NTAs 2021: Tallia Storm leads the worst-dressed stars

NTAs 2021: Singer Tallia Storm joins Olivia Attwood and Lizzie Cundy as they lead the worst-dressed stars in barely-there dresses, ridiculous trains and thigh-high leather boots

  • Janette Manrara led the worst-dressed stars on the red carpet at the National Television Awards tonight 
  • NTAs are taking place in London’s O2 Arena, and will be hosted by comedian Joel Dommett for the first time
  • More streamed shows have been nominated than ever before, with Bridgerton making Best New Drama list
  • It’s a Sin and Normal People are on the New Drama list while Line of Duty and The Crown are competing for best Returning Drama 
  • Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic 

The National Television Awards recognises TV’s top talent and brings out some of the most entertaining personalities in the industry – but some of the stars on the red carpet on Tuesday evening provided entertainment for all the wrong reasons.

Arriving at London’s O2 Arena, singer and social media sensation Tallia Storm led the way for unusual outfit choices, donning a red asymmetrical gown featuring a thigh slit, statement bow, feather detailing which she teamed with black leather thigh-high boots. 

She was joined by Strictly star Janette Manrara, who found the limelight in a dusty pink tulle floor-length gown with a plunging neck and backline, complete with statement sleeves. 

There was a rainbow of colour too, although none which seemed to go particularly well with the NTA’s famous red carpet.

Singer Tallia Storm, 22, led the way for unusual outfit choices at the National Television Awards this evening, donning a red asymmetrical gown featuring a thigh slit, statement bow and feather detailing

The Scottish singer-songwriter teamed her vibrant look with a pair of shiny black leather thigh-high boots, a bright red lip and a pair of statement diamante earrings as she twirled for the cameras on the red carpet 

Strictly star Janette Manrara, 37, found the limelight in a dusty pink tulle floor-length gown with a plunging neck and backline, complete with statement sleeves

The Strictly star donned a sleek up do and a pair of dainty silver earrings as she showed off her gown’s very plunged backline and tulle train as she posed for cameras before greeting fans at the awards ceremony this evening 

The 2021 National Television Awards are taking place in London’s O2 Arena, and will be hosted by comedian Joel for the first time.

This year, more streamed shows have been nominated than ever before, with Netflix period romp Bridgerton and making the Best New Drama list while After Life and Sex Education scored slots on the Comedy list.

It’s a Sin, Des and Normal People joined Bridgerton on the New Drama short-list while Line of Duty, The Crown, Call the Midwife and Unforgotten made up the Returning Drama category. 

The Drama Performance category sees Line of Duty stars Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure in contention for the prize, alongside Olly Alexander for It’s a Sin and David Tennant for Des.

Love Island star Olivia Attwood, 30, opted for a black bodice decorated with a sheer polkadot turtle neck dress which featured statement block shoulders and a floor length tulle train

The reality star chose a pair of bright pink stilettos featuring a silver bow and straps, while accessorising with various silver rings and styled her blonde tresses with a wet hair look

TV personality Lizzie Cundy, 53, donned a wedding-style gown featuring a white laced bodice and floral white skirt featuring a floor- length train paired with white fluffy stilettos 

The broadcaster opted for a white manicure while she chose a dark red pedicure, accessorising the elaborate look with a a large silver ring and donning a pale nude lip and blue eyeliner 

The NTAs have also announced a brand new category, Authored Documentary, which sees Kate Garraway’s moving feature, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek nominated for its warts-and-all account of her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.

Finding Derek has been short-listed alongside Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children, Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Rob Burrow: My Year with MND and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.

Elsewhere, The Masked Singer has been nominated for its first NTA, with the madcap singing competition facing a battle with I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out of Here!, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Strictly Come Dancing for the Talent Show award.

Soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are up for Best Serial Drama.

Ant and Dec bagged their 20th award nomination in a row for TV Presenter, with Piers Morgan and This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond also in contention as well as Bradley Walsh.

Presenter Alex Scott (left) and Love Island champion Amber Gill (right) also donned bold and skimpy dresses for the red carpet event 

Meanwhile boxer Nicola Adams and her girlfriend Ella Baig showed off their unique sense of style on the red carpet 

The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright, 30, wore a black sheer gown decorated with metallic gold polkadots which she teamed with a matching cape and gladiator heels 

Star of TV game show The Chase Jenny Ryan opted for a black gown featuring metallic orange panelling with a statement hood which she accessorised with a matching black hand fan and a chunky multicoloured necklace 

Love Island host Laura Whitmore, 36, opted for a metallic grey halter neck gown featuring a thigh slit which she paired with open-toe camel suede shoes

A quartet of stand-out actors are up for Serial Drama Performance, including Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher and Sally Carman and EastEnders’ Danny Dyer not to mention Hollyoaks’ Billy Price.

New host Joel recently admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle.

He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error.

‘I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’

The comedian also joked he is hoping The Masked Singer will be successful on the night so he can present himself with a prize.

TV presenter Angellica Bell, 45, stepped out in a turquoise sequinned, asymmetrical  gown featuring a balloon sleeve which she teamed with a matching sequinned cuff and black and gold clutch bag

Television and radio presenter Seema Jaswal, 36, missed the mark with a white and green jump suit paired with nude open-toe heels and gold statement earrings 

He quipped: ‘I’m also really hoping The Masked Singer wins something so I can present an award to myself. That’s a creative narcissist’s dream.’

NTA’s Executive Producer Kim Turberville added: ‘We are so excited to be back to celebrate a remarkable TV year like no other. There is a wealth of great television to recognise and we are delighted to have Joel at the helm.

‘With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year’s awards.’

Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.’


Challenge Show 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Love Island

WINNER: The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama



WINNER: It’s A Sin

Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize 

Authored Documentary

WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Katie Price: Harvey and Me

Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children

Rob Burrow: My Year With MND

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

WINNER: Line of Duty

The Crown


TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan


Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

WINNER: Gogglebox

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty

David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des

Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty

Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin

Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty


The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!


The Graham Norton Show

You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong

Serial Drama

Coronation Street




Serial Drama Performance

Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders

WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street

Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street

Quiz Game Show

Beat the Chasers

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel


Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale 

WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty

Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders

Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong


Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning


WINNER: After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley



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