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BAFTA stars swap pyjamas for fancy frocks as they pose at home ahead of award ceremony

Rankin is used to dealing with difficult celebrities while shooting their portraits, but for his latest project he faced a different challenge: photographing them remotely. The photographer was commissioned by the Virgin Media Baftas to create portraits of this year's nominees for the TV awards, which will be given out by Richard Ayoade on Friday – remotely, of course. Instead of stressing over setting up a studio, Rankin had to deal with strained phone calls with the stars' partners, and in some cases their children, as he turned them into celebrity photographers for the day. The only apparatus the nominees were sent was a light, and then, via video call, Rankin directed the action. The Virtues star Stephen Graham, who is up for best lead actor, was photographed jumping on a trampoline by his son.

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The Sex Education actor Ncuti Gatwa, who is in the best male performance in a comedy programme category, wore a tuxedo jacket at the end of his garden. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Stephen Graham, who is up for best lead actor. Despite the photographers' inexperience, Rankin found in some cases they were naturals. "With Stephen Graham, his son took the camera and he quickly shot some pictures and sent them to me," he said. "I looked at it and said: 'Yeah, you got it.' In two frames he'd managed to capture a great picture." Glenda Jackson, who is nominated in the lead actress category for her role in the BBC One drama Elizabeth is Missing, did not want to speak to Rankin and sent a photograph taken by her assistant.

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Other stars took matters into their own hands: Joe Absolom, who has a best supporting actor nomination for ITV's A Confession, and Suranne Jones, who is also up for best lead actress for her performance in Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack, shot their own images without any guidance. "I curated them, let's say," Rankin said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Suranne Jones's photograph for Rankin. Photograph: Rankin/Bafta The other actors took a selection of pictures that Rankin then selected from. He said the remote photography worked for the most part and he could see it become a normal part of his working life.

"I don't think it's going to completely go back to normal," he said. CORONATION Street's Katie McGlynn wore a ballgown on a tractor as she joins the BAFTA stars for a glam photoshoot. The actress, 27, posed for the shoot with photographer Rankin following her BAFTA nomination. 8 Katie McGlynn driving a tractor for the BAFTA shoot Credit: PA:Press Association The portraits are all taken virtually by Rankin in the star's homes ahead of the entirely online ceremony on Thursday. 8 She's nominated for her emotional Corrie death scenes Credit: ITV 8 Stephen Graham on the trampoline in his back garden Credit: PA:Press Association 8 Suranne Jones in the shed Credit: PA:Press Association Meanwhile, Gentleman Jack's Suranne Jones is wearing an amazing white jacket and trouser combination, but is sitting in her shed surrounded by wellies, weights and her previous BAFTA trophy. Katie was nominated for Sinead Tinker's death scene in Coronation Street as part of the Virgin Media Must-See 2020 Moment category. 8 Stath Lets Flats comedian Jamie Demetriou Credit: PA:Press Association 8 The Capture's Callum Turner back at his house Credit: PA:Press Association 8 Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa showing off his back garden Credit: PA:Press Association 8 Glenda Jackson ready for the red carpet with a cup of tea Credit: PA:Press Association Speaking to The Sun Online about the nomination, she said: "It's amazing. This year's BAFTA nominated TV stars have posed at home for celebrity photographer Rankin ahead of Friday's ceremony at a closed studio. From Suranne Jones playing board games to Ncuti Gatwa in his garden and Stephen Graham on his trampoline, Rankin has captured stars at home but in their finest frocks, as they prepare to tune into the biggest night in television like TV fans across the country for the first time. Other nominees who took part in this first-of-its-kind shoot include Takehiro Hira, Samantha Morton, Glenda Jackson and Jamie Demetriou. Former Coronation Street star Suranne, 41, is in the Leading Actress category for her part in BBC drama Gentleman Jack, where she faces competition from Morton, 43, who starred in Channel 4's I Am Kirsty, and Jackson, 84, who appeared in Elizabeth Is Missing on BBC1. Graham, 46, and Hira, 46, are both up against each other in the Leading Actor category. Photographer Rankin said: "I am so excited to have shot the 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs nominee portraits." He added: "Despite the limitations, we have created a memorable series of photographs and it has been a real honour to capture some of the biggest TV stars in the intimacy of their own homes. "To be able to virtually connect, direct, shoot and deliver these portraits without any physical interaction has been a fun challenge and our TV celebrities put on quite the performance for us!" Rankin and BAFTA came together to create this unique shoot ahead of this years' Awards ceremony, capturing the essence of the Awards from the safety and comfort of the nominees' homes. The shoot was virtually connected, directed and delivered through a series of video calls, with the help of families and friends of the nominees who took part. Speaking this week ahead of the awards, Suranne said she was excited more female stories are coming through on screen. She added: "I know I want to work with daring people and I want to push things." This year's nominees are invited to get involved through a combination of video linkups and pre-recorded acceptance speeches, with a number of celebrity presenters also on hand in-studio to announce the winners. *The socially distanced Virgin Media BAFTAs air tomorrow on BBC1 at 7pm.

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