Welsh drama writer In My Skin wins major Bafta award and delivers sweet speech


Since its release, the Welsh drama In My Skin has been continuously praised by critics and viewers. Written by Kayleigh Llewellyn, it started life as a short film but has since been commissioned for two full series.

And on Sunday, April 24, Llewellyn won her latest accolade, a BAFTA Craft award in the playwriting category – and her speech was brilliant.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards took place at The Brewery in London. Stars such as Olivia Colman, Aisling Bea and fellow theater nominee Russell T Davies were all in attendance. During her acceptance speech, Llewellyn thanked Davies for his work on It’s A Sin. She described him as a “generous man” who “supported new talent” more than anyone she had met.

Llewellyn also thanked fellow executive producer Nerys Evans for helping to achieve working-class representation in the drama. Thanking Evans, she said: “I am a social class woman from Cardiff, Sophie Willan, an amazing social class writer, who is nominated for best comedy, we are here because Nerys Evans opened this door for us .” Willan was nominated for Alma’s Not Normal.

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Watch Llewellyn’s full speech here:

At the end of his speech, the writer choked up thanking his mother. “My mom, who let me tell our story, I love you,” said Llewellyn, who based the series on her own experiences. Llewellyn grew up with a parent who suffered from mental health issues.

In My Skin centers on Welsh teenager Bethan (played by BAFTA-winning actress Gabrielle Creevy) who tries to live a double life as she negotiates her mother’s mental illness, her friendships and her sexuality. Her mother suffers from bipolar disorder and is committed to a psychiatric ward. Bethan dreams of being a writer, but attends a hostile and homophobic school.

Both series of In My Skin are available to watch on BBC iPlayer


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