The Killing Times Awards 2020 – Best Actress

The nominations are in!

These awards were very tough to judge, and within our four categories some serious talent has been rewarded and celebrated.

It’s the same with out final category – Best Actress.

To say all the performances were superb is an understatement, so just sit back, relax and bask in the in supreme skill of these five women.

Maaike Neuville
The Twelve/De Twaalf, All4/Walter Presents

The lead in a huge ensemble cast, Belgian actress Neuville played Delphine Spijkers – a member of a jury presented with a particularly harrowing and emotive case. At first distanced and seemingly disorientated by the gravity of her situation, Delphine soon became a key member of the group, as well as revealing trauma from her own life.

Keeley Hawes
Honour, ITV

We sometimes think the nation takes Keeley Hawes for granted. One of the UK’s most accomplished and versatile actresses, she never puts a foot wrong. As DCI Caroline Goode in ITV’s heartbreaking Honour, she was tasked with bringing to the screen the story of Banaz Mahmod, who was the victim of an honour killing. As Goode, Hawes displayed warmth, determination and even obsession in a fine lead performance.

Michaela Coel
I May Destroy You, BBC Two

What more can you say about Michaela Coel? Insanely talented both in front of the camera and behind it, it’s no surprise that neo-noir I May Destroy You won our Best Crime Drama Of The Year 2020. A story that mined intense personal memories for Coel, she nonetheless created the character of Arabella – a young, aspiring author whose life was turned upside down when her drink was spiked and she was sexually assaulted. But Arabella was no victim – a woman of modern times, she displayed charisma, energy and electricity, as well as vulnerability and a narcissism that mirrored 21st-century, millennial Britain. An unforgettable, unflinching character, and a dizzyingly multi-dimensional tour de force from Coel.

Eve Myles
Keeping Faith, S4C/BBC One Wales

Every so often a character and actress mesh with almost uncanny synchronicity. Faith Howells and Eve Myles are one such combination. It’s been a real pleasure to watch Myles throughout three series of Keeping Faith, and in the third and final series she was to confront the demons from her past, and the demon herself. Myles is now one of the UK’s finest actresses.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Deuce, HBO/Sky Atlantic

As Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal has created one of the most memorable characters of the past decade. Rising from her sex worker past to adult filmmaker, we saw Eileen develop even further in the third and final series of the brilliant Deuce – she really became who she always wanted to be, a feminist director. As Eileen, Gyllenhaal has always imbued her portrayal with fierce ambition, intelligence and determination. But even Eileen had her demons – the ability to fully open up and receive and give love in a relationship has always been difficult for her. For Gyllenhaal it was another fantastic performance, the next in a long line of them.

And the winner is…





3 Comments Add yours

  1. malerogue says:

    Can’t agree….Maaike Neuville and Eve Myles so much better nuanced and understated performances and better dramas

    Liked by 1 person

  2. L M says:

    My personal favorite, Keeley Hawes. Love everything she’s been in.


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