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‘Aftersun’, ‘Mayflies’ and ‘Karen Pirie’ are among the leading nominations for this year’s awards

The coveted BAFTA Scotland Awards are here once more to celebrate the very best of Scottish talent in 2023. Hosted again by radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman, the BAFTA Scotland Awards aims to honour excellence across the Scottish screen industries.

The awards will be held in Glasgow at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Sunday 19 November. A whole host of famous faces and acting stars will be in attendance and handing out awards on the night, and the ceremony will be available to watch on BAFTA’s YouTube channel.

We’re thrilled to see so many Spotlight members nominated across the categories, including James Cosmo (My Sailor, My Love) and Paul Mescal (Aftersun), who have both been nominated for the Actor Film category, while Frankie Corio (Aftersun) and Lucy Halliday (Blue Jean) have both been nominated for Actress Film. 

Spotlight members Brian Cox (Succession), Tony Curran (Mayflies) and Lewis Gribben (Somewhere Boy) have been nominated for Actor Television due to their fantastic work, and the Actress Television category recognises the talents of Spotlight members Izuka Hoyle (Big Boys), Ashley Jenkins (Mayflies), Lauren Lyle (Karen Pirie) and Vinette Robinson (Six Four).

Aftersun, the father and daughter drama written and directed by Charlotte Wells, is leading the nominations charge with a whopping five nominations for Actor Film, Actress Film, Director Fiction, Feature Film and Writer Film/Television.

The full list of nominations for the 2023 BAFTA Scotland Awards can be found below:

Actor Film

  • James Cosmo – My Sailor, My Love
  • Paul Mescal – Aftersun
  • Chinaza Uche – A Good Person

Actress Film

  • Frankie Corio – Aftersun
  • Lucy Halliday – Blue Jean
  • Sally Hawkins – The Lost King

Actor TV

  • Brian Cox – Succession
  • Tony Curran – Mayflies
  • Lewis Gribben – Somewhere Boy
  • Conor McCarron – Dog Days

Actress TV

  • Izuka Hoyle – Big Boys
  • Ashley Jensen – Mayflies
  • Lauren Lyle – Karen Pirie
  • Vignette Robinson – Six Four

Director Factual

  • Jono McLeod – My Old School
  • Alice McMahon-Major – Three Mothers, Two Babies and a Scandal
  • Matt Pinder – The Hunt for the World’s End Killers

Director Fiction

  • Jon S. Baird – Tetris
  • Gareth Bryn – Karen Pirie
  • Charlotte Wells – Aftersun


  • Frankie Boyle’s Farewell to the Monarchy – Production Team (Two Rivers Media/Channel 4)
  • Richard Osman’s House of Games – Tamara Gilder, Breid McLoone, John Smith, Gemma Whitford (Remarkable TV/BBC Two)
  • Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out – Production Team (IWC Media/Channel 5)

Factual Series

  • Fred West: The Glasgow Girls – Production Team (IWC Media/Sky Crime)
  • The Women Who Changed Modern Scotland – Production Team (Two Rivers Media/BBC Scotland)
  • Three Mothers, Two Babies and a Scandal – Alice McMahon-Major, Nicole Kleeman, Vari Innes, Naomi Buchanan (Firecrest Films/Amazon Prime Video)

Feature Film

  • Aftersun – Charlotte Wells, Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski
  • My Old School – Jono McLeod, John Archer, Olivia Lichtenstein, Berny McGurk
  • Winners – Hassan Nazer, Nadira Murray, Paul Welsh, Arash Seifie Jamadi


  • Designing the Hebrides – Production Team (DSP/BBC Scotland)
  • Kirstie and Phil’s Love it or List it – Kirstie Allsopp, Phil Spencer, Laura Harding, Jonny Wharton (Raise the Roof Productions/Channel 4)
  • The Yorkshire Auction House – Craig Hunter, John Redshaw, Diccon Green, Sarah Forster (STV Studios/Really)

Short Film & Animation

  • Clean – Miranda Stern, Reece Cargan
  • A Long Winter – Eilidh Munro, Finlay Pretsell
  • Shackle – Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson

Single Documentary

  • The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld – Michael Waldman, Lorraine McKechnie, David G. Hill, Calum Leslie (Finestripe Productions/BBC Two)
  • The Snowman: The Film That Changed Christmas – Production Team (Two Rivers Media/Channel 4)
  • War and Justice: The Case of Marine – A Production Team (Two Rivers Media, Uppercut Films/Channel 4)

Specialist Factual

  • Becoming Fridah Kahlo – James Rogan, Mark Hedgecoe, Nancy Bornat, Louise Lockwood – Rogan Productions/BBC One
  • Imagine: Douglas Stuart… Love, Hope and Grit – Linda Sands, Tanya Hudson, Alan Yentob, Ed Horne – BBC Studios/BBC One
  • What Killed the Whale? – Production Team – STV Studios/Channel 4

Television Scripted

  • Guilt – Production Team (Expectation North, Happy Tramp North/BBC Scotland)
  • Karen Pire – Production Team (World Productions/ITV)
  • Mayflies – Claire Mundell, Brian Kaczynski, Andrea Gibb, Peter Mackie Burns (Synchronicity Films/BBC One)

Writer Film/Television (in partnership with Screen Scotland)

  • Neil Forsyth – The Gold
  • Charlotte Wells – Aftersun
  • Krysty Wilson-Cairns – The Good Nurse

From all of us at Spotlight, we’re wishing the best of luck to all nominees!

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