Radio Times TV 100 2021 | Full list and first place revealed

“Russell is a wealth of ideas, talent and practical know-how, as well as an extraordinarily good writer. He is always one step ahead of trends and seamlessly navigates changes in the television market. He’s the complete package. And a pleasure to work with!” – NICOLA SHINDLER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AT QUAY STREET PRODUCTIONS

2. Olly Alexander

“It’s a Sin was one of those rare dramas that had a huge impact beyond the screen. Olly’s moving performance as Ritchie was central to the show’s impact, bringing to life the realities of the 1980s AIDS crisis on the gay community. He is well deserving of his place in the top 10.” ZAI BENNETT, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CONTENT AT SKY

3. Rose Ayling Ellis

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“Rose was catapulted onto TV screens in 2020 as Frankie in EastEnders and left Mick Carter stunned when she dropped the bombshell that she was his daughter. First deaf actress to use sign language on the soap opera , she went on to capture the public’s imagination by winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 and becoming the show’s first-ever deaf contestant.Rose defied stereotypes to prove that hearing impairments don’t have to be a barrier. electrifying in the middle of prime time television when she covered Giovanni’s ears and danced without sound, for 10 seconds, 10 million people experienced the world through Rose’s eyes and ears. fascinating and an amazing tribute to the deaf community.She’s back filming in Walford and I can’t wait for her to come back soon. CHARLOTTE MOORE, BBC CONTENT DIRECTOR

4. Hwang Dong-hyuk

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“Squid Game seemed to come out of nowhere and quickly became Netflix’s most-watched TV series. never. We were all glued to our screens as we drained the entire groundbreaking series. But Hwang had worked on the series for 10 years before it came to fruition. His persistence and incredible directorial vision show us that if you have a great idea, it will come to fruition.” SUKI BERGG, HEAD OF SCREENPLAY DEVELOPMENT, BBC STUDIOS

5. Jesse Armstrong

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“The terrible and terrifying creation of the Roy family by Jesse Armstrong in Succession is compulsive viewing. Three seasons and the caliber of writing, led by Armstrong, is higher than ever, with a wonderfully monstrous cast of characters and razor-sharp dialogue. – LADY PIPPA HARRIS, FOUNDER OF NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS

6. Kate Winslet

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“Congratulations to Kate Winslet for making the top 10. Her performance as the complicated mare from Easttown kept us all hooked, in what was one of the best American shows of the year, and recalled what a brilliant and versatile actress she is. ” ZAI BENNETT, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CONTENT AT SKY

7. Lydia West

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The It’s a Sin star brought the warm, generous, and extremely kind Jill Baxter to life, and we all immediately fell in love with her. It’s no surprise that she’s now been cast in hugely exciting projects from the BBC, Netflix and Apple TV+. SUKI BERGG, HEAD OF SCREENPLAY DEVELOPMENT, BBC STUDIOS

8. Emma Raducanu

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“In terms of British sporting fairy tales, it’s hard to remember a more unexpected or tangible achievement than Emma Raducanu’s run at the US Open last year. The teenager started the year in as world No. 345 before rising to No. 150 before the tournament She swept three opponents in qualifying and won seven more matches in the tournament itself to become the first British Grand Slam women’s singles champion since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu is the first ever singles qualifier to win that same Grand Slam at one of the majors in Open Era history and the icing on the cake is that it was only her second appearance in the main draw of a Slam, having featured at Wimbledon weeks earlier.” MICHAEL POTTS, RADIOTIMES.COM SPORTS EDITOR

9.Stephen Graham

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“It has been an extraordinary year for Stephen Graham, showcasing his range and skill as an actor. From his heartbreaking and nuanced performance as Tony in Jack Thorne’s Help to his BAFTA-nominated tour de force as a chef in Boiling Point, he didn’t put a foot wrong. – LADY PIPPA HARRIS, FOUNDER OF NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS

10. England Men’s Euro Team

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“The 2018 World Cup was like a wake-up call for the England men’s national team, but Euro 2020 was like a real arrival on the world stage. A new generation of very talented prospects have been added to a an already dynamic squad for the delayed 2020 tournament, which took place last summer, and propelled England to their first major tournament final since 1966. Raheem Sterling was England’s brightest light and Harry Kane found his place in the tournament after a muted start but the cries of ‘it’s coming home’ intensified England’s 2-0 win over Germany in the round of 16 was the point culminating as the Three Lions made light work of an elite nation in a critical game in front of 90,000 at Wembley.Of course, England lost the final after a dramatic penalty shootout against Italy, but she inspired a nation, gave us a great summer and, with his best years ahead of her, football has never seemed closer to home. ” MICHAEL POTTS, RADIOTIMES.COM SPORTS EDITOR

