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Baftas 2021: backstage with Hugh Grant, Priyanka Chopra and more – in pictures

The Guardian - Mon Apr 12 12:30

  • A Covid-compliant member of the Bafta film crew. All photographs by Sarah Lee for the Guardian

    A Covid compliant member of the EE Bafta film crew
  • Each guest presenter arrived in an allocated time-slot, did some interviews and had a solo photograph taken. Here we see Asim Chaudhry being interviewed

    Each guest presented arrived at an allocated slot and did a couple of interviews and had their photo taken by themselves. Asim Chuadhry doing an interview
  • David Oyelowo has a temparature check before being allowed to enter the Royal Albert Hall

    David Oyelowo having a temparature check before being allowed to enter the Albert Hall
  • The set design inside the venue

    The set design at the Albert Hall
  • Priyanka Chopra arrives with her husband, Nick Jonas

    Priyanka Chopra arrives with her husband, Nick Jonas
  • Chopra was at the Royal Albert Hall to present an award – though a film in which she recently starred, The White Tiger, was also up for two gongs

    Nick Jonas and Proyanka Chopra bring some glamour to the proceedings
  • Frances McDormand, winner of the best actress award, is shown in Nomadland, which won best film

    Frances McDrormand on the screen at the Albert Hall
  • David Oyelowo is interviewed outside the Royal Albert Hall

    David Oyelowo being interviewed outside the Albert Hall
  • Jonathan Pryce waits to present the best director award

    Jonathan Pryce waits to present the best director award
  • Avengers star Tom Hiddleston also presented one

    Avengers star Tom Hiddleston also presented one
  • Taiwanese director Ang Lee received a Bafta fellowship via video link

    Ang Lee backstage on live video links receiving a Bafta fellowship
  • Backstage is usually a low-key affair, but this year there were scores of monitors and technicians ensuring the many different video and zoom links were able to work seamlessly for the broadcast

    Backstage is usually a far more low key affair but this yer there were scores of monitors and technicians ensuring all the hundreds of different video and zoom links were able to work seamlessly in the broadcast
  • Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor. The presenters were not able to mix due to restrictions, and had to isolate in the boxes of the Royal Albert Hall until it was time to present their awards

    Phoebe Dynevor. The presenters were not able to interact or mix due to restrictions and had to isolate in the boxes of the Albert Hall until they presented their award
  • Actor and presenter Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a box wearing a sequinned Louis Vuitton dress

    Actor and presenter Gugu Mbatah-Raw in a box wearing a sequinned Louis Vuitton dress
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor waits to present an award

    Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Harriet star Cynthia Erivo also presented an award

    Cynthia Erivo wore a metallic Louis Vuitton dress
  • Award presenter Hugh Grant shared a box with his wife, Anna Eberstein

    Award presenter Hugh Grant shared a box with his wife, Anna Eberstein
  • Tom Hiddleston with official Bafta photographer Greg Williams

    Tom Hiddleston with official Bafta photographer Greg Williams
  • Jonathan Pryce

    Jonathan Pryce
  • Award presenters Richard E Grant …

    Richard E Grant
  • … and James McAvoy

    James McAvoy
  • Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman celebrate a good night’s work after presenting the ceremony

    Derrmot O’Leary and Edith Bowman maintaining social distance after successfully presenting the ceremony.