Friday 9 December 2016

Poldark heart-throb Aidan Turner named best TV actor at GQ awards

Published 07/09/2016 | 00:06

Aidan Turner was crowned best television actor at the GQ Men of the Year awards
Aidan Turner was crowned best television actor at the GQ Men of the Year awards

Poldark star Aidan Turner has been crowned Best Television Actor at the GQ Men of the Year awards.

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The heart-throb, 33, won the gong days after he brought his smouldering alter-ego Ross Poldark back to the small screen.

He was presented with the award by another actor whose TV return has been warmly welcomed by fans - Cold Feet star James Nesbitt.

The star-studded ceremony, in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, saw actor Sir Michael Caine named this year's Legend.

Chart topping DJ Calvin Harris was presented with the trophy for Best Solo Artist by singer Ellie Goulding, and Bella Hadid, the sister of US catwalk star Gigi Hadid, was named Model of the Year.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who steered the football club to become unlikely champions of the Premier League, won Outstanding Achievement.

Comedian Billy Connolly was presented with the Inspiration gong by veteran broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

Team GB won the Team award for the record-breaking success at the Rio Olympics, and London mayor Sadiq Khan was named Best Politician.

Other winners at the dinner, hosted by US actor Stanley Tucci, included comedian Amy Schumer, who was named Best Woman at the Men of the Year ceremony.

DJ and producer Mark Ronson won Most Stylish Man, and was given his award by rapper Tinie Tempah.

Peckham-born Star Wars actor John Boyega won Breakthrough Actor, and accepted his award by video link.

Ricky Gervais took the Genius award, presented to him by Sir Patrick Stewart, while Nile Rodgers was crowned this year's Icon.

Model and Strictly Come Dancing star Daisy Lowe presented Best Band to Australian stars Tame Impala, while Star Trek actor Chris Pine won International Man.

Adventurer Bear Grylls won TV Personality, singer-songwriter Jack Garratt was crowned Breakthrough Solo Artist, and boxer Anthony Joshua Best Sportsman.

Artist Grayson Perry was named Best Writer and YouTube personality Casey Neistat was New Media star.

Award presenters on the night also included Sir Elton John, Florence Welch, Simon Pegg, Alison Moyet, David Walliams, James Bay, boxer Nicola Adams and Game Of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.

Schumer, who has called herself a feminist, joked of the awards: "Finally we are celebrating men!"

Harris celebrated his award for solo artist by remembering when he gave up his job at Marks & Spencer.

The multimillionaire DJ said: "This is a big week for me because this week 10 years ago was the week I left Mark & Spencer Simply Food in Clapham South, where I carried out such tasks as date rotating sandwiches and showing old ladies where the salmon got moved to. Those were my two tasks.

"So it's been 10 years since I also got a proper manager, not just Jill in the bakery."

London mayor Mr Khan said he was "excited and nervous" to win his award.

"Nervous because the person who won this last year was George Osborne. Is he here tonight? I rest my case," he said of the former chancellor.

Garratt thanked his parents, who he brought along as guests, and his fiancee Sarah.

Rodgers collected his award with a tear in his eye after a video tribute was paid to David Bowie.

"I know you're not supposed to cry at things like this. David Bowie changed my life," he said.

Caine said of his legend award: "The idea of being a legend is quite extraordinary because what am I supposed to do now?

"The answer is the same because you're just a person.

"I want to thank my incredible family. We have had a wonderful life together for so long."

Mo Farah said as Team GB won its award: "Thank you guys for staying up and supporting us. We never thought we'd beat China and come second on the medals table."

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