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BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

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United Kingdom

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Awarded for
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Currently held by
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Presented by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Category of
British Academy Film Awards

People also search for
BAFTA Award for Best Film

Winners & Nominees
Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck, Winner, Jake GyllenhaalNocturnal Animals, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nominee, Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield, Nominee, Ryan GoslingLa La Land, Ryan Gosling, Nominee, Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic, Viggo Mortensen, Nominee, Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winner, Eddie RedmayneThe Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne, Nominee, Michael FassbenderSteve Jobs, Michael Fassbender, Nominee, Bryan CranstonTrumbo, Bryan Cranston, Nominee, Matt DamonThe Martian, Matt Damon, Nominee, Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne, Winner, Ralph FiennesThe Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes, Nominee, Jake GyllenhaalNightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nominee, Michael KeatonBirdman, Michael Keaton, Nominee, Benedict CumberbatchThe Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Winner, Bruce DernNebraska, Bruce Dern, Nominee, Leonardo DiCaprioThe Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nominee, Tom HanksCaptain Phillips, Tom Hanks, Nominee, Christian BaleAmerican Hustle, Christian Bale, Nominee, Daniel Day-LewisLincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Hugh JackmanLes Misérables, Hugh Jackman, Nominee, Ben AffleckArgo, Ben Affleck, Nominee, Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper, Nominee, Joaquin PhoenixThe Master, Joaquin Phoenix, Nominee

Best Actor in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.



Note: Dustin Hoffman's total of eight nominations, includes his 1968 Most Promising Newcomer nomination for The Graduate.

Winners and nominees

From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actor awards: one for a British actor and another for a foreign actor. In 1968, the two prizes of British and Foreign actor were combined to create a single Best Actor award. Its current title, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, has been used since 1995.


Note: All nominations for multiple performances in a single year from the 1950s to the 1970s, count as one nomination. The two mentions for Michael Caine (1983), Anthony Hopkins (1993) and Sean Penn (2003), count as two separate nominations.

Multiple wins

5 wins
  • Peter Finch (2 consecutive)
  • 4 wins
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • 3 wins
  • Marlon Brando (consecutive)
  • Jack Lemmon (2 consecutive)
  • 2 wins
  • Dirk Bogarde
  • Colin Firth (consecutive)
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Marcello Mastroianni (consecutive)
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Rod Steiger (consecutive)
  • References

    BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Wikipedia