Happy Valley star shortlisted for top TV award

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A renowned television star who has appeared in a Calderdale hit BBC show has been shortlisted for a national award.

Sarah Lancashire, who plays Sgt Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley, is nominated for ‘Best Drama Performance’ in the National Television Awards.

The star will compete among TV’s best, including Benedict Cumberbatch, for his role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, Dame Maggie Smith, as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey and Sheridan Smith, as Cilla Black in Cilla.

The awards will take place on January 21 at the O2 London.

Happy Valley celebrated success last year after triumphing over Sherlock and Doctor Who to be crowned the Best TV Programme of 2014.

The BBC One police drama, created by BAFTA winning writer Sally Wainwright, is set in places around Calderdale, including Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

The first six-part series hinged on a kidnap plot in Sowerby Bridge, where Catherine is a police sergeant.

After popular demand, it was announced that work on a second series would begin this year and is expected to be broadcast on TV before the end of the year.

Voting is now live on the website. To vote for Sarah Lancashire, visit www.nationaltvawards.com/home