SPOTLIGHT ON… 11. Suranne Jones

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“It’s an absolute privilege to watch Suranne Jones on the small screen. Jones captivated audiences with her gripping portrayal in two very different performances, in two very different dramas – DCI Amy Silva in Vigil and Victoria in I Am Victoria, reinforcing her status as one of the nation’s most beloved actors. And I can’t wait to see her light up our screens again as she reprises her role as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack season 2 – not just as an actress but also as a producer. A huge fan.” MARINA STORTI, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NOW TV AND SKY

12. Jed Mercurio

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13. Jodie Comer

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14. Tom’s Edge

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15. Lee Jung Jae

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16. Sean Bean

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17. Callum Scott Howells

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18. Elisabeth Olsen

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19. George Webster

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20. Shalom Brune-Franklin

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SPOTLIGHT ON… 21. Connor Swindells

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“Look for Connor Swindells in Kudos Productions SAS Rogue Heroes for BBC One. He plays SAS founding member David Stirling in a performance full of courage, passion, daring and sensitivity. Just one of the brilliant SAS men and intricacies of Steve Knight’s new series.” PETER SALMON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT ENDEMOL SHINE

22. Jon Snow

SPOTLIGHT ON… 23. Stephen Merchant

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“Stephen is the dictionary definition of a Renaissance man. Writer, director, producer, actor and, let’s not forget, comedian and co-creator of The Office, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. He’s a rare and special talent, both in front of and behind the camera, or as our American pals call him, he’s a “360-degree threat. He’s more than earned his place on this year’s list as as writer, creator, director and actor in The Outlaws and for his extraordinary performance as Stephen Port in Four Lives We are incredibly lucky to have someone of Stephen’s talent doing his shows in the UK. And the icing on the cake? He is incredibly charming, generous of spirit, extremely favorable to new talent and a joy to work with. Long live Le Marchand! – KENTON ALLEN, CEO of BIG TALK PRODUCTIONS

24. Ncuti Gatwa

25. Daisy Hagard

26. Clive Myrie

27. Vicky McClure

28. O Young-su

29. Rakhee Thakrar

30. Kate Garraway

31. Matthew Macfadyen

32. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

33. John White

34. Jack Thorne

35. Paul Bettany

36. Alison Hammond

37. Evan Peters

38.Robert Moore

39. AJ Odudu

40. Sophie Willan

41. John Bishop

42. Paige Sandhu

43. Jodie Whittaker

44. Jane Tranter

45. Tom Hiddleston

46. ​​Adil Ray

47. Nida Manzoor

48. Henry Cavill

49. Janette Manrara

50. Harlan Coben

51. Zara McDermott

52. Alex Scott

53. Doua Saleh

54.Bradley Walsh

55. Kadeena Cox

56. Chris Chibnall

57. Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon

58. Anthony Mackie

59. Rose Matafeo

60. Cush Jumbo

61. Ros Atkins

62. Will Poulter

63. Rosario Dawson

64. Shaun Evans

65. Oprah

66. Mo Gilligan

67. Mimi Keene

68. Nicola Walker

69. Sophie DiMartino

70. Bimini Bon Boulash

71. Romesh Ranganathan

72. Munya Chawawa

73. Brian Cox

74. Nadiya Hussain

75. Selena Gomez

76. Jamie Demetriou

77. Mackenzie Crook

78. Cynthia Erivo

79. Sebastian Stan

80. Isabelle Sieb

81. Peaty Adam

82. Samuel Adewunmi

83. Oti Mabuse

84. Brett Goldstein

85. Emily Mortimer

86. Jimmy McGovern

87. Heidi Thomas

88. Olivia Colman

89. Sally Carman

90. Patricia Allison

91. Diane Morgan

92. Peter Jackson

93. Emma Hayes

94. Liberty Poole

95. Martin Compton

96. Jenna Coleman

97. Ant and Dec

98. Natasia Demetriou

99. Anna Maxwell Martin

100. Sandra Oh TV 100 contributors

  • Charlotte MooreBBC content director
  • Stone Salmoncreative director, Endemol Shine
  • Damien TimmerManaging Director, Mammoth Screen
  • Lady Pippa HarrisFounder of Neal Street Productions
  • Marina StortiManaging Director, NOW TV, Sky
  • Kenton AllenCEO of Big Talk Productions
  • Zai Bennettchief content officer at Sky
  • Nicholas Shindler, television producer and executive, and founder of production company Quay Street Productions
  • Kate Harwood, television producer and managing director of Euston Films
  • Marc Linseycreative director of BBC Studios
  • Suki BerggActor
  • Anne MensahVP Content at Netflix
  • Disney+

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