TV adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW earns two BAFTA nominations

Company News April 11, 2017

The BBC Two and Mammoth Screen adaptation of Zadie Smith’s 2012 novel, NW (Hamish Hamilton), has received two nominations in the 2017 BAFTA British Academy Television Awards, announced today.

The 90 minute drama, which aired in November 2016, received a Leading Actress nomination for Nikki Amuka-Bird and a nomination for best Single Drama.

At the time of broadcast, Amuka-Bird – best known for her starring role as DC Erin Gray in the hit BBC One show Luther – said of the role: “I couldn’t be more excited to be taking on the challenge of playing one of Zadie Smith’s characters. She writes vivid, intellectually and emotionally complex women that you can sink your teeth into. NW was my postcode for many years and I was amazed to read a book that so brilliantly and honestly captured the reality of life in one of our most multi-cultural suburbs, so it’s thrilling to be involved in bringing it to the screen.”

Zadie Smith added:  “I am thrilled that NW is being made and especially pleased that Nikki Amuka-Bird is to play Natalie, a powerful stage actress who I know will bring depth and heart to the role.”

The full list of nominations can be found here. The winners will be announced on 14 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.