Steve Coogan Feels Vindicated by Bafta Nomination for Jimmy Savile Role

Steve Coogan receives a Bafta nomination for his portrayal of Jimmy Savile in the BBC drama "The Reckoning". Coogan's nomination is a recognition of his performance in the challenging role, which explores how Savile concealed his crimes until his death in 2011.

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Steve Coogan Feels Vindicated by Bafta Nomination for Jimmy Savile Role

Steve Coogan Feels Vindicated by Bafta Nomination for Jimmy Savile Role

Actor Steve Coogan has received a Bafta nomination for his portrayal of serial sex offender Jimmy Savile in the BBC drama "The Reckoning". Coogan's nomination for the leading actor prize feels like a "vindication" of his decision to take on the controversial role.

In an interview on the red carpet at the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday, Coogan expressed his gratitude for the nomination. "I'm very grateful to be acknowledged by the academy because the role I played was quite a difficult one, it was quite controversial and there was a lot of opposition to it when it was announced," he said.

Coogan acknowledged the risks involved in taking on the role, saying, "If it was handled badly it could have been a terrible decision. But I think the BBC were vindicated by it." He understood some of the consternation about him playing Savile, given his background as a comic actor, but believed in his ability to do it justice.

The actor emphasized the importance of the participation of some of Savile's survivors in the production. "Their presence was an endorsement of that process, and gave voice to it and legitimised and made people realise why the programme was being made. It wasn't just a piece of entertainment, it was about looking deeply at how something like this occurs," Coogan stated.

The Reckoning is a BBC drama that explores how Savile managed to conceal his crimes until his death in 2011. The British television presenter was exposed as a prolific sex offender following his death, with hundreds of survivors coming forward to share their experiences of abuse.

Coogan's nomination is a significant recognition of his performance in the challenging role. The Bafta TV Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall in London, celebrate excellence in British television. Coogan will compete in the Leading Actor category against notable performers such as Brian Cox for Succession and Dominic West for The Crown.

Key Takeaways

  • Steve Coogan receives Bafta nomination for playing Jimmy Savile in BBC drama "The Reckoning".
  • Coogan's nomination feels like "vindication" for taking on the controversial role.
  • The actor acknowledged the risks involved, but believed in his ability to do the role justice.
  • The participation of Savile's survivors in the production was crucial for its legitimacy.
  • Coogan will compete in the Leading Actor category at the Bafta TV Awards.