Thursday 29 September 2016

Poldark star Aidan Turner 'slightly confused' with gong at National Television Awards

Published 20/01/2016 | 21:27

Aidan Turner with the award for Best Drama Performance (Poldark) pictured backstage at the Nation Television Awards 2016, at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016
Aidan Turner with the award for Best Drama Performance (Poldark) pictured backstage at the Nation Television Awards 2016, at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly with the award for Best TV Presenters in the press room at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016
Katie Price arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
(Left to Right) Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Bradley Walsh, Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace from The Chase with the award for Best Daytime Show in the pressroom at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Bradley Walsh from The Chase with the award for Best Daytime Show in the pressroom at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
The cast of Loose Women arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Cherylee Houston arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Les Dennis arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Alison Rosamund King arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Catherine Tyldesley arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Kara Tointon arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Fern McCann arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Jenny Mcalpine arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Brooke Vincent arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Tina O'Brien arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Shane Ward with the award for Best Newcomer (Coronation Street) in the press room at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Holly Willoughby from the This Morning with the award for Best Magazine Show in the pressroom at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in the the pressroom at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Brian Friedman, Vicky Pattison and Jorgie Porter from Im a Celebrity get me out of here with the award for Best Entertainment Programme in the press room at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Danny Dyer from Eastenders with the award for Best Serial Drama Performance in the pressroom at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Charles Venn and Amanda Mealing arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Suranne Jones arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Suranne Jones arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London

Irish Poldark star Aidan Turner said he was "slightly confused" as he accepted his impact award at the National Television Awards this evening

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The award references the great impact he has had on audiences in the BBC show playing Ross Poldark.

Alison Rosamund King arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Alison Rosamund King arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London

The Irish actor said he did not know he was nominated and was not sure why he was there.

He said: "I'm not sure why I'm here, I'm glad to be, and who knows, this might be the only one I get so I'm delighted."

Brian Friedman, Vicky Pattison and Jorgie Porter from Im a Celebrity get me out of here with the award for Best Entertainment Programme in the press room at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Brian Friedman, Vicky Pattison and Jorgie Porter from Im a Celebrity get me out of here with the award for Best Entertainment Programme in the press room at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London

He referenced the scenes of him scything topless in Poldark that caused a stir, saying: "I guess the scything scenes kind of speak for themselves, there's little to say there, but the rest of the cast, it's such a delight to be in this show, we have such talented people."

Meanwhile, the final series of Downton Abbey has bowed out in style at the National Television Awards, winning one of the night's first big categories.

Charles Venn and Amanda Mealing arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Charles Venn and Amanda Mealing arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London

The show was named best drama beating shows like Doctor Who, Casualty and ITV's Broadchurch.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes called the shows win a "happy ending".

Suranne Jones arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London
Suranne Jones arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London

He said: "I love happy endings and this is a very happy ending, thank you."

The BBC's flagship baking show, The Great British Bake Off, took home the best challenge award, beating the likes of Bear Grylls' Mission Survive and The Apprentice.

Accepting the award, Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood said: "A huge thank you ... in fact we all started crying again down on the row."

Fellow judge Mary Berry interjected adding that it felt "strange" not to have the show's co-hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, there with them.

The Entertainment programme award went to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.

EastEnders star Danny Dyer thanked his parents for "having a roll about in 1977 and conceiving me" as he gave his speech for winning the serial drama performance award.

Comedian Peter Kay dedicated his comedy award to Scottish comedian and presenter Billy Connolly.

Kay's show Car Share beat Benidorm, Birds Of A Feather and Not Going Out in the comedy category.

Kay said Connolly was his comedy hero, adding: "I just decided on a whim to do that ... he's looking at me like I've got two heads and I don't know what happens now ... I'm dedicating it to you but I'm going to keep it."

ITV's This Morning emerged as winners in the live magazine category, while former X Factor winner Shayne Ward cemented his successful move from singer to TV actor by winning the newcomer award.

Ward landed a part in popular soap Coronation Street playing Aidan Connor, half-brother to Carla (Alison King).

He said: "Who would've thought a singer from the X Factor would be on one of the most amazing shows like Coronation Street?

Doctor Foster actress Suranne Jones was celebrating a double dose of good news at the award ceremony.

The 37-year-old debuted a baby bump as she took to the stage with her fellow co-stars to collect the new drama award.

It is the first child for Jones and Laurence Akers, who she married in 2014 after a whirlwind romance.

Fans expressed their happy surprise on Twitter, with one writing: "I had no idea Suranne Jones was pregnant! She looks beaut...".

Popular daytime TV show The Chase won the daytime TV award and was announced by Good Morning Britain duo Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Morgan joked it was his first "date night" with Reid, who quipped back: "Date night for Piers, fright night for me."

TV duo Ant and Dec took home the most popular TV presenter award for the 15th year in a row.

Declan Donnelly described their win as "amazing", adding: "On the way in tonight people said to us does it get boring... of course it doesn't, if anything our gratitude has only grown over the years because you never know when you're going to get it again."

His TV co-host Anthony McPartlin said: "15 years in a row... it's getting a bit mental now but we thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts... let's get drunk tonight."

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