Doctor Who takes on Sherlock Holmes in Bafta battle

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Image caption Doctor Who's Matt Smith is up for best actor at the Baftas

Matt Smith has become the first Doctor Who to be nominated for a Bafta television award.

The 28-year-old actor joins other rising Welsh stars in the nominations list for the 2011 awards.

BBC Wales won 11 nominations in eight categories for the awards which will be decided at a ceremony in London on 22 May, hosted by Graham Norton.

Smith takes on Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch for the leading actor prize.

He took over the Doctor Who role from David Tennant in 2009.

Sherlock, the modern-day retelling of Sherlock Holmes commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales, received four nominations.

The show is also up for best drama series, alongside Being Human, best supporting actor for Martin Freeman and the audience award.

Daniel Rigby is nominated for leading actor for his performance in BBC Wales' Eric & Ernie, which is also up for best single drama.

Human Planet is nominated in the specialist factual category and The Sinking of the Laconia for best drama serial.

Between Life and Death, also commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales, is up for best single documentary.


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