Rising star Ruth Madeley has been pitted against Suranne Jones, Sheridan Smith and Claire Foy for Best Actress gong Ruth MadeleyShe’s the little-known performer with spina bifida who’s tipped for a Best Actress BAFTA TV Award, writes Emma Pryer in the Sunday People .And rising star Ruth Madeley admits being pitted against a trio of critically acclaimed household names – “feels like a dream.” The wheelchair user, nominated alongside Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones , The C-Word’s Sheridan Smith and Wolf Hall’s Claire Foy, said: “I was in a silent carriage on the train when I saw I’d been nominated on Twitter. “I started crying and I think people must have wondered if I was OK. “I still can’t believe that eight years ago I was studying writing at University and now I’m going to a big awards ceremony alongside these huge stars. “These sort of things just don’t happen.” Sheridan Smith is vying for BAFTA (Photo: Blitz Pictures) Talented Ruth, 29, from Bolton, has been nominated for emotive drama Don’t Take My Baby – which aired on BBC3 last year as part of the channel’s Disability Season. Her character Anna, together with partner Tom, both have disabilities and have to prove to Social Services that they are able to bring up their new baby. Ruth in Don’t Take My Baby on BBC3 (Photo: BBC) Ruth, who was born with a spine defect, said: “I never thought about going into acting when I was younger, maybe because I never thought it was open to me. “It happened by chance, when someone at the charity I worked for said CBBC were looking for someone for a role. “I think attitudes towards Disability have massively improved but I hope one day that there is no separation between disabled actors and other actors at all. “I don’t view myself as any different from anyone else. I’ve had a brilliant upbringing and have a very supportive family, who will be with me at the awards. “Regardless of whether someone has a disability or not, I encourage anyone who wants to go into acting or TV to follow their heart.” Suranne Jones has been nominated for BAFTA (Photo: PA) She’s now working on new drama The Level, saying: “They weren’t even looking to cast someone in a wheelchair at the time.” Sunday’s star-studded ceremony also sees singer Adele in the running for her first BAFTA TV nomination. Her special show, Adele at the BBC, goes up against Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and TFI Friday’s anniversary special. Idris Elba is also up for a Leading Actor gong for Luther. Car Share creator Peter Kay is also nominated for ‘male performance in a comedy programme’.