Benedict Cumberbatch beats Matt Smith as Sherlock wins twice at TV awards

The Sherlock star took home best actor while the show was named best drama series - but Doctor Who did not leave empty handed

Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch beat Doctor Who star Matt Smith to the best actor award and the BBC1 detective series was named best drama, at the TV Choice Awards in London last night.


And while Smith’s co-star Karen Gillan also lost out in the best actress category to Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart, Doctor Who did take home the gong for best family drama.

Other big winners included EastEnders, which landed best soap, as well as awards for Shane Richie, named best soap actor, and Tony Discipline, best soap newcomer.

Cumberbatch, who could not be at the ceremony due to filming commitments, will begin work on the third series of Sherlock in January.


Last month, co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who is also head writer on Doctor Who, revealed the key words – rat, wedding and bow – that would define the three new episodes (read our analysis of what they might mean here).