The NTA 2021 nominations have been announced

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Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

Nominations for the National Television Awards have now been announced as voting opens to the public.

Line of Duty is up for an award in the NTA’s 2021 Returning Drama category, plus three nominations on the Drama Performance list, making it the most nominated show of the year.

Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar are all nominated for their roles as Kate Fleming, Steve Arnott and Ted Hastings respectively.

Also up for the top prize in this category is Olly Alexander (also known as singer Years and Years) for his role as Ritchie Tozer in Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin, and David Tennant for his performance as serial killer Dennis Nilsen, in Des.

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Photo credit: Netflix

Both It’s a Sin and Des have also been nominated in the New Drama category, up against Bridgerton and Normal People.

Favourite shows Great British Bake Off and the Great British Sewing Bee will be competing against each other for the NTA’s 2021 Challenge Show category award, while Strictly Come Dancing will be battling The Masked Singer for the Talent Show title.

Both This Morning and Loose Women have been named in the Daytime category while shows including Ricky Gervais' After Life and Friday Night Dinner, which starred the late Paul Ritter, received mentions in the Comedy list.

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Photo credit: ITV

The special Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award category includes I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. The presenting duo are also up for a joint award in the TV presenter category alongside This Morning's Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond.

It looks set to be a close year, with tough competition in many categories. This is especially as multiple shows are up for more than one award, with Line of Duty leading the way with four nominations this year.

Results will be announced on Thursday 9 September and you can watch the National Television Awards on ITV and the ITV Hub. The NTAs 2021 will be hosted by comedian Joel Dommett.

National Television Awards 2021 nominations

You can see the full list of the NTA 2021 nominations below and vote for your favourites on the NTA website.


NTA nominations: Challenge Show

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Photo credit: Channel 4
  • The Great British Sewing Bee

  • Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

  • Love Island

  • Great British Bake Off

NTA nominations: New Drama

  • Bridgerton

  • Des

  • Normal People

  • It’s a Sin

NTA nominations: Talent Show

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Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race

  • The Masked Singer

  • Britain’s Got Talent

  • Strictly Come Dancing

NTA nominations: Authored Documentary

  • Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

  • Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children

  • Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

  • Rob Burrow: My Year with MND

  • Katie Price: Harvey and Me

NTA nominations: Returning Drama

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Photo credit: BBC
  • Call the Midwife

  • Line of Duty

  • Unforgotten

  • The Crown

NTA nominations: TV Presenter

  • Piers Morgan

  • Bradley Walsh

  • Alison Hammond

  • Ant and Dec

  • Holly Willoughby

NTA nominations: Factual

Photo credit: Jude Edginton - Channel 4
Photo credit: Jude Edginton - Channel 4
  • Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

  • Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

  • Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

  • Gogglebox

NTA nominations: Drama Performance

  • Martin Compston – Steve Arnott, Line of Duty

  • Olly Alexander – Ritchie Tozer, It’s a Sin

  • Vicky McClure – Kate Fleming, Line of Duty

  • Adrian Dunbar – Ted Hastings, Line of Duty

  • David Tennant – Dennis Nilsen, Des

NTA nominations: The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

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Photo credit: ITV
  • Taskmaster

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

  • I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

  • The Graham Norton Show

NTA nominations: Serial Drama

  • Hollyoaks

  • Emmerdale

  • Corination Street

  • Eastenders

NTA nominations: Serial Drama Performance

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
  • Billy Price – Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks

  • Sally Carman – Abi Franklin, Coronation Street

  • Danny Dyer – Mick Carter, Eastenders

  • Molly Gallagher – Nina Lucas, Coronation Street

NTA nominations: Quiz Game Show

  • Beat the Chasers

  • Celebrity Catchphrase

  • In For a Penny

  • Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

NTA nominations: Newcomer

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Photo credit: ITV
  • Jude Riodan – Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

  • Olivia D’Lima – Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty

  • Emile John – Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale

  • Rose Ayling-Ellis – Frankie Lewis, Eastenders

  • Rhiannon Clements – Sumer Ranger, Hollyoaks

NTA nominations: Daytime

  • The Repair Shop

  • The Chase

  • This Morning

  • Loose Women

NTA nominations: Comedy

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Photo credit: Netflix
  • The Vicar of Dibley

  • Friday Night Dinner

  • Sex Education

  • After Life

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