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BAFTAs make emotional tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry

BAFTAs make emotional tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry was found dead at his home in Los Angeles last year

The TV BAFTAs made an emotional tribute to Friends star Matthew Perry.

During the prestigious Film Awards earlier this year, the BAFTA took a moment to pay respect to all of the industry figures who had died in the past year, with Hannah Waddingham leading the tribute with a poignant performance of ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper.

However, fans were left pretty upset about the fact that the star-studded awards ceremony left Perry out of the memoriam list.

Matthew Perry died in October last year. (Michael Buckner / Staff / Getty Images)
Matthew Perry died in October last year. (Michael Buckner / Staff / Getty Images)

The memoriam included tributes to celebrities including Michael Gambon and Carl Weathers.

However Perry, who was best known for his beloved role of Chandler in Friends, as well as starring in a number of films over the years including 17 Again and Birds of America, was no where to be seen.

After the memoriam segment was shown, many fans were upset to see he didn’t receive a mention, despite being a big name in film as well as TV.

One tweeted: “Seriously BAFTA? NO mention of Matthew Perry in the In Memoriam tribute? Very disrespectful. #EEBAFTAs.”

Someone else said: “No mention of Matthew Perry in the #BAFTAs memorial?! Bad form @BAFTA.”

A third wrote: "Hannah Waddingham's voice is so beautiful. It's a shame BAFTA left Matthew Perry off the list though.”

The TV BAFTAs made a heartfelt tribute to Matthew Perry. (Michael Kovac / Contributor / Getty Images)
The TV BAFTAs made a heartfelt tribute to Matthew Perry. (Michael Kovac / Contributor / Getty Images)

Pointing out that Perry could have received his mention at the TV BAFTAs, which took place today (12 May) at the Royal Festival Hall in London, one other added: “I suspect Matthew Perry [and Scottish actor David McCallum] will get their acknowledgements at the #BAFTA TV Awards, a medium on which they arguably had their greatest impact.

“But I appreciate they feel like howling omissions.”

At the time, a spokesperson for BAFTA confirmed to Tyla that Perry would be honoured in the forthcoming ceremony for the TV awards, saying in a statement: “I can confirm he will be remembered in our forthcoming Television Awards.”

BAFTA also went on to address the matter on social media, tweeting: “Matthew Perry will be remembered in this year’s TV Awards ceremony.”

Well, BAFTA kept to the promise as fans finally got the Matthew Perry tribute they were after.

The tribute saw clips of Perry as Chandler Bing ripping into Ross' tan as well as getting a big hug from Joey.

Perry starred as Chandler in Friends. (NBC / Contributor / Getty Images)
Perry starred as Chandler in Friends. (NBC / Contributor / Getty Images)

The 54-year-old was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on 28 October last year.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother,” his family said in a statement at the time.

"Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend."

A post-mortem examination concluded that Perry died from the 'acute effects of ketamine', also listing contributing factors that included 'drowning, coronary artery disease and the effects of buprenorphine' - a drug used to treat opioid use disorder.

The full list of nominees and winners from tonight's TV BAFTAs are as follows:

Comedy entertainment programme

The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Late Night Lycett (Channel 4)

Rob & Romesh Vs... (Sky Max) - WINNER

Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)

Current affairs

Inside Russia: Traitors And Heroes (BBC Four)

Putin vs the West (BBC Two)

Russell Brand: In Plain Sight (Channel 4)

The Shamima Begum Story (BBC Two) - WINNER


Loose Women and Men (ITV1)

Lorraine (ITV1)

Make It at Market (BBC One)

Scam Interceptors (BBC One) - WINNER

Drama series

The Gold (BBC One)

Happy Valley (BBC One)

Slow Horses (Apple TV+)

Top Boy (Netflix) - WINNER

Entertainment programme

Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas (Apple TV+)

Later… with Jools Holland (BBC Two)

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) - WINNER

Entertainment performance

Ant & Dec - I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (ITV1)

Big Zuu - Big Zuu's Big Eats (Dave)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Hannah Waddingham - Eurovision Song Content 2023 (BBC One)

Joe Lycett - Late Night Lycett (Channel 4) - WINNER

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan - Rob & Romesh Vs... (Sky Max)

Factual entertainment

Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC One) - WINNER

The Dog House (Channel 4)

Endurance: Race to the Pole (Channel 5)

Portrait Artist of the Year (Sky Arts)

Factual series

Dublin Narcos (Sky Documentaries)

Evacuation (Channel 4)

Lockerbie (Sky Documentaries) - WINNER

Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland (BBC Two)

