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Idris Elba favourite to win BAFTA for Leading Actor

| 30.03.2016
SPORTSBOOK ODDS

Bookmaker Coral has unveiled the betting for this year’s BAFTAs, making Luther star Idris Elba the hot favourite at 13-8 to win the award for Leading Actor. Oscar winner Mark Rylance has been priced at 5-2, Stephen Graham is 11-4, with Ben Whishaw the outsider at 4-1.

The Leading Actress category is more competitive but Sheridan Smith edges favouritism at 6-4, just ahead of Suranne Jones at 11-8. Claire Foy and Ruth Madeley are outsiders to scoop the gong at 5-1 and 6-1 respectively.

Adele at the BBC is odds-on at 10-11 to win Best Entertainment Programme, while Strictly Come Dancing is close behind at 11-8. Meanwhile, Coronation Street is expected to beat Eastenders in the category for Best Soap and Continuing Drama at odds of 4-7.

“Both Idris Elba and Sheridan Smith are worthy favourites to win their respective categories and judging from the early money, punters believe they will be the toast of the night,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

**Leading Actor

13-8 Idris Elba, 5-2 Mark Rylance, 11-4 Stephen Graham, 4 Ben Whishaw

**Leading Actress

6-4 Sheridan Smith, 11-8 Suranne Jones, 5-1 Claire Foy, 6-1 Ruth Madeley

**Soap & Continuing Drama

4-7 Coronation Street, 13-8 Eastenders, 12-1 Emmerdale, 33-1 Holby City

**Entertainment Programme

10-11 Adele at the BBC, 6-5 Strictly Come Dancing, 8-1 Britain’s Got Talent, 20-1 TFI Friday Anniversary Special

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Nicola McGeady

Nicola joined the PR team in January 2013 from Boylesports. Moving across the water from Ireland, she has taken on the role of PR Manager, dealing with all aspects of media activity, as well as taking on the responsibility of a number of the firm's key
partnerships such as At The Races and RUK. Nicola has been in the bookmaking industry for over six years,with a wide range of experience in radio and TV broadcasting, but you can also check out Nicola's lastest blog posts right here at the Coral news site. Like many of her Irish compatriots, Nicola is a huge Manchester United fan, and when not working, she can be found on a tennis court or enjoying the London social
scene.