty

Coronation Street

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

Basquiat – Rage to Riches

Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain

Blue Planet II

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

VIRGIN TV’S MUST-SEE MOMENT 

Blue Planet II (Mother Pilot Whale)

Doctor Who (The Thirteenth Doctor Revealed)

Game Of Thrones (Viserion is Killed by the Night King)

Line Of Duty (Huntley’s Narrow Escape)

Love Island (Stormzy Makes a Surprise Appearance)

ITV One Love Manchester (Ariana Grande Sings ‘One Last Time’)

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME 

Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland

Daisy May Cooper – This Country

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe

Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share

INTERNATIONAL 

Big Little Lies

Feud: Betty and Joan

The Handmaids Tale

The Vietnam War

LIVE EVENT 

ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results

One Love Manchester

Wild Alaska Live

World War One Remembered: Passchendaele

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME 

Asim Chaudry – People Just Do Nothing

Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain

Samson Kayo – Famalam

Toby Jones – Detectorists

MINI-SERIES 

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls

NEWS COVERAGE 

The Battle for Mosul (Sky News)

Grenfell Tower Fire (Channel 4 News)

The Grenfell Tower Fire (ITV News at Ten)

The Rohingya Crisis (Sky News)

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL  

Celebrity Hunted

Love Island

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds

The Real Full Monty

SCRIPTED COMEDY 

Catastrophe

Chewing Gum

This Country

Timewasters

SHORT FORM PROGRAMME

Eating With My Ex

Morgana Robnson’s Summer

PLS Like

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me

Louis Theroux, Talking to Anorexia

One Deadly Weekend in America

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

SPORT 

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitchko

Six Nations: Wales vs England

The Grand National

UEFA Women’s Euro semi-final: England vs Netherlands

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty

Anupam Kher – The Boy with the Topknot

Brian F. O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue

Jimmi Simpson – USS Callister (Black Mirror)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Anna Friel – Broken

Julie Hesmondhalgh – Broadchurch

Liv Hill – Three Girls

Vanessa Kirby – The Crown