Sophie Willan wins BAFTA comedy writing award

Tuesday 25th May 2021, 8:20am

  • Sophie Willan has won the BAFTA Craft Award 2021 for comedy writing
  • A video filmed by co-star Jayde Adams shows her reacting to the win by running around in delight
  • Willan won for her Alma's Not Normal pilot script. A full series of the sitcom is currently being filmed
Alma's Not Normal. Alma Nuthall (Sophie Willan).

Sophie Willan has won the comedy writing prize at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2021, for her Alma's Not Normal pilot script.

Broadcast in April 2020, Alma's Not Normal follows Boltonian wild-child Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women. A full series is now being filmed, to broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

The results were revealed in an online video stream. Willan was watching alongside co-star Jayde Adams and fellow stand-up comedian Jonny Pelham. Adams captured the moment Willan discovered she had won:

When more composed, she later gave her speech:

Below is her official acceptance video:

The other nominees in the comedy writing category were Charlie Brooker (for Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe), Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper (This Country) and the Ghosts team.

Famalam star Gbemisola Ikumelo hosted the BAFTA Craft Awards 2021. Below is her arrival sketch:

The opening monologue:

Closing speech:

The full ceremony can be watched back via YouTube or Facebook

Other winners in the awards including Small Axe, the drama mini-series about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London, which was successful in five categories. The full results can be seen at Bafta.org

The BAFTA TV Awards follow on Sunday 6th June (nominations).

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