Bafta-winner Mo Gilligan issues heartfelt message about diversifying TV: ‘There’s so much work to do’

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Mo Gilligan, who won the entertainment performance award last night, has spoken out about diversity on TV (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

Bafta-winner Mo Gilligan has used his victory to send out an important message, saying: ‘There’s so much work to do on getting people like myself on TV’.

The star won the entertainment performance award at this year’s ceremony – the first of the night – for his performance on The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.

The comedian saw off established names like Graham Norton and Frankie Boyle to take home the coveted award.

Speaking afterwards in the winners’ room (via Variety), he explained: ‘There’s still so much work to do of getting people like me on TV, people of different backgrounds, people that sound like me, and not feel like you have to change the way you speak.

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‘Hopefully, somebody watching is like, “Whoah, Mo is the guy down my road, I have a friend called Mo, I am a Mo.” And that is what it is about.

‘But there is still so much work to do, and we all collectively know that within this industry.’

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Mo had to accept his entertainment performance award virtually, due to coronavirus social distancing measures (Picture: Jonny Birch/BAFTA/REX)
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Mo fought off fierce competition for his award – including legendary names like Graham Norton! (Picture: David Fisher/REX)

This year’s TV Baftas were mostly virtual, with winners and nominees connecting in from home via Zoom.

Some stars did attend a small physical event in London however – among them were Normal People’s Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, and I’m a Celebrity star Emily Atack.

Other winners at this year’s ceremony included Glenda Jackson who won leading actress for Elizabeth is Missing, while Jared Harris won leading actor for Chernobyl.

Sian Clifford won female performance in a comedy programme for her role in Fleabag, while her costar Jamie Demetriou won male performance in a comedy programme for Stath Lets Flats.

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