Soap stars clean up at TV awards
EVEN Hollywood actor Colin Farrell couldn't resist sneaking a glimpse of a host of glamorous Irish and British TV stars.
The 'Miami Vice' star put in a brief cameo appearance at the TV Now Awards after-show party to mingle with the soap beauties.
While the TV presenters, weather forecasters and soap stars were living it up, the party-loving Dubliner was spotted clutching a glass of sparkling water and posing for photos with assorted celebrities.
The event, hosted by BBC presenter Craig Doyle at Dublin's Mansion House, might as well have been 'the fashion awards' - not a hair out of place among the actors from 'Coronation Street', 'Emmerdale', 'Hollyoaks', 'Fair City' and 'Ros na Run' as they sashayed up the red carpet.
Linda Martin wore Dolce and Gabbana and former Miss World Rosanna Davison a dress from Chica. Delta Goodrem wore Lisa Ho and Grainne Seoige a demure dress from Richard Alan, for whom model Katy French also opted.
At the second TV Now Awards, the stars of Britain's top soaps jetted in to walk away with many of the 15 gongs.
On the double
For Lucy Kennedy the night was a double celebration. She picked up two awards: Favourite Female TV Presenter as well as Favourite Irish TV Show, for RTE's Podge and Rodge show. As she took to the stage at the Saturday night bash, Craig Doyle announced that it was her birthday. She had, she revealed, turned 31.
On the two Ballydung bachelors, who were away performing in Vicar Street, she said: "I would say they have abused half the room and the other half they will get around to eventually."
Collette Fitzpatrick was shocked when she picked up the award for Favourite News Presenter after only five months as news anchor at TV3.
Meanwhile, Ireland's Sexiest TV Star was Daithi O Se. Taking the gong for Favourite Weather Presenter for the second year in a row, TV3's beaming Martin King said: "I honestly didn't think people would vote for me again."
Fresh off the set of his Saturday night show, RTE's Ryan Tubridy picked up the award for Favourite Male TV Presenter. RTE's Laura Woods was voted best dressed on the night for her aqua-marine number.
Many of the 'Coronation Street' crew flew in to pick up the Favourite Soap Award. They included Favourite Female Soap Star winner Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), Jane Danson (Leanne), Wendi Peters (Cilla), Jack P Shepard (David Platt), Jennie McAlpine (Fizz Brown), Rupert Hill (Jamie Baldwin) and Kym Ryder (Michelle Connor).
'Emmerdale' beauty Sammy Winward (Katie Sugden) flew in with a crew including Kelvin Fletcher (Andy) and Adela Silva (Kelly Windsor).
Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell in 'East-Enders', proved he wasn't such a hard man when he thanked his mother after winning the Male Soap Star gong. The Hot Young talent was nabbed by Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey. 'Rough Diamond', starring Lorraine Pilkington, took the Drama Series award, while the Documentary award went to 'Hospice'.
After the show, a fleet of cars whisked the stars to the new Krystle nightclub in Harcourt Street.