The Killing Times Awards 2021 – Best Actress

Our final category…

Damn you virus that matches Covid’s symptoms that isn’t Covid, otherwise I would’ve finished this off yesterday. However, after a good night’s sleep and seeing the real headlines from the actual Oscars, I’m glad we’re conducting this in an online space and there isn’t any horrid violence.

Aaanyway, it’s time for our final category – Best Actress, which was, fittingly, the hardest one to pick a winner from.

Denise Gough, Too Close, ITV

Irish actress Denise Gough delivered a spell-binding performance in this ITV drama, playing deeply troubled mother Connie, who may or may not have driven a car containing her child and a friend’s child off a bridge into the murky depths below. Battered, bruised and tormented, her relationship with forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson) was riveting, as Connie displayed extreme, unhinged and manipulative behaviour in their interviews. It was an astonishing performance by Gough, who gave the disturbed Connie a vulnerable edge that made her such a fascinating, doomed character.

READ MORE: OUR REVIEWS OF TOO CLOSE

Kelly Cuoco, The Flight Attendant, Sky Atlantic

The Flight Attendant was a hugely enjoyable, neo-Hitchocockian adventure, with Kelly Cuoco at its front and centre. As Cassie Bowden, Cuoco displayed plenty of the comedy chops she had learned on series like The Big Bang Theory. However, she not only deftly portrayed a party person coming to the end of her tether but also found herself in a noirish situation of mistaken identity. But there was more to this performance than farce – Cassie was also someone who used her incredible journey to redeem herself.

READ MORE: OUR REVIEWS OF THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Kate Winslet, Mare Of Easttown, Sky Atlantic

An Oscar-winning actress starring in what was her first role on the small screen since Mildred Pierce, Kate Winslet revealed new depth in her craft. As small-town policewoman Mare Sheehan, she not only had to contend with a teenage murder but also a kidnap case, but also process the crashing grief after her son took his own life. Forever stoic, but forever normal, it was her journey as a person that kept Mare Of Easttown going, and Winslet’s performance was as natural, believable and fantastic as they come.

READ MORE: OUR REVIEWS OF MARE OF EASTTOWN

Sian Reese-Williams, Craith, S4C

For three series, Sian Reese-Williams has inhabited the role of Cadi John with real skill and quality. And in this third and final series of Craith (currently showing as Hidden on BBC Four), Cadi opened up more, showed her feelings and had to confront uncomfortable truths about herself. This presented new challenges for Reese-Williams, and she rose to the occasion – as she always does – with convincing, nuanced and brilliant acting.

READ MORE: ALL OUR NEWS AND REVIEWS OF CRAITH

Olivia Colman, Landscapers, Sky Atlantic

Olivia Colman on an awards list is not unusual, but even in the world of crime drama Colman operates with incredible range and skill. Her role in the fourth-wall-breaking, mash-up, dream-like Landscapers was just another superb performance in what is an already amazing career. Playing real-life killer Susan Edwards, Colman was asked to do something not ever she had done before – balancing a heinous act while portraying a survivor of abuse who inhabited a dream world. Her character, and performance, was quite something.

READ MORE: OUR REVIEW OF LANDSCAPERS

And the winner is…

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES AWARDS 2021 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES AWARDS 2021 – BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES AWARDS 2021 – BEST ACTOR

PAST WINNERS:

2020:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jason Watkins, Des
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Weruche Opia, I May Destroy You
BEST ACTOR: Lennie James, Save Me Too
BEST ACTRESS: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. COOKE says:

    A bit late for comments, and I realise that you didn’t have nominations for this strand, but next time I think Brenda Cricket should get a mention.
    Her plot reveal monologue in episode 3 of Holding was simply rivetting.

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  2. COOKE says:

    Autocorrect refuses to be corrected – Brenda Fricker

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