Female performance in a comedy

Bridget Christie - The Change (Channel 4)

Gbemisola Ikumelo - Black Ops (BBC One) - WINNER

Máiréad Tyers - Extraordinary (Disney+)

Roisin Gallagher - The Lovers (Sky Atlantic)

Sofia Oxenham - Extraordinary (Disney+)

Taj Atwal - Hullraisers (Channel 4)


The Bear (Disney+)

Beef (Netflix)

Class Act (Netflix) - WINNER

The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Love & Death (ITVX)

Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Leading actor

Brian Cox - Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Dominic West - The Crown (Netflix)

Kane Robinson - Top Boy (Netflix)

Paapa Essiedu - The Lazarus Project (Sky Max)

Steve Coogan - The Reckoning (BBC One)

Timothy Spall - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One) - WINNER

Leading actress

Anjana Vasan - Black Mirror's Demon 79 (Netflix)

Anne Reid - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One)

Bella Ramsey - The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Helena Bonham Carter - Nolly (ITVX)

Sarah Lancashire - Happy Valley (BBC One) - WINNER

Sharon Horgan - Best Interests (BBC One)

Limited drama

Best Interests (BBC One)

Black Mirror's Demon 79 (Netflix)

The Long Shadow (ITV1)

The Sixth Commandment (BBC One) - WINNER

Live event coverage

Coronation Concert (BBC One)

Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (BBC One) - WINNER

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance (BBC One)

Male performance in a comedy

Adjani Salmon - Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC Three)

David Tennant - Good Omens (Prime Video)

Hammed Animashaun - Black Ops (BBC One)

Jamie Demetriou - A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou (Netflix)

Joseph Gilgun - Brassic (Sky Max)

Mawaan Rizwan - Juice (BBC Three) - WINNER

News coverage

Inside Gaza: Israel and Hamas at War (Channel 4) - WINNER

Inside Myanmar: The Hidden War (Sky News)

Israel-Hamas War (Sky News)


Banged Up (Channel 4)

Married at First Sight UK (E4)

My Mum, Your Dad (ITV1)

Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix) - WINNER

Scripted comedy

Big Boys (Channel 4)

Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC Three)

Extraordinary (Disney+)

Such Brave Girls (BBC Three) - WINNER

Short form

Mobility (BBC Three) - WINNER

The Skewer: Three Twisted Years (BBC iPlayer)

Stealing Ukraine’s Children: Inside Russia’s Camps (Vice News)

Where It Ends (BBC Three)

Single documentary

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived (Sky Documentaries)

Ellie Simmonds: Finding My Secret Family (ITV1) - WINNER

Hatton (Sky Crime)

Vjeran Tomic: The Spider-Man of Paris (Netflix)


Casualty (BBC One) - WINNER

EastEnders (BBC One)

Emmerdale (ITV1)

Specialist factual

Chimp Empire (Netflix)

The Enfield Poltergeist (Apple TV+)

Forced Out (Sky Documentaries)

White Nanny, Black Child (Channel 5) - WINNER

Sports coverage

Cheltenham Festival Day One (ITV1) - WINNER

MOTD Live: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 (BBC One)

Wimbledon 2023 Men’s Final (BBC One)

Supporting actor

Amit Shah - Happy Valley (BBC One)

Éanna Hardwicke - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One)

Harris Dickinson - A Murder at the End of the World (Disney+)

Jack Lowden - Slow Horses (Apple TV+)

Matthew Macfadyen - Succession (Sky Atlantic) - WINNER

Salim Daw - The Crown (Netflix)

Supporting actress

Elizabeth Debicki - The Crown (Netflix)

Harriet Walter - Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Jasmine Jobson - Top Boy (Netflix) - WINNER

Lesley Manville - The Crown (Netflix)

Nico Parker - The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Siobhan Finneran - Happy Valley (BBC One)

Memorable moment award

Beckham - David teases Victoria about her ‘work class’ upbringing (Netflix)

Doctor Who - Ncuti Gatwa being revealed as the 15th Doctor (BBC One)

Happy Valley - Catherine Cawed and Tommy Lee Royce’s final kitchen showdown (BBC One) - WINNER

The Last of Us - Bill and Frank’s Story (Sky Atlantic)

The Piano - 13-year-old Lucy stuns commuters with performance (Channel 4)

Succession - Logan Roy’s death (Sky Atlantic)

Featured Image Credit: Michael Buckner / Staff / Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Topics: Baftas, Celebrity, Friends, Matthew Perry, TV And Film