Simon Cowell up for B'casting Press Guild award

'Dr. Who' star David Tennant also among nominees

LONDON -- Simon Cowell is in the running for this year's Broadcasting Press Guild award for best non-acting performer.

The producer and judge for "The X-Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" is nominated for the award to be dished out at an invitation-only ceremony March 26.

The BPG nods are selected by journalists who write about TV and radio.

Peter Capaldi, David Morrissey, James Nesbitt and David Tennant will vie for the best actor nod at the 36th annual BPGAs.

Tennant is named for two roles, as Hamlet and the Doctor in "Doctor Who." Nesbitt is also nominated for two productions, "Occupation," in which he plays a soldier in the Iraq War, and "Five Minutes of Heaven," about the conflict in Northern Ireland. Peter Capaldi is named for his turn as Malcolm Tucker in "The Thick of It," while Morrissey picks up a nomination for his role in the trilogy "Red Riding," in which he plays a senior police officer.

This year's best actress award will go to one from Julie Walters for two performances, in "A Short Stay in Switzerland" and "Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas." She'll compete with Helena Bonham Carter ("Enid"), Maxine Peake ("Criminal Justice" and "The Street)" and Rebecca Front ("The Thick of It").

A full list of nominations can be found at