Benedict Cumberbatch has praised his fellow BAFTA Television Award nominees saying he is 'honoured to be in the same ball park' as them.

Arriving on the red carpet for Sunday night's ceremony the Sherlock star, who is nominated in the Leading Actor category for his work on The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, acknowledged the level of talent being celebrated at the show.

"I've seen my fellow nominees work and I'm honoured to be in the same ballpark as them," he said.

"I don't hold out much hope of winning but I'm delighted to be nominated with them. I was just very thrilled to be offered such an extraordinary once in a life time role."

He added: "Just the level of quality that is being acknowledged tonight is fantastic. They are not necessarily the most viewed and highest rated but they are fantastic endeavours in the art of television making."

Matt Smith on the BAFTA red carpet

Netflix series The Crown leads the nominations at this year's awards, earning five nods in total.

Speaking on the red carpet Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the series, said he is hopeful the show will take home gold, "We hope tonight we get a few wins, it's nice to be invited even though it's raining."

The former Doctor Who actor said there was plenty of other shows he has enjoyed over the past year, saying: "Planet Earth was amazing, I like a bit of Gogglebox, I think First Dates is quite interesting."

Cumberbatch and Smith caused a stir among their fans by hugging on the red carpet with one fan tweeting that the sight made her stop breathing, and many others sharing their love of their bromance.

Meanwhile, all eyes were on Irish star Laura Whitmore who was looking her stylish best in a strapless statement dress with a silver metallic belt cinching in at the waist. The Bray native went for minimal make-up with her blonde locks effortlessly swept back.

The Crown's Claire Foy; nominated for Best Leading Actress 
The Crown's Vanessa Kirby; nominated for Best Supporting Actress
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Holly Willoughby
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Joan Collins
Danny Dyer
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