Baz's mammy Nancy: It's my first time in New York and I'm coming home with an Emmy
Published 25/11/2015 | 07:00
Baz Ashmawy has brought his mammy Nancy on some hair-raising scrapes around the globe.
So it was about time he treated her to a glamorous night on the red carpet, as the pair picked up an International Emmy award in New York for their hit Sky One series '50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy'.
"It was my first time in New York, and I'm coming home with an Emmy. It's been a wonderful experience," Nancy told the Irish Independent from JFK airport last night.
The down-to-earth Wicklow woman described their Emmy win as a "nice surprise".
"Well, we were nominated, we were one of four nominated so there was always a chance. But it was a great a surprise really, Baz is over the moon."
Nancy (72) flew into the Big Apple on Saturday, taking in the sights and sounds of the city before gracing the Emmys red carpet on Monday evening.
'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes and Hollywood heavyweight Michael Douglas were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Walking up to the stage to accept the award was a "little nerve-wracking but in the end you just have to get on with it", she said.
Upon hearing of Nancy's trip to New York for the awards ceremony, Dublin department store Arnotts reached out to the retired nurse and gifted her a beautiful full-length navy Jacques Vert dress.
After the victory, mother and son went to renowned Irish pub O'Lunny's on 45th Street where they celebrated their win until the early hours.
"We had an absolutely great time and the staff were so lovely to us," she said.
Proud Baz later tweeted a photo of them in the pub, posing in front of an Irish flag.
The duo have now completed two series of the '50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy' for Sky - and Nancy said she's ready for more.
"I have my passport ready - it's in date, so I'm ready to go," she said.
However, for the rest of this week, she'll be having a well-earned rest.
Noel Kelly, Baz and Nancy's agent, accompanied the pair on their New York trip and flew home with Nancy last night: "I'm absolutely delighted that they got an international award. It's fantastic for programming and fantastic for Baz and Nancy," he said.
The mother-and-son duo won the 'Best Non-Scripted Entertainment' award for their show, which became a hit as viewers became enamoured with the pair's madcap adventures, including sky diving, alligator wrestling, wilderness survival and speedboat driving.
Asked what he thought was the secret to the show's success, Baz said: "It's a few things, Nancy for one. It's this amazing 70-year-old doing these insane things and just being a complete inspiration."