Friday 24 May 2019

What Eurovision? Mrs Brown’s Boys leads the Irish winners at the BAFTA awards

Brendan O'Carroll shows off his BAFTA
award for his sitcom 'Mrs Brown'
Brendan O'Carroll shows off his BAFTA award for his sitcom 'Mrs Brown'
Dublin actor Andrew Scott with his award for Best Supporting Actor in 'Sherlock' as the villain Moriarty, pictured with presenter Helen McCroy
The comedian in character as Mrs Brown.
John Sherlock won the Best Supporting Actor Award.
Dara O Briain arrives to host the show.

Mark Hilliard and Ken Sweeney

OUR Eurovision bid may have fallen flat, but there were celebrations last night as funnyman Brendan O’Carroll led the Irish winners at the prestigious BAFTAs in London.

The cream of Irish talent swept to victory at the BAFTA awards in London last night, snapping up a total of four gongs.

There was a Best Entertainment Performance prize for broadcaster Graham Norton, while comedian Brendan O'Carroll found favour with his sitcom 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

The 56 year old from Finglas celebrated the announcement by taking his family and crew onto stage.

Dublin actor Andrew Scott scooped the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Jim Moriarty in the BBC's 'Sherlock', while Monica Dolan -- whose parents hail from Ireland -- stole Best Supporting Actress for her performance as killer Rose West in ITV's 'Appropriate Adult'.

And as if the awards weren't enough, Ireland even had a stranglehold on the hosting.

Comedian Dara O Briain steered last night's celebrations and wasted no time in teasing his compatriots.

The host insisted he was only there because he sounded "exactly the same" as Graham Norton, who was busy hosting the BBC coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.

“I can’t begrudge Graham Norton,” he said. “He spent the last 24 hours comforting Engelbert Humperdinck. He’s carrying his own cross.”

He took a swipe at reality king Simon Cowell, whose bronzed features he compared to the iconic BAFTA bust.

Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom beat 'Rev', 'Fresh Meat' and 'Friday Night Dinner' for the top prize in UK entertainment and he brought his cast and crew on to the stage to mark the occasion.

"We're a bit pleased; we have brought the family. This is amazing. All we wanted to do was make people laugh and it seems to be working."

Andrew Scott thanked his fellow actors and rivals for last night's award, adding: "I'd like to thank my mum and dad and all my friends who will be screaming at the television now.

"I was very grateful to be able to play the part and I'm totally thrilled."

Mr Scott was a former drama student at Trinity College Dublin before leaving to join the Abbey Theatre.

His impressive but young career has included a small role in Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' and a coveted Olivier award for theatre in 2005.

Monica Dolan, whose father Jimmy is from Dublin and mother Anne from Wexford, paid tribute to the victims of Fred and Rose West and reflected: "I'd love to live in a world where everyone was missed."

Earlier, a host of household names including Ricky Gervais, EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa and 'Sherlock' actor Benedict Cumberbatch were spotted at the party.

They were joined by some of the biggest stars from the small screen, including Holly Willoughby, Dominic West and the cast of 'Coronation Street', who posed for pictures and signed autographs on a blazing hot day outside the Royal Festival Hall in London.

'Sherlock' co-creator Mark Gatiss joked: "It feels a bit like Cannes because it's so warm -- it's the closest I'll ever get to Cannes."

The first award, for Drama Series, was presented by 'The Wire' star West and Emilia Fox, with the actor having to pass autocue duties to Fox when he forgot his glasses. The award went to BBC3 show 'The Fades', which was cancelled recently.


Newsreader Kate Silverton then presented the Single Documentary award to BBC2's Terry Pratchett: 'Choosing To Die' -- the bestselling author's examination of euthanasia.

Mr Pratchett, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, thanked the BBC for "allowing us to tackle this rather strange subject for a documentary".

The award for New Media went to 'Psychoville' and Stewart Lee's 'Comedy Vehicle' picked up the Comedy Programme gong.

The award for News Coverage was presented by Clare Balding to 'Channel 4 News' for coverage of the Japan earthquake.

Single Drama went to Channel 4's 'Random' and the Current Affairs gong was given to BBC1's 'Panorama: Undercover Care -- The Abuse Exposed'.

The Factual Series award went to BBC3's 'Our War', which followed British troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

The night ended with veteran Australian artist and entertainer Rolf Harris being given a Bafta Fellowship.

Mr Harris came on stage to a standing ovation, brandished his award and joked: "I was going to say 'Can you tell what it is yet?', but perhaps I won't."

The star, who described himself as "humbled", said: "How amazing is it to discover what you love doing most can become your career, if you've been as lucky as I have been."

Irish Independent